From epic vineyard amphitheaters with household names (such as ZZ Top and the Goo Goo Dolls), to multiple Grammy award winning folk artists, to poolside blues or intimate park-side venues featuring indie artists galore–there are enough concert venues in Calaveras to explore for days. Read on to find the Calaveras summer concert venue that is just right for you.
1. Backyard Blues and BBQ – Historic Hotel Léger
Blues? Check. Finger-licking good barbecue? Check. Enviably hidden venue? Check. Folks, if you like to be the first among your friends to find the next “It” thing, Hotel Leger’s Backyard Blues and BBQ just might be your chance. Imagine a rockin’ backyard BBQ-fueled pool party featuring live blues music with food and drinks flowing like magic from a beautiful haunted historic hotel. That’s right, we said it. But not just any haunted historic hotel, a haunted hotel nestled within a town that feels like it might just disappear into the fog of morning. We’re talking about Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill–a lively, cute-as-a-button gold rush era town that comes fully to life Thursdays through Sundays. So get there quick, before this magic venue fades into the fog of the dawn.
Instagrammer @louchebonvivant lounging poolside at Historic Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill.
2. Bear Valley Music Festival
Looking for high culture amidst the peaks of the Sierra Nevadas? Look no further than Bear Valley Music Festival. Since the festival’s classical beginnings in 1968, the styles of music to be found here have diversified to include Broadway show tunes, contemporary, country and opera; however, the core of the event remains rooted in classical. From the last week in July through the first week in August, this epic alpine festival brings national and international performers to delight audiences at 7,000 feet in the Sierras. Get a sneak peek at the action in the video below.
Get a sneak peek of the Bear Valley Musical Festival by watching the video above.
3. Blues and Bones Festival – Angels Camp Frogtown
Who’s ready for two straight days of blues? If you love slow-cooked meat and rockin’ to the blues in a laid back, outdoor venue, you won’t want to miss the 7th annual Blues and Bones Music Festival July 28th and 29th. A growing haven for tail-shakers and foot-stompers alike, now in its seventh year, the two day festival was founded here in Angels Camp, at the Historic Calaveras County Fairgrounds, and now has offshoots around the country.
4. Brice Station Hilltop Concert Series
Calaveras is full of magical places, and this certainly is one of them. Brice Station Vineyards features the perfect blend of laid back snob-free culture with award winning art and entertainment. Featuring not only our very own world class outdoor Shakespeare on the Vine performances, but also their annual Hilltop Concert Series, a summer full of gorgeously eclectic live music in a venue overflowing with rustically earthy ambience. You can’t help but feel instantly at home while enjoying a glass of handcrafted wine, locally sourced food, and spirited music in this relaxing and beautiful environment. Nestled among towering trees on the open lawn; here is your chance to kick off your shoes, unplug, and enjoy live music kissed by a gorgeous sunset view.
5. Cedar Center Summer Concert Series – Arnold Cedar Center
With a different music genre every week, you won’t want to miss this free family friendly event up the mountain. Running every Monday from June 17th to August 19th enjoy FREE live music at the Cedar Center in Arnold, California. Located at 4,000 feet, this music venue is one of the coolest in the county. Bring a low-back chair, your own wine and food or purchase refreshments there. Children and well behaved (leashed) dogs welcome. All shows start at 6:30pm, except Art, Music and Wine Festival which starts at 2:00pm. Visit the Calaveras County on-line calendar ]of events for a schedule of performers.
Instagrammer @criadokotoff enjoying the festive vibe at Cedar Center Arnold, California.
6. Ironstone Amphitheater Summer Concert Series – Ironstone Vineyards
Who says size doesn’t matter? If you’re looking to go BIG, put your BFFs karaoke game to shame and go big at Ironstone Vineyards epically sweeping amphitheater. Whether laughing with old friends or dancing with new ones–Ironstone Amphitheater knows how to put on a show you’ll long remember. Featuring household names such as ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Toby Keith, Jason Mraz, Boston, Joan Jett, and more in the most epic venue Calaveras County has to offer. Pack some blankets and hit the vendor booths for good eats, beer, or gold-winning Ironstone Vineyards wine at this family owned and operated vineyard in the quaint and charming town of Murphys.
