Beyond the fireworks | Region’s best 4th of July concerts

By Jenn Sheridan  · 



From fireworks to parades, street fairs and games, the Fourth of July weekend is sure to be action packed in the North Shore and Truckee. From some big name headliners to some of the region’s best local bands, the music scene will be rocking all weekend.

Locals entertain on July 3

The weekend starts early with the 3rd of July Fireworks celebration in Kings Beach. Root Elements will be performing during the festivities. Based out of the Tahoe Flow Arts studio, Root Elements is a group of artists, dancers, musicians, designers and choreographers who work the create a modern circus experience. Acrobatics, aerial dance, stilt walking, hula hooping and fire dancing come together to create an awe-inspiring performance.

After the fireworks, head to The Sandbar at Jason’s Bar and Grille for a show by Truckee rockers One Track Mind. Featuring front woman Kandy Xander, who also performs with Metal Echo, this blues-infused rock band puts their unique twist on covers from favorites such as The Black Keys, G. Love and Special Sauce, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones, along with a solid list of original jams.

Local bands will be rocking Incline Beach (beach open to residents and guests only) from 3 to 7 p.m. on July 3 in Incline Village. Catch the progressive rock of Incline Village locals Paul David & the Drivers, Six Pack and Owin’ Big. (Note: Incline Beach is open to residents and guests only.)



Reno Phil celebrates on the 4th

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner on July 4during Incline Village’s firework display with a performance of “Chesapeake: Summer of 1814” by the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus featuring Tenor Albert Lee. Red, White and Tahoe Blue is recognized as one of the best fireworks celebrations in the nation by, and this year is sure to not disappoint.



Billy Ray Cyrus, Super Diamond play July 5

Red, White and Tahoe Blue culminates with a headlining performance by Billy Ray Cyrus on July 5. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy some of America’s greatest country music, and a heart-warming tribute and benefit to fallen American Marine Michael Landsberry as Cyrus entertains audiences outdoors on the Village Green. Hot off the release of his most recent record, “Change My Mind,” this performance is sure to showcase Cyrus’ roots in bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel and country music.

Northstar hosts BeerFest & Bluegrass on July 5. In addition to nearly 30 breweries on tap and an afternoon of family friendly activities, enjoy the music of Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players.

Young rootsgrass band Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys has jumped into the forefront of today’s progressive roots music movement. Distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise and creative arrangements are all essential characteristics of their unique sound. Instrumentally, they can turn on a dime, their arrangements showing a well-developed taste in music based on bluegrass traditions, but frequently dipping into swing jazz and popular song craft. Their sound is deftly guided by the clarion vocals of lead singer Lindsay Lou.

Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players is an award-winning acoustic quartet hailing from Stockton. These four gentlemen effortlessly blend Americana, Bluegrass, Soul and Old Time Music to create a unique, fresh and energetic sound. It is obvious from the moment this group takes the stage that they are ready to have a good time. Whether it’s a street corner, theater, club or outdoor festival, these boys are sure to leave a lasting impression.

Neil Diamond fans better not miss Super Diamond at Tahoe Donner’s annual Summer Concert on the Green on July 5. Super Diamond has transcended the label of tribute band by passionately immersing themselves in Neil Diamond’s huge repertoire and delivering a high-octane show of unforgettable classics, such as “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Sweet Caroline,” “Forever in Blue Jeans” and many others.

“The Surreal Neil” Randy Cordeiro started Super Diamond after discovering his uncanny ability to capture Diamond’s voice and mannerisms. Neil Diamond has performed with the band on more than one occasion. Super Diamond delivers a glittering, smoke-filled show performing Neil’s power ballads and up-tempo hits with unrestrained enthusiasm. The show is pure entertainment – classic music combined with fun, energy and passion – creating nostalgia for the good old days and excitement for today’s generation.

With so many great options, how is one to choose where to enjoy live music this Fourth of July Weekend?


Thursday, July 3

Root Elements
Kings Beach State Recreation Area | Kings Beach
5 p.m. | Free

One Track Mind
Jason’s Bar and Grille | Kings Beach
Following fireworks | Free

Incline Locals Showcase
Incline Beach | Incline Village, Nev.
3 p.m. | Free residents | $12 guests
Beach open to residents & guests only |


Friday, July 4

Reno Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
Village Green | Incline Village, Nev.
8 p.m. | $44-$200


Saturday, July 5

Billy Ray Cyrus
Village Green | Incline Village, Nev.
7 p.m. | $40-$125

BrewFest & Bluegrass
Northstar California | Northstar, Calif.
3 p.m. | $38

Super Diamond
Tahoe Donner Golf Course | Tahoe Donner, Calif.
5 p.m. | $35