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Summer Nights to sizzle in Nevada City
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.

Entertainment lineup

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.


Colleen Heauser headlines the entertainment on July 13, which is when
the 26th annual Summer Nights starts in downtown Nevada City.