By Michelle Portesi
During the summer, there are no end of concerts and special events going on at the Tahoe basin. Some are purchase events, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find plenty of free music around town to entertain you almost every day of the week.
Bluesdays Tuesdays Free Music at the Village in Squaw Valley starting June 12 through Sept. 4th. 6 – 8:30 pm. Most of the shops and patio dining restaurants are open while you listen to and sing the blues. squawalpine.com/events.
Music in the Park – Free Music at the Truckee River Regional Park starting June 20 through August from 6:30 – 8pm. Pack a picnic, grab your low backed chairs all make for a pleasant evening under the trees on their grassy amphitheater. There’s dancing in front of the band and kids have a great time. Truckee Music in the Park
Truckee Thursdays – June 14 through Aug 23. Street fair, music and block party in historic downtown from 5 to 8:30 pm. Stroll all the street vendors, wander the shops and then grab a beverage of your choice and listen to the band. truckeethursdays.com
Live at Lakeview music on the beach at South Lake Tahoe starts June 21. liveatlakeview.com
Music on the Beach – free music at Kings Beach State Park Recreation Area. Starting June 29th. 6 – 8:30 pm. One of the best sandy swimming beaches on the north shore, take a dip before you sit a spell and listen to the band. northtahoebusiness.org
Concerts on the Commons – Free music at Commons Beach in Tahoe City. Starts June 17 through Sept. 2 from 4 to 7 pm every Sunday. (check the schedule for times and bands.) Commons Beach sports a great play area for the kids and great music for the adults. concertsatcommonsbeach.com
Hangin’ out at the Hyatt
Don’t forget your favorite restaurant hangouts for free music too, usually on the weekends. The Hyatt in Incline Village has a lovely deck and beach area where you can get served a cocktail and nosh with their acoustic musical offerings.
In addition, check out what is fast becoming a local favorite band, ‘Ike and Martin’. I saw them for the first time in the off season, where you normally could walk into a half empty restaurant with no problem. Not when these guys play! The house was PACKED! They’re that good. And they take requests via your phone. But be forworned, you’ll have a lot of competition to get them to play your favorite tune.
They will be playing this summer and fall at Jake’s On The Lake in Tahoe City, Riva Grill at South Lake Tahoe, Alibi Ale Works and PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing in Truckee. See their website for dates and times. ikeandmartin.com/shows
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