Isaac Freed - Musical Director
Music in Tahoe was founded in 2008 by Tahoe-local Isaac Freed, a formally trained musician and stellar DJ/emcee. Today, Music in Tahoe has grown into a highly-talented team of DJs, musicians and sound/lighting engineers who work collectively to provide a highly personalized experience for clients who want music to tell the story of their relationship and guide the journey of their wedding day. More than simply wedding DJs, our team is creating a personalized soundtrack for your big day. We not only curate playlists but mix/blend/beat match, play live music, create custom arrangements of favorite songs, write original compositions, and deploy the right technology to create unforgettable events.
With musicians who have logged serious tour miles and stage time with well known acts, as well as actively performing in the local Tahoe/Reno music scene, Music in Tahoe is fluent across a wide range of genres including jazz, classical, Americana, funk, soul, top 40, hip hop, and latin styles. Working collaboratively with each couple, we use a meticulous pre-event planning process to ensure that every musical aspect of the event matches your vision and flows seamlessly with the timeline of your day. From the most formal indoor soirees to completely off grid affairs, Music in Tahoe specializes in creating magical musical moments that make for a truly unforgettable experience.
Peter Kowalczyk - Production Manager
Peter holds a B.S. in Engineering from Cornell University, where he majored in Electrical Engineering and designed his own minor in Audio Science and Technology. In addition to his deep technical skill in audio and lighting system design, he is an accomplished guitarist, having studied Jazz while at Cornell and later at the Berkeley Jazz School.
When he's not working his day job designing electronics for the world’s best loudspeakers at Meyer Sound Labs, Peter mixes live shows at Crystal Bay Club, Alibi Ale Works, T-Bar Social Club in June Lake, and other venues and events around Northern California. Peter also performs with Drop Theory, Rapplesauce and other Tahoe-based groups.
Milton Merlos - DJ/Musician
Milton brings unique flavor and an incredible amount of talent to the team. Milton plays the guitar masterfully, speaks fluently in Spanish and English and DJs to top it off! Milton's guitar playing stands out and he has made tasteful arrangements of modern pop music, classic hits, latin favorites and more. Milton grew up in Boston, MA and has lived in Spain, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara and now resides in Reno, NV.
Milton has shared the stage with many top-tier artists; Ozomatli, Michael Franti, George Benson, Jay Leno, Jessey Cook and The Doobie Brothers. If you're looking for a highly-talented guitarist, bilingual emcee and energized DJ for your wedding than Milton is the best fit for you!
The Bayberry Cast - Band/Musicians
Lucas Arizu and Darcy Kathleen of The Bayberry Cast are the area's premier jazz, soul, latin and world vibe experts. Specializing in timeless music for private events, wedding ceremonies and cocktail hours this duo covers a wide variety of music from around the world over the past seven decades. Vocalist Darcy Kathleen sings in French, Portuguese, Spanish and English in a variety of styles and can create the perfect vibe for any event.
Guitarist and flutist Lucas Arizu was born and raised in Buenos Aires, where he developed incredible skill and mastery of the instruments Lucas relocated to Reno, NV where he further developed his musical resume in jazz, classical and various other styles. As a soloist, Lucas brings the ultimate musical ability to the guitar offering custom arrangements, original works and more.
Rusty Belicek - DJ/Producer
Rusty B was born to DJ. He's been rocking crowds all around the world playing everywhere from Vancouver to Australia since 1990. He's performed at hundreds of weddings and brings a professionalism and skill that is rarely found in the wedding industry. Rusty has spent years honing and mastering the craft. He performs at every type of event and club, learning what works and what doesn’t. Rusty's DJing is something that comes from the heart and he can not only curate magnificent playlists for your wedding but also mix, blend, beat match, scratch and create tasteful mashups on the fly.
One half of the highly-acclaimed All Good Funk Alliance, Rusty has been producing, remixing and releasing music under a variety of labels worldwide since the early '90s. If you're looking for a next-level DJ for your wedding than Rusty is your man.
Sam Ravenna - DJ/Musician
Sam is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, has surrounded himself with music his whole life. An accomplished bassist, guitarist, singer and bandleader, he has toured internationally with a diverse number of artists as well as his own projects, and played venues from small NYC clubs to colorado’s Red Rocks. When settling in Tahoe, he found a niche and passion for providing the soundtrack for the "most important day" of people's lives. Now he is available to add some soul to your wedding with a solo or band set of classics from Motown to modern, acoustic guitar for ceremony, and a seamlessly mixed DJ dance party. Whether it's the quality of the sound, guest interaction and engagement, or the over all customer care and prompt communications, Sam makes sure all aspects of his services are top notch. After all the prep; emails and phone calls, learning songs and digging for tracks, there’s nothing Sam loves more than to see the bride and the groom grinning ear to ear and getting down on the dance floor at the end of a fun and unforgettable night!”
Chris Waechter - Violist
Chris has been extensively involved in music from age five. Beginning on piano, his new passion for the viola initiated a promising string career. When he was twelve years old he began taking lessons under the influential Munjoon Alison of the New West Symphony and with Barbara Corbato of the Grand Rapids Symphony through college. Chris received a music scholarship during his college career and has appeared at The Cave, The Ventura Artwalk, The Henry Ford Museum, the Reagan Library, the Historic Thunderbird, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, the Chart House, Devos and Brown Bag Showcases, Revivus Music Festival, the Venice Canals, on the streets of Denver, Lincoln, Santa Monica, Ventura, Holland, South Lake Tahoe, Charleston, Santa Barbara, and at various colleges. He has also played with groups such as the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, Charmante String Quartet, Hope College Symphony, Chapel Band, Steve Talaga, and The Brilliance. The Emerson String Quartet, Trio Solisti, and Brentana String Quartet master classes also provided his exceptional playing style that he brings to his audiences.