This Tahoe hoedown promises to be a boot-stomping night with four well-loved bluegrass sensations. Join Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra, Royal Jelly Jive, Willy Tea Taylor, and The Sam Chase & The Untraditional in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room on Feb. 15.

Willy Tea Taylor, as you may remember from our ninth Tiny Porch Concert, is a beloved troubadour known for his heartfelt ballads and his ability to command the stage as a one-man show. Originally from central California, Taylor is a self-proclaimed California cowboy. Usually sporting his iconic felt hat, which he remorsefully forgot to bring to our concert, and picking his acoustic guitar, Taylor is a down-to-earth, positive spirit both on and off the stage.

Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra, yep, from our second Tiny Porch Concert are a Santa Cruz-based band that specializes in roots music. Their thought-provoking lyrics are slightly cryptic, relying on imagery and symbols to convey emotion through each song. The band uses acoustic guitars, a fiddle, a stand-up bass, and shakers, accompanying Marty’s deep, soulful voice to tell their stories. It’s as if the group has a secret to tell that only comes out through the notes and depth of their songs.


Royal Jelly Jive, dressed in top hats and Burning-Man-esque garb, bring some San Francisco soul to the stage. Avant-garde, retro, and sultry, this funk band blends modern and throwback tunes that could rock a jazz club or intensify an already jiving dance party. Lead singer Lauren Bjelde’s voice sounds like a mesh between a raspy Lily Allen and the fierce Amy Winehouse. Their vibe is retro,edgy, and wildly unique.

You’ll have to stay around for the after-party show for The Sam Chase & The Untraditional, a rowdy group playing guitars, pianos, basses, drums, trumpets, and fiddles. Sam’s voice is rugged and rich, oozing with determination and grit in each song. As noted on their website, “The Sam Chase & The Untraditional hails from San Francisco, California. This juggernaut of a band blends rock n roll with folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes that come from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock.”

This show is set to be a genre-bending night of incredible music. And as the immortal girl-band Destiny’s Child once said, these bands will surely get the club “jumpin’, jumpin’.”

INFO: Info: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room; 21 and over;


  • Molly Wilcox

    A San Francisco transplant, MOLLY WILCOX is exploring a full-time commitment to her love of writing and the outdoors. When she’s not on the slopes in winter or on the water in summer, writing, reading, and long conversations entertain her. As the new office manager and reporter at Moonshine, she’s hoping to merge her passions for creativity and the world around her, while getting to know the Tahoe community.

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