If you’re trying to shake off that over-stuffed, post-Thanksgiving feeling, head on down to Steamers Bar & Grill tonight for a dose of reggae and rock provided by South Lake Tahoe’s Taking Root. The free show starts at 9 p.m.
“Reggae and fusion with a twist of South Lake Tahoe,” is how band members describe themselves. Formed in 2014, Taking Root is EJ Hixenbaugh on drums, Warren Martineau on bass, Zephyr Uber on guitar and Molly DeLallo on vocals.
At a show earlier this month at Lakeside Inn, Taking Root dropped a cover of Rancid’s “Time Bomb,” along with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge” and “Soul to Squeeze.” (Tonight, perhaps a little “Snow?”)
“Playing classic reggae from Bob Marley to Slightly Stoopid, we add alternate and classic rock songs to out repertoire with our own reggae twist,” the band’s online bio notes. “
Influences include the Wailers, Passafire, Iration, Rebelution, Grimy Styles, Sublime, the Chili Peppers, Don Carlos, Peter Tosh and Pato Banton.
Drummer/percussionist Hixenbaugh has played in a number of Tahoe-area bands, performing and touring with groups such as the F.B.I., Anxiety, the Hecklers, the Elkos, Bionic Gorilla Project, the Hyenas, Cash Only, Screaming Meg and Rise Up.
Martineau, the bassist, has played in bands from a variety of genres, including alternative, Big Band, Hawaiian, industrial, grunge, reggae and rockabilly. He attended Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, where he studied music and became attached to the Lake Tahoe area.
The guitarist, Uber, attended Sacramento State University to study music and his influences include jazz, funk, classical music and fusion. He has worked both as a solo artist and collectively with other musicians in the Basin.
A Lake Tahoe native, DeLallo is Taking Root’s lead singer. Performing in her home town since choir in elementary school, her career highlights include singing at a Giants/Padres baseball game and at the Olympic Torch run ceremony. DeLallo has been influenced by such singers as Etta James, Dusty Springfield, Amy Winehouse and Joni Mitchell.
On Saturday night, South Shore favorites Black Star Safari, the rocking duo of guitarist Dan Green and drummer Matt Mandella, will take the stage at Steamers in another free show. Steamers Bar & Grill is located at 2236 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe.