The Devil Makes Three brings its boot stomping back to MontBleu |

The Devil Makes Three brings its boot stomping back to MontBleu

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The Devil Makes Three returns to MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Wednesday, Jan. 27.
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If you go

What: The Devil Makes Three

When: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27

Where: MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

Tickets: $30 plus fees


Old-time music, with tattoos, returns to the South Shore this week.

Perennial Lake Tahoe favorite the Devil Makes Three is back at the MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa’s theater this Wednesday, Jan. 27.

The group’s sound is “garage-y ragtime, punkified blues, old n’ new timey without settling upon a particular era,” according to the band’s online biography. The genre-bending mix tends to result in a boot-stomping party for those who attend their live shows, which have continued to grow over the band’s nearly 15-year history.

“Santa Cruz-based group the Devil Makes Three was formed by friends Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean in 2002,” according to a description from Ticketmaster. “They released their self-titled debut the same year, earning widespread acclaim from fans and critics alike. Since then the band has released four records to Top 10 spots on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart, including 2009’s chart-topping Do Wrong Right. The band has spent years on the road traveling throughout the US and Europe, making several festival appearances along the way. Exceptional live performers, the Devil Makes Three always deliver fun-filled shows for fans of country, folk, and just plain amazing musicianship.”

The group’s last full-length album was 2014’s “I’m a Stranger Here,” but the Devil Makes Three is plotting a concept album of covers titled “Redemption and Ruin,” according to an article on The Georgia Straight. The album will be a mix of gospel songs and songs about partying, including both its positive and negative aspects, and will likely include songs by Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Townes Van Zandt, according to the article.

Photos from recent shows also include something fans may not recognize — a drummer, at least for some songs. A fiddle player is also among the more recent additions to the group’s touring outfit, which is known for making the most of its acoustic instruments.

“At first glance the members of the Devil Makes Three look like they belong in a hard rock group, but once the music starts it’s clear the trio is the embodiment of down-home bluegrass and country-folk,” according to Ticketmaster. “The band’s sound combines witty lyrics, thumping stand-up bass, and clean guitar licks, and it all comes together perfectly at their toe-tapping live performances. With four LPs under their belt including 2014’s I’m A Stranger Here, the band has plenty of material to keep the country jams going all night on their must-see tours.”

Opening Wednesday’s show will be Parker Millsap, a 22-year-old Oklahoma native who blends the fire and brimstone of his Pentacostal upbringing with rock, county and blues, according to his online biography.

Wednesday’s show is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 plus fees.

MontBleu is located at 55 U.S. Highway 50 in Stateline.

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