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Eli’s coming: Strive Roots in Tahoe for four reggae-rock shows

Tim Parsons

The forecast indicates another powder weekend. Eli Lieberman must be coming to town.

The bandleader of Strive Roots said he’s always been lucky that way, entering resort towns along with a snowstorm.

Strive Roots will play Friday and Saturday nights at Rojo’s Tavern in South Lake Tahoe and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

If it snows, that’s just fine with Lieberman.

“It’s probably not the safest thing, but I’ve played in blizzards with the wah-wah pedals buried in powder,” he said. “It will be the original band, all the big hitters, who played more than 1,200 shows in the last seven years.”

That would be Chris “Father Time” Pollock on drums, Mike McBride on bass, and South Shore’s Seth Hall on saxophone. Lieberman plays guitar and sings.

Strive Roots plays reggae-based metal.

A former South Shore resident, Lieberman spent winter at Mt. Bachelor coaching a snowboard team. Oregon, like Tahoe, has had a good season.

“We have almost a 200-inch bass and I’ve had almost 40 powder days this year,” he said. “But I had seven full seasons at Kirkwood, and it’s my favorite ski resort with its ultra deep powder and good shoots.

Strive Roots is set to release its third album. It has 13 tracks, six produced by Alan Sanderson, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac.

“He taught me about mic placement and some mixing tricks,” Lieberman said. “The tone is real good, and it’s super loud and clear.”

Lieberman has lofty goals for the album and the band.

“Our message is to do what’s right,” he said. “We want to get everybody together and save the planet.”

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