6 live music venues to check out in Tahoe-Truckee region
After the beaches clear, the boats dock and the orange sun drops behind the Sierra Nevada, you might be asking yourself: Where can I go to drink in some live music at Lake Tahoe?
Thankfully, along with being a haven for R&R, Tahoe is an entertainment hub, boasting a variety of music venues — from the cozy and chill spots to the big and bustling showrooms — dotted around the lake.
Narrowing down which spots to check out can be a challenge, however. That’s where we come in.
With that, here are the top six music venues to check out as summer winds down.
1. MONTBLEU RESORT CASINO & SPA
If you want to catch a legendary artist or a current mainstream act, MontBleu Resort is the place to be. With theater seating and a capacity of up to 1,500, the resort’s vast showroom has featured some of the biggest names in the biz (most recently, Melissa Ethridge).
Big names like blues icon Boz Scaggs (Sept. 21), folk legend Graham Nash (Sept. 29) and critically-acclaimed bluegrass rockers The Devil Makes Three (Nov. 4) are all bringing their unmistakable sounds to the MontBleu showroom later this year.
2. THE DIVIDED SKY
It may be off the beaten path, but the Divided Sky is worth the trip. Tucked in the community of Meyers in the greater South Lake area, the Divided Sky routinely features a mix of live acts in its upstairs-living-room-like setting at the edge of the Lake Tahoe Basin.
Consider it an alternative to the bustling casino corridor in South Lake Tahoe.
Moreover, the Divided Sky has a breakfast and lunch café and restaurant and bar.
3. WHISKEY DICK’S
The dimly lit saloon on the South Shore has the look and feel of your quintessential dive bar. With a dancefloor area stretched at the end of its rustic bar, Whiskey Dick’s spills out a diverse cocktail of live music to its patrons. One night you might find heads banging to wall-thumping heavy metal, the next you might find bodies moving and grooving to a DJ spinning house music. Touting themselves as Lake Tahoe’s live music leader, Whiskey Dick’s offers free shows year round.
4. CRYSTAL BAY CASINO CROWN ROOM
A fitting name, the CBC Crown Room is arguably the crown jewel of music venues in North Tahoe. Catering to every genre of music, the famed venue in Crystal Bay reels in an array of renowned regional and national acts — from alternative rock (The Brevet, Aug. 29) to reggae (Keyser Soze, Sept. 7) to jazz-funk (Galactic, Sept. 13) — for both paid and free shows.
The venue also recently invested $15,000 in a new sound system, and expanded its capacity for standing room shows (from 500 to 750) and seated shows (from 250 to 400), CBC manager Bill Wood told the Tahoe Tribune.
5. MOODY’S BISTRO, BAR & BEATS
If your music preferences lean more toward blues and jazz, bop on over to Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats, nestled in downtown Truckee. Boasting a classic lounge-inspired setting, Moody’s gives attendees an intimate experience with both regional and national artists who can solo, croon and tickle ivory with the best of them.
Best of all, live music at Moody’s is always free. And if you’re a foodie, chew on this: Moody’s touts a Zagat-rated menu and wine list.
6. MOE’S ORIGINAL BBQ
Straddling the Lake Tahoe’s west shore, Moe’s Original BBQ in Tahoe City offers eye-popping views with live tunes to match. Naturally, Moe’s complements its Alabama-style BBQ with a routine dose of saucy blues music. But, this lakefront spot will showcase every taste of music in the book from bands both local and national.