When asked to describe the music of Drop Theory in one sentence, guitarist Peter Kowalczyk replied, “It’s all about a having a funky good time.”
These North Lake funksters will be hitting some classic South Lake venues for the first time this week, including opening the Live at Lakeview summer music series with Ghanaian drummer Paa Kow on June 23 and headlining the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on June 26.
“It’s just about working on fun, exciting, new music. What does the band want to play? What are we capable of learning? It’s great to pick up challenging and interesting material.
“What we’re most excited about right now is a of couple dates in South Lake Tahoe where we haven’t played a whole lot yet,” said Kowalczyk. “It’s a new market for a local band like us.”
While it’s energizing to visit new cities like San Francisco and Sacramento, Kowalczyk believes Drop Theory is lucky to be able to build a strong, loyal fan base right at home.
“We cover predominantly our local geographic area,” he says. “A lot of bands strive hard to go out on the road and create a fan base. We’ve been able to continue on here in Tahoe and have great times with friends and fans. I’d like to give a huge thanks to the Tahoe community for all the support over the years of Drop Theory and live music in general.”
For Kowalczyk, the opportunity to play live in a groovy local band is just what the doctor ordered.
“Personally, it’s just about working on fun, exciting, new music. What does the band want to play? What are we capable of learning? It’s great to pick up challenging and interesting material. For me, it’s been an outlet and opportunity to work on my guitar playing and learn new music.”
While Drop Theory has been around for seven years, they’ve recently made some changes to the lineup. Kowalczyk joined four years ago, and now they’ve added Bazooka Zoo jammers from Reno, including Miguel Jimenez on drums, Chris Sexton on keyboards and Dom Lacala on trumpet.
“It’s exciting to see the band growing and evolving,” said Kowalczyk. “It opens up new opportunities for us. Through all the changes, we’ve grown and improved every step of the way. When it comes to horns, one voice versus two makes a world of difference. Adding the keys allows me to play guitar with more space. It lets me explore melodically rather than holding down the harmonic content.”
In addition to his guitar duties with Drop Theory, Kowalczyk runs music company DT Productions in collaboration with bassist Isaac Freed.
“There’s a couple legs on this stool, so to speak,” he says. “I’ve been involved in live music production since high school. We have all this equipment we’ve invested in as a band. It occurred to me that we could put it to good use. That side of things has grown a lot in the last few years. This summer, we have more dates in production than performing. It’s easier to coordinate one person than six.”
DT Productions will be running sound at the Crystal Bay Club, Moe’s Original BBQ in Tahoe City, Truckee’s Music in the Park and Squaw Valley events this summer.
You can catch the band live this summer and scope out their music and stories at droptheory.com.
Coming up shows
June 23 | 4:30 p.m.
Lakeview Commons | South Lake Tahoe
June 26 | 8:30 p.m.
Hard Rock | Stateline, Nev.
July 20 | 6 p.m.
Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater | Truckee
Aug. 12 & 13 | 9 p.m.
Bar of America | Truckee