Music in the mountains | Outdoor concerts fill summer nights

By Jenn Sheridan  ·



Ron Richman  ·

Long days and nice weather provide the perfect opportunity to get out and mingle with the community while enjoying great music. Free shows are hosted across the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee region throughout the summer, so be sure to catch some of these fantastic bands. With many returning favorites, as well as some fresh faces, there are plenty of chances for an evening of funky tunes and even funkier dance moves. Here are some highlights from each of the five free nights of summer music:



Matt Palmer  |  Squaw Valley 



Start the day poolside with live music at High Camp before heading to the Village for the main event at 6 p.m. every Tuesday through Aug. 26. Squaw Valley will be offering discounted Aerial Tram tickets to High Camp during Bluesdays only.

Milton Merlos kicks off the day on July 1 with his Spanish Flamenco guitar playing at High Camp and Chris Cain closes out the night with warm vocals over blues-soaked guitar.

Hans Eberbauch. who is also known as the vocalist for Joy & Madness takes the stage at High Camp on July 8. Studebaker John & The Hawks return to Squaw Valley with their old-school, raw blues sounds.

Candye Kane is a powerful vocalist who turned her colorful past into a bright future. She’ll be belting out tunes on July 15. Hear the homemade tunes of the Homemade Jamz Blues Band onJuly 22. While the sibling trio may all be under the age of 25, a hearty dose of B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan has heavily influenced their lives and music.

Hailed as the “Mark Twain of Americana” Paul Thorne brings an aggressive style of blues-rock to the Valley on July 29. Shane Dwight comes all the way from Nashville on Aug. 19 before Terry Hancke closes out the summer blues season on Aug. 26.

Squaw Valley |

High Camp  |  12:30-3:30 p.m.
July 1   |  Milton Merlos
July 8   |  Hans Eberbauch
July 15   |  Lucas & Kendal
July 22   |  Milton Merlos
July 29   |  Dan Brauer (Leche de Tigre)
Aug. 5   |   TBD
Aug. 12   |  Tim Snider
Aug. 19   |  Milton Merlos
Aug. 26   |  Tim Snider

Village at Squaw Valley  |  6-8:30 p.m.
July 1   |  Chris Cain
July 8   |  Studebaker John & The Hawks
July 15   |  Candye Kane
July 22   |  Homemade Jamz Blues Band
July 29   |  Paul Thorne
Aug. 5   |  Nikki Hill
Aug. 12   |  Hamilton Loomis
Aug. 19   |  Shane Dwight
Aug. 26   |  Terry Hanck



Truckee Donner Recreation & Parks District


Music in the Park

Pack a picnic and enjoy dinner on the lawn at the “Salty” Gebhard Amphitheater while being serenaded by some of the best local musicians until Aug. 27. Moonalice returns to the stage on July 2. Down Beat combines members from other local favorite bands including Drop Theory, Mama’s Cookin’ and Quartet Minus One to create some booty shakin’ funk on July 9.

Jo Mama comes all the way from Saskatoon to rock the stage on July 16. If you like smokin’ horns and a hot rhythm section, don’t miss Groove Foundry on July 30. Hear some of Santana’s best tunes from Montaña on June 20. De Ja Vu returns to close out the last night of Music in the Park on Aug. 27.

Truckee River Regional Park | 6:30 p.m. |

July 2   |  Moonalice
July 9   |  Down Beat
July 16   |  Jo Mama
July 23   |  Blues Monsters
July 30   |  Groove Foundry
Aug. 6   |  Drop Theory
Aug. 13   |  Baron Von Rimmel & Friends
Aug. 20   |  Montaña
Aug. 27   |  De Ja Vu





Truckee Thursdays

Every Thursday night throughout the summer, Historic Downtown Truckee is transformed into a street fair featuring local vendors, great food and rocking music until Aug. 21. Head out to support the local artists and small businesses that make the Truckee community great. Explore downtown after the main event and check out the after parties hosted by CoffeeBar, Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, Tourist Club and more. Don’t miss the rowdy part-country part-punk rock sounds of The Defibulators on June 26. Known for their fiery live shows, Con Brio is a must see on July 31. Down North mixes rock and soul on Aug. 14.

Truckee Train Depot | 5 p.m. |

June 26   |  Defibulators
July 3   |  Peter Burtt
July 10   |  Sneaky Creatures
July 17   |  Thick Newton
July 24   |  McKenna Faith
July 31   |  Con Brio
Aug. 7   |  Shotgun Wedding Quintet
Aug. 14   |  Down North
Aug. 21   |  Jo Mama & Dust Bowl Revival



Chris Talbot 


Music on the Beach

What better way to start the weekend than dancing on the beach? Watch the sun set over the lake and enjoy great music every Friday night until Aug. 29 at Kings Beach State Recreation Area. Local food trucks provide food and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will be on hand pouring cold beer.

Tahoe favorites such as Mojo Green and Keyser Soze will be making an appearance on the stage. Local rockers Drop Theory play a mix of choice covers and original pieces on July 11. Tahoe-based reggae heads Horsemouth bring island vibes to the lake on Aug. 22.

Kings Beach Rec. Area | 6:30 p.m. |

June 27  |  Blues Monsters
July 11  |  Drop Theory
July 18  |  Zanzibar
Aug. 1  |  The Wrinkle
Aug. 8  |  Mojo Green
Aug. 15  |  Keyser Soze
Aug. 22  |  Horsemouth
Aug. 29  |  Jacked Up



Ron Richman


Concerts at Commons

Unwind from a busy weekend with a afternoon of music and friends at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Concerts at Commons brings a great line-up this summer through Sept. 7. From the nine-piece funk group Turkuaz to West Shore locals Dead Winter Carpenters each evening is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Enjoy the musical mix of Mumbo Gumbo on Aug. 3. Hailed as the West Coast’s best Brazilian band, SambaDa hits the stage on Aug. 24. Sacramento-based funk band The Nibblers extend the summer concert season into fall with a show on Sept. 7.

Commons Beach | 4 p.m. |

June 29  |  Peter Joseph Burtt & Kingtide, Jelly Bread (3 p.m. start)
July 6  |  Turkuaz
July 13  |  Mingo Fishtrap
July 20  |  Lebo & Friends
July 27  |  Leche De Tigre
Aug. 3  |  Mumbo Gumbo
Aug. 10  |  New Monsoon
Aug. 17  |  Dead Winter Carpenters
Aug. 24  |  SambaDa
Aug. 31  |  Joy & Madness, Groove Foundry
Sept 7.  |  The Nibblers


Check out the Entertainment section in every issue of The Weekly and online at for up-to-date information on the live music scene in Tahoe and Truckee.