Talking Heads tribute performs |

Talking Heads tribute performs

Life During Wartime, a Talking Heads tribute, headlines Crystal Bay Casino on Saturday, Oct. 21.
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What: Life During Wartime

When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 10 p.m.

Where: Crystal Bay Casino

Tickets: Free


On Tahoe’s North Shore, songs such as “Once In a Lifetime” and “Psycho Killer” will be heard on Saturday, Oct. 21: Talking Heads tribute band Life During Wartime (named after the song of the same name) headlines Crystal Bay Casino.

“For Life During Wartime every performance matters, and it’s that mantra that keeps them delivering on the outlandish energy of a Talking Heads performance,” states the tribute band’s biography.

The eight-member group formed three years ago to celebrate the catalog of the famous new wave band.

“We got together to create the way it felt in 1984 at a Talking Heads show. Not to imitate, but to do great songs justice from an amazing period in music,” said Lawrence Orleck, the Life During Wartime co-founder who performs as David Byrne.

“Talking Heads created some of the most adventurous, original and danceable music of the 1980s post-punk era and we wanted to give Portland audiences a taste of that excitement.”

The group’s success in the Pacific Northwest has led them to headline sell-out performances elsewhere along the West Coast — shows that find inspiration in the 1984 concert film “Stop Making Sense.”

“It’s a concept that starts with ostensibly no stage setup and out comes David Byrne with a beatbox and acoustic. The stage slowly builds to a full performance as the players and gear ebb onto the stage — until a mid-show climax with Byrne in a giant suit. It’s great fun to honor the performance that was the nucleus for this project,” said Orleck.

Life During Wartime performs at 10 p.m. at Crystal Bay Casino, located at 14 NV 28. The gig is free to attend for guests over the age of 21. Learn more online at

— Lake Tahoe Action

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