Discover the artists performing at Thursday Nights Live this quarter, including some talented musicians from the UCR community.
Sir Walter Clark
Walter Aaron Clark, distinguished professor of musicology at UCR, kicks off the new Thursday Nights Live season playing classical and flamenco guitar.
The DJs at KUCR are curating the playlist for this evening of fun music.
Dr. Clyde Blackwelder
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
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?
Guests can purchase short-term parking permits in Lots 6 or 24. Learn more about short-term parking on the Transportation Services website.
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.
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.”
Recommend a Performer
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