Due to the Corona Virus "social distancing" guidelines, the Rick Hammond Memorial has been canceled. If it's rescheduled, we will post it here. Be safe out there!

We have met and with and agreed to work with a new partner in our area on bringing in major blues acts to Reno. The Peavine Taphouse in Somersett plans to host, fund and promote a monthly major blues show, FREE, right here in Reno at his bar/restaurant the firdst Wednesday of the month beginning in February from 7-10pm. Matt Reardon, a professional skier and musician, is the owner of the recently opened Peavine Taphouse in the Somersett Town Center. This cool bar and restaurant has a great stage, sound and lighting setup with plenty of seating for dinner and drinks and the ability to host high-quality musical acts.

Shane Dwight Headlines Inaugural Show Wednesday, Feb. 5:
San Jose native and Nashville recording artist Shane Dwight kicks things off for the inaugural show. He appeared at our spring dance last May and plays at the Eldorado's BBQ, Brews and Blues fest each summer. He will appear at Peavine Taphouse with the Buddy Emmer Band backing him up on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 7-10pm for a free show. We need as many of you as possible to come to this (and other subsequent shows) but we can’t have other shows unless we support the first one. We’re going to promote on our website, on our Facebook page and include in some e-blasts to your our member and blues followers list.

If this goes well, he will do monthly for a few months and if goes really well, it could become a weekly blues show like Buddy Emmer does every Tuesday at Harrah’s in Stateline with his band backing various regional and national artists coming through the area. Additionally, the RBS board will use Peavine Taphouse’s conference room upstairs for their monthly board meetings and with Matt’s connections from his professional skiing days and his work with Lake Tahoe area non-profits, he has forged some major sponsorship relationships and is willing to share some of those with the Reno Blues Society in promoting shows and helping our organization financially down the road.

So please come out to Peavine Taphouse on Wednesday, Feb. 5 from 7-10pm to see Shane Dwight. It will be a great show and you’ll love the venue.

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 jamesklund@aol.com
  • 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

We would love to have you join RBS! Members are entitled to a monthly newsletter and discounted tickets to all RBS events.

  • Download a membership application in Microsoft Word format ... Word Application
  • Download a membership application in PDF format that can be filled out in Acrobat Reader... PDF Application
  • Or... you can use the PayPal link below to join or renew:

Our Board of Directors

Jamie Klund - RBS President


Deborah Charles - Secretary


Dennis Ratto

Treasurer & Band Procurement

Randy Napolitano


Pam Farmer


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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 dratto@gosolargroup.com. This promotion currently has no ending date.