Most of the musicians in the band have been playing an instrument since before their ages were in double digits. Stan Charles began sitting in with his dad’s band when he was 2 and his sister Jenni started playing the fiddle when she was 5.
Truckee Tribe is made up of family members Stan, Jenni and their father, Pete Charles. Josh Roelle on guitar and back-up vocals and Pat Korte round out the band. Stan plays guitar and sings, Pete is the bassist and Jenni is on fiddle, percussion and back-up vocals. Roelle plays guitar and also does back-up vocals and Korte is the drummer.
The group was originally formed when Stan moved to Truckee from Long Beach, Calif.
“I was really into the reggae scene down there,” Stan said. “I wanted to get up in the mountains and when I got up here, I had a few songs under my belt from the old stuff. I started a trio with my roommate Pat (Korte) and my dad and we started playing bar shows.”
Truckee Tribe became a local favorite, regularly playing local bars. They have now been together for about three years.
The band is known for its unique sound. Truckee Tribe uses the dub sound, which is achieved by emphasizing drum and bass frequencies that add echo and reverb effects.
“When they used to sell reggae records, they would have one side with the music with lyrics and the other side was just the music,” Stan said. “That’s kind of how dub started. People started distorting the sides on the albums, and we’re one of the few bands around that does live dub music.”
Stan described the band’s music as “freeform” since it incorporates so many different genres.
“Lately, I can’t really describe our musical style because the drummer we usually have is on tour,” Stan said. “Every different drummer brings their own unique style. It could be more reggae one night and more hip hop another night.”
The group even incorporates the ’90s grunge musical style and other forms of rock.
Stan said that the group is trying to push into the music scene in South Lake Tahoe, Reno and Sparks. They will be playing at the Cantina located at 926 Victorian Ave. beginning at 9:30 p.m. DJ One Truest will be spinning when the group is not playing.