Reno Blues Society Update
-THINK ABOUT RBS FOR GIVING TUESDAY, NOV. 28:
Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28. Non-profits around the country use this day to help raise money for a variety of worthy causes. As a 501 c (3) organization, the Reno Blues Society uses all our profits to promote blues music, further music education and help various charitable. Our tax ID number is 80-0016293 if you would want to donate to us. If you're not able to donate money, we are planning our silent auction for Mardi Gras, Feb. 17, 2018, and need gift certificates, prizes, services, etc., from you or businesses you frequent that would want to be part of our music in the schools fundraiser. Give me a call or email me and we'll make arrangements to get the prize or gift certificate from you for this fundraiser.
-WHISKEY HAULERS CD RELEASE PARTY DEC. 2:
The Whiskey Haulers are excited to announce their self-titled debut CD which was just finished and according to Geno, "they sound and look great". The party gets going around 8:30pm at Third Street Bar on Saturday, December 2 with free admission.
-TUESDAY BLUES AT HARRAH'S STATELINE:
Buddy Emmer, winner of this year's FORTE Award as favorite blues band, does a weekly blues show at Harrah's in Stateline every Tuesday from 8-11pm with guest artists sitting in for the second set. The December lineup has Andy Santana Dec. 5, Rick Hammond Dec. 12, Miles Schon Dec. 19 and Mike Schermer Dec. 26. No cover charge.
-JOIN US FOR RBS’ COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT DEC. 30 COLLECTING CHRISTMAS TREES:
RBS holds an annual community service project, helping Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, with Christmas tree collection and we'll be doing that on Saturday, Dec. 30 from 9am to 1pm at Rancho San Rafael Park. Just follow the KTMB Christmas Tree Recycling signs in the park for the location - it's been at different part of the park over the years. I'll send out reminders as we get closer but mark your calendar for this fun event, which we make into a potluck brunch. It's fun and we get to give back to the community and help keep it looking great.
-RBS 25th ANNIVERSARY IN 2018:
RBS turns 25 next year and we've formed a committee of board members and founding members and are looking for input and help. We're still formulating what we want to do and thanks for the ideas from those of you who submitted them at the Halloween Monster Mash. Details to come but look for more information as we come up with a way or ways to celebrate our 25 years of existence. We're working on a summer event with a major West Coast or even national blues act weith a local band opening plus an all-star jam of some early RBS member musicians. If you want to help or have an idea, give me a call at 848-2590 or detail it in an email to me at email@example.com
-PRIZES NEEDED FOR MUSIC PROGRAMS AT MARDI GRAS:
If you have a service, a product or item, maybe a guitar you want to get ride of, a timeshare week youdon't use, know of a business that would donate something to us - anything we can auction off for our silent auction - please let me know and we'll make arrangements to get it from you for our Mardi Graas fundraiser for music programs.
-MAXX CABELLO, JR. AND BLUES MONSTERS TO PLAY AT MARDI GRAS FEB. 17:
Get ready to dress up in your most festive costume or Mardi Gras garb for our annual Mardi Gras Dance Party on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Center Court Grille. With the Ramada Inn convention room being remodeled and closed indefinitely, we're trying various locations and like Halloween Monster Mash and the Cal Neva's event room, Center Court Grille has agreed to let us use their facility at no charge. Doors will open at 7pm with music from 7:30 to 11:30 with the Blues Monsters opening and followed by Bay Area blues guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello, Jr. Advance tickets will be $17 or $22 at the door for non-members and will be available in late January at the usual locations or from board members. This will be our silent auction fundraiser for music in the schools so if you have something to donate, let me know. We're also looking for a person or two to help serve on the committee. Give me a call or send me an email.
+HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH A SUCCESS:
Our annual veteran's benefit was a big hit with a new date, theme AND venue - with a Halloween dance at the Cal Neva 3rd floor event room. We raised almost $900. Those proceeds will all go to the Veteran's Guest House and Adopt-a-Vet Dental program with the two beneficiaries splitting the total. Thanks to the bands for donating their talents, to the volunteers who helped us manage the ticket and merchandise sales that night, the board for coordinating the entire event, to the Cal Neva for donating the room and to Gray Box Design, Cumulus Media and Lotus Radio Corp. for their help in putting this event on. We also made the check presentation to the WCSD for the music programs with the proceeds from our silent auction at the Spring Dance. We donated almost $1,900 to them with your help. THANK YOU!
+BALLOONS AND BLUES STRUT RECAP AND THANK YOUS:
We made about $800 on wristband sales and merchandise sales at our second annual Balloons and Blues Strut last month on Victorian avenue. Thanks to the venues, the bands, volunteers, the board of directors and everyone who attended. We even raised a small amount for the Hurricane Relief Fund with the American Red Cross.
+FALL NEWSLETTER ON RENOBLUES.ORG:
The October newsletter in pdf format will be on the website this week under the newsletters section so check it out. We'll have hard copies at the Halloween Monster Mash and at the Nevada Museum of Art's First Thursday Oct. 5 where we will have a table to promote the Halloween dance.
AWARD-WINNING BLUES FILM AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE:
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
+SPRING DANCE RECAP AND THANK YOUS:
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 JAM UPDATES:
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 and the same time at Paddy & Irene's with Rich Maloon and Pat Dodson from Blue Haven, Wednesday's at the Saint in midtown with Tristan Selzer from 8-11pm and Thursday's 8-11pm at the Sparks Lounge with Tony Ghiglieri.
President, Reno Blues Society
President, Reno Blues Society
Here is the fall 2017 newsletter lat the top left followed by all previous newsletters including the Summer and Spring 2017 newsletters and the 2016 year-end issued as well as those from previous years. Just hover over the headline or the hyperlink by the headline to access the pdf file. Enjoy!