25th Anniversary Dance Party
Thanks for attending our 25th Anniversary dance with the RBS All-Stars and Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings. Great seeing old friends, meeting new ones and having a sold-out crowd at the Ramada. A big thank you to the Board of Directors for running the event and to the committee for organizing the event details - Bob McNamara, Cheryl O'Grady, Linda Newberg, Michele Lundeen, Kevin and Marietta O'Reilly, David Rocco, Patrick Kennedy and Jamie Klund. We made pretty good money that we can put back into events and add a bit to our music scholarship program. A big shoutout to the sponsors including an RBS member anonymously, the Ramada, Go Solar Group, Sage Advertising and Marketing and our media partners Lotus Radio including the 'X' and KOZZ. The All-Stars included Dell Monroe (vocals), Paul Schutt (guitar), Rick Hammond (guitar), Melanie Hammond (vocals), Michele Lundeen (vocals), Jon Anderson (saxaphone), Woody Soules (guitar), Bob McNamara (bass) and Brock O'Lee (drums).
Balloons and Blues Strut
The lineup is set for our third annual Balloons and Blues Strut on Victorian Avenue in Sparks for Saturday evening Sept. 8. The event goes from 7:30 to 11pm at four venues next to each other, each with a band - The Cantina features Family Affair, an r&b and funk band playing from 7:30-10:30pm; Mummer's will host The Jason King Band from 7:30-10:30pm; Paddy & Irene's will have Blue Haven playing from 8-11pm; and Great Basin will showcase r&b band Soul Connection from 8-11pm on their outdoor stage. Wristbands will be sold at each venue for $5 that evening and a portion of the proceeds will go toward our music scholarship program. We will also have a table outside of Great Basin selling wristbands, displaying and selling some of our merchandise and have membership apps and newsletters available.
RBS Members Only Party
A first of its kind - a member's only party with a blues band at the home of Susan Sturtevant - is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. Time and address to come later but it will be an RSVP since the RBS will supply the burgers and hot dogs and we'll need a head count so we make sure to have enough food. Those coming need to bring a dish to share and their own beverages. Susan will provide the space with her lovely home and backyard, including picking up the tab for The Rick Hammond Band to perform. If you're reading this and not a member, there is time to join ahead of time at Balloons and Blues Strut or come that night with a $20 bill or a check and we'll have you fill out a membership app that evening so you can enjoy this member's only event.
Halloween Monster MASH
Our annual veteran's benefit, now a Halloween Monster Mash, is set for Saturday, Oct. 20, from 7-11pm at Hidden Valley Country Club. Note we're doing it a week before the traditional rash of Halloween dances, pub crawls and parties so if you're really into Halloween and dressing up in costumes, you can do it twice this year. Cost of the event with the band lineup will be announced soon and we'll have a PayPal link to buy tickets on our website as well as tickets being available from board members as well as at our usual locations Recycled Records and Melting Pot in Reno, Hippies Pipes and Incense in Sparks and tentatively Robin McGregor of Carson City Art Gallery and Pottery, 110 S. Curry Street, will be our new capitol city outlet. The Bead Store in Carson City has closed its doors as Larry and Cat Wahrenbrock have decided to retire. They have been gracious to sell the tickets with no service fee for several years and have been mainstays at our dances over the years.
Third Thursday in September will be the 20th from 5-7pm at Bertha Miranda's on Mill Street. First one there, save a couple of tables on their patio for us.
Keepin' the blues alive in Northern Nevada,
Jamie Klund ... President of RBS