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Rose’s Pawn Shop
June 1, 2018 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Rose’s Pawn Shop returns to the Crystal Bay Casino’s Red Room on Friday, June 1 for a free show.
Organic bluegrass and Americana music has surged in popularity in response to the rise of electronic music, and both styles have found a home in the Crystal Bay Casino.
The former takes the Red Room stage Friday with Rose’s Pawn Shop, a Los Angeles band’s answer, perhaps, to artists like the Canadian duo Zed’s Dead. Far from OK, the Americana group is sure to tear up the place, not with a pair of pliers and a blow torch but with a fiddle, banjos and an upright bass.
Before inking contracts and cutting records, Rose’s Pawn Shop played in a tattoo parlor and barber shop, but never in an actual pawn shop. However, the group’s name did not come from any pulp fiction.
“It’s true,” bandleader Paul Givant said about how his ex-girlfriend in a medieval fit of rage took his gear to a pawn shop. “I got my stuff back a few days after she kind of came to her senses and I was able to have her show me where she took all the stuff. It all worked out. We had a lot of horrible band names prior to that, so it kind of saved us in that respect. It gave us something to call ourselves that was cool and made sense.”
Although the band’s L.A. privileges are hardly closed, Rose’s Pawn Shop has built fan bases in the Northwest, Flagstaff and Phoenix, Ariz., and Lake Tahoe.
“In L.A., there are a lot of people here jumping up and down trying to get the attention of some big record label, a lot of broken dreams lining the streets,” he said.
“In Tahoe, it seems there is a lot of love for Americana and bluegrass music. We do a lot of touring but for whatever reason we had not come to Tahoe very much, so in the last couple of years we started making more of an effort and it’s been cool to see people coming out and digging what we’re doing.”
He described his band’s sound, which includes electric guitar and drums: “Americana is the blanket term but I think it’s a mixture of rock, bluegrass, folk and country with a little Celtic.”