Mardi Gras Party February 19th

San Jose blues sensation Maxx Cabello, Jr. will be featured at our annual Mardi Gras bash and fundraiser.

Maxx is one of the best guitarists on the West Coast. He played for us three years ago at Center Court for a fantastic evening that also featured the Blues Monsters. You may have also seen him in past years at BBQ, Brews and Blues and he played at the Glow Plaza by the Sands this Summer a couple of times. He does original music and covers of blues and blues-rock.

Maxx even plays slide guitar with a beer bottle, but you'll have to either take our word for it or come to the dance party!

The Mardi Gras party will be at Boomtown Casino-Hotel with start times to be announced soon but probably a 7 to10 pm show with a great dance floor and a silent auction for our music grant program. 

The Mardi Gras Party is a fundraiser for our music scholarship program.

Tickets are $25 BUT RBS members with dues being paid (current) get a $5 rebate at the door.


Prizes and Gift Certificates Needed for Mardi Gras Party Silent Auction

The money this year will go toward sponsoring Tuesday Bluesdays at Tahoe Palisades (formerly Squaw Valley). Yes, we're going to be a financial sponsor this year (and hopefully for years to come) in getting our name out there with the best blues event in the area.

If you have something to donate (a product, service, maybe something you got for Christmas or elsewhere but won't use) or have a business you can contact for us, please let me know.

Billy from Antique Rocker has donated a guitar, we have two ukuleles from Linda Newberg via one of her nonprofit music organizations and Bruce Titus has donated a couple of pieces of original art ... but we need many more items.

My email is and my phone number is 848-2590 if you have something to donate. Thanks

Greetings RBS Members and blues fans,

Greetings and thanks to those who attended M*A*S*H  B*A*S*H Nov. 6 at our great new venue, Boomtown. What a show by Trippin Kingsnakes and Mudd Bonz and we raised over $1,300 ($1,306.25 to be exact) for Adopt-a-Vet Dental. YEAH! Here are a few updates and our Fall 2021 newsletter is also on our website as a pdf for additional reading.

Blues Jams: Two blues jams are now going with every Tuesday from 8-11pm at the Center Stage at Harrah's Lake Tahoe featuring the Buddy Emmer Band and special guests each week. In Reno, the Cellar Stage at Alturas Bar on 4th Street has Phatman (Tony G) and Robin with special guests from 7-11pm the first Thursday each month.

Upcoming Blues Concerts: Upcoming blues concerts include British blues legend John Mayall and his harmonica with the great guitarist Walter Trout at MontBleu Resort on Friday, Dec. 17 at 8pm. Tickets are $30 plus fees on Ticketmaster. I send out regular e-blasts with bands at local venues, regional and national artists who tour through the area and any area blues festivals events I find out about.

Christmas Tree Recycling ~ January 2nd: Our annual Christmas Tree recycling community project is Sunday, January 2nd from 9am to 1pm at the Reno Sports Complex on North Virginia Street, just north of the McCarran/Virginia intersection. This is a pot luck as we collect money and stack Christmas trees in the parking lot for KTMB. Hope to see you there for a great time and some good community service.

Mardi Gras ~ February 19th at Boomtown ~ with Silent Auction: Don't forget Mardi Gras on February 19th at our new venue, Boomtown Hotel-Casino. Maxx Cabello Jr. and his band will play for us again (he killed it in 2018 at Center Court in Lakeridge Tennis Center (facility no longer there). Details as we get closer but this will be a fundraiser for our partial sponsorship of Tuesday Bluesday at Tahoe Palisades (formerly Squaw Valley) this summer. All proceeds will go toward this sponsorship of the biggest and best blues event or series in the area. We will do a silent auction so we need items you can donate, services you can provide, maybe a prize you won at the company Christmas party you won't use or maybe you can stop by a business you frequent and ask them for a prize or gift certificate. We've received a guitar from Billy at Antique Rocker, two ukuleles from Linda Newberg via one of her arts fundraisers and a few other things this early. Email me at if you have something to donate or give me a call at 848-2590 if you have an idea or want to talk about the silent auction and the event. We can make arrangements to get the item(s) or gift certificate as we get closer to the event.

Jamie Klund - President of Reno Blues Society

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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.

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