The levee will surely break Saturday night at the CBC as the long-haired ladies from Zepparella take the stage in the Crown Room. The four musicians that make up the Led Zeppelin cover band come from an incredible talent base of rock’n'roll, funk, and jazz.
While the musicians separately work on solo albums, song writing, and teaching music, Zepparella is the creative side project and a powerful force to be reckoned with. The four women will start the live show at 10 p.m. and the CBC will host an after party with Metal Echo. Tahoe welcomes Zepparella as they head to the Crystal Bay Club after leaving Montana last week.
Clementine, an incrediblly accomplished drummer, first worked with guitarist Gretchen Menn in the cover band AC/DShe. The collaboration resulted in excellent live shows and recordings, and the birth of Zepparella. Along with singer Noelle Doughty and bassist Angeline Saris, the quartet also formed a side project, The House of More.
Clementine favors Led Zeppelin’s Bonham over any other drummer and devoting her life to playing his music well has been a labor of love. When first starting Zepparella, Clementine admits to being in the studio eight hours a day:
“If I couldn’t do it the best I could, I wasn’t going to do it,” she says on Zepparella’s website.
“I decided it was time for me to take the step into the school of Bonham and I didn’t look back.”
Zepparella’s constant movement forward will bring them to the Crystal Bay Club this Saturday night for a live show for $15. On their Trouble Free Transmission Tour the musicians have visited Northern California, Montana, and Colorado.
Clementine said her goal is to be onstage every night and with the many projects she is involved with, it’s nearly a reality.
Led by Led
Front woman Noelle Doughty grew up in country but grew in to rock’n'roll and it was Led Zeppelin, she says on the band’s website, that was there through it all.
“The music of Led Zeppelin has been an education in musicology, in love, in magic and in healing,” the website reads. “It has been the golden soundtrack of my life–in every bend in the road … the light that has led through the darkness.”
It may have been the golden light of Zeppelin at work when Noelle met Gretchen backstage at a Robert Plant concert. When the women met the reality and the possibility was clear–Noelle would step front and center and Gretchen would bring her onboard Zepparella, the dream of drummer Clementine.
The live show at Lake Tahoe on Saturday will be a stark contrast to the hills of New York where Noelle calls home, but the singer and performer will always go where Zeppelin, and Zepparella, lead.
Following the Greats
Gretchen’s guitar heros don’t have a wide range–the woman sticks to the crazy, outlandish and extremely talented musicians and seeks to seep into and soak up their talents. With extensive studies of Frank Zappa, the guitarist received her undergraduate degree in music from Smith College. After a short lived career as a pilot and a subsequent need to return to the stage, Gretchen released a solo album in 2011 and is currently working on her second. The Crystal Bay Club looks forward to hosting such a talented and renown musician for a one night only live show. Zepparella and the music of Gretchen Menn will leave audiences Dazed and Confused.
The fourth dynamo in Zepparella is bassist Angeline Saris. Angeline is not a frustrated guitarist (as many bassist tend to be), but is fluent in both four and five string basses. She has played with the likes of Santana and when not on the road with Zepparella, is most likely found in the studio. Angeline won’t be unfamiliar with Lake Tahoe as they play their live show on Saturday night; she resides in Northern California. Besides her instrument, teaching is another passion of Angeline’s. She has worked at the National Guitar Workshop and also teaches private lessons.
Hearing the music of Led Zeppelin with the sultry twist of Noelle’s voice and becoming a part of the rocking performance of Gretchen on guitar and the soulful pursuit of some of the world’s greatest drumming by Clementine is the way to Ramble On this Saturday night. Stay for the CBC’s after party with Metal Echo in the Crown Room and be sure to catch the live show at 10 p.m. because Zeparella will be heading from Lake Tahoe to Salt Lake City.