Music series picks up downtown beat

Spread out a blanket, open the picnic basket, kick off the shoes and relax to the sounds of Carson City's free Summer Concert Series.

Combining Sunday afternoons on the Nevada Legislature lawn and Friday nights at Third Street, the Capital City Music Series will be free to the public thanks to the sponsorship of the Carson City Redevelopment Authority, Mom and Pop's Diner, the Plaza Hotel and the Carson Nugget.

"In bringing in the best bands performing their special brand of music, from bluegrass to swing, from country to rock, we guarantee a summer full of fun for music fans of all ages and entertainment for the entire family," said Carson City Special Events Manager Kevin Ray. "Whether it's the excitement off rock-'n-roll or the relaxation of a classical string quartet, Carson City is the place for music all summer long."

The Summer Concert Series kicks off Memorial Day weekend with Rick Hays and American Steel on Friday at Third and Carson streets.

Bobby Joe Hohlman will play at the Nevada State Museum on Saturday, as the Wild West Tours depart on the Kit Carson Trail. On June 4, Deja Blues brings Mardi Gras to downtown Carson at Third Street.

On July 4, gather at Mills Park for an Independence Day celebration that includes American bluegrass with performances and jam sessions by the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association.

The summer's Fridays at Third Street lineup features Boogie Monster, The Act, Rush Hour, Bad Intent, Johnny Slick & The Cheaters, Ball & Sultan and a Hawaiian luau.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday music performances on the legislative lawn begin at 5 p.m. and will feature Teaser, Hired Help, Sidewinders, Playa Papaya, Groove Factory and the Mile High Jazz Band.


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