Truckee Music Scene

Brie Storz Singing

The Truckee Music Scene is Awesome!! There are so many fun events in Truckee and Lake Tahoe that revolve around music. In addition, the Casino's at Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada draw big name musical talent, so there are always tons of options nearby!

This page will look at some of the Truckee Music Events such as the Summer Music Series and the Truckee Thursday bands. I'll cover some of the area's Music centered events, and which Truckee Restaurants & Truckee Bars have live Music.

And, I'll look at the Truckee Music Stores, and locations in Truckee where you can obtain Music Lessons.

NOTE: The 2011 music dates below will be updated with the 2012 dates and band info, as soon as they becomes available!

Pictured at Right: My daughter Brie Storz, singing. Brie has an incredible voice, and could easily make a living singing. She tried out for American Idol in 2007, which was an incredible experience. Having kids, forced me to get out of my generations music that I grew up on (now considered the Oldies or Classic Rock), and experience a mix of today's music! Music was always playing at our house when the kids were home, and I think I am still half deaf from the volume of the music in the car when Brie was/is present!

2012 Truckee Live Music - Bars & Restaurants

There are several local Truckee Bars and Restaurants that have live music each week:

  • Bar of America - Live Bands every weekend starting around 9:30pm! Check Bar of America Event Calendar for whose playing!

  • Cottonwood Restaurant - Live "Acoustic" music on Thursday & Friday nights starting at 7pm in winter in the Fireside Room, and at 6pm during warmer months on the deck. Check out the Cottonwood Music Event Calendar.

  • Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats - Jazz on Thurs-Sat nights at 8:00pm - Check out Moody's Event Calendar for whose playing!

  • Pastime Club

I would recommend that you follow "Mr. Truckee" on Facebook. He does an awesome job each week of detailing all the local Truckee music happenings!

Truckee Music in The Park - 2011 Summer Music Series

What: Truckee Summer Music Series
When: Wednesdays, from June 15 - August 24, 2011
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Where: "Salty" Gebhardt Amphitheater - Truckee River Regional Park
Cost: Free, however donations are accepted at the blue donation boxes. Your contribution helps ensure a full schedule of concert dates!
Additional Details: 1) Supervise Your Children 2) No Smoking 3) No Dogs.

Summer Music Series - 2011 Schedule:

Date Band Music Genre Sponsors
June 15 Bourgeois Gypsies Original Swamp Pop & Countrified Blues Truckee-Tahoe Medical Group, Tuff Beanz, The Weekly
June 22 The Deckheads Country / Alternative Rock Dr. Jay Foley, M.D., Orthopedic Sports Meicine / Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy
June 29 - Canceled due to Weather Fearless Chicken High Energy Original Rock & Roll Villager Nursery / A Thyme to Plant
July 6 Jo Mama Latin / Swing / Funk Carol Fromson, Realtor of Keller Williams Realty
July 13 Dead Winter Carpenters High Energy Roots - Infused Amerigrass Real Graphic, Hall Tree Service, The Weekly
July 20 Thom & The Tiki's Island Style Music The Sharp Team - Coldwell Banker
July 27 Blues Monsters Blues Dave's Ski Shop
August 3 Drop Theory Funk, Rock, Fusion Boehm Construction
August 10 Emily Tessmer Band Music from Memphis to Motown Donner Lake Village, Squaw Valley Lodge
August 17 Deja Vu Rock & Roll Oldies Kyle Adams, D.D.S.
August 24 Montana Santana Tribute The Blue Coyote, Dr. Barry Triestman, The Weekly
August 31 (reschedule from June 29) Fearless Chicken High Energy Original Rock & Roll Villager Nursery / A Thyme to Plant

2012 Truckee Thursdays - Music

What: Truckee Thursdays 2012
Where: Downtown Truckee Commercial Row
Dates: Every Thursday from June 14 - August 23, 2012
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Truckee's downtown fun each week features a beer garden, food & wine samples, vendors, art, shopping, live music each week, kid-friendly events offered by the KidZone museum, and the Foothills Farmers Market (yeah fresh organic grown fruits & veggies!)

