Summer of free music

One of my favorite parts of summers in Tahoe is the abundance of opportunities to enjoy great live music, outside in beautiful settings without breaking the bank. From Truckee Thursdays to Live at Lakeview, free shows take place all around the lake so pack a blanket and a picnic and check out the scene.



Bluesdays at Squaw Valley
When you get the blues, head to Squaw Valley for some soulful music, good food and great company. Each week brings new musicians from across the country in the Village at Squaw Valley.


Village at Squaw Valley | 6 p.m.

June 14 | The Blues Monsters

June 21 | Davy Knowles

June 28 | Carolyn Wonderland

July 5 | Chris Cain

July 12 | Shawn Holt & Teardrops

July 19 | JC Smith Band

July 26 | Dennis Jones Band

Aug. 2 | David Jacob-Strain

Aug. 9 | Lloyd Jones

Aug. 23 | James Armstrong

Aug. 30 | Mark Hummel Band ft. Charlie Baty, & Anson Funderburgh

Sept. 6 | Kenny Neal



Music in the Park
The Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District hosts a free music series at the Salty Gebhart Amphitheater in the Truckee River Regional Park every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from June 22 to Aug. 27. Enjoy the region’s hottest music acts under the setting sun on the lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic, but if you’re in the mood to splurge, local food trucks are on hand serving hot meals. |

Wednesday | 6:30 p.m.

June 22 | 2nd Floor Blues Band

June 29 | Deckheads

July 6 | Groove Foundry

July 13 |  Jo Mama

July 20 | Drop Theory

July 27 | Blues Monsters

Aug. 3 | Moonalice

Aug. 10 | Coburn Station

Aug.17 | Eagle’s Tribute

Aug. 24 | Blue Lotus

Aug. 31 | Déjà vu


Truckee Thursdays
Each week downtown Truckee transforms into a street fair turned community block party with vendors, food trucks, live music and activities for all ages from June 9 to Aug. 18. This year, a free shuttle is offered from downtown Truckee to surrounding Truckee neighborhoods, Olympic Valley and Northstar, where attendees can connect with the free Nightrider for a worry-free trip home.

Downtown Truckee | 5 p.m.

June 9 | The Deadlies

June 16 | Sweetwater String Band

June 23 | Jo Mama

June 30 | Andy Frasco

July 7 | Laney Jones

July 14 | Decoy Band

July 21 | McKenna Faith

July 28 | The J Band

Aug. 4 | The Novelists

Aug. 11 | Bazooka Zoo

Aug. 18 | Jo Mama & Na’an Stop



Live at Lakeview
Head to Lakeview Commons on Thursday nights from June 23 to Aug. 25 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.

Lakeview Commons | 4:30 p.m.

June 23 | Paa Kow

June 30 | 40 Watt Hype

July 7 | Randy McAllister

July 14 | Idateam

July 21 | Vokab Kompany

July 28 | TBD

Aug. 4 | Grateful Bluegrass Boys

Aug. 11 | Big Sticky Mess

Aug. 18 | Diego’s Umbrella

Aug 25 | Lavish Green




Music on the Beach
Start the weekend right with live music and a sunset on the beach in Kings Beach. Weekly shows begin on June 17. Local food trucks will be on hand serving grab and go meals for dinner.

Courtsey of NTBA

Kings Beach State Recreation Area | 6:30 p.m.

June 17 | The Blues Monsters

June 24 | The Wrinkle

July 8 | Coburn Station

July 15 | Sneaky Creatures

July 22 | Abalone Grey

July 29 | Buddy Emmers Blues Band

Aug. 5 | Paul David and the Drivers

Aug. 19 | Miss Lonely Hearts (6 p.m.)

Aug. 26 | Forget the Roses (6 p.m.)

Sept. 2 | Achilles Wheel (6 p.m.)




Concerts at Commons Beach
Free concerts take place on Commons Beach each Sunday offering the opportunity to enjoy the weekend until the very last minute. Pack a blanket and an ice chest and enjoy the show.

Ron Richman

Commons Beach | 4 p.m.

June 19 | The Dustbowl Revival and Sweetwater String Band (3 p.m.)

June 26 | Doobie Decibel System

July 3 | Mumbo Gumbo

July 10 | Groove Foundry and The Blues Monsters (3 p.m.)

July 17 | Jelly Bread

July 24 | Dirty Revival (3 p.m.)

July 31 | Gene Evaro, Jr.

Aug. 7 | Devon Allman Band

Aug. 14 | Midtown Social

Aug. 21 | Dead Winter Carpenters

Aug. 28 | Boca do Rio

Sept. 4 | Joy & Madness