Dear RBS Members,

Holiday Greetings. We're gearing up for our yearly community service project AND potluck, have mailed our year-end newsletter, are collaborating with an area music promoter and The Cypress in midtown for a blues show featuring Maxx Cabello, Jr. and Snakeboy Johnson Band opening on Jan. 7 PLUS our Mardi Gras Dance and Silent Auction is on the horizon on Feb. 18 at The Ramada with California Blues Hall of Famers The Delta Wires headlining. See below for details.

Join us as we stack Christmas trees for recycling into bark-o-mulch and collect donations for KTMB and place the money in their lockbox at the complex. We're trying a weekday morning, this Friday, Dec. 30, from 9am-1pm at same location the Reno Sports Complex (ball fields just northwest of the University and Rancho San Rafael Park on N. Virginia, just off McCarran (it's well-signed). Just pull in and we'll be easy to spot near the front part of the complex. This is always a lot of fun as we help our community look better without all the trees going to the landfill and we have fun doing it. Bring something to share for the potluck. Just email me at jamesklund@aol.com so I know you're coming. See you there the morning of Friday, Dec. 30.

If your dues were paid up, you should have received our year-end newsletter in mid-December (if we have a mailing address for you -  there are a few of you who didn't include that on their membership app). It is posted on our websiite fand we did mail hard copies to a few recently unpaid members so if you are one of them, please renew (or join if you received one and aren't aren't a member). Dues are just $20 a year or $30 for a couple/family. You may do so via our website, renobluessociety.org and then select Join and click the Paypal button to pay your membership. Or you can make a check payable to Reno Blues Society and mail to Reno Blues Society, P.O. Box 10742, Reno, NV 89510.

We're helping bring Maxx Cabello, Jr., to Reno for a paid show at The Cypress on Jan. 7. Doors open at 6 with music from 6:30-11pm or so. Snakeboy Johnson Band will play an opening set followed by two sets from Maxx. Tickets are $20 at the door but RBS members get them for $15. You may purchase at the door or in advance. Nulyphe Entertainment is sponsoring the event and we're co-sponsoring. RBS members with dues paid get in for $15. Advance tickets may be purchased via nulyphe's venmo link, https://account.venmo.com/u/Rock-It-Nulyphe. There will be a food truck there, a few artists and other vendors for this blues event at this really cool music venue with an updated sound system and stage in midtown (formerly the Saint, 761 S. Virginia St.. 

Tickets are now on sale via our website, renobluessociety.org, to see The Delta Wires. Tickets are $30 and available via our website or at the door night of the event. Doors open at 7pm with music 7:30 to 10:15 or so. This is our main fundraiser for free summer blues events we sponsor at Palisades Tahoe and for our music grants to promote music in the schools. This will be a killer show with the seven-piece California Blues Hall of Famers The Delta Wires and their three-piece horn section, guitar, base, drums and lead singer/harmonica maestro Ernie Pinata. You won't want to miss them. Paula Nesbitt (rbs.auction@gmail.com) is coordinating our silent auction, which raises money for our Palisades Tahoe sponsorship for free blues concerts in the Village each summer as well as for our music grant program. Contact her if you have something to donate or want to help with that part of the event. This is also a new CD release event for The Delta Wires and they will have copies of this for sale that night.

Keepin' the blues alive in Reno and Tahoe,

Jamie Klund, President
Reno Blues Society

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Blues Jams, Shows Coming Soon

Every Tuesday at Harrah's in Stateline, the Buddy Emmer Blues Band does a show featuring a different guest artist from 8-11pm at the Center Stage bar. Buddy's been doing this series for years, with a little hiatus during Covid-19, but he gets local, regional and even national acts each week to be guest performers. The schedule is on the Events page.

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 jamesklund@aol.com
  • 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


Steve Kaye ~ Vice President


Dave Mensing ~ Event Manager


Yvonne Deslongchamp ~ Secretary


Tom Colby ~ Treasurer


Roger Slugg ~ Historian


Dave Rocco ~ Photographer


Elizabeth Mink ~ Music Grants


Membership ~ Brenda Cash

Silent Auctions ~ Paula Nesbitt

PR, Newsletter, Social Media ~ Jamie Klund

Music Grants ~ Elizabeth Mink

Merchandise ~ Steve Kaye

Band Procurement ~ Dennis Ratto

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