UPDATE: LIGHTS IN THE SKY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8.
It’s time to break out our happy dances! NTBA is beyond excited to announce that we are back with a FULL LINEUP OF LIVE MUSIC at our 17th Annual Music on the Beach concert series! Start your 2023 summer weekends off right by listening and dancing to FREE live music performances featuring a variety of genres on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Concerts take place every Friday night at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area; music starts at 6:30pm.
NTBA has decided to continue the love and dedicate our Music on the Beach series to the beloved Pam Emmerich. Pam was essential in the creation and development of Music on the Beach as well as the growth and sustainability of NTBA as a whole. Let’s come together to keep Pam’s memory alive through what she loved most, MUSIC and COMMUNITY.
NTBA looks forward to a FUN summer listening to live music, sipping cold beverages, and soaking in the amazing North Lake Tahoe sunsets every Friday night, all summer long, with YOU! We will be serving beer from Alibi Ale Works and wine from Truckee River Winery, in addition to non-alcoholic beverages. Local food vendors will have food available for purchase from 6-9pm. No outside alcohol or pets are permitted.
While we are thrilled for this summer and the opportunity to bring back LIVE events to our Kings Beach community, we will continue to keep our community’s safety on the forefront.
Help support NTBA and keep the music alive by donating to Music on the Beach!
Hailing from North Lake Tahoe, Coburn Station is dedicated to filling the mountains with cosmic vibrations via a soulful blend of rock n’ roll, groove, and psychedelia. With a knack for live improvisation, Coburn Station comes alive with the energy and spirit of the Sierras. The music pays tribute to the rockers of days past, but incorporates elements that are new and powerful.
Concert Sponsor: Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe
Peter Joseph Burtt & The King Tide
Peter Joseph Burtt is a lifelong drummer and singer/songwriter. His music draws from many sources to inform his music and chronicle the years he spent living and studying with master musicians of Africa. Much of his music is played on traditional instruments, notably the lute like Kora and the Mbira or thumb piano. Songs are also transposed for the guitar.
Concert Sponsor: Red Wolf Lakeside Lodge
Bringing a chill, groove-based California reggae vibe created from the culmination of global talents, experiences and passion, Pipe Down was founded in the throes of the global pandemic in the Spring of ‘21 on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. With a distinct sound drawing together reggae, indie rock and hip hop, the group has since dominated the local live music scene with their energy and memorable live performances.
Concert Sponsor: Rotary Club of Tahoe City
Broken Compass Bluegrass
Recognized for their tight arrangements, tasteful musicianship, and distinguished songwriting skills, Broken Compass Bluegrass is one of California’s most prominent up-and-coming artists. They perform a mix of jamgrass, bluegrass and country, among numerous originals. All 4 members are seasoned performers, multi-instrumentalists, & singer/songwriters; they have established themselves as a fresh force in the scene today.
Buddy Emmer Blues Band
Buddy Emmer has been a long time favorite Blues Act in the Northern Nevada music scene, and has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including Greg Allman, Jimmie Vaughan, and many more. Buddy has hosted a Blues Show at Harrah’s South Lake Tahoe for the last eleven years backing up some of the finest Blues acts in the country.
Concert Sponsor: Hennessey Heating & Air
Pacific Vibration is a soulful reggae band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band plays a mix of original, rootsy, California/Island style reggae with touches of world, soul, funk, and rock. Their music is upbeat yet conscious with lyrics that are aimed to make a change in the world, and always gets the crowd moving.
Concert Sponsor: Tahoe Moon Properties
West Coast indie groove sensations Blü Egyptian are a youthful quartet based out of Chico, CA. They have gained a reputation for their high energy shows with extended multi-genre jams, meaningful songwriting, and entertaining stage antics. Creating a unique fusion of funk, bluegrass, reggae, world music, rock n’ roll, EDM, and more, they continue to push the musical spectrum everyday.
Concert Sponsor: Las Panchitas
Sang Matiz has been performing a collection of original and cover songs for 8 years, fusing energetic World and Afro-Brazilian/Peruvian beats with contemporary rhythms such as Pop, Jazz, and Funk. They’ve perfected a unique combination of styles that is best described as catchy, syncopated melodies with flamenco-style fingerpicking. “It sounds like the Gypsy Kings and Jamiroquai had a baby in South America”
Concert Sponsor: Old Brockway Golf Course
The Sam Chase & the Untraditional
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional hails from San Francisco, California. This juggernaut of a band blends rock-n-roll with folk music while maintaining the sensibilities and attitudes that come from growing up on a healthy diet of punk rock. The leader of the band is Sam Chase himself, a natural storyteller with a voice that sounds as if it has weathered many an epic tale. With boot stomping orchestration and lyrics that have been immortalized on the tattooed skin of their fans, this band doesn’t mess around.
Concert Sponsor: Truckee Tahoe Airport District
Jelly Bread has risen from Reno/Lake Tahoe area favorites into a powerhouse quintet that delivers a high-energy, chameleonic setlist from coast to coast. Their distinct style is identified by a blend of desert twang and the urban tones of funk and rock. Exceptional songwriting interlaced with four part harmonies, intricate drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, and “take-’em-to-church” organ come together into a sound that is downright appetizing.
Concert Sponsor: Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe
Matt Axton & the Badmoon Boys
Matt Axton is a West Coast based singer-songwriter, guitarist and multi-band leader whose music is a “humble slice of Americana.” Matt’s calm yet commanding storytelling mixed with his deep legacy stories, rich baritone voice and finger picking guitar style connects with music lovers of all genres. His eclectic style was grown in the mountains of
Tahoe and proudly honed in the heart of the Axton music legacy.
