Are you ready to rock the amphitheater?
Stand still in the Salty Gebhardt Amphitheater in Truckee River Regional Park some afternoon and the wind in the aspens sounds very much like music.But Truckee music lovers who have been wanting more will be happy to know that the summer music season kicks off this weekend with Hot Tuna a band made up of Jefferson Airplane founders Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, with special guests Barry Mitterhoff and Erik Diaz.The Hot Tuna show, presented by local concert promoters Renegade Productions, will be the first of an extensive lineup of summer entertainment coming to the amphitheater.On Wednesday, June 22, and every Wednesday evening through Aug. 31, the free Summer Music Series sponsored by the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District will bring favorite local and regional bands to the amphitheater for what has become one of the most popular summertime scenes for Truckee residents.Pete Nevin & The Deckheads will kick off the free Wednesday concert series with other favorites such as Jo Mama, The Lifters, Johnnie Bias, the Blues Monsters and many more scheduled for later this summer.We probably receive more positive comments about the summer music series than anything we do all year, said Dan OGorman, recreation superintendent of the park district. Its kind of a nice feeling out there and a very appreciative Truckee community.OGorman said he is excited to bring back a wide range of local bands to the amphitheater on Wednesday nights.We have three new bands coming in this year that have never played before, he said. Thats probably the hardest part because everybody always wants to come back and you just kind of need to get a few new bands in there every year.I think we got a little bit of everything and we definitely take the public comments into consideration when were picking (bands).Robbie Polomsky, the owner of Renegade Productions, has his own theories about why people like seeing shows at the amphitheater.The hillside, the grass people love that. Youve got the flat area in front of the stage where people can dance and everybody sits on the hillside where every spot in the place is a good seat because of the slope, he said. Its beautiful. Behind the stage there are aspen trees … and the river is down there.This summer will mark Polomskys eleventh year of putting on concerts in the Truckee River Regional Park.In addition to the support from Truckee and Tahoe locals, Polomsky said that hes beginning to see more and more music fans coming up to Truckee from Reno and Sacramento.Its just a quick drive, Polomsky said, And when its 100 degrees in Sacramento it 70 or 80 degrees up here.
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