Greetings RBS Members and blues fans,

It's a busy Summer, as you can see from the lineup of events below.

"Independence from Covid" Blues Show July 3rd

The Reno Blues Society is working with Living the Good Life in Carson City to put on a blues show Saturday, July 3rd from 6:30 to 9:30pm. The Mudd Bonz, a rockin’ blues band from South Lake Tahoe and who played at our Mardi Gras Dance and summer membership parties a couple years ago, will be the featured band. We're helping to pay for the band and promoting it.

This FREE event will take place in Living the Good Life’s parking lot and will go on rain or shine since they have a stage inside their restaurant bar. All we ask is you renew your RBS membership, or become a member (just $20 a year), and put a few bucks in the tip jar.

Living the Good Life is in the heart of Carson City at 1480 N. Carson Street. This restaurant and bar has great food and a full bar with a stage and a small dance floor. They also have a large parking lot. Reservations may be made by calling 841-4663.

Veteran South Lake Tahoe blues band Mudd Bonz is a popular act in South Lake Tahoe and surrounding area, they have infectious grooves and deep blues to get you up on your feet and moving. Comprising the band are Dennis McMasters on vocals, harmonica and rhythm guitar; Mark Wilson on lead guitar and vocals; Kurt Johnson on percussion and vocals; Art Rodriguez on bass guitar and vocals and Mitch Brown on keyboards. From Dennis' powerhouse vocals and Chicago-style harp, Mark's blistering guitar work, Kurt's back beat, Art's infections bass lines through to Mitch's honky-tonk style piano and rich organ pads, folks will be shaking everything you got from the moment they hit the stage. If you have not seen them before, check them out on Facebook or at their website,

New Dues Year for All RBS Memberships Begins July 1st

We're moving to a one-time-of-year for all memberships (except lifetime trustees), with everyone being due July 1st and running through June 30th of the following year.

With our membership chair Pam Farmer moving away and no one to replace her and to be more in line with other organizations having a set calendar time of year for all memberships, the RBS is doing that, as well. If you've joined in the last six months or so, you're good until next July, but if you joined last year, we're going on the honor system for you to please renew your membership.

Yearly memberships are $20 for an individual or $30 for a family (or for an individual for two years) and lifetime trustee memberships are $200 (pay once and never pay again!). You can do this via our PayPal link in the "Join RBS" panel below, or make a check payable to the Reno Blues Society and mail it to Reno Blues Society, P.O. Box 10742, Reno, NV 89510.

I hope to see everyone renew soon.

RBS Partners With Living the Good Life for July 31 Show

The RBS and Living the Good Life will put on a blues show on Saturday, July 31 from 6:30-9:30pm. This will most likely be in their parking lot but they have a nice but smaller stage inside, as well. The Michael Russell Trio will play blues and r&b. The band, made up of 20-somethings, recently relocated from Susanville and is trying to get into the area music scene. We've caught them a time or two and have enjoyed their energy and song selection so check them out for this free show. 

Truckee Regional Park Wednesday Evening Concerts ~ July 7th through August 25th

Music in the Park is held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Truckee Regional Park Amphitheater.  This year's lineup includes two blues or r&b acts including funk band Sal's Greenhouse July 14th and local blues and r&b favorites The Blues Monsters on Augist 11th.

Bluesdays in the Village at Squaw Valley Announces Full Schedule July 13th through August 31st

The folks at Squaw Valley USA and the Village merchants have announced their Covid-19 shortened schedule for 2021 with an eight week schedule of free blues from 6:00 to 8:30pm. This is the 12th year for this event. It runs July 13th through August 31st with The Blues Monsters opening up July 13th as previously announced by RBS. The rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • July 20th ~ Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors featuring Rusty Zinn
  • July 27th ~ Chris Cain
  • August 3rd ~ Alastair Greene
  • August 10th ~ JC Smith Band
  • August 17th ~ Terry Hanck
  • August 24th ~ Ric Estrin and the Night Cats
  • August 31st ~ Roy Rodgers and the Delta Rhythm Kings

Carolyn Dolan and Big Red Open for Tommy Castro July 24th in Carson City

Carolyn Dolan's blues band Big Red will open for Tommy Castro and the Painkillers on Saturday, July 24th as part of the Levitt Amp Series in Carson City, held at the Brewery Arts Center's outdoor stage. Music is from 7 to 10pm with Big Red doing a short opening set and Tommy and his band providing the headlining entertainment for this FREE show that highlights this summer music series running mid-July through the end of August.

RBS Partners with for Battle Axe and Tracks Blues Festival in Dayton October 2nd and 3rd

The venue is just east of Carson City on Highway 50 at the V&T Railway Eastgate Depot in Dayton.

Saturday's lineup includes: • Larkin Poe • North Mississippi All Stars • Brandon "Taz" Niederauer • Carolyn Wonderland • Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours • Dennis Johnson and the Mississippi Ramblers • Jelly Bread • Six Mile Station

Sunday's lineup includes: • Kenny Wayne Shepherd • Samantha Fish • Ally Venable • Ian Moore • Ron Artis II and the Truth • Eric Henry Andersen Band • Six Mile Station

The Reno Blues Society is partnering with the event promoters E720, LLC, to promote the festival. RBS members or those on my email list get a 15% discount on tickets by using the promo code Renoblues21. We will also have a booth at the festival to sell memberships, renew memberships and offer logoed merchandise for sale. Go to for tickets and information with 3,500 tickets available.

RBS' Third Thursday is July 15th at Mama Celeste's Gastropub in Sparks ~ 360 Los Altos Parkway in Sparks, across from the Galleria.

Starts a little after five and they have a nice patio so first one there, save a table for us.

Rest of Third Thursday Schedule:

  • August 19th at 5:00 pm ~ Archie's on N. Virginia
  • September 16th at 5:00 pm ~ Pub 'n Sub on 10th and Ralston
  • October 21st at 5:00 pm ~ Engine 8 just off Victorian Avenue in Sparks.

Concerts at Commons Beach Begin August 1st (tentatively)

The folks in Tahoe City for the Sunday music concerts at Commons Beach say they are working on an abbreviated six-week schedule that will tentatively run Aug. 1 through Sept. 5 with bands to be determined. Stay tuned for updates or go to their website,

Summer Membership Party August 21st at Susan Sturtevant's Home

Our annual summer membership party, a BYOB, bring a dish to share and help tip the band, will feature Carolyn Dolan and Big Red at the home of one of our long-time members, Susan Sturtevant. Details with who to RSVP to (probably Susan directly) and Susan's address will be coming out shortly but save the date for this great party and night of live blues in a private residence.

Jamie Klund - President of Reno Blues Society

Keepin’ the blues alive in Northern Nevada

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.

  • Download a membership application in Microsoft Word format ... Word Application
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Jamie Klund

RBS President

Dennis Ratto

Treasurer & Band Procurement

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