Inspirational Entertainment


Keyser Soze
Jan. 9 | 8:30 p.m.
Free | All ages
Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats | Truckee, Calif.

The Dustbowl Revival
Jan. 10 | 8:30 p.m.
Free | All ages
Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats | Truckee, Calif.

Alphabet Soup
Jan. 17 | 8:30 p.m.
Free | All ages
Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats | Truckee, Calif.



“This is going to be a night you won’t want to miss,” shared JJ Morgan from Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats in a recent e-newsletter, and he was right on the mark. On Nov. 21, The Parlour Party, brainchild of Frances Joy Hamilton, entertained an enthusiastic crowd in historic downtown Truckee.

The rare public appearance of “The Parlour Party” packed the house. Hamilton has been hosting gatherings of talent, inspired by yesteryear, in her family’s home for a little more than a year. She gathered more than a dozen friends who performed a night to remember in late November, and The Parlour Party will be back on stage in April. This young woman is taking entertainment, fun and friendship to a higher level.

The Parlour Party is a celebration of music, poetry and storytelling in an enchanting Victorian fashion. Hamilton encourages her friends to share what they love and, at Moody’s, this included singing, reciting poems and playing a variety of instruments and tunes while dressed up.

A few months ago, the children and teens performed just outside of Moody’s among hundreds in attendance during a Truckee Thursday street party, and the high quality and positive energy brought them to the indoor stage at Moody’s.

Visit the Parlour Parties tab at to learn more, including 10 tips for hosting a Parlour Party.

Hamilton describes the start of the Parlour Parties in her own words:

“I started Parlour Parties because I like the idea of people dressing up and sharing their art with each other. A long time ago, before iPhones, computers and TVs, and even before radios, people gathered in their parlours by a piano to sing, play music, read poetry and show off their favorite outfits. But, of course, they didn’t have drum sets or amps back then.

“When we started Parlour Parties we did them in my living room without electricity. Then our parlour party grew to include stages, audiences, amps and even boys.
Now, we’re at Moody’s. I feel really happy that parlour parties are so flexible. I feel good that we can do them small and do them big.

“We hope this parlour party inspires you to start something yourself; doesn’t have to be a parlour party, just something you’ve always wanted to do. We’ve decided to dedicate tonight to the Bookshelf and our favorite books. Remember to always think of books. Instead of going home to watch TV or use our computers, how about we all get up and say hi to the Slow Arts instead.”



Truckee’s hot spot
Morgan consistently attracts noteworthy regional and national talent by bringing new sounds and artists to the stage. Though the space is small, the experience is large.

Keyser Soze, an original ska and rocksteady band with strong jazz and soul roots, will be on stage Jan. 9 and the next night, hailing from Venice, The Dustbowl Revival will perform. The Dustbowl brings together old school bluegrass, gospel, jug-band, swamp blues and 1930s swing.

Save the date for Alphabet Soup, a groundbreaking hip-hop Jazz band from San Francisco, which will perform on Jan 17.

Irresistible fondue, warming French onion soup and a consistently delicious array of seasonal menu offerings are another great reason to visit this Truckee hot spot known for delectable artisanal spirits and signature cocktails.

Find the latest news on entertainment and dining at Truckee’s Moody’s Bistro Bar on Facebook. Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats is located at 10007 Bridge St. on the corner of Donner Pass Road and Bridge Street in downtown Truckee. Moody’s is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Visit or call (530) 587-8688 for reservations.


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Nicole Cheslock
Hailing from the northeast, a love of skiing first attracted Nicole to the area. The scenic hikes along the Tahoe Rim Trail, long days of sunshine, refreshing summer dips and brilliant blue sky encouraged her to call this place home. Nicole holds a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Education, specializes in action-oriented education program evaluation and supports career connections for Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee. She lives with her husband and son in Truckee.