Weekend dance parties. How’s that for a utility district agenda item?
The boogie motion has been approved.
Kings Beach After 8 is a new live music event at in the North Tahoe Events Center presented by the North Tahoe Public Utility District.
The smoke-free venue has room for 500 folks ages 18 and older. Pizza and barbecue is sold, as are drinks: beer and wine for $5, mixed drinks $8. The Friday and Saturday night series will go into April.
The idea stems from a desire for North Shore music lovers to go to a show that starts early in the evening, said Catherine Colburn, a customer service manager for the NTPUD. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m.
“It’s a dance event,” she said.
The Buddy Emmer Blues Band plays from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday, Jan. 9. The cover charge is $10.
DJCrow from Truckee plays Jan. 17 and Worn Out Welcome on Sunday, Jan. 18 during the holiday weekend. Josh Sweigert is on guitar for the South Shore bluegrass band and keyboard when filing stories for Tahoe Onstage.
The Blues Mosters played the first Kings Beach After 8 on Dec. 19, followed a week later with a pair of funk bands, Mojo Green and Rapplesauce.
Tracey Towner, who heads the Parks and Recreation Department, came up with the plan after the agency last summer presented three one-day festivals at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. The reggae and electronic shows turned a mild profit and Towner made plans for a wintertime series.
The schedule is still being filled but already inked is an April 11 battle of the bands, and a Mardis Gras party March 7 during SnowFest.
Keep checking Tahoe Onstage for details.