The Music line up for 2012 is:

Date Band Presented By Partner Non-Profit Organization
June 14, 2012 VooDooDogz La Galleria Relay for Life - (Wear Purple!)
June 21, 2012 Forget the Roses Truckee Sunrise Rotary Sierra Senior Services
June 28, 2012 Jo Mama AAA Family Resource Center
July 5, 2012 Buster Blue Burger Me! Tahoe SAFE Alliance
July 12, 2012 Jo Mama Small Pond Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
July 19, 2012 JJ Von Briesen The Cooking Gallery & Gratitudes Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Nevada County
July 26, 2012 Jelly Bread Java Sushi & 530 Motorsports Sierra State Park Foundation
August 2, 2012 Quartet Minus One Lake Tahoe On Line Art for the Schools
August 9, 2012 Blues Callin' Porter Simon Truckee Donner Horseman Association
August 16, 2012 The Chick P's Tahoe Moonshine Distillery Slow Food Association
August 23, 2012 Third Degree Blues Band Safeway Truckee Wolverine Boosters

Truckee Music Lessons

info to come

Truckee Music Stores

Info to come

2012 Northstar Music Events

What: 2012 Star Sessions (Northstar's New Concert Series)
Where: The Village at Northstar
Time: 8:00pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)

Date Band Cost
June 22, 2012 JJ Grey & Mofro General Admission - $22 Pre-Sale/$28 Day of
July 6, 2012 TBD TBD
August 17, 2012 TBD TBD

For Additional Info, and to purchase tickets: Northstar - Website


What: Lake Tahoe Music Festival
Where: The Village at Northstar
Time: TBD

Date Band Cost

For Additional Info, and to purchase tickets: Lake Tahoe Music Festival - Website


What: 2012 Live Music
Where: The Village at Northstar - Village Stage

Date Time Band


What: 5th Annual Beerfest & Bluegrass 2012 - Live Bluegrass & Beer Tasting Festival
When: July 14, 2012
Time: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: The Village at Northstar
Cost: $30 in advance, $38 day of. Ticket includes a commemorative 2012 Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival pint glass, tasting from over 25 breweries and live music throughout the day.

Time Band
3:00pm Sweetwater String Band
5:00pm Grant Farm

For additional info. & to purchase tickets: 2012 Beerfest & Bluegrass Festival tickets are now on sale! To purchase your tickets, please call 1.800.466.6784, or visit the season pass office during operating days/hours (Monday - Friday through May 24, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or daily starting May 25,2012)

2012 Squaw Valley Music

What: Blues Concerts
Where: The Village at Squaw Valley - Village Events Plaza
When: Every Tuesday in July and August, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

The 2012 Bluesday line up is:

Date Band
July 3, 2012 Chris Cain
July 10, 2012 John Nemeth
July 17, 2012 Ron Hacker & the Hacksaws
July 24, 2012 Hamilton Loomis
July 31, 2012 Guitar Shorty
August 7, 2012 Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers
August 14, 2012 Coco Montoya
August 21, 2012 Kenny Neal
August 28, 2012 "Tribute to Fallen Legends" - The Blues Monsters & Friends


What: 11th Annual Soaring Kites Music Festival
Where: High Camp at Squaw Valley
When: Sat. July 7th, 2012
Time: 11:00am
Cost Details: Cost of a Cable Car Ticket
Additional Details: Kite flying demonstrations, kids kite building seminars, and general kite mania, featuring great live music at High Camp.


What: Squaw Valley - 11th Annual Art, Wine & Music Festival
Where: Village at Squaw Valley
When: Sat/Sun July 14 - 15th, 2012
Time: 11:00am - 5:00pm Event; Wine Tasting 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost Details: TBD
Fundraiser for: TBD
Additional Details and Music Line Up:


What: Wild Wild West Weekend at High Camp
Where:High Camp - Squaw Valley
When: July 21 - July 22, 2012
Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Cost: All events are free with a Cable Car ticket
Additional Info: Live music with "Forget the Roses" on both days. Pony rides for children, petting zoo, and more.


