While Lake Tahoe attracts some of the biggest-name musicians on the planet, enthusiasts know it’s imperative to get off the hill and experience different festivals, venues, and genres. For many aficionados, it isn’t unusual to go more than 500 miles to attend the ideal music event, so we asked people what’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled to see live music? Before you get any crazy ideas, make sure to look locally for Tahoe’s best summer venues, here; also, check out why the Truckee amphitheater big-name music shows of yesteryear seem to have disappeared, here.

Ben Torney, Truckee


I went from Lubbock, Texas, to Houston to see Aerosmith, which is probably 200 miles. My dad and grandfather love them and so we got the tickets two months in advance and car-camped on the way there.

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Ashley Aarti Cooper, Truckee


I’ve traveled to the 10,000 Lakes Festival in Minnesota from Massachusetts. We were following Disco Biscuits and meeting my best friend who was living in Colorado at the time. We made it a 10-day trip, including staying in a St. Paul mansion, driving a Rolls Royce, and riding the rollercoaster at Mall of America.

Jessica Steinmaus, Truckee

Animal Lover

I really haven’t gone that far, for me the farthest has been Reno to see Phillip Phillips.

Kathy Albers, Truckee


I used to travel when I was a teenager from Toledo, Ohio, to Detroit to see acts like Prince, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, and David Bowie. I don’t really travel for music anymore as I’d rather travel for cultural experiences.