Blues Events

June 14th ~ 3 pm to 9 pm in Downtown Reno ~ Eldorado BBQ, Blues & Brews

June 15th ~ 11 am to 8 pm in Downtown Reno ~ Eldorado BBQ, Blues & Brews

WAR headlines on the 14th and Berlin headlines on the 15th. Shane Dwight and Elvin Bishop are also on the schedule. Make sure you stop by the RBS booth on Virginia Street to say hello, update your membership and dress in style with an RBS-logoed t-shirt, tank or hat. The Eldorado comps us this booth each year and we get to not only have a presence at a major blues event but sell our memberships and our merchandise.

Weekly Blues Jams

Tuesdays ~ 8 to 11:30
Harrah's Back Door Stage, Stateline, South Lake Tahoe ■ The Buddy Emmer Blues Band and guest artists.
June 4...AC Myles ■ June 11...Lazarus Cole ■ June 18...Mighty Mike Schermer ■ June 25...Dennis McMasters


Tuesdays ~ 6 to 9
The Grove ~ 95 Foothill Road in Reno ■ Weekly jam with Joker's Wild and guest artists.
July 2 - 9 - 16 - 23 - 30


Wednesdays ~ 6 to 9
Sand's Pool Parties with Joker's Wild
June 12 - 19 - 26 ■ July 3 - 10 - 17 - 24 - 31


Wednesdays ~ 8 to 11
Paddy and Irene's ~ Victorian Square, Sparks


Thursdays ~ 8 to 11
Sparks Lounge ~ Baring and Sparks Boulevard

Free Outdoor Concerts

Tuesday Bluesdays at Squaw Valley Village ~ 6:00 to 8:30

Some seating available if you get there early enough ... or you can bring your own chairs.

This summer, The Village at Squaw Valley is celebrating the 11th Anniversary of Bluesdays! This popular and FREE outdoor concert series at the Village at Squaw Valley features acclaimed blues musicians, great grab and go food offerings from Village restaurants and a Blues bar with beer, wine and spirits available in the Events Plaza. During the summer Bluesdays series, get food and drink specials, and lodging in the heart of Bluesdays action in The Village starting from $99 per night.

June 18th, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings ■ June 25th, Vanessa Collier ■ July 2nd, Mark Hummel and The Blues Survivors ■ July 9th, Cristone “Kingfish” Ingram ■ July 16th, Danielle Nicole ■ July 23rd, Coco Montoya ■ July 30th, Chris Cain ■ August 6th, Sugaray Rayford ■ August 13th, Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers ■ August 20th, Dennis Jones Band ■ August 27th, Honey Island Swamp Band ■ September 3rd, Popa Chubby


Truckee Wednesdays ~ 6:30 to 8:30 ~ Truckee Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road ~ Lawn seating. Bring your own lowback chairs.

June 19th ~ Dead Winter Carpenters (Alt Country Rock) ■ June 26th ~ Lost Whiskey Engine (Jamgrass) ■ July 3rd ~ The Stone Foxes (Rock n' Roll) ■ July 10th ~ The Lique (Jazz Hip Hop) ■ July 1st ~ New Wave Crave Band (80's) ■ July 24th ~ Blues Monsters (Awesome Blues) ■ July 31st ~ Jo Mama (Latin / Swing) ■ August 7th ~ Mark Mackay (Country Rock) ■ August 14th ~ Sam Chase & The Untraditional (Folk Rock) ■ August 21st ~ Beatles Flashback (Beatles songs) ■ August 28th ~ Deja Vu (Rock & Roll Oldies)

Blues Radio

Ken Allen's “Damn Good Blues Hour”

Every Sunday from 9 pm to 10 pm on KOZZ 105.7 FM


Chuck Dunne's “Choose Blues Hour”

Friday & Saturday from 4 pm to 5 pm and Saturday from Midnight to 1 am ~ KTKE 101.5 FM ~ Lake Tahoe & Truckee's Local Radio Station


Mick Martin's “Blues Party” - KXJZ 90.5 FM Reno or 90.9 FM Sacramento - Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm

Chuck Martin

Mick Martin has been producing and hosting the blues for 12 years, beginning with The KZAP Blues Show in August of 1989.

He joined the staff of KXJZ in July 1991 to create Mick Martin's Blues Party, which he calls "a combination blues specialty show and a tribute to the freeform, underground radio concept." This means you'll be hearing everything from B.B. King and Robert Johnson to the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan every Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. -- with no repeats. "I want to give people the equivalent of a four-hour album of music every week, mixing the classics with the new and different."

Mick is also a musician, having played professionally since 1968 and, since 1986, leading "Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers." On March 31, 1994, Mick did something highly unusual for a harmonica player: he performed at Carnegie Hall for the nationally broadcast Blues in Jazz concert with mentor Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon, Grover Washington Jr., Carrie Smith and Mark Whitfield. That same year, he was featured on Jimmy Smith's Fantasy/Milestone Records release, Sum Serious Blues. Mick has played harmonica on stage behind Freddie King, Jimmy Rogers, Bo Diddley, Mick Taylor, the Yardbirds, Roy Brown and many others.

His latest CD with the Blues Rockers, Tip of the Hat, was released nationally last September by Dig Music. He is also a featured artist on the same label's Bob Dylan tribute, Positively 12th & K, which also features Sal Valentino and Jackie Greene.

Mick is the creator and co-author (with Marsha Porter) of the DVD & Video Guide, published annually by Ballantine Books.