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Valley Vibrations

Record Courier Staff Reports

I have been getting more and more nice comments about this column, that I really appreciate. A few months ago I began this basically just because I saw a need for publicizing events that are taking place around town and felt that there were way more local bands out there than anyone really knew about. I found out I was right and running this column has been both eye-opening and refreshing.

Quote of the week by Tony Sanders: “Music is the language of the universe.”

Until next week, keep on playin!’

Remember, to keep this going, I have to hear from you. Just a little e-mail ( or a phone call (782-5121, ext. 210) or even a fax (782-6152) is all I need to put your musical entertainment information in this column at no charge to you. If you send it, I’ll even try to get a photo in to go with it. Details are needed by noon on Wednesday.

So, with a “One, two – one, two, three, four”:

Bar BQ Boys at Backroads

Backroads Bar & Grill, 2244 Meridian Blvd., off Airport Road, will feature the Bar BQ Boys, 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. The Bar BQ Boys are a Carson Valley-based band that plays a variety of bluegrass, classic rock, blues, country and reggae music. The group includes Paul Cutunilli on mandolin and bass, Bobby Smile on guitar and dobro, Johnny Walter on stand-up bass and blues harmonica and Michael Chambon on banjo and dobro.

Every Tuesday night is “T-Bone Tuesday,” with T-bones for $13.95, dinners are served Tuesdays through Saturdays, happy hour is 3-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and video poker is available.

For more information, call Backroads at 782-3966.

The Bank’s got the Acoustic Solution

Today – Acoustic Solution, a multi-instrumental trio, will be playing at The Bank Parlor & Pub 6:30-10 p.m. Performing together since 2003, their music is defined by the collection of instruments they bring to the stage – six- and 12-string guitars, lap-steel, fiddle, mandolins, banjo, bass, congas, hand drums, traditional drums and percussion. Acoustic Solution plays a variety of their own original songs as well as standards from Crosby, Stills & Nash, Van Morisson, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Neil Young and traditional fiddle tunes and celtic instrumentals.

Saturday – Tony Sanders is back at The Bank from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Come listen to music from the ’50s through the present. Tony will be playing his special blend of rockabilly, country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll favorites from his vast repertoire – from The Beatles to the Stones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie and Waylon to Neil Diamond and Green Day and lots more.

New on Thursdays – The Bank now has open mic night, hosted by Dean Brownell. Brownell plays a variety of instruments including rhythm and lead guitar, keyboards, bass guitar and congas and is both a lead and a back-up singer. Play solo or be accompanied by others. Bring instruments.

The Bank Parlor & Pub is located at 1596 Esmeralda Ave. Call 783-4770 for information.

Dealer’s Choice- plus at Buckaroos

Today, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Dealers Choice, a country-western country-rock band that also does oldies, will perform at Buckaroos Saloon.

Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight Ted Nagel will host karaoke.

Wednesday from 8-11 p.m. Dale Jantzen will host karaoke.

“Tuesday blues night” open mic with “Tynan” will be on May 22.

Open mic on May 27 will be with “Johnny Fingers” and the Coppertunes.

Buckaroos is located at 1435 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. For information, call general manager Steve Orlando at 782-9693. Bonus slots are now available.

Music is always Inn

Shake, Rattle & Roll performs through May 13, Street Heart returns May 15-20, and various duos entertain on Monday nights. Cabaret Lounge live entertainment is presented with no cover and no minimum. The 45-minute shows start at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.

Shake, Rattle n’ Roll has a song list of more than 500 classic hits, with authentic recreations of classic rock ‘n’ roll tunes of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, performed live, without the aid of computers and tapes.

Street Heart’s music is vocally oriented, ’60s-’90s classic rock ‘n’ roll. Based in San Diego, and perennial San Diego Music Awards finalists, the group has been entertaining since 1987.

This week’s scheduled Monday night group is Darcy & January.

The Carson Valley Inn is located on Highway 395 in Minden. For information visit or call 782-9711.

