Reno Blues Society Update
+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.
+General Membership Meeting and Social June 15th at Pub 'n Sub
We're continuing our general membership meetings which began last month at our Third Thursday social. We will see you for socializing 5pm or so Pub 'n Sub on 10th and Ralston, a favorite haunt of University of Nevada students and locals alike. We'll be out on the backyard patio so first one there, save a couple of tables for us.
+Eldorado’s BBQ, Brews and Blues June 16-17
Look for our booth near the 3rd Street Stage on Virginia Street. Stop by and say hello, renew your membership or pick up some new RBS gear. You can volunteer to work a shift at the booth, as well, with a sign-up link coming here soon. Here is the lineup:
Friday, June 16
4th Street Stage
3:30 p.m. – Jason King Band; 5:30 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.; 7:30 p.m. – Tonic
3rd Street Stage
4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Mobility; 6 p.m. – Shane Dwight
Saturday, June 17
4th Street Stage
12:30 p.m. – 9 Below Zero; 2:30 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Mobility; 4:30 p.m. – Shane Dwight; 6:30 p.m. – Five for Fighting
3rd Street Stage
12 p.m. – Blue Haven Blues Band; 2 p.m. – Prey for Son; 4 p.m. – Jason King Band; 6 p.m. – Tommy Castro and the Painkillers
Schedule is subject to change
+TUESDAY BLUES DAY AT SQUAW VALLEY
Another great lineup for one of the best blues events in the area with the Tuesday free shows at the Village at Squaw Valley. There are many folks in RBS who go so you can connect with someone and share a ride and go up at your agreed upon time. Another group of us meet about 4:45 at the Safeway on Mae Anne and McCarran and then car pool up for the shows that runs 6-8:15pm or so. The businesses in the Village foot the bill so buy a beer or glass of wine or grab some the fine fare at the food booths set up around the stage. Here is the lineup:
June 13, The Blues Monsters; June 20, Dragondeer; June 27, Roy Rogers & the Delta Kings; July 4, Chris Cain; July 11,
Grady Champion; July 18, Hamish Anderson; July 25, Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers; August 1, John Nemeth; August 8,
Anthony Gomes; August 15, Coco Montoya; August 22, Ronnie Baker Brooks; August 29, Dennis Jones Band; September 5,
Lone Star Revue with Mark Hummel and Anson Funderberg.
+Aces Game July 20 Is July Membership Meeting and Third Thursday Social
Our July social (and general membership meeting) will be at the Aces' game Thursday, July 20, which is third Thursday that month. We'll conduct a short meeting at the outing, probably about 6:30pm, just before the first pitch at 7:05. Tickets for a reserved seat are just $12 and when we sell 50 tickets, we get a discount that we'll put back into the society's bank account. Plus we get mentions on the scoreboard as one of the non-profits supporting the Aces. This is open to anyone so bring family members or friends, co-workers or other friends. Randy Napolitano is chairing and has the tickets so email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or see him at R Gang or RBS events to get your tickets.
+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 (email@example.com) and me (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 as well as a blues and rock jam led by Adrian at The Elbow Room at 2022 Victorian Avenue from 8-11pm that same night in Sparks. Wednesday is the hot night for jams with three of them plus an eight-week run at the Sands. So, check out The Saint on South Virginia in midtown and led by the St. Christopher Project from 8-11pm, or stop by a new jam at the Alturas Lounge on E. 4th Street in the non-smoking basement as Rich Maloon and Pat Dodson lead that one from 8-11pm (they will move it to 9-midnight once the Sands jam starts in June for it's eight-week run - see story below) and in Sparks there is one at Paddy & Irene’s on Victorian Avenue and led by French Toast Mafia, also from 8-11pm. Thursdays has Tony Ghiglieri leading a blues jam from 8:30-11:30 at the Sparks Lounge on Baring Blvd.
+Wednesday Blues Jams at the Sands Planned June 21-August 9
The Blues Jam Wednesdays at the Sands' pool opens its fifth year on Wednesday, June 21 and goes through August 9 - an eight-week schedule - with Joker's Wild Blues Band serving as the house band and various touring artists taking part including Shari Puorto on July 5 and many others. Also taking the stage will be the Voodoo Dogz June 21 on opening night, Rick Hammond June 28, Shari Puorto as mentioned July 5, Rick Metz July 12, Tony Ghiglieri July 19, Andy "T" and Alabama Mike July 26, Brent Johnson and Jack Rudesill Aug. 2 and 2017 IBC Best Harmonica Player Brody Buster on Aug. 9 to close the season. Times are 6-10pm. Check out the Sands' website (www.sandsregency.com) for updates.
+Jack Mack Rhythm and Blues Review July 29 at Boomtown
We'll have a booth at the two shows (6 and 9pm) for this blues and r&b concert at Boomtown Hotel Casino. Go to boomtownreno.com for tickets or more information.
+Treasurer Needed; Chairs for Membership and Retail Also Sought
Finally, on a sad note for RBS but a happy one for Pam Farmer, our long-time treasurer/membership/retail chair is stepping down in July to move to Australia to be with her sweetie. We won't be able to replace her and what she has meant to the RBS but we will need to fill her roles. So, we're looking for chairpersons to take on membership (keeping our membership list up to date and sending out reminders to members for dues renewal) and retail (ordering and organizing our merchandise and helping to sell it at our events). And of course we need a treasurer to keep our bank account in order and pay our bills. Please contact me at 848-2590 or email@example.com for details or contact Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
President, Reno Blues Society
President, Reno Blues Society
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