Festival

The 2019 edition of Jazz & Beyond is Aug. 9-25, 2019.


Listen to our 2019 PSA, read by Scot Marshall.


Enjoy the 2019 edition of Jazz & Beyond.  This year’s events run from Friday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.  Be sure to mark your calendars.  The summer sizzles as Mile High Jazz Band Assoc., Carson City, local businesses, and jazz lovers proudly continue the annual August jazz festival started in 2004.


If you are searching for events from a smart phone, we suggest that you go to the Events menu at the top of the page.  The best way to get an overview of events is to make sure you select the “View as Month” option.  To select events in August, enter “8/2019” in the “Events in” field.  You can also eventually select performances from the Performers page or menu.  (SOME FEATURES ARE STILL PENDING.)


Recycled Garden Art Competition and Garden Party

The 2019 Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music & Art Festival, produced by the Mile High Jazz Band Association and the Carson City Arts & Culture Coalition, is sponsoring A Recycled Garden Art competition and Garden Party open to all Northern Nevada Artists.

The art will be shown at Bliss Mansion at the opening event of the 2019 Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music Festival, August 9th, starting at 4pm. The Recycled Garden Party will have live music, an art show, food truck, and house tour. All accepted art will be subject to sale to benefit the Jazz & Beyond Music Festival; however, artists may make sales of their own fine art and garden art during the festival. A monetary award of $100 will be given to the winning artist for work selected by the Jazz & Beyond Festival committee.  The entry deadline is July 1, 2019.

Click on this to get the entry form: Recycled Garden Art Competition form


We are constantly updating this site with information as it changes.  Come back for updates.

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Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival
August 9-25, 2019

We look forward to presenting 16th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival.  The official dates are Aug. 9-25, 2019.  Please check back for updates as we fill in the schedule with great music and other events. – D. Bugli


For 2019, we feature outstanding regional jazz artists who play for you in venues such as Bob McFadden Plaza (Third Street Stage), Silver Saddle Ranch, the Saturday Morning Farmers Market, Comma Courtyard, Comma Coffee, the Brewery Arts Center, Capital Amphitheater, Bliss Mansion, The Governor’s Mansion, Nevada State Museum, Silver Oak Golf Course, Living the Good Life, and more.  We will also be doing the First Annual Carson City Open Studios Art Tour in several locations on August 24.  Most events are free.


“It’s Your City” – 2019 interview of David Bugli by Cortney Bloomer

“It’s Your City” – David Bugli’s interview for the 2019 festival

David Bugli had an opportunity to sit down with Cortney Bloomer, host of “It’s Your City,” to discuss what’s in store for the 2019 festival.  Click HERE to watch this 10-minute interview.



Recent Media Releases for Jazz & Beyond

Media Release – June 8, 2019: Volunteer Opportunities for 2019 Jazz & Beyond Carson City Music and Art Festival

Along with 17 days of free entertainment, Mile High Jazz Band Association’s 16th annual Jazz & Beyond Music and Art Festival provides abundant opportunities for volunteers. The festival runs from August 9 through August 25 in Carson City, and volunteers are invited to join the crew before and during the festival.

J&B Volunteers at Farmers Market in 2018

An information table will be at the Farmer’s Market on Saturdays during July and August (8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), and at the Levitt Concerts at the Brewery Arts Center on Saturdays (6:00 to 10:30 p.m.). Volunteers can help at both, and split shifts are available.

Volunteers can also assist at 30 concerts and events, from opening day at the historic Bliss Mansion on Friday, August 9, to the final concert by the Reno Jazz Orchestra at the Capital Amphitheater on Sunday, August 25.

General duties include handing out festival programs; selling hats, T-shirts, and raffle tickets; counting attendees; setting up and taking down chairs and equipment; and answering questions about the festival. No one is alone helping at events; experienced volunteers will also be at all events.