Ironstone Aerial View:
Ironstone Vineyards on the Ground:
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Instagrammer @mackenzierodgers at Ironstone Vineyards Amphitheater first show of the 2017 season.
6. Red Dirt and Gold Dust Music Festival
The second annual Red Dirt and Gold Dust Music Festival kicks off August 19th 2017 at the Historic Calaveras County Fairgrounds with some of the best mix of country, Americana, red dirt, bluegrass and folk music in California. This year’s line up includes Rolling Stone premiere artist Jason Eady and Porter Union (video below). Get to know the artists now, so you can be a part of the select few to say “I remember seeing them when….”
Watch this video for a sneak peek behind the story and sound of up and coming Porter Union.
7. Twisted Folk Summer Concert Series – Twisted Oak Winery
Do you have a twisted sense of humor? Take a tour through the Rubber Chicken National Forest as you make your way to a breathtaking, canyon-view venue featuring Grammy award winning folk, country, and bluegrass music. When it comes to talent, Twisted Folk Summer Concert series is one playful venue that is not messing around. Boasting grammy award winning artists such as Sarah Jaroz and the Earls of Leicester (including legendary dobro player Jerry Douglas)–if you love gorgeous folk venues with festival style seating you do not want to miss another season of Twisted Oak Winery’s Twisted Folk Summer Concert Series. Plus, no need to pack a picnic; there’s dinner, snacks, and award winning Twisted Oak wine available for sale during each sunset performance.
Via @dustbowlrevival Official Instagram account of bluegrass band Dust Bowl Revival
8. Music in the Park – Calaveras Arts Council
Sponsored and organized by the Calaveras Arts Council (CAC), the annual Music in the Park series is just one of the many amazing events the CAC puts on throughout the county each year, such as the Calaveras Veterans Art Project (pictured below). Each Wednesday at 6:30pm from June 14th to August 16th join locals, visitors and the Calaveras Arts Council alike at concerts at a different park throughout the county each week. You can find the 2017 Calaveras Music in the Park schedule below:
1. June 14 – Copperopolis Town Square – Featuring the Lava Cats (40’s-50’s Country, Blues, originals)
2. June 21 – Murphys Brice Station Winery – Featuring Juni Fisher (Western Entertainer, songwriter, humorist) *Wine, beer and drinks for sale — cheese, fruit and dessert (no offsite alcohol permitted).
3. June 28 – Angels Camp Utica Park – Featuring Random Strangers (Country Rock)
4. July 5 – Angels Camp Greenhorn Creek Camps Restaurant – Featuring Almost Blue (All-American song book of popular soft, swinging tunes)
5. July 12 – Mokelumne Hill Shutter Tree Park – Swing Gitane (Swing: Hot Club Jazz and Gypsy rhythms plus Cowboy Jazz) *Moke Hill Lions Pie and Ice Cream Social
6. July 19 – Mountain Ranch Community Park – Featuring Brother Strong (Modern Bluegrass and String Band) *In partnership with the Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner 5:00 to 6:15 available prior to concert.
7. July 26 – RR Flat Elementary School – Featuring The Highlife Band (Reggae) Substance-free-zone rules apply on school property– no alcohol or smokables on site. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.
8. August 2 – San Andreas Turner Park – Featuring Hick’ry Switch (Bluegrass/Americana)
9. August 9 – Valley Springs Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial District Gazebo – Featuring Slade Rivers (Country Swing, Hillbilly Jazz)
10. August 16 – Murphys Community Park – Featuring Coyote Hill (Rock) *Murphys Community Club Brownies & Hot Fudge Sundaes
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Learn more about the ongoing 2017 Calaveras Veterans Art Project via official IG account @calaverasarts
BONUS: Calaveras Farmers Markets and Weekly Night Life
Find live music throughout the summer at any of our weekly farmers markets and year round through fabulously fun venues throughout the county. Check our on-line calendar of events during your next visit.
We’ll see you on the dance floor!