Catch a Fever

By Jenn Sheridan · 


When: Nov. 7 & 14, Dec. 5 & 12 | 7 p.m.
Where: Coffeebar | Truckee, Calif.
Admission: $5 | includes house beer, wine or coffee
Ages: 21+

A bustling coffee shop by day, Coffeebar is a favorite spot for Truckee locals to meet to talk business, trail conditions and social events. As the sun goes down on a Friday night, however, the shop takes on a different feel. Tables are moved, a stage appears and the crew gears up for a night of dancing during Friday Fever.

Following the success of its Truckee Thursday after parties this summer, Coffeebar teamed up with local musicians to help keep the music scene alive during the off-season. The series kicked off with Ground$core and Crispylicious on Oct. 3.

I managed to get out on Oct. 17 and enjoy Reno locals Mojo Green as they turned the Coffeebar into a funky, late-night dance floor. The small space and ground-level stage make for an intimate setting as the bands are rocking right in your face and although the official start time is 7 p.m., it seems acceptable to show up fashionably late. We’re running on Tahoe Time after all.

The fun continues on Nov. 7 with Truckee’s Charles the First w/Potions, who will be serving his balanced melodies with low frequency love. Charles the First released his inaugural album “Waves of Life” in August and has been working on a load of new tunes for your listening pleasure.

Chango and Gurbtron keep the electronic theme whomping at Coffeebar on Nov. 12. Chango has been heavily involved in the local electronic scene since returning to Tahoe in 2002 and continues to keep pushing the boundaries of local music.

The fifth evening of Friday Fever brings local multi-talented musician Zebuel Early to the stage. In his newest project, “Smoked Out Soul,” Zeb combines his love of spinning beats with his talented, live guitar performances to create old-school funk and soul with heavy beats and crunked-up vibe.

Round out the trifecta of DJs on Dec. 5 with North Lake’s LAMBchop. Mixing beats somewhere between funk, soul, hip-hop, electro soul and bass, LAMBchop has been making a high-energy scene around the area.

End the fall music series with a bang on Dec. 12 during the finale blow out with Coburn Station. Named in honor of S.S. Coburn, who ran a stage station and public house for teamsters east of Donner Lake Camp and played music for his guests, the band brings a soulful blues and rock jam to keep the crowd rocking.

Start your weekend at Coffeebar where just $5 will get you a night on the dance floor with some great local music along with a complimentary beverage of your choice.

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Jenn Sheridan

Jenn is a freelance writer using words, photos and digital media to connect people to the outdoors.