For information about specific events and volunteer opportunities, please contact Cyndy Brenneman (775-887-8988 or heart_of_a_gypsy@icloud.com) or Marla Miles (775-671-5235 or marlaccnv@yahoo.com). Information about the festival is posted at JazzCarsonCity.com as events are confirmed.


Media release – May 25, 2019: Jazz & Beyond 2019 – Poster Art Winner Announced

The Jazz & Beyond festival committee announces that the winner of the 2019 poster and program cover art contest is Reta Hanks, a member of the Nevada Artists Association, Capital City Arts Initiative and several other artists organizations in Nevada and California. Her work, “Mood Swing,” was selected from a dozen entries to highlight the 16th annual Carson City music and art festival. It will also be used as a T-shirt design.

Reta Hanks shows her winning entry for the 2019 Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival contest.

Hanks, said, “One of my favorite pastimes is painting, and my favorite medium is watercolor. Watercolor takes on a life of its own and tends to create a unique result on paper. I like painting landscapes and I also like to dream up whimsical colorful abstracts that may include pen and ink. I hope to spark the viewer’s imagination.”

“Jazz & Beyond celebrates the talent of our region,” said festival committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. “Volunteers, sponsors, and advertisers help us make the 17-day festival a favorite for residents and visitors, and help us keep performances admission free.”

The festival opens on Friday, August 9, at the historic Bliss Mansion, corner Mountain and Robinson Streets. An art show and sale on the porch at 4:00 p.m. features northern Nevada artists and, new this year, a recycled art contest on the lawn. The Rocky Tatarelli quartet will play from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Then everyone is invited to cross the street to the Governor’s Mansion, where Cherie Shipley with the Take This band will entertain the audience as the sun sets. A food truck will be on site at both mansions.

Sunday, August 18, is the annual Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch, 2648 Carson River Road on the east side of Prison Hill. The audience will enjoy performances by the Sagebrush Rebels, guitarist Jack diCarlo, the Sierra Sweethearts, and more. Free wagon rides with the Dineen Mules, sponsored by Friends of the Silver Saddle Ranch, and food trucks will be on site. Events begin at 2:00 p.m. and continue until 7:00 p.m.

The Jazz & Beyond festival will feature over 50 free concerts at the Capital Amphitheater, Comma Coffee Courtyard, the Bob McFadden Plaza, Brewery Arts Center, Greenhouse Garden Center, and other Carson City venues. Special events include a lecture-performance, “All About the Bass,” with Scot Marshall and his jazz combo on Thursday, August 15, at the Nevada State Museum, sponsored in part by Great Basin Consulting Company. A schedule of events is on the website JazzCarsonCity.com.

Mile High Jazz Band Association’s Jazz & Beyond Festival is funded by grants from the Carson City Cultural Commission, the Nevada Arts.


Old Media Releases for Jazz & Beyond (2018 and earlier)

David Bugli interviewed July 24, 2018, by Cortney Bloomer

July 24, 2018 – (Click on date for video) David Bugli, the original festival “creator,” is interviewed by Cortney Bloomer concerning the Jazz & Beyond 2018 Festival.  He explains how the festival began and what you can find in 2018, including the Jukebox International Film Festival (JIFF).


Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival

August 3-19, 2018
April 23, 2018:  Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City present the 15th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival.  It features 17 days of Music, Art, and Film at multiple venues in Carson City, from August 3 through 19.
“Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort,” said planning committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc.  “Sponsors and volunteers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep performances admission free.”
The festival opens on Friday, August 3, at the historic Bliss Mansion, northeast corner Mountain and Robinson Streets.  An art show and sale on the porch at 4:00 p.m. features artists from the Nevada Artists Association.  Music begins at 4:30 4:00 p.m. with the Rocky Tatarelli Band, followed at 6:30 p.m. by Cherie and John Shipley with the Take This band.
Two special events will be a talk and performance on World Percussion with Chance Utter assisted by Andy Heglund, The Batamba Collