The Devil Makes Three raises hell at Lake Tahoe

Kurt Johnson / Tahoe Onstage
The Devil Makes Three thrills a sellout crowd in the South Shore Room.

If your gonna do wrong, buddy, do wrong right. There were gasps, guffaws and shaking heads when The Devil Makes Three, then four, then five, came onstage on Thursday, Dec. 29, in the South Shore Room at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The trio of musicians on the records — Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino and Cooper McBean — play stringed instruments but they don’t comprise a traditional bluegrass band. Moreover, the inclusion of a drummer and a fiddle player shouldn’t have been a surprise. There also were five onstage during The Devil Makes Three’s previous South Shore appearance, January 2016 at MontBleu.

Playing a blend of ragtime and rockabilly, the band has always called itself an alt-country band, but bluegrass fans certainly love it, too. The general admission show was a sellout. Although a power outage that delayed the start, the crowd thoroughly enjoyed the show.

With a new full-length album, “Redemption & Ruin,” which was released on Sept. 16, The Devil Makes Three has just begun a national tour that will last until Feb. 4. Bernhard, Turino and McBean are Vermont natives who moved to California and started recording in 2002.

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Pete Bernhard
Pete Bernhard
Lucia Turino
Lucia Turino
Cooper McBean
Cooper McBean
And the drummer makes four.
And the drummer makes four.

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ABOUT Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons
Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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