New Wave Crave performing free show at Crystal Bay Casino Friday |

New Wave Crave performing free show at Crystal Bay Casino Friday

New Wave Crave performs at Crystal Bay Casino Friday, Jan. 25.
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What: New Wave Crave

When: Friday, Jan. 25, 10 p.m.

Where: Crystal Bay Casino (14 Nevada Route 28, Crystal Bay, Nev.)

Tickets: Free


Imagine: You’re in a club, the lights are flashing, a band — dressed in garish garb — is playing and everyone is dancing.

No, this isn’t 1987 — although you’d be forgiven for thinking so. It’s Crystal Bay Casino Friday night and the band is New Wave Crave.

Billed as the best live ’80s tribute band in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, New Wave Crave’s shows are like stepping into a time machine — and hell, the way things are going in the world a trip back in time sounds pretty refreshing.

The band counts The Cure, U2, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, David Bowie and Psychedelic Furs as some of their leading influences.

Their song list is an impressive repertoire of ’80s staples and includes “The Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats, “I Ran” by A Flock Of Seagulls, “Turning Japanese” by The Vapors and “Rio” by Duran Duran, to name a few.

New Wave Crave consists of front-man Justin on guitar and vocals, Damian on bass and Bishop on drums.

“Combined, these talented musicians form an irresistible force of high-energy entertainment,” according to the band’s online bio. “Some call them ‘retro’ while others call them ‘nostalgic’ as the generations join together to rock the dance floor to one of the greatest decades of music … the ’80s!”

While that description might sound a bit generous, it’s actually spot on.

Seriously, if you’re unfamiliar with the band then check out a YouTube video of one of their performances. The band is electric and practically everyone is dancing.

If you’re looking for a night out, an evening where you can forget about life’s troubles and dance without a care … look no further.

Oh, did we mention it’s free?

New Wave Crave takes the stage at Crystal Bay Casino at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25.

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