Summer Nights kick off July 11 in Nevada City

 Nevada City’s annual Summer Nights will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on July 11, 18 and 25 in the downtown.

The opening night line-up of local performers includes John Girton at Friar Tuck’s, Ivan Najera at the top of Broad Street, and Runnin’4 Cover at the Food Court. Girton is the former lead guitarist for Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and featured guitarist for Maria Muldaur. At the Miners Foundry, Summer Nights welcomes Nevada City’s Soft Bombs, adding hypnotic and electrophonic melodies to the varied rhythms of the evening. 

This year’s regular performers – the Troupe Al Ama belly dancers, the Ruckrich Family bluegrass band, and folk musician David Ayala – are scheduled to perform each Wednesday.

Lolo Gervais returns to close out Summer Nights on July 25 with a soulful blend of jazz and blues. The final evening’s lineup also includes vocal powerhouse Jamal “J Silk” Walker with Elevation, “back porch Americana” from The Heifer Belles, local dinner-crowd favorite George Souza, and world dance music from the ever-funky World Beatnix.

This year’s Summer Nights also will feature more than 60 vendors who will be selling crafts, gifts, artwork and a variety of drinks and food. Free parking is available at the Nevada County Government Center at 950 Maidu Avenue. A shuttle service will be available to transport shoppers to the downtown. The charge is $5 for adults with children 15 and younger riding for free.

Summer Nights is sponsored by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 530-265-2692 or 800-655-NJOY.

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The Troupe Al Ama belly dancers will be among the regular performers at Summer Nights, which features live music and more than 60 vendors on three Wednesdays in July in downtown Nevada City.