Sagebrush Rebels play flatbed Saturday in Carson City

Sagebrush Rebels perform Saturday night in Carson City.

Sagebrush Rebels perform Saturday night in Carson City.

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It’ll be a clear evening Saturday for music to fill the air as the Sagebrush Rebels take to the Flatbed stage hosted by The Brewery Arts Center.
The local band performs Saturday night on a flatbed stage, donated by Miles Construction throughout Carson City.
Bandleader Cherie Shipley said she’ll be happy to be performing outside.
“Singing country in a rural area for me, is just more authentic,” she said. “I personally love the outdoor concerts and stuff like that because there’s an that element of being outside and that’s just a great feeling.
It’s the band’s first gig since last August and Shipley said they are excited to be playing music again.
They’re known for playing classic to contemporary country hits. So, the setlist will be comprised of cover songs.
“We feel that we have a good mixture of old popular stuff and a smattering of newer stuff,” she said.
The band will be playing as a five-piece band. The band includes Nancy Barker on keys; Mark McKinnon on guitar; Tommy Stiles on pedal steel and Billy Heise on drums; Shipley takes care of lead vocals. She said the band is good at harmonies as four members sing. Although they’ll be without one of them for the flatbed show.
“The fact that four of us sing, we have nice harmonies,” she said. “That’s just a big plus in a band.”
They usually play as a seven piece, but they had to scale down to fit on the flatbed. With their fiddle player unavailable, it made it an easy option to choose the pedal steel as part of this show. Shipley said the band’s sound will be very similar to when all seven are on stage.
Shipley said the keyboard player, Barker, can make up for not having a bass with the keyboard. She said Barker plays “left hand bass,” which is a term for keyboard players who can play bass with their left hand, and keys with their right hand. Something that takes extra talent to do, she said.
Shipley said the band is excited. She said the music they play, they do very well.
“We really nail the songs,” she said. “If people are listening, they’ll love it because it sounds just like it should.”
The band has a couple more gigs lined up in the area too. They’ll be playing at the Silver Saddle Ranch for Jazz and beyond on Aug. 15. They also will have a show at the Village Green at Caughlin Ranch in Reno on July 18.
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The Brewery Art Center’s Levitt AMP Concert Series kicks off Saturday, July 10, at the Minnesota Street Stage.

WHAT: Sagebrush Rebels on the Brewery Art Center’s Flatbed stage
WHERE: On a flatbed truck through Carson City. Here is a map of the course:
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m.


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