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Truckee Thursdays kicks off summer in downtown next week

Staff report

The Far West is the main musical performance at the Thursday, June 11, event, the first of the summer for Truckee Thursdays.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Come next week, it'll be time to get your Downtown Truckee Thursdays groove on.

Now in its eighth year, the incredibly popular summer event kicks off Thursday, June 11, featuring music from The Far West, a Los Angeles-based alt-country/Americana band.

"Truckee Thursdays is a feel-good event that beckons the community to enjoy some exuberant downtown summertime energy," officials said in a news release.

This summer, the event will feature two stages with live music, as well as a farmers market, children's activities, a beer garden and a variety of artisan vendors. Attendees also will find sidewalk sales and other activities hosted by downtown merchant.

"I think people will be very happy with some of the changes set for this summer," said Chelsea Walterscheid, event manager.

The event is introducing a new Food Court this summer, with eclectic vendors occupying the lot between the firehouse and train depot.

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One of the main draws of the event, however, is free entertainment.

"Our goal each year is to continue to improve the event and provide something new and unique," said Bill Haley, Truckee Thursdays' committee member and general manager of the Truckee Hotel. "The amount of free music in the region is unprecedented, so we want to select bands that are not already performing at other events nearby."

Each week also showcases a different nonprofit organization, providing the opportunity to highlight their services.

Free parking starting at 5 p.m. every Thursday this summer, starting June 11 through the last event on Aug. 20.

Truckee Thursdays is hosted by the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, a nonprofit 501(c)6 organization that works for the economic, social, cultural and environmental vitality of Historic Downtown Truckee.

Visit http://www.truckeethursdays.com to learn more.

The lineup

Below is the main stage music lineup for this year’s Truckee Thursdays:

June 11: The Far West

June 18: 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