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A FREE New Orleans-inspired spring event, the TRUCKEE CRAW THAW Music Festival will bring a diverse lineup of American roots-inspired musicians, cajun cuisine and family fun to historic downtown Truckee, California April 27 & 28, 2018.
Produced by Crux Events in partnership with the Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID) and Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats, this new inaugural event benefits Moody’s Jazz Camp, a non-profit supporting local youth and music education through jazz.
Festivities kick off the evening of Friday, April 27 with two live bands set up on Bridge Street outside Moody’s Bistro, Bar & Beats in downtown Truckee. A performance by “The Easy Leaves,” a Sonoma County-based six piece honky tonk country band, will be followed by “Jazz Mafia The Accomplices,” a six piece jazz ensemble from San Francisco that has been described as “throwing down a wildly eclectic mix of mind bending freestyle hip-hop, ballsy electro-swing, and fiery fiddle.” The jubilation will be complimented by a tasty selection of Cajun-style street food from the recipes of renowned Moody’s Chef William Burns.
On Saturday, April 28, food and games kick off at noon with DJ Headphones and Horses spinning on the decks. Festival goers will enjoy a feast of Creole and cajun-style street fare, barrel-aged Redemption Whiskey cocktails and craft beer. Designed to be a fun event for the whole family, activities will include crawfish races and other games. Daytime performances will include the award-winning Truckee High School Jazz Band and local kids’ dance troupes.
As the day turns to dusk, local legend Tim Manning will share untold stories and behind the scenes footage showcasing his career as one of the most respected cinematographers in snowboarding. From the “early days” of his snow film archives all the way through his recent award winning work in 2018, Manning will discuss the evolution of filmmaking in the sport that has given his fans the unforgettable feeling that would make anyone want to snowboard and travel around the world forever.
The festival will continue into Saturday evening with more live music; Nashville-based “Miss Tess & The Talkbacks” are known to regularly steal the show with an eclectic sound infused with classic country, honky-tonk, southern rhythm and blues. “Otis McDonald,” from the mind and ears of producer and multi-instrumentalist, Joe Bagale, will headline, creating a sound that is fresh and rooted in nostalgia.
“Truckee is home not only to great outdoor adventures, but a vibrant community made up of people who are passionate about great food, unique music and celebrating spring with visitors, family and friends,” said Colleen Dalton, brand marketing director for the Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District. “We’re lucky to have such passion and talent for music that JJ Morgan of Moody’s brings to our town, in addition to the world-class production expertise of Crux Events.”
The inaugural event, sponsored by the Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID), produced by Crux Events and benefitting the nonprofit Moody’s Jazz Camp, will celebrate spring in the popular mountain town of Truckee, California, recently named the “Coolest Ski Town in North America” by Matador Network and among the “Best Places to Live” by Sunset Magazine. The event is free for guests of all ages. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
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Crux is a full-service event company with more than 10 years of experience producing events for clients such as Red Bull, Monster, ESPN, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Wanderlust and the High Fives Foundation. A one-stop shop for all event needs, Crux services include full concert sound, lighting, and staging, portable power, 3D renderings and design, artist procurement, audio visual production, on-site technical support, VJ’s & DJ’s, Video Mapping, Video Production, IMAG Projection, and much, much, more. Learn more at cruxevents.com.
Moody’s Jazz Camp
Founded in Truckee, CA in 2005, Moody’s Jazz Camp has served hundreds of youth, ages 9-18 years. Jazz Campers come from a variety of ethnic, socio-economic, educational, and musical backgrounds. All young people, without regard to musical talent, are welcome. JJ Morgan, co-owner of Moody’s Bistro in downtown Truckee, founded Moody’s Jazz Camp with a vision to bring to Truckee what he experienced in the Berkeley Public School system: a living respect for music and musicians. Moody’s Jazz Camp seeks to eliminate all barriers to music for local kids. It aims to expose youth to world-class musicians, the culture of Jazz, to the collaboration required to make music, and to their own creative limitlessness. Learn more at moodysjazzcamp.com.
Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District
The Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID) is a benefit assessment district that helps fund marketing and sales promotion efforts to improve tourism. TTBID has the specific benefit of generating additional room night sales during shoulder seasons. The TTBID Committee works with a two percent assessment on all short-term rentals, hotels and property management companies in Truckee, which is collected by the property owner or manager in addition to the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). Amounts are remitted to the Town of Truckee, and the TTBID Commitee, overseen by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, is responsible for determining its use in accordance with its enabling District Management Plan. Learn more at https://Truckee.com/TTBID.
Colleen Dalton, Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District
530-412-7090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Weaver, JVP Communications for the Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District
530-448-6981 or email@example.com