Union Democrat staff

The new Westside Pavilion on Tuolumne Road in Tuolumne opens on Friday with a performance by country music singer/songwriter Justin Moore. The new facility features a large stage and 2,500 seats on fresh sod with lots of room for low-back chairs.

Tuolumne County and The Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians officials did a final emergency services walkthrough Tuesday.

The facility also includes 25 picnic tables to sit at during the Black Oak Concert Series.

The property fueled the township of Tuolumne’s economy for the first half of the 20th century and now will host nationally known entertainers. Comedian Larry the Cable Guy of Blue Collar Comedy Tour fame will appear on June 15.

The tribe bought 191 acres in 2002 that once served as the home to the West Side Lumber Co.’s mill operations. The lumber mill operated from 1899 until it burned down and ceased operations in 1962.

BJ Nelson, executive director of operations for the tribe’s Black Oak Casino Resort, said the goal is not only the experience they are trying to sell with the new venue, but also the township of Tuolumne and greater county itself.

“We’re marketing it as the experience, we’re marketing it as Tuolumne County, and we’re marketing it as Tuolumne City,” Nelson said during a media tour in April.

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