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Ten Foot Tiger, Black Star Safari

September 29, 2017


The next Black Star Safari includes a sighting of the never-seen-before-at-Tahoe Ten Foot Tiger.

Black Star Safari is the rock duo Dan Green and Matt Mandella, who met at music school and started the band while living at South Lake Tahoe. Ten Foot Tiger is a band Green recently put together. The two groups will perform Friday, Sept. 29, in the American Legion Hall. Black Star Safari takes the stage first at 9 p.m. The cover is $8.

Ten Foot Tiger was created to play this summer at the For The Funk Of It Festival.

“Mat couldn’t make it so I put together a group of Sacramento musicians to jam,” Green told Tahoe Onstage. “After we had about two weeks of practice, we played the festival.

“I was definitely nervous for the first time in a while, but everyone just clicked once we hit the stage. It was very well received at the festival, and all of us agreed that we should keep it going. It just felt natural. We all have our main gigs, so this is all of our side project. I just had a bunch of material that wouldn’t work with Black Star Safari.”

Green, a Whittell High alumnus, plays guitar. He described the Ten Foot Tiger members.

Keyboard player Alex Agius: “I met him at Jazz Jam in Sacramento and he totally blew me away. So I knew we needed to play together.”

Drummer Billy Thompson: “I met him at the Davis Music Festival. He was playing with a Latin jazz band and we got along immediately.”

Bassist Mikey Palmer: “He’s a funk legend who plays with The Nibblers and Mumbo Gumbo. Black Star Safari had played a few gigs with his bands and had him sit it, so he was my first choice.”

The band’s sound?

“As far as styles goes, it’s truly all over the map, to define is to confine,” Green said. “We have funk, jazz, latin, pop, ballads, blues, electronic, rock, folk. I’d like to think a little something for everyone.”

At the American Legion show, there will be live painting by South Lake Tahoe artist Simone Sannazzaro.

Donations will be accepted for a GoFundMe account for hurricane victims in Culebra and Vieques, Puerto Rico.


September 29, 2017
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American Legion Post 795
2748 Young Street
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150 United States
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