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 and not sure when that will lift. Word just came that Hot August Nights, set for Aug. 4-8, is cancelled this year, the third major event, after Artown and Burning Man being cancelled (well both are holding smaller, virtual events but come one, nothing in-person). I’ve outlined what we know now regarding live music and events in the area and updated our events calendar. We do plan on starting our monthly socials at various venues that have outdoor seating this month with June 18 our first Third Thursday at Peavine Taphouse. See short story on that below. There are some acoustic artists working at various bars/restaurants now that all bars even those not serving food, can open with some restrictions. Some may even start booking bands, particularly if they have outdoor seating/areas. Check their respective websites like Peavine Taphouse, Polo Lounge, Midtown Wine Bar, Great Basin Brewery in Sparks, among others. We’re also working on a proposal with some of these bar/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 so stay tuned for details. Here’s what we know so far regarding music and events in the area.

Third Thursday Happy Hours Begin June 18

Third Thursday, our warm weather socials, will begin June 18 at Peavine Taphouse in Somersett now that all bars and restaurants are open, especially those with outdoor seating. Peavine’s Happy Hour goes 4-5:30 Mon-Thr and they do have outdoor seating. First one there, save a table or two for us. In July on the 16th, we’ll go to Great Basin on Victorian Avenue and again use their patio. The Third Thursdays start at 5pm or so. August (20th) and September (17th) venues to be determined.

Summer BBQ with Live Blues on Hold; Tentatively Aug. 15

We may still have our summer BBQ on August 15 if larger gatherings are allowed and we feel we can pull the event off and the host feels comfortable. Details to come out as we get closer. If we do host the event, it would be a potluck and byob with the RBS providing burgers and dogs and paying a local blues band to provide live music.

Bluesday Tuesdays at Squaw Valley Begin July 14

Squaw Valley will skip the first four weeks of their Tuesday free blues series, now in its 12th year. According to their website the series kicks off July 14 with Alastair Greene Band; July 21 Vanessa Collier; July 28 Joe Louis Walker; Aug. 4 Mike Zito; Aug. 11 Trudy Lynn; Aug. 18 Matt Schofield; Aug. 25 Terry Hanck; Sept. 1 Rick Estrin & the Nightcats; and Sept. 8 Selwyn Birchwood. Music goes from 6-8:30pm. If you can support the businesses in the Village that sponsor this buy buying food and/or drinks or buying your liquor at the liquor store in the Village, it will help keep this event being held FREE each summer.

Commons Beach; Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews and Blues Postponed with New Dates to be Determined

Commons Beach in Tahoe City says they will have a series in 2020, albeit shortened due to Covid19. Their website says the 2020 schedule is being worked on and will be announced soon. I’m guessing they will start it July 12 after the 4th of July weekend and run it until after Labor Day weekend but that’s just a guess. Keep checking their website for updates. The Eldorado’s 25th annual BBQ, Brews and Blues was postponed from its traditional mid-June dates and we’re still waiting to hear what the new dates will be and which artists will take to their two stages on a Friday and Saturday to be determined. Stay tuned.

Artown is Virtual in 2020

One of the best events in the area and the largest arts festival with most of the events for free will be a virtual experience this year. No, it’s not the same but kudos to Beth Macmillan and her staff and board of directors for trying to keep the passion for the arts in Reno and northern Nevada going. Go to to see the schedule of events. Grammy winning blues artist Keb Mo was scheduled for one of their headliner ticketed events on Thursday, July 23 at Hawkins Amphitheater but hopefully they will bring him in person for 2021. website.

Kickstarter Album Project for Dave Manning

Dave Manning and Jack Rudesill represented the Reno Blues Society in Memphis in 2015. Dave is recording a new album and Jack is collaborating with his amazing guitar work. Funds are needed to produce/print the album.  It will be a double album with new music and a grand piano used for some of the tracks. Dave is asking for help and is trying to complete this in the next few weeks. 1) spread the word, by reposting his Facebook post, or sharing in whatever form with your friends, or any groups you think might enjoy his music. 2) Buy the album. (Reward 3 on Kickstarter.)  If you are out of business due to the pandemic like Dave, check out his "vote of confidence" support level.  That's for you. Here is a video link to the album project:

That’s it for now.

Jamie Klund - President of Reno Blues Society

Keepin’ the blues alive in Northern Nevada

The Wednesday Peavine Taphouse schedule is suspended because of the Coronavirus. Stay home ... stay safe!

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

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

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Our Board of Directors

Jamie Klund - RBS President

Deborah Charles - Secretary

Dennis Ratto

Treasurer & Band Procurement

Randy Napolitano

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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.