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by Cortney Maddock
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Courtesy photo - Blue Turtle Seduction brings its mix of bluegrass, raggae, hip hop and other musical styles to Great Basin Brewing Co. on Friday and Saturday.
Courtesy photo - Blue Turtle Seduction brings its mix of bluegrass, raggae, hip hop and other musical styles to Great Basin Brewing Co. on Friday and Saturday.
Blue Turtle Seduction isn’t a nature group in search of an undiscovered creature, and it sure isn’t a pornographic stage show, like one Wyoming town thought. This five-man ensemble is a good South Lake Tahoe jam-band that will be playing at the Great Basin Brewing Co. Friday and Saturday night.

The lack of specificity in Blue Turtle Seduction’s name fits the band perfectly.

“The name is open to interpretation, but it describes us,” said vocalist, fiddler and mandolin player Chris Zupancic. “It’s an impulsive name but it describes us in a very ambiguous way.”

The band’s name is not its only curiosity-inducing element. When asked to describe Blue Turtle Seduction’s sound, Zupancic lets out a hefty sigh.

“Trying to describe the music is an exercise in futility,” Zupancic said.

“We all come from different backgrounds,” Zupancic said of his band members. “We play whatever we want so we go across a lot of different genres.”

The genre-jumping band pulls sounds from reggae, blue grass, hip-hop and whatever other sounds the band might find appealing.

“A lot of people will say, ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before,’ “ Zupancic said of fans’ response to the music.

Zupancic said the band’s sound has evolved greatly since it formed in 2001. The band members, Zupancic, drummer Adam Navone, vocalist and harmonica player Glenn Stewart, guitarist and vocalist Jay Seals and bassist Stephen Seals, all met while working at a conference center in Tahoe.

The band was born, Zupancic explained, from the need for a creative outlet.

“We played in a cabin called Aspen,” Zupancic said. “It was a group of people sitting and playing music together because it was fun. It was an equal opportunity band.”

While the group of musicians has whittled down to its current lineup, the band’s sound has taken some time to develop.

“Since it’s all original music there is no template,” Zupancic said. “The sound evolved with the members that remained. There was stuff that got thrown away and stuff we kept.

“None of us were specifically trained to the play the music that we play.”

Overcoming the initial hurdles, Blue Turtle Seduction just finished recording its second studio album, “13 Floors,” which the band will release this month.

Blue Turtle Seduction’s busy tour schedule made recording “13 Floors” an interesting process. The band spent nearly a month and a half recording tracks at Imirage Sound Lab Studio with Tom Gordon in Sparks.

Zupancic said Gordon has worked with an eclectic mix of people from Dr. Dre to The Beach Boys and even with Milli Vanilli on their 1993 comeback album “Rob & Fab.”

From there, Blue Turtle Seduction hit the road, leaving Gordon to mix the tracks and FedEx them to the band for approval.

“It actually works out just fine,” Zupancic said of the process. “We can’t wait around in one spot.”

The band has toured everywhere from Hawaii to San Francisco, Utah to Colorado.

“We just came off a 45-day tour,” Zupancic said.

All the hard work has paid off and the band has made a good impression on the people who have already discovered its funky-fun, blue-grassy kind of sound.

“They are one of the best bands to come down,” said Great Basin Brewery manager Paul Ganzer.

Even though Ganzer is excited the band can make it to Sparks to play for two shows, he can’t describe the sound either.

“It’s fast-paced, bluegrass,” Ganzer said. “It’s tough to describe.”

Regardless of the ambiguity that shadows the band, Zupancic is ready to have a good time.

“People say, ‘I just feel so happy,’ “ Zupancic said. “It’s an emotion roller coaster.”

Zupancic added that there will be a lot of dancing and energy at the show.

“It’s a real good time,” he added.

Blue Turtle Seduction will play Friday and Saturday night around 9:30 p.m. at Great Basin Brewing Co., 846 Victorian Ave. in Sparks. Cover charge is $10.

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