Blues News

Thanks for those who helped us at our booth at BBQ, Brews and Blues. We made a little money on our merchandise sales and got to see many of you as you stopped by to listen to the music on Virginia Street. And we filled one-and-a-half sheets of new email addresses with potential new members - we can't remember ever signing up that many folks at one event. My email list now tops 400 folks!

Lots of blues music this summer in the area, including the Tuesday Bluesday at Squaw Valley which began June12 and runs through Sept. 4. The lineup is on our website as well as several other blues events in the calendar section. Dennis Ratto coordinates the carpool for those interested so email him at dennisratto@aol.com if you want to participate. The group, always one filling one car but sometimes multiple vehicles, meet at the Safeway parking lot on McCarran and Mae Anne right off I-80 fat 4:30pm each Tuesday in the summer for this cool event. Those who ride just pay the driver $5 to pay for gas.

Our next two general RBS meetings/socials are our Third Thursdays, with this month's event the 21st at Silver Peak on Wonder Street on their roof patio and then on July on the 19th at Bertha Miranda's on Mill Street inn their outdoor patio. These start about 5pm so the first one there, save a couple of tables for us.

Two new blues jam events dot the Reno schedule with a regular Monday gathering at The Polo Lounge jam and a month of July only event on Tuesdays at The Grove. Mondays at the newly renovated Polo Lounge in midtown, Tony Ghiglieri's new band the Whiskey Preachers with drummer Michelle Zito and bass player Jeff Hueston run a jam from 8-11pm with local artists also participating. Then in July at The Grove at 95 Foothill Road in the South Creek shopping center the Joker's Wild will host a jam from 6-9:30pm as part of Artown with guest artists and other local musicians. Guests include Tony Ghiglieri July 3, Rick Metz July 10, Pete L'Angelle July 17 and guests tba for July 24 and July 31.

Don't forget our 25th anniversary on Aug. 4 at the Ramada on 6th Street with Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings headlining and the RBS All-Stars as the opening act. Doors open at 7pm with music from 7:30 to 10:30. Tickets are now available at our usual locations - Recycled Records and Melting Pot in Reno (midtown), Hippies Pipes and Incense on Victorian Avenue in Sparks and The Bead Store at 1229 S. Carson St. in Carson City for $25 ($30 at the door). Note some outlets charge a small processing fee. The all-stars will play about an hour from 7:30 to 8:30 and includes founding members Bob McNamara, who is organizing this group, along with Woody Soules, Brock O'Lee, John Anderson, Michele Lundeen, Del Monroe, Rick Hammond and maybe one other musician to be determined. Roy Rogers and his band, together since 1980, will take the stage at 9pm. We'll also have historical photos on tag boards to look at courtesy of Dave Rocco and others and being compiled by Linda Newberg, Michele Lundeen and Kevin and Marietta O'Reilly. Sponsors so far for this event are an anonymous RBS member and the Ramada Inn with others possible. Contact our ad agency, Sage Advertising and Marketing, at 786-5515 and ask for Peter Padilla if you are interested or have a lead for us on a possible sponsor.

Jamie Klund ... President of RBS