It was no surprise a large crowd came out for the first Levitt AMP Concert of the season, hosted by the Brewery Arts Center. There will be a show starting at 7 p.m. every Saturday until Aug. 28. Visit breweryarts.org for more info. (Photo: Kyler Klix/Nevada Appeal)
Live music in Carson City is back. The best thing in town to do on a Saturday night is to boogie down to the free concerts put on by the Brewery Arts Center. Come visit and bring your friends and family to share a good time and make memories.
The Brewery Arts Center works real hard bringing in top talent to entertain us. They might not be bands you’ve heard of, but that just means you’ll get to discover something new. Besides, live music is great for your soul. These bands are very talented and put an exciting show every night on stage. They’re also accessible, as many bands chat and sign autographs after the show.
The lineup is diverse every year, with the BAC including bands of many genres. There’s something for everyone. Although every week, you’ll see many familiar faces in the crowd. That’s because no matter who is playing, these people love live music, and they’re coming down to enjoy the show.
The event is a great place for kids too. It’s a great activity to get them out of the house, they can dance and there’s lots of other activities to keep them occupied. Who knows, maybe taking your kids to something like this might inspire them. They might want to start playing an instrument and you might have a rock star on your hands.
The best part of these shows is they are free. While grant money comes in from Levitt AMP, it takes much more to put on the entire show. Through volunteers and local sponsors such as The Change Companies and Carson Tahoe Health, enough donations are made to provide all the necessary equipment and labor to get things in order. The “Bucket Brigade” also collects money during the show. Sometimes a generous donor will match the donation, and it shows how much people put back into the community.
These shows are also possible from every person in attendance. The strong attendance proves the concerts to be a worthy community event to be appreciated by Carson City residents.
The location of these concerts is another thing to appreciate. We’re getting these fun events and we don’t have to drive to Tahoe or Reno. Many lucky people can walk right from their own house. That makes things easier but it’s safer too. People aren’t driving long distances for entertainment and driving home in the dark.
Many of the opening acts are local bands who are usually local or regional. By supporting these bands, you’re supporting your neighbors and making the community a better place. If you fall in love with these bands, you’re likely to be able to see them play again locally so help out these smaller bands too and watch them grow. It’s a wonderful thing to be a part of, and everyone always likes to say, “I saw that band before they got big.”
There’s way more going on beyond the music too. If you’re hungry, there’s several local food trucks to order from. You’ll be helping the local economy by dining out here. They’ve got snacks and entrees for all your needs. There’s also a selection of beverages too. Cold beer is always on tap along with several other drinks.
There are seven more shows every Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. Get out of the house, turn everything off and conserve some energy while you get out and burn some calories on the dance floor. This Saturday is Rojai & The Pocket, from the Bay Area, with local favorite Drinking with Clowns opening.
Get to a show, don’t wait until the last one to see what the fun is all about. Get out, have some fun, and support your community.
July 17: Roija & The Pocket; Drinking with Clowns opener
July 24: Tommy Castro and the Pain Killers; Carolyn Dolan & Big Red opener
July 31: Loud as Folk – multi-media showcase of artists, including Vanessa May (Rainbow Girls), Terrier (Ben from Brothers Comatose and Erika from T-Sisters), The Sam Chase Trio and Spike McGuire
Aug. 7: The Fire Scottish Music; Cíana opener
Aug. 14: Southern Drawl Band; Keith Alan Barnett and the Lonesome Polecat Band opener
Aug. 21: Los Coast; Bad Mother Nature opener
Aug. 28: Mumbo Gumbo; Moons of Jupiter opener
Kyler Klix is a designer for Nevada News Group. He also writes about the outdoors and entertainment. Email him at email@example.com.