Thursday Nights Live

Fall and Spring Thursdays, 5:00–7:30 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.



Fall Lineup  

Discover the artists performing at Thursday Nights Live this quarter, including some talented musicians from the UCR community.


UCR: Sir Walter Clark

Sir Walter Clark

Oct. 17

Walter Aaron Clark, distinguished professor of musicology at UCR, kicks off the new Thursday Nights Live season playing classical and flamenco guitar.



KUCR Night

Oct. 24

The DJs at KUCR are curating the playlist for this evening of fun music. 


UCR: Clyde Blackwelder

Dr. Clyde Blackwelder

Nov. 7

Dr. Clyde Blackwelder, UCR’s ergonomics specialist, will be joined by friends to perform an eclectic mix of classic rock, dance, pop, a hint of country, a bit smooth jazz, and even some classical piano at the final TNL of the fall and the final TNL at the HUB Plaza. The evening will feature a special preview of the renovated Barn, the future home of TNL, and an opportunity to win a VIP walkthrough of The Barn prior to its reopening in early 2020.



About Thursday Nights Live


Launched in fall 2016, Thursday Nights Live is where UCR staff, faculty, friends and family can connect and unwind while enjoying live music. Beer and wine are for sale to those 21 and over with I.D. Stop by one of our campus eateries  to pick up some food before and during the show.


Events are sponsored by the Thursday Nights Live Committee: Highlander Union, KUCR, Office of the Provost, Staff Assembly  and UCR Dining Services.

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Past Performers  

Get to know some of the artists who’ve played on the Thursday Nights Live stage.



April 18

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. 


Steven Rushingwind

April 25

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

May 2

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. 


Erika DeVille

May 9

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

May 16

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.  



May 23

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

May 30

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.”




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