Blues News

We've booked one of Reno's favorite blues artists, Shane Dwight, for A Special Night with Shane Dwight on Saturday, May 4 with music from 8-10:30pm, at the Ramada Inn in Reno.

This replaces our Spring Dance with a regional or national artist being booked by the Reno Blues Society. Doors will open at 7:30pm with music from 8-10:30pm or so. Tickets are $20 in advance and for RBS members or $25 at the door for the public. Tickets will be available soon at the usual locations - Recycled Records and The Melting Pot in Reno and Hippies Pipes and Incense in Sparks as well as on our website, As a bonus ford the Shane Dwight event, we have two, late-arriving silent auction items that you can bid on with proceeds going to our music scholarship program. Boomtown has donated a $200 certificate for two tickets to an upcoming concert and $150 in their steakhouse plus we have a certificate for 500 business cards from Allegra Printing worth $50 combined with a $25 gift card from Rounds Bakery that we will package together for a $75 value.

BBQ, Brews and Blues, sponsored by the Eldorado, takes place June 14-15 in downtown Reno and we'll have our booth on Virginia Street as usual selling our merchandise and signing up members as we promote blues in the area. The lineup hasn’t been announced yet but the event runs Friday from 3-8pm and from 11am to 8pm Saturday on Virginia Street between Third and Fifth streets with two stages and non-stop blues (well blues during the day and the past few years evening headliners have been 90’s bands of various genres to appeal to Millennials and a younger demographic than the traditional blues fans). The Eldorado sells tasting packages for one or both days and graciously comps us the cost of the booth, so we hope you come out to support local, regional and national blues acts with this live music and food festival.

Our first scholarship recipient our own music scholarship program is a junior vocalist from Spanish Springs HS, Amber Hurtado. Amber is an all-state selection in advanced chorale who will be receiving $500 worth of voice lessons from a local voice teacher courtesy of the RBS. Her chorale teacher, Richard Hutton said this in her application: “She has excelled as a chorister and soloist in genres ranging from Renaissance to Pop. Though she has not had much opportunity to explore Jazz and Blues, her improvisational skills and vocal color (rich mezzo soprano) would be perfect to explore these genres.” She has been invited to our Shane Dwight event and we will introduce her in-between Shane’s sets. If you know of other aspiring student musicians or vocalists, few have information on the application process on our website or reach out to me or any board member.

Down the road, our fourth annual Balloons and Blues Strut will take place on Victorian Avenue Saturday, Sept. 7 with venues and bands to be announced this summer and Susan Sturtevant will host our second annual membership party at her home on Saturday, Sept. 21 with The Blues Monsters providing musical entertainment. More details on these events as we get closer.

Our Sponsors: Don't forget about our sponsors, Allegra Printing, GoSolar Group, Hidden Valley Country Club, Lotus Radio (KTHX and KOZZ) , Nagel Video Services and the Ramada Inn. Please support them or if you run into them at our dance or elsewhere, please thank them.

Keepin' the blues alive in Northern Nevada,

Jamie Klund ... President of RBS