Time to get a little dirt on your boots, folks, and immerse yourself in a new kind of mountain music experience when Latitude 39 comes to Truckee’s McIver Rodeo Arena on June 30. Inspired by small-town community and set within the laid-back, rustic charm of historic Truckee, Latitude 39 features headliner and multi-platinum artist Joe Nichols and opening acts Mark Mackay and The Cripple Creek Band. The show is a benefit concert for the Truckee Host Lions Club and proceeds will help further the club’s mission to provide essential health services to those who need it most.

“We created this concert to celebrate our community and bring everyone together,” Latitude 39 director Lou LaManna said in a press release.

Not only does the evening present concertgoers with the opportunity to have a boot-stompin’ good time listening to some great country sounds, but it also welcomes guests to explore what Truckee’s unique and historic setting has to offer visitors to the area. Shop, dine, explore the outdoor playground of the High Sierra, and dance the night away with these celebrated musical artists.


“Truckee fosters a close-knit communal attitude that encourages neighbors to treat each other with respect and to lend a helping hand,” LaManna said. “We are grateful to be part of a community where neighbors care about the well-being of their town and the people who live in it.”

Grammy nominee and CMA winner Joe Nichols has been a mainstay of country music for two decades, bridging the gap between the genre’s old-school roots and contemporary era. Nichols has racked up a half-dozen number one singles and ten Top-10 hits. From his first radio smash, 2002’s “The Impossible,” to 2021’s “Home Run,” Nichols has proudly done things his own way, blurring the boundaries between country music’s past and present along the way.

Recording and performing artist Mark Mackay has left his boot prints on stages like Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium to Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre. As a headliner, festival act, or highlighting bills across the country with an array of performers — including Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, John Rich, and Eli Young Band, plus rockers like REO Speedwagon and 38 Special —Mackay captivates audiences with fretboard mastery and memorable hook.

Since 2012, The Cripple Creek Band has been playing all along the West Coast. They have opened and played with Toby Keith, Whiskey Myers, Bret Michaels, Jon Pardi, Morgan Wallen, Neal McCoy, Drake White, The Cadillac Three, Eli Young Band, Colt Ford, Dustin Lynch, the Outlaws, Buckcherry, Love & Theft, William Michael Morgan, David Nail, Tyler Farr, and many more. The Cripple Creek Band has a unique sound that tastefully combines country, americana and southern rock music.

General admission tickets are $65 (plus fees) with first-come, first-served seating in three sections: the arena, standing room only, closest to the stage; the bleachers, seat cushions and blankets permitted; and festival-style seating in the lawn, blankets and low back chairs permitted. Doors open at 4 p.m. Nicholas takes the stage at 8:45 with the evening closing at 10 p.m. Food and drink vendors will be on site offering a variety of selections.

Info: latitude39truckee.org

~ Juliana Demarest/Moonshine Ink    


  • Juliana Demarest

    Juliana Demarest is a Jersey girl with ink in her blood. She fell in love with print journalism at a young age in the '80s when her Uncle Tony would take her to "work" at his weekly paper. In 1997, she co-founded a weekly newspaper in North Jersey. One day, she went to photograph a local farmer for a news story. She ended up marrying him and leaving journalism to become a farmer's wife. In 2010, they packed up their two children and headed to Truckee in pursuit of the outdoor life. She didn't realize just how much she missed journalism until she joined Moonshine in 2018 after taking time off to be mom. Connect with Juliana juliana@moonshineink.com

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