Summer Nights returns in July to downtown Nevada City, featuring 21 performances on outdoor stages and the enchanting Beyond Fire Tribe dancers on three consecutive Wednesdays.
“It’s a living, breathing barrage on all the senses,” said Cathy Whittlesey, Director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, which produces the events. “The whole town comes alive – it’s a real community party, showing off the best of Nevada City.”
The 26th annual festival’s opening night features pop country singer-songwriter Colleen Heauser of Grass Valley. She will be singing original songs, including “Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” in a free performance at the outdoor stage on the lower part of Broad Street. The 24-year-old also will perform on Aug. 10 at the Nevada County Fair.
Summer Nights goes from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on July 13, 20 and 27, which is when the Grass Valley band World Beatnix will play dance music “based on traditional rhythms from around the world.”
A new feature will be a Growers Market along Broad Street with fresh local produce, falafel from Pura Vida Falafel and vendors offering a variety of dishes.
The classic car show and craft fair are returning. A bounce house, balloons and face-painting are among the children’s activities.
Summer Nights is free and downtown streets are closed to motor traffic. Parking and a shuttle services are available for $5 at the Nevada County Government Center, 950 Maidu Avenue.
July 13: Pop country performer Colleen Heauser; guitarist John Girton; Nevada City’s Sgt. Funky party band; blues band Bob Mora & the Third Degree; David Ayala and his echoes of the accordion; Troupe Al Ama belly dancers; and Beyond Fire Tribe dancers.
July 20: Spanish and Latin jazz guitarist Ivan Najera; the two-man rock ‘n roll band Dream & The Dreamer; classic rock ‘n roll dance band Star People; world groove, blues, jazz and pop band Nut Boyz; Troupe Al Ama belly dancers; and Beyond Fire Tribe dancers.
July 27: Nevada City nightclub singer Lorraine Gervais; Nevada County guitarist George Souza; Crackerjack Jazz Band; Grass Valley dance band World Beatnix; David Ayala and his echoes of the accordion; Troupe Al Ama belly dancers; and Beyond Fire Tribe dancers.
For more information, call 530-265-2692 or visit nevadacitychamber.com.