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Four bands rock Ryan’s birthday bash

Tim Parsons
Forrest Day rocks the block and the American Legion on Saturday.
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Four bands, each of which have been headliners plenty of times, perform Saturday in South Lake Tahoe’s American Legion for music promoter Ryan Kronenberg’s 33rd birthday.

Vokab Kompany, Forrest Day, Buster Blue and Luckyiam will play both upstairs and downstairs in the venerable, midtown facility.

“It’s more about the music than it is my birthday – my birthday is just the excuse,” Kronenberg said. “It’s a celebration of life in general. It’s nice that I made it 33 years.”

A Salomon Snowboard representative and the founder of Pet Projekt Presents, Kronenberg has presented a handful of shows at MontBleu Resort, Casino & Spa and the American Legion

He grew up in Minden and has been a professional snowboarder, artist and played with Saturn Rising and other bands.

Kronenberg had an epiphany when he put together a music and art show in MontBleu Theatre.

“I always wanted to be the one playing in the band but realized I liked bringing artists and people together.”

Here’s a look at the music:

Buster Blue has created its own genre: ferocious roots rock.

Comprised of Reno residents who each grew up in Gardnerville, the six-piece last week played its second Crystal Bay Casino Red Room show.

By the time it got into an opening rousing percussive stomp featuring a marching drum and a chain, the dance floor was packed. The group has a large following in Reno and North Shore and probably now South Shore. It recently played at the Divided Sky in Meyers.

The band is so diverse and features so many instruments, a listener can detect all sorts of styles – Gogol Bordello, White Stripes, Violent Femmes. Take your pick.

This 3-year-old, jazz-infused hip-hop quintet from the Bay Area comes with benefits: Chicks dig it.

“There’s a lot of girls at our shows, and that’s why guys end up coming because there’s so many girls at our shows,” bandleader Forrest Day said before an October appearance here.

It released a 13-song self-titled album in March.

A diverse San Diego organic hip-hop septet is on a CD-release tour for “Quit Sleep.” The album has a guest appearance from Luckyiam.

Vokab Kompany is fronted by Matt “Burkey Baby” Burke, a former South Shore resident, and Robbie Gallo, aka Rob Hurt, a 1998 South Tahoe High School graduate.

Vokab funded the record from a television commercial which was broadcast nationally during the summer. The song “So Bright” is played on a Kia commercial in which adults chase after a diesel truck full of new cars as if they are children running behind an ice cream truck.

Gallo and Burke met after Burke moved to Tahoe from his native Boston.

Luckyiam is a late addition to the bill, and it will be a real treat to see him onstage for a song or two with Vokab Kompany.

Part of the Living Legends crew, Luckyiam, who also will perform a solo set, brings hip-hop with social consciousness.


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