Dear RBS Members

Thanks for attending Spring Dance May 14. What a show the Blues Monsters put on. We had to have Boomtown event staff bring out two big stacks of extra chairs TWICE - good problem to have since the walk up sales were more than twice what we are used to. We'll plan for more tables and chairs for our next dance in the fall. Kudos to new vice president and merchandise chair Steve Kaye and his wife for inventorying our merchandise and bringing a few items to sell at the dance! Shout outs to new board secretary Yvonne Deslongchamp and long-time board member Roger Slugg for manning the ticket and 50/50 raffle table. And thanks to those who helped out at our booth at the Eldorado's BBQ, Brews and Blues June 10th and 11th.

RBS' Third Thursday Schedule

Don't forget about our monthly social the third Thursday each month April through October. First one there, grab a table for us. The rest of the schedule is:

  • October 20, at Archie's on N. Virginia across from the University of Nevada on their upstairs outdoor balcony at 5:15pm


  • Battle Axe & Tracks at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park on October 1st and 2nd.
  • M.A.S.H. Bash ~ November 5th at Ramada by Wyndham ~ Click here to purchase tickets

Webmaster Bruce Titus keeps this updated when the venues announce their schedules. If you have a music schedule you've seen but isn't up there or you know of a blues event, contact Bruce ~

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
  • 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
  • Download a membership application in PDF format that can be filled out in Acrobat Reader... PDF Application
  • Or... you can use the PayPal link below to join or renew:

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

Webmaster ~ Bruce Titus

Band Procurement ~ Dennis Ratto

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