Disco Biscuits’ seamless songs give rise to fever dream in Lake Tahoe.

Crowd bathed in light and trance. Photos: Larry Sabo

“Welcome to our first show of 2024!” enthused Jon Gutwillig, lead vocalist and guitar player of The Disco Biscuits.

The Philadelphia-based band took the stage at the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room for the first of the band’s two night run, and immediately proceeded to play for 25 minutes to a room where the floor noticeably bounced with the dancing of all in the front half of the room before the first break in the music. It would be one of the only gaps in the music for the remainder of the night.

For the ensuing set, the Disco Biscuits turned the Crown Room into a fever dream of lights and atmosphere – with LED light bars, lasers and smoke machines all filling the room. If one could imagine a Rolling Stones-like stage set up compacted into an indoor club, it might paint the scene for the room throughout the band’s set.

Keys player Aron Magner dueled with multiple synths and electric organs, while the interplay between Gutwillig’s guitar and Marc Brownstein’s trance-infused bass lines took the room from a sweaty swarm of movement bounding up build ups and resulting in cathartic peaks. The band set off on jam-like workings of several songs grouped together without break – the first set including “Why We Dance”, “Caterpillar” and “Fire Will Exchange”. The second set stretched even longer, with parts of “One Chance To Save The World”, “Bombs” and “Astronaut” mixed in.

With little opportunity for a pause, the band played well into the night to an audience bathed in electro funk rhythms and illuminated tones, returning for an encore of “Morph Dusseldorf”.

Opening their current tour in Lake Tahoe, the Disco Biscuits will continue on the road through mid-April with a cross-country itinerary of shows.

The Disco Biscuits illuminate on their first show of tour in Lake Tahoe.

ABOUT Shaun Astor

Shaun Astor
Shaun Astor cites pop music singers and social deviants as being among his strongest influences. His vices include vegan baking, riding a bicycle unreasonable distances and fixating on places and ideas that make up the subject of the sentence, "But that’s impossible…" He splits his time between Reno and a hammock perched from ghost town building foundations. Check out his work at www.raisethestakeseditions.com

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