Days No Different offers free concert at Heavenly Village on Saturday |

Days No Different offers free concert at Heavenly Village on Saturday

Tim Parsons, Lake Tahoe Action

Days No Different, which plays at 3 p.m. Saturday at Heavenly Village, is drummer Brian James, left, lead guitarist Dan Johnson, lead singer John Gray, rhythm guitarist Jeff Depaoli and Matt Andrew on bass.

Round Hill’s Matt Andrew has entered the rock ‘n’ roll portion of his musical career.

The Whittell High School graduate, who this fall begins his junior year at University of Nevada, Reno, plays bass for an alternative rock band called Days No Different. The band starts a monthlong tour at 3 p.m. Saturday with a free concert in Heavenly Village.

Andrew played alto saxophone for two football seasons with the UNR marching band. He played bass for the Wolf Pack’s band at basketball games. He won’t be on the sidelines this year, however, electing instead to concentrate on his electrical engineering studies.

Andrew met the members of Days No Different while working last fall as the director of sound, stage and lighting at the student union.

“I was doing sound for the rest of the band, and they asked me if I knew any bass players,” Andrew said.

Days No Different is comparable in sound to Staind, Incubus and Nickelback, he said.

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The band recorded a nine-track album “Surrender the Mystery” at the Imirage Sound Lab in Sparks. The engineer is Tom Gordon.

There will be a CD release party Friday, June 27, in the Grand Sierra’s Grand Theater. Then the band will tour five states in July, hoping to sell enough CDs to pay for the gas.

Andrew comes from a sports-enthused family: His father, Paul Jr., frequently writes stories for the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s sports department, and Paul Sr., a defensive end, helped lead Cal to its last Rose Bowl appearance in 1959.

Matt Andrew said a school band highlight was performing at the 2007 NCAA basketball tournament in New Orleans.

“We stayed near the French Quarter and just walked up and down Bourbon Street, and there was live music inside every other door,” he said. “Most places I’ve been just have DJs.”

Days No Different is starting so ambitiously, don’t be surprised if you hear the band on Bourbon Street.