Reno Blues Society Update
Balloons and Blues This Saturday, Sept. 9
It’s finally here. Our 2nd annual Balloons and Blues Strut next Saturday, Sept. 9 from 7 to 11 on Victorian Avenue. A $5 cover charge gets you four blues bands and drink specials at the four venues that evening. We’re still in need of volunteers so if you want to get in for free, email me and include your cell phone so I can contact you to make arrangements for you to work a two-hour shift at one of the four venues or our merchandise and membership table. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Bands and venues include The Cantina (Voodoo Dogz), Mummer's (Jason King Band), Paddy & Irene's (Blue Haven) and Great Basin (Soul Connection) and our table will be outside the Great Basin. Times will staggered slightly from 7-11pm or so. Note that this is a fundraiser for RBS and some of the proceeds will go toward music programs in the schools to add to what we raised from the spring dance silent auction. We had close to 300 folks last year and we expect more this year. We're also having buckets for the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at each venue, too. Member Bruce Paulson suggested we do that and the board was all over the idea so thanks for the idea, Bruce.
September 3rd Thursday the 21st at Silver Peak Downtown
Our Third Thursday social and general membership meeting in September is Thursday, Sept. 21 starting 5pm or so at Silver Peak Brewing on 1st and Sierra. First one there, save a couple tables preferably outside for us.
Halloween Dance Update
Our Halloween Monster Mash is just around the corner on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 6:30-11:30pm at a location to be determined at this week’s board meeting. Note that the Halloween dance is still a benefit for veteran’s organizations and we have lined up the Joker’s Wild Blues Band, Blue Haven, Rick Hammond and 9below0 to play for you as they have generously donated their talents. To keep the membership up to date, we recently found out the Ramada will be unavailable indefinitely (maybe through Mardi Gras or longer) due to a remodel of their ballroom on the first floor. We have inquired at several venues ranging in price from a low of $500 up to $1,500 for use of a ballroom at various casinos and hotels. We fortunately have sold ourselves well enough to two venues that will donate their facilities at no charge and we’ll let you know soon where the Halloween dance will be held and possibly Mardi Gras on Feb. 17, 2018. We are having the Blues Monsters open for Max Cabello, Jr., so that will be a great show, too.
Award-Winning Blues Film at Special Price
The award-winning film I am the Blues is now available for sale and has a special price (just $9.98 plus shipping, 40% off the regular price of $24.95 for blues society members. Enter the code BLUES at checkout to this url: http://www.filmmovement.com/filmcatalog/index.asp?MerchandiseID=565
Sacramento Blues by the River
RBS member Jeff Church is looking for folks who might want to carpool to Sacramento Saturday, Oct. 7 for the Sacramento Blues by the River Festival featuring Laurie Morvan, Mick Martin and Ryder Green, etc. If interested, contact Jeff at email@example.com
+Blues History Class Offered at TMCC; Taught by RBS Board Member Roger Slugg
Interested in finding out some history of blues music? The RBS’ own Roger Slugg will be teaching a six-hour course (taught over two Monday nights on Sept. 18 and 25) from 6:30-9:30pm at the TMCC Meadowwood campus. Cost of the course is $59 and folks may register online at www.wdce.tmcc.edu or by calling TMCC at (775) 829-9010. This is a community education class and credits are not given.
+Monday Night Blues at Polo Lounge
Join Tony Ghiglieri, Ric Stricker, Jeff Hueston and Michelle Zito from 6:30-9:30pm mid-July through mid-August and hopefully beyond for this free blues show and jam. The Polo Lounge is in the SportsWest shopping center at 1559 S. Virginia Street in midtown.
+June Newsletter Is On Renoblues.org
The June newsletter in pdf format is on the website under the newsletters section so check it out. We'll have hard copies at our booth on Virginia Street for BBQ, Brews and Blues, as well.
+Spring Dance Recap
Well, the crowd was smaller than usual and from what we expected but those who were there received a real treat from Big Red and the J.C. Smith band. Although we lost money on the dance portion - the Spring Dance has always been a crap shoot for us with a few great turnouts but more often than not a smaller crowd - we did very well on the silent auction and should be able to donate over $1,700 to the music programs in Washoe County. We're just finishing up collecting silent auction successful bidders but we'll have a nice check we can send the school district for their music programs and will report the final figure soon. Thanks to all the members and businesses that donated to that worthy cause and to those who bid on the items or services, including our sponsors Ramada Inn and media partners 101.5 Truckee-Tahoe Radio, KOZZ, KTHX and KOH and to the silent auction including Bibo Coffee, Boomtown Hotel-Casino, Bruka Theater, Cabela’s, Cheryl Page (Reikki and Cranial massages), Discovery Museum, Dave Rocco (blues photos), Dragonfly Skin Care, Grass Roots Books, KNPB-TV, Louie’s Basque Corner, Marietta O’Reilly (signed and framed blues photo), Mike Warner (blues and bass guitar lessons), National Automobile Museum, Norm Halvorsen (hollow-body guitar), Nothing to it! Culinary, Pandora Salon and Spa, PJ’s Restaurant, Reno Blues Society (Pam Farmer), Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Little Theater, Reno Philharmonic, RC Willey, Rob Stack Contractor Services, Rounds Bakery, Sports West Athletic Club, Susan Sturtevant (Cabo time share), The Bead Store, The Elegant Ear (Linda Newberg) and Zoe’s Five-Star Massage.
+Bands, Please Send Us Your Gigs and Blues Jam Update
Blues bands, if you have a gig or are conducting a blues jam, email Ron Wesley (firstname.lastname@example.org) and me (email@example.com) and we will include the information on our website and in my regular e-blasts. Lots of blues jams going on in the area including Tuesdays with Buddy Emmer and special guests doing blues at Harrah’s in Stateline from 8-11pm. The August lineup has A.C. Myles Aug. 1, Alastair Green Aug. 8, Terry Hanck Aug. 15, Tony Ghiglieri Aug. 22 and Chris "Kid" Andersen Aug. 29.
+Web Designer Needed; Chair for Volunteers Sought
We're looking for someone to update our sorely outdated look of website. We (me, Jamie) maintain the content regularly but it needs a refreshed look. Also, we need a chairperson to take on membership (keeping our membership list up to date and sending out reminders to members for dues renewal) and volunteers (calling folks to get them to help us at our events). Board member Tom Martin just took on the retail job of ordering and organizing our merchandise and helping to sell it at our events. Please contact me at 848-2590 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details or contact Pam at email@example.com for questions.
President, Reno Blues Society
President, Reno Blues Society
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