Greetings RBS members and blues lovers,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy during these uncertain times. There hasn’t been any major live music since mid-March other than some singer-songwriter solo and duo acts playing at a handful of places and there have been some bands playing in Virginia City and "Livin' the Good Life" in Carson City. Not sure when that will lift but we're hoping we can host our annual Mardi Gras Dance and fundraiser for our music scholarship program February 13, at a venue to be determined. Stay tuned.

For live local music check their respective websites like Engine 8 Urban Winery (in Sparks), Peavine Taphouse, Polo Lounge, Midtown Wine Bar, Great Basin Brewery in Sparks, among others. We’re also working with some of these bars, restaurants and other venues to help them provide live music and keep our local musicians employed. We’re going to use some of our music grant money to subsidize live music during the pandemic. 

Our next event is Saturday, January 2 with our annual community service project to collect money for and stack Christmas trees for chipping. This is from 9am to 1pm at the ball fields at Rancho San Rafael, just off North Virginia and North McCarran a block from the University of Nevada. This is a potluck we've done for over 10 years and a lot of fun. See you then.


Jamie Klund - President of Reno Blues Society

Keepin’ the blues alive in Northern Nevada

Our annual Christmas Tree Recycling project and potluck is Saturday, January 2nd from 9am to 1pm at the same location we’ve been the past two years – the ball fields at Rancho San Rafael on North Virginia and just north of McCarran. Bring a dish/beverage to share, your work clothes (dress warm) and we’ll do some good for the community while we meet old friends and make news ones in a fun atmosphere. The money raised goes to Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful – we collect the trees and stack them for the County Parks staff to chip and the money goes into a lock box. This has been a fun outing for us for over a decade.

Mardi Gras is tentatively set for Saturday, February 13th

With group gatherings being limited and restricted again recently, who knows if we will be able to host this event next February.

We’re also looking into a new venue in Sparks since the city of Sparks has less restrictive live music, dancing and gathering restrictions than the city of Reno (go figure). The Ramada still could be an option though they no longer have an event manager so we’re looking to make a new connection there. Also, we’ve heard from some members and dance attendees that they would like a different venue so we’re exploring those options.

The Reno BLUES Society is a good source for information on great blues music in the Reno / Carson City / Lake Tahoe area.

Check here often for the latest on blues artists, events, and blues news.

If you're not an RBS member, join now by clicking on the "Join RBS" tab below. Once you're an RBS member you'll always have your finger on the pulse of all the blues you can use!!

RBS Offering Music Scholarships

The Reno Blues Society is now accepting applications for music students (voice or instrument) based on need. The scholarships will be $500 each and we plan to award three or four each year, depending on fundraising success and number of applicants.

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We previously reached out to the music teachers at the Washoe County School District high schools and we are now opening this up to the general public. The brief nomination process is outlined below. Once this program is up and running we will accounce the deadline.

  • Include name of student, year in school, and the reason he or she needs the music scholarship. (A few paragraphs are fine. We don't need a long essay on this).
  • Student should be economically disadvantaged so that the scholarship would allow him or her to buy an instrument he/she is now renting or borrowing or pursue some private lessons.
  • Student has demonstrated a real interest and talent in music, ideally blues, jazz or rock but not limited to those genres.
  • Name, email and phone number of music teacher making the nomination.
  • Include all this information for each student nominated, up to three nominees per high school.
  • Send nominations with all requested information via email to
  • Student(s) awarded the grant and nominating teacher agree to be present at a future Reno Blues Society Dance (tbd) for a brief awards' ceremony.

Membership in the Reno Blues Society

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Our Board of Directors

Jamie Klund - RBS President

Deborah Charles - Secretary

Dennis Ratto

Treasurer & Band Procurement

Randy Napolitano

Dave Rocco

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Reno Blues Society Partners with Go Solar Group

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The Reno Blues society has teamed up with the Go Solar Group and has an opportunity to earn $500 for every solar installation when an RBS member mentions this promotion to them. And to make it even sweeter, any RBS member who does an install with Go Solar Group gets a special discount on their solar system.

RBS Treasurer Dennis Ratto, a sales associate for Go Solar Group, would welcome the opportunity to explain the benefits and cost savings of solar to any RBS member interested.

Reno's roots are all about the blues, and while Go Solar Group loves the blues genre, they don't want you singing them in your home after you receive your monthly power bill from NV Energy. Even if you aren't interested in going solar yourself, if you know of someone who is considering it, the RBS can still earn the $500 if the person you refer to Go Solar Group mentions this partnership.

Just contact Dennis Ratto at This promotion currently has no ending date.