Two spots, two nights for On the Spot with guest from Soulive |

Two spots, two nights for On the Spot with guest from Soulive

Tim Parsons
On the Spot featuring Alan Evans of Soulive plays two shows (Thursday, Mo's Place and Friday, the Cal Neva) on either side of the lake along with a couple of Tahoe bands.

There is just too much funk here to be limited to one night or even one side of the lake.

On the Spot Trio will perform with its producer Alan Evans, best known as a member of Soulive. Shows are slated Thursday, Dec. 15, in Mo’s Place in South Lake Tahoe and Friday, Dec. 16, in the Cal Neva Resort in Crystal Bay. The North Shore band Headphone Union is on the bill along with Sub Reactor, a new band from South Shore.

Coalescing in 2006, On the Spot Trio is a funk band with jazz stylings and a penchant for improvisation. Like-mined Evans, the drummer for Soulive, produced a 2010 debut album, “Straight Out The Garden.”

“It’s very rare that an outsider gets to experience the recording of a band’s first album,” Evans said in a press statement. “At the beginning of the session we were basically strangers but by the end of the session, we were like family. That only happens when the music is right and the vibe is right. I know everyone who hears their album and sees these cats live will feel the same way.”

Kristopher Yunker plays Hammond organ and bass keys and Danny Mayer is on guitar. Evans will play drums at the Tahoe shows.

“We have so much fun playing music, we try our hardest to bring 110 percent every time we play,” Mayer said. “Our goals for every show are to find those divine moments of inspiration, and to make sure people are smiling, dancing and having a good time.”

Psychedelia rocker band Headphone Union is comprised of longtime Tahoe players Fletch on drums, Dan Parslow guitar, Eric Matlock keyboards and Nick DeNoia bass. They jammed the after-parties at last summer’s Squaw Valley Bluesdays!

Sub-Reactor is a rock and electronica band that debuted at the Hangtown Halloween Ball, which, like these two shows, are by Ryan Kronenberg’s Pet Projekt Presents. Former members of Absynth, drummer Adam Northway and guitarist Dustin Johnson, are joined by former Grand 58 bassist Pat Roseblade, from Passeretti’s via Columbia.

Soulive will be at the Crystal Bay Casino Feb. 22-25 for a series of shows featuring guests Matisyahu, Talib Kweli, Ivan Neville and George Porter Jr.

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