Live music, belly dancers featured at Summer Nights |

Live music, belly dancers featured at Summer Nights

Nevada City’s Summer Nights kicks off Wednesday with live music, belly dancers, classic cars, artists, a growers market and around 50 vendors selling crafts and food.

The event, which will be held the next three Wednesdays, goes from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Nevada City. This week’s theme is “Cool Music & Classic Cars.”

Event director Barbara Tanner said the number of vendors is down a bit when compared to past years, which she attributed to gasoline prices and the smoky skies that are now expected to clear this week.

Tanner said, however, there will be plenty to do on Wednesday night. “Summer Nights is mainly a socializing series of events,” she said Monday.

Music and entertainment will be a prominent part of the street fair. Masanga Marimba, a 10-piece band from Los Angeles, will play in the Broad Street Furnishings parking lot.

All other entertainers are from the area.

Tom MacDonald and Chris Holland will play in front of Friar Tucks; Joe Souza at the top of Broad Street; Jim Lowe will play jazz in front of the Mine Shaft and David Ayuala will play his accordion in front of the Hat Store.

The Troupe Al Ama belly dancers will perform each Wednesday at the intersection of York and Commercial streets.

Other features include:

• For the first time, “easel artists” will put their paintings and canvass work on display on North Pine Street.

• Classic cars will be on display on Broad Street and at the Stonehouse Restaurant parking lot.

• A growers market will be doing business in front of the National Hotel on Broad Street.

Event organizers were hoping to offer dinosaur rides for children at Robinson Plaza, but those plans were put on hold Monday for one week when it was learned the rides need to be repaired.

The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, is offering a shuttle service each Wednesday night. Visitors can park for free at the Rood Center at Highway 49 and Maidu Avenue and get a ride to the United Methodist Church on Broad Street.

The charge is $5 for adults but no charge for children 12 and younger. Shuttle hours are from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Wednesday.

To contact Staff Writer Pat Butler, e-mail or call 477-4239.

For more information about Summer Nights, call 265-2692 or (800) 655-NJOY, or visit online at:

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