What: 11th Annual Brews, Jazz & Funk Festival
Where: Village at Squaw Valley
When: August 11 - 12, 2012
Time: 2pm - 8:00pm
Entry Cost: $5
Fundraiser for:Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
Additional Info:

Date Time Band
August 11, 2012 TBD TBD
August 11, 2012 TBD TBD
August 11, 2012 TBD TBD
August 11, 2012 TBD TBD
August 12, 2012 TBD TBD
August 12, 2012 TBD TBD
August 12, 2012 TBD TBD
August 12, 2012 TBD TBD


One of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Dogs at the 2011 Peaks & Paws Event

One of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Dogs that I saw at the 2011 Peaks & Paws Event.

What: 3rd Annual Peaks & Paws
Where: Village at Squaw Valley
When: August 25 - 26, 2012
Time: 11:00am - 8:00pm
Entry Cost: $5 entry donation; $25 wine tasting ticket per day (includes commemorative glass); $4/beers
Fundraiser for: Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe
Additional Info: Art, Wine Tasting, Beer Tasting, Guided Hikes, Live Bluegrass Music, Dog-Themed Fun! Humane Society Event

The event times are:

Time Event
11:00am - 6:00pm Animal themed artists & vendors
3:00pm - 6:00pm Wine Tasting
2:00pm - 8:00pm Microbrews available
2:00pm - 8:00pm Live bluegrass music on two stages


2012 Lake Tahoe Music

Kings Beach:

What: Music on the Beach Series
Where: Kings Beach State Recreation area, behind the playground area
When: July 6 - August 31, 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

Date Band Sponsor
July 6,2012 Blues Monsters Rockwood Tree Service & Defensible Space Specialists
July 13, 2012 Peter Joseph Burtt and the Kings Tide TBD
July 20, 2012 Serina Dawn TBD
July 27, 2012 Funky Miracle Tahoe Tech Group
August 3, 2012 McCoy Tyler Band TBD
August 10, 2012 One Track Mind Ogilvy Consulting & Bervid Custom Builders
August 17, 2012 Zanzibar TBD
August 24, 2012 Downbeat Dave's Skis & Boards
August 31, 2012 The Tyler Matthew Smith Band Taneva Auto Parts


Tahoe City:

What: Commons Beach Sunday Concerts
Where: Commons Beach Park
When: Sunday from June 24 - Sept 9, 2012
Time: 4:30pm - 7pm, unless noted otherwise
Additional Information:

Here is the 2012 lineup:

Date Band Sponsor Time
June 24, 2012 Blues Monsters, Dad's LPS, Downbeat & Jellybread Barifot Mountain Photo 2pm - 7pm
July 1, 2012 Peter Joseph Burtt & He's My Brother, She's My Sister Tahoe X Country Ski Area 4:00pm - 7pm
July 8, 2012 Monophonics Tahoe City Marina 4:00pm - 7pm
July 15, 2012 Dead Winter Carpenters Tahoe City Marina 4:00pm - 7pm
July 22, 2012 Mumbo Gumbo Tahoe City Golf Course 4:00pm - 7pm
July 29, 2012 New Monsoon Liberty Energy & TNT-TMA 4:00pm - 7pm
August 5, 2012 Poor Man's Whiskey Tahoe Boat Management 4:00pm - 7pm
August 12, 2012 The Trey Stone Band Jeremiah's Tree Service 4:00pm - 7pm
August 19, 2012 Hot Buttered Rum Hotel Avery, Truckee 4:00pm - 7pm
August 26, 2012 SambaDA West Shore Sports 4:00pm - 7pm
September 2, 2012 Local's Last Waltz, The Band Tribute Constellation Residences at Northstar 3:00pm - 7pm (Early Start)
September 9, 2012 Boosters Community BBQ, with Beer Gardeners and NT Jazz Band The Store 3pm - 7pm (Early Start)

See my Tahoe City Page for more fun events in Tahoe City!

2012 Reno Music

See my Reno page for information on all the Annual Reno events, and links to all the Reno Casino's where there is always great entertainment and concerts!

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