Boogie on a budget

By Jenn Sheridan · 


With so many festivals in the area, it’s easy to get a bit carried away. Now you may be starting to regret spending your entire summer music budget on that VIP pass to catch your favorite bands all on the same stage, but have no fear. North Lake Tahoe and Truckee are home to a myriad of talented regional musicians and there’s an opportunity to see them perform almost any night of the week. Put that wallet back in your pocket, dust off your dancing boots and get ready for six nights of juicy jams every week.


Tuesday | Bluesdays at Squaw Valley
If your soul craves guitar riffs in the pentatonic scale and vocals that come from somewhere deeper than the diaphragm, head to Squaw Valley and indulge in some of the countries hottest up and coming blues musicians. Tuesdays are a music double header with concerts at High Camp starting at noon followed by music in The Village at 6 p.m. The summer of blues kicks off on June 16 with self-taught guitar legend Coco Montoya.

High Camp | noon
June 16 Milton Merlos
June 23 Darcy and Lucas
June 30 Milton Merlos
July 7 Darcy and Lucas
July 14 Tim Snider Trio
July 21 Milton Merlos
July 28 Tim Snider
Aug. 4 Hans Eberbach
Aug. 11 Milton Merlos
Aug. 18 Darcy and Lucas
Aug. 25 Milton Merlos
Sept. 1 TBD
Sept. 8 TBD

Village at Squaw Valley | 6 p.m.
June 16
Coco Montoya w/The Blues Monsters
June 23 John Nemeth
June 30 Ron Hacker
July 7 Lydia Pense & Cold Blood
July 14 Haden Sayers
July 21 Mark Hummel Band with Little Charlie Baty
July 28 Hammish Anderson
Aug. 4 Chris Cain
Aug. 11 Terry Hanck
Aug. 18 The Stone Foxes
Aug. 25 The Blues Monsters
Sept. 1 Carolyn Wonderland
Sept. 8 TBD


Wednesday | Music in the Park

Truckee River Regional Park is the place to be on Wednesday nights as musicians take the stage at the “Salty” Gebhardt Amphitheater and let the music flow. Pack a picnic, a blanket and some good company and kick back on the lawn each week for an evening of hot tunes.

Truckee River Regional Park | 6:30 p.m.
June 17 Matt Connable Band
June 24 Deckhe­­ads
June 26 Air Force Band (Friday)
July 1 Groove Foundry
July 8 Jo Mama
July 15 Montana
July 22 Drop Theory
July 29 The Blues Monsters
Aug. 5 Sneaky Creatures
Aug. 12 Moonalice
Aug. 19 Trey Stone & Remmel
Aug. 26 Déjà vu


Thursday | Truckee Thursdays

What happens when you mix equal parts live music, local food and farmers’ market, hand-made creations from local vendors and plenty of family friendly fun? A street faire that has to be experienced to be truly appreciate, Truckee Thursdays has become a beloved event that brings the community together each week from June to August.

The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down; drop by one of the local haunts to keep dancing. Whether it’s a DJ spinning at the Tourist Club or a funky band rocking Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats or a local musician at Coffeebar, there’s plenty more to enjoy.

Main Stage | 5 p.m.
June 11 The Far West
June 18 The Jeff Jones Trio
June 25 Junk Parlor
July 2 Jo Mama
July 9 Free Peoples
July 16 The Brothers Stout
July 23 McKenna Faith
July 30 Bazooka Zoo
Aug. 6 The Hooten Hallers
Aug. 13 Steven Roth
Aug. 20 Con Brio

Corner Stage | 5 p.m.
June 11
Rad Dad Super Band
June 18 Patrick Nevins
June 25 Moody’s Jazz Camp Kids
July 2 CW & Mr. Spoons
July 9 Mondo Mariscal
July 16 Laalup
July 23 Coburn Station
July 30 TBA
Aug. 6 Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin
Aug. 13 Sierra Dawn
Aug. 20 Little Monsters


Thursday | Live at Lakeview Commons

Head to Lakeview Commons on Thursday nights for a chance to boogie down in the sand with local and regional bands playing each week. Enjoy some grub from the local vendors or take advantage of paddleboard rentals available on the beach and enjoy the music from the water. Parking is limited, however a free bike valet service is offered and extra parking is available at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center.

Live at Lakeview Commons | 4:30 p.m.
June 25 Raymond Victor Band
July 2 Tubaluba
July 9 World’s Finest
July 16 Fish Out of Water
July 23 Rian Basilio & The Roosters
July 30 Dad’s LPs
Aug. 6 The Lil’ Smokies
Aug. 13 Polyrhythmics
Aug. 20 Scott Pemberton
Aug. 27 Lavish Green


Friday | Music on the Beach

Dip your toes in the sand and enjoy the sunset over the lake serenaded by some of Tahoe’s best musicians. Enjoy locally sourced meals from regional food trucks and dance the evening away. From local funk masters Drop Theory to the honky tonk twang of Miss Lonely Hearts, The weekend begins with great music at Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

Music on the Beach | 6:30 p.m.
June 19 Drop Theory
June 26 Groove Foundry
July 10 Miss Lonely Hearts
July 17 Buddy Emmer Band
July 24 Rapplesauce
July 31 Achilles Wheel
Aug. 7 The Wrinkle


Friday & Saturday | Heavenly Village Concert Series

Enjoy strolling through the Heavenly Village each weekend for a chance to catch some great music talent. Bringing local talent including The Electric Jimmys and Tracorum along with bands from across the country such as the Lounge Lizards, the variety of music is sure to please a wide audience.

Heavenly Village Concert Series | 5 p.m.
June 12 Klodz Circuit
June 13 Lounge Lizards
June 19 Groove Session
June 20 Dad’s LPs
June 26 Idea Team
June 27 40 Watt Hype
July 3 The Bumptet
July 4 Tuba Luba
July 5 Jess Kalin & Cool Black Kettle (Sunday)
July 10 World’s Finest
July 11 Spun Hippo
July 17 Rebel Soul
July 24 Kitchen Dwellers
July 25 Worn Out Welcome
July 31 Mind X
Aug. 1 Drought Relief
Aug. 7 Bison
Aug. 8 Black Star Safari
Aug. 14 Mark McKay
Aug. 15 Rainbow Girls
Aug. 21 Low Flying Birds
Aug. 22 Island of Black & White
Aug. 28 Little Brother
Aug. 29 Mark Sexton Band


Sunday | Concerts at Commons Beach

Aah, Sunday, one more day of relaxation before the regular workweek. After enjoying a day cruising the Truckee River Bike Path or exploring downtown Tahoe City, head to Commons Beach for an afternoon of live music. The kids can enjoy climbing around in the playground while the parents enjoy sampling some bites from the local food trucks.

Concerts at Commons Beach | 4 p.m. unless noted
June 21 Montana & Groove Foundry 3 p.m.
June 28 Mojo Green & Sugarcane Jane 3 p.m.
July 5 Allmond Bros Clan
July 12 SambaDá
July 19 Joy and Madness
July 26 Trey Stone Band with Kendall & The Beer Gardeners 3 p.m.
Aug. 2 Mumbo Gumbo
Aug. 9 Honey Island Swamp Band
Aug. 16 Con Brio
Aug. 23 Brothers Comatose
Aug. 30 New Monsoon
Sept. 6 Devon Allman Band & The Roemers 3 p.m.