If you have enjoyed a relaxing afternoon at Pizza on the Hill, Alibi, or Moe’s, or if you have been at FiftyFifty or Auld Dubliner in the later hours in the past few years, there is a chance you have taken in the crunchy sounds of Rogue, Truckee’s all-female grunge cover band.

The trio has been playing together since 2011, when they were in another band, Burning Nylon, and has been performing as Rogue since 2020. Its eclectic setlist includes more than just the introspective, raw, down-tuned, and often defiant tracks that topped and later reclassified the alternative charts in the ’90s. Rogue’s full repertoire spans decades of rock and alternative music and ventures into new creative territory not only with its style, but also its ambition.

GOING ROGUE: Veronica Lichter, Brittany Rose, and Tiffany Connolly were originally part of the local band Burning Nylon but regrouped in 2020 as Rogue. Photo by Shelly Plourde

The band, consisting of lead vocalist and guitarist Veronica Lichter, drummer and vocalist Brittany Rose, and bassist and vocalist Tiffany Connolly, share more than just their passion for music, though.

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“When we get together, it’s like time for us to let go of all our problems through music,” Connolly said.

And with backgrounds in art and education, as well as their commonality as mothers, these local women are sharing their passions with Truckee and North Tahoe residents. Their unique blend of creativity, community, and collaboration has become even more pronounced in the wake of the pandemic.

“There were certain times where we were just emerging after Covid, where it felt like the community needed just to feel music and community and vibration,” Lichter shared.

Previously an art teacher at Tahoe Expedition Academy, Lichter completely transitioned to art, dedicating her time and effort to creative pursuits beyond the classroom. “I decided to take the leap and step into full-time art, so that’s my 9 to 5 now,” she said.

Rose, who teaches music at Glenshire Elementary School, emphasizes the nostalgic connection to the past that their music encourages within the community. She said it brings people back to earlier days, back to “those memories that music brings.”

Their performances not only entertain, but also resonate with longtime fans and newcomers alike.

“We have some people who have come to many, many of our gigs over many, many years,” Rose added. “A lot of my coworkers, or parents of my students now, know that they have a connection to the band.”

And as their lives and families grow, so does their local following.

“We’re all parents now,” Rose said. “That’s also bringing us into new crowds of people, obviously, as our kids grow.”

Connolly, who formerly taught at Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, is Moonshine Ink’s digital content editor and says while the band is sticking with the grunge vibe, it has lately ventured into fresh territory.

“We still do the ’90s covers, but we’ve introduced some really cool stuff,” she said.

More recently they have explored new musical territories, incorporating covers from artists like Jefferson Airplane, Tina Turner, and the Ramones and even Britney Spears.

“We try to also bring in the female voices,” Connolly said.

At a show, you might hear covers by artists like Hole, Alanis Morisette, Joan Osborne, and Stevie Nicks. And Lichter’s electric cello adds a unique element to their sound on songs like “#1 Crush” by Garbage or Filter’s “Hey Man Nice Shot”.

Their musical journey extends beyond familiar genres as well. A recent collaborative rehearsal with Russian Folk Singer Anya Dublennikova, owner of Truckee plant shop Good Anya, resulted in a distinctive blend of grunge and folk music.

“We got together, they started playing, and I just jumped in,” Dublennikova said. “It was so fun; it went better than I thought.”

Layering Dublennikova’s vocals over their rock on songs by Garbage or Bush, for example, adds a fresh and fascinating aspect to their already distinctive style. The band and Dublennikova now have plans to perform live together this summer.

Looking ahead, Rogue has a handful of exciting gigs lined up, including performances at Auld Dubliner at Palisades Tahoe on July 30, FiftyFifty Brewing on Aug. 9, and Tahoe Donner Association’s Music by the Meadow on Aug. 10.

For the band members, the goal is simple but heartfelt: Have fun and establish meaningful connections with audiences and the community while pursuing their passions and evolving as humans. Since the women are members of the Truckee and North Tahoe community, they experience the same contemporary concerns as anyone else.

“All of those elements that affect the community affect you, too,” Lichter said.

While their setlist may not remind a younger audience of its own youth, their fans are circulating their own version of nostalgia to their families. 

“Our fans are all our age, they know all our songs, and they love to expose their kids to that ’90s vibe,” Connolly said.

“I think there’s just a really special aspect of nostalgia that comes with our music,” Rose said. “People love singing along, you can tell it’s bringing them back.”

“Literally our goal is to have fun and to connect with our audience,” Connolly said. “If it stops being fun, if it starts being work, we’re done.”

Rogue’s spirit is apparent in its commitment to musical exploration, to its community, to its families and friends, and to pursuing its creativity, and the three women will continue to rock Truckee and North Tahoe with their passion for music in the future.

~ Bill Hatfield is a freelance writer specializing in travel, nature, and outdoor sports. After over 20 years in the tourism industry as a ski patroller, backcountry camp manager, and park ranger, he decided to slow down a bit and now delivers the mail and rides bikes across countries when he can. Follow him on Instagram @bike_rack_on_tour.   

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  • Bill Hatfield

    Bill Hatfield is a freelance writer specializing in travel, nature, and outdoor sports writing. After over twenty years in the tourism industry as a ski patroller, backcountry camp manager, and park ranger, he decided to slow down a bit and now delivers the mail and rides bikes when he can—across countries. Follow him on Instagram @ bike_rack_on_tour.

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