Hangtown Music Fest all dressed up, ready to rock

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Hangtown Music Festival hosts Railroad Earth on opening night.
Michael Smyth / Tahoe Onstage

The seventh edition of the Hangtown Music Festival kicked off with an outstanding performance from Achilles Wheel on Thursday night in Hangin’ Hall, which will serve as the indoor venue for this year’s late-night sets.

The hometown roots rockers turned in a jam-filled 75 minutes, which set the tone for what should be an outstanding weekend of music. Even though it was the opening night, he indoor hall was nearly full of toga-themed revelers for the opener and by the time festival host Railroad Earth took the stage at 9 p.m. the place was packed. Portland-based Fruition wrapped up the evening around 2 a.m., which compared with the scheduled late-night sets, is downright early.

Some folks remained outside the gates, exchanging memories of past festivals, making new acquaintances. They enjoying just hanging in all sorts of costumes within earshot of the music. There were plenty of little ones riding around on various illuminated modes of transportation while the adults caught up with the plans for the weekend with their crews.

The food court just outside of Hangin’ Hall was well sampled and the $10 chicken and rice bowl at the teriyaki joint is delicious and enough food for two normal appetites. Tonight, I may have to try the tacos.

The camping areas already are jammed, with every nook and cranny occupied by tents, campers, and RVs from simple to elaborate in décor. If you aren’t set up by now, I’m not sure where you might squeeze in. Part of the fun is checking out how folks have adorned their spaces, adding to the festy vibe.

Friday kicks off at 11 a.m., and will continue almost non-stop with absolutely perfect weather until 3:45 a.m. Eat your Wheaties, Hangtowners!

-Michael Smyth

Tahoe Onstage

Achilles Wheel sets the tone Thursday for the Hangtown Music Festival.
Michael Smyth / Tahoe Onstage

Tahoe Onstage

About Michael Smyth

Michael Smyth moved to Reno in 2007 after living more than 40 years in the Bay Area. In addition to going to live shows, he enjoys golf, skiing and fly-fishing. Check out his website https://michaelsmythmedia.com/

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