All-ages metal show at Tahoe’s American Legion features four bands |

All-ages metal show at Tahoe’s American Legion features four bands

Tim Parsons
Ex-Lavish Green drummer John Shafer unleashes his new band EnVIRUSment on Friday during an all-ages metal show at the American Legion in South Lake Tahoe.

John Shafer has a simple mission: “Follow the drums.”

The rock drummer’s journey has included playing at places like the Milwaukee Metal Fest and New York Ritz with Bay Area metal bands Hexx, Skinlab and Funeral and for eight years in Tahoe with Lavish Green.

Since leaving the South Shore band in July 2010, Shafer has been busy in playing in the studio and helping start two new bands and honing his skills with Tahoe drum gurus Erik Hellberg and Liz Broscoe.

Shafer has organized an all-ages show with four bands Friday, Dec. 2, in South Lake Tahoe’s American Legion Hall. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the Sierra Track starts shaking at 9.

EnVIRUSment, one of Shafer’s new bands, opens the show. The five piece based mostly in Reno features lead guitarist Jeff Stewart.

“He’s as good as anybody I’ve ever heard,” Shafer said. “He’s always been metal and he’s never wavered. That’s his thing.”

Five-string bassist Don Wood is Shafer’s rhythm section teammate.

Reno’s Swamp Donkey headlines. “It’s southern metal; dirty, heavy groove,” Shafer said.

Hard Rocker’s Demension 13 also is on the bill, along with Tim and Greg Narducci’s Spiral Arms. Tim Narducci was the producer of three Lavish Green releases.

While studio drummers are relatively rare in today’s era of drum machines, Shafer has been recording with an impressive list of session musicians: Tim Narducci, Sean Beavan, Lyle Workman and Davey Faugherty.

Shafer also has been writing and recording with Eric Cutler, best know for his time with the death metal band Autopsy. Shafer and Cutler played together in the 1990s with Funeral.

Shafer also has a blues rock band, Burning Daylight, in the vein of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, with bassist Greg Newberg (Trey Stone Band) and Dan Parslow, who recently returned to Tahoe after several years in Hawaii. Parslow plays in the North Shore band Headphone Union.

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