Villa After Dark

Villa san Marcel features The After Dark Ultra Lounge 10 p.m. to closing on Fridays. Dance the night away or simply relax in a tranquil atmosphere. After Dark features a fully stocked bar, upscale appetizers and desserts. A dress code is in effect, in a non-smoking environment.

Jazz entertainer David Jobe will appear Saturday night at Villa san Marcel. Live jazz music will be performed during dinner. Dinners, Italian cuisine, are served starting at 5 p.m. and entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. Monique Haviland will entertain on May 19.

Villa san Marcel is located at 1799 Ironwood Drive, between Danny’s Ironwood Grill and the Mandarin Gourmet. For more information call 783-4987.

Two trios at Walley’s

Every Wednesday and Thursday night music can be heard while dining at David Walley’s Resort, Hot Springs and Spa, 2001 Foothill Road, Genoa.

— The Big Tsunami plays every Wednesday, 6-9 p.m. at Walley’s. The Big Tsunami performs island, contemporary and traditional music, as well as local standards.

— On Thursdays from 5:30-9 p.m. the Red Davidson Trio performs jazz music on bass, drums and piano.

Information, 782-8155.

Blue jazz and acoustic jam

Dust off your dancing slippers, slip on your flapper dress, and put out the dog. Vintage blue jazz that’ll warm your toes will be presented in another musical evening presented by Chris Bayer, 7 p.m. May 19 at the Eddy Street Book Exchange.

The Eddy Street Book Exchange offers an acoustic jam session 2:30-5 p.m. May 20. If you play any kind of acoustic instrument, join them for a song and some good company. Folks who don’t play, but who may want to sing along or just listen, are also welcome. All levels of experience are welcome. If you would like to play and have some songs you’d like to share, bring a few copies of the lyrics, chords or tab sheets.

The Eddy Street Book Exchange is located at 1225 Eddy St., Gardnerville. Information, 782-5484.

Rockin’ the Ranchos

Boodler’s Bar and Grubshack, formerly The Stone Pony, has music planned every weekend. Monday is karaoke night beginning at 8 p.m., Wednesday open mic is at 8 p.m. and on Saturday live music by Rad-Ral the “human juke box” also starts at 8 p.m.

Boodler’s Bar and Grubshack is located at 1302 Langley Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos. For information, call owners Keith Endlich or Jeffery Shackleton at 265-8841.

Rockin’ to ’50s and ’60s music

On May 19 the ’50s Rockathon Car Show and Swap Meet will take place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Heritage Park in Gardnerville. Organizers wanted me to let everyone know that during the show DJ Chuck Baldauskas will be playing music from the ’50s and ’60s throughout the day. The Rockathon is hosted by the Valley Cruisers Car Club and the town of Gardnerville.

Karaoke at 88 Cups

Martin Garry of Garry’s Mobile Music will be the disc jockey at Minden Village’s 88 Cups Pavilion on May 26. Music and entertainment will start at 7 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, tables, food and drink or visit one of the Village’s restaurants and be ready to join in or enjoy watching karaoke. Minden Village is located at Highway 395 and Lucerne Street. For more information, call Garry at 450-3737.

Evening at the Comstock

The annual charity dinner, live/silent auction and concert to benefit children with autism, An Evening on the Comstock, will take place on Aug. 4 at Buffalo Creek Ranch, 319 Jones Lane, Gardnerville. The event features music by David John and the Comstock Cowboys. Tickets are $100 and are available at Casa Bella Home & Garden Center in Minden, Glen Eagles Restaurant in Carson City and online at Tee off to benefit FEAT the day before on Aug. 3. The FEAT benefit weekend begins Aug. 3 with the Buffalo Creek Invitational Golf Tournament at Genoa Lakes Golf Course. To register for the golf tournament or to sponsor the event, e-mail or for information visit or call 782-4138.

— Jo Rafferty is the People editor at The Record-Courier.