Thursday Nights Live
Fall and Spring Thursdays, 5:00–7:15 p.m., HUB Plaza
Music! Friends! Drinks!
We’ve got your Thursday nights covered! Head the HUB Plaza to hear great music, unwind with friends and enjoy a drink at Thursday Nights Live.
Discover the artists performing at Thursday Nights Live this quarter, including some talented musicians from the UCR community.
Featuring four UCR students, Blueseason’s music is inspired by its members’ love of blues, jazz and rock. The band recently released its first single, “Take It Easy,” on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.
A three-time Native American Music Award winner, Steven Rushingwind is an indigenous flute player. In addition to performing shows around the world as a solo artist and with his group, The Native Groove, Rushingwood also conducts flute workshops and offers private lessons.
Mariachi Los Alteños de UCR
Part of the UCR Studio for Mexican Music and Dance program, Mariachi Los Alteños performs regional Mexican music styles including mariachi, norteño, jarocho and huasteco.
A graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, violinist Erika DeVille’s repertoire ranges from classical to electronic to Arabic music. She’s performed as a solo artist, in duos, in trios and with string quartets.
UCR Jazz Ensemble
The Jazz Ensemble features music majors and other UCR students performing modern jazz, fusion and big band jazz music. The ensemble has performed for audiences around the world.
The UCR Latin Music Ensemble, Mayupatapi’s (which means Riverside in the Quechua language) repertoire includes the indigenous sikuri (panpipe) and tarka (duct flute) music of the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands, the syncopated rhythms of Afro-Peruvian genres played on guitar and cajón (box drum), and tunes for the Andean ensemble of guitar, charango (10 string mini-lute), panpipes and bombo (bass drum).
Alan Mark Lightner
Steel drum player, composer, arranger and teacher Alan Mark Lightner’s resume includes performing with the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, De La Soul, Lady Antebellum and Pitbull, and on “The Voice.”
About Thursday Nights Live
Events are sponsored by the Thursday Nights Live Committee: Highlander Union, KUCR, Office of the Provost, Staff Assembly and UCR Dining Services.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where does the event take place?
Thursday Nights Live is hosted in the HUB Plaza—the center lower court of the union.
What are my dining options?
The HUB eateries are open throughout the event. Tacos, burgers, pizza, salads, poke, we have it all!
Where do I park my vehicle?
The first 50 guests can pick up a complimentary parking permit for the event at the Lot 1 Kiosk. The complimentary permits are distributed in a first-come, first-serve basis.
Can I make table reservations?
Unfortunately, table reservations are not accommodated for this event. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.
Can I bring my kids?
Thursday Nights Live is an all-ages event. We want to provide a safe-space for all staff and faculty to relax.
Can I perform at TNL?
If you’re interested or know someone who is interested in performing at Thursday Nights Live, please fill out the artist submission form on the website.
Get to know some of the artists who’ve played on the Thursday Nights Live stage.
The Fab 8
The seven-piece Beatles cover band The Fab 8 played at Thursday Nights Live in spring 2018. Together since 2012, the band performs acoustic and electric versions of some of The Beatles’ most-loved songs.
Inland Empire-based five-piece Kiki Diágo performed at Thursday Nights Live in fall 2017. The band’s retro sound blends the best of ‘60s grooves and‘70s funk with a psychedelic twist.
Los Angeles-based Latin flamenco band Kimera took to the Thursday Nights Live stage in fall 2019. The band plays original compositions and well-known favorites in rumba, flamenco, boleros, Brazilian and Latin jazz styles.
Singer-songwriter Lakin brought her talents to Thursday Nights Live in fall 2018. A Riverside native, Lakin's musical style mixes pop, soul and folk, and earned her opening slots for Sheryl Crow, Sheila E. and Gladys Knight.
The Lush Pop Trio
The piano, upright bass and drums of The Lush Pop Trio played Thursday Nights Live in fall 2016. The group performs instrumental versions of pop hits from the ’60s,’70s and ’80s.
The tropical Afro-Latin combo QUITAPENAS was part of the fall 2017 Thursday Nights Live lineup. The Southern California group’s music is inspired by the sounds of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s in Angola, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and beyond.
Recommend a Performer
Complete this form if you know a performer who would be perfect for Thursday Nights Live, or would like to take our stage yourself.