Concert Sponsor: Safeway
Where is Music on the Beach?
Kings Beach State Recreation Area is located in downtown Kings Beach along the North Shore of Lake Tahoe at:
8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, CA 96143
How much does it cost?
Music on the Beach is a FREE concert series produced by the North Tahoe Business Association. We have generous sponsors who help offset the cost of the concerts but your generous donation towards this beloved summerlong event is always appreciated.
Where can I park?
Kings Beach State Recreation Area has paid parking next to the venue. Kings Beach also has free public parking lots throughout the town. For more information about parking, click here.
Are kids and dogs allowed?
We welcome kids and hope they enjoy playing in the Lake or on the fully equipped playground.
Sierra State Parks does not allow dogs on the Kings Beach State Recreation Area beach year-round.
What should I bring?
Chairs or blankets for lounging on the beach, floats for enjoying music in the Lake, sunscreen, a hat, cash/card for food and drink, and your friends and family!
How do I purchase beer and wine?
We sell Music on the Beach wine and beer drink tokens for $7 each. Purchase drink tokens for the whole concert series or just one event at the NTBA booth located on the south side of the Kings Beach State Recreation Area restroom facility. We will be serving beer from Alibi Ale Works and wine from Truckee River Winery, in addition to soda and juice. Please remember to bring ID.
What about food?
We have a variety of local vendors and NTBA members selling popcorn, ice cream, burritos, salads, and other appetizers, dinners, and desserts. We encourage you to support their tasty business! Susie Scoops Ice Cream
2023 Food Vendors:
June 23: MOGROG Rotisserie, CA Gold Kettle Corn, Susie Scoops Ice Cream
June 30: Tacos Herrera, CA Gold Kettle Corn, Susie Scoops Ice Cream
July 7: Mountain Lotus Provisions, CA Gold Kettle Corn, Susie Scoops Ice Cream
July 14: Tacos Herrera, CA Gold Kettle Corn, Susie Scoops Ice Cream
July 21: MOGROG Rotisserie, CA Gold Kettle Corn, Susie Scoops Ice Cream
July 28: Mountain Lotus Provisions, CA Gold Kettle Corn, Susie Scoops Ice Cream
How can I sponsor a concert?
We have filled sponsorship opportunities for Music on the Beach 2023. For benefits or potential sponsorship opportunities in the future, please visit our Event Sponsor Page.
How can I volunteer for a concert?
Calling all Music Lovers! We are always looking for a helping hand at our annual Music on the Beach events in Kings Beach. SIGN UP NOW to show your love towards free music and our amazing community.
Will a concert be cancelled due to air quality?
North Tahoe Business Association has taken time to reflect on these smokey days and have made the decision to develop and implement an Air Quality Protocol. We understand that these circumstances can become very confusing, and the public may question whether or not we will cancel a Music on the Beach concert or other NTBA events. We hope this will help provide some clarity.
Based on the Air Quality Index (AQI), levels of 150 or higher is considered to be unhealthy for all groups and ages and getting into dangerous levels for our community’s health. Our goal at NTBA is to put on safe events for our community, staff, volunteers and bands/vendors! We need to keep in mind the quality of air we are breathing and make sure we are not putting anyone at risk.
We will take a look at current Air Quality levels and projected forecasts from a variety of sources to help us determine if we are going to cancel or postpone an event. We want to make sure we are making the best possible decision in a timely manner. We will also call off an event early if we feel that the Air Quality has declined during the event.
If you are interested in looking at the AQI for our region you can see the AQI in your weather app on your phone or use PurpleAir.com for a more accurate reading. Please refer to our facebook and instagram pages for the most updated information.
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“Pam was an invaluable asset to the North Tahoe Business Association serving on the volunteer Board of Directors for six years, from 2012 to 2018. This is the maximum number of years of service allowed according to the NTBA bylaws. Prior to 2012, Pam volunteered for multiple years on NTBA committees, including promotions, events, and on the Executive Committee as Vice President for several years.
Pam was an extraordinary and well respected person who cared deeply about North Lake Tahoe and her community. She was a rare individual who put her caring and passion into action to try to make a positive difference. Pam excitedly agreed to serve on the Music on the Beach committee as she’d been involved in the event from its inception in 2007 and due to her love of music and her community. Pam always had her finger on the pulse of the Tahoe, Reno and Northern California music scene and was quick to suggest many up-and-coming and other bands and make personal introductions. She put many hours in on Music on the Beach band selection process as well as other event related items. Pam always showed up with a smile on her face, a great attitude, and did very strong work. Her passion and enthusiasm were infectious. Pam was a selfless individual – a total giver. She always put others and her community first (she knew how to have fun too!). She was an old soul for sure.
Undoubtedly, Pam will be deeply missed by her many friends, and the community she worked so hard to improve. She deeply touched everyone that had the pleasure of knowing and working with her. Pam’s legacy of giving will live on in my heart and in North Lake Tahoe forever.”
-Joy Doyle, former Executive Director of NTBA
UPDATE: SEPT 1st EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER.
Look out for an announcement for our rescheduled event very soon! We can’t wait to dance on the beach and light up the sky when the weather is more cooperative! Thank you for your support!
We are thrilled to share you can still get down with GrooveSession Friday, September 1st! They are moving their set to Crown Room at cbc 7-9pm. Ages 21+