Review: Animal Liberation Orchestra dodges snow to burn bright in Lake Tahoe!

ALO brings light to those who traveled through the snow storm. Photos: Larry Sabo.

Another much-anticipated local’s favorite band ALO, or Animal Liberation Orchestra, showed up to the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room on their Tour D’Amour, on Saturday February 3rd. ALO has a stage presence like no other! Known for putting on memorable shows, this appearance was no different as all of their music is original, lively and makes everyone smile and dance!

Sway Wild with Mandy Fer opened the show for ALO. Mandy told everyone that this was her first time touring and playing solo, and her first time performing in Nevada. One memorable moment was closing her set with the Annie Lennox/Eurythmics tune “Sweet Dreams.”

When ALO joined the party everyone was very excited to see them! They started with “Speed of Dreams”, “Plastic Bubble” and “They Party”.

“Thank you for risking life and limb to be here tonight! We are happy to see you!” Ezra Lipp, the group’s drummer, said to the audience commenting on the snowstorm that rolled through the Lake Tahoe area earlier in the day. Then people started throwing lots of homemade fabric stuffed hearts on the stage. There must have been at least 20 of them hanging out by the band! It made Steve Adams, the bass player, smile, leading to him commenting that, “It’s raining love,” as the band started playing “Stop that Train.” Dan Lebowitz grabbed his Steel Guitar as Steve Adam’s Mother was dancing and smiling to the beats on the side of the stage.

The group’s second set started with “The Ticket” with a long jam added to it. Lebo asked the audience “Tahoe you still with us? It’s a good time here!” In the midst of Lebo’s addressing the crowd, keyboardist Zack Gill grabbed his Accordion and started a duet accompanying Lebo’s guitar playing. They ended the show with “Maria.” It was a wonderful four hours of music and dancing!

The band thanked the crowd, announcing that they’d be traveling through the storm to Portland, Oregon for the next day’s show. After giving Lake Tahoe an amazing show, we wish the group safe travels and look forward to their next Tahoe area visit.

Animal Liberation Orchestra

ABOUT Marcia Schultz

Marcia Schultz
Marcia Schultz is a longtime Tahoe resident who has followed the music scene for many years. She has enjoyed different music genres from the West Coast to Nashville. She has been working with Tahoe Onstage since 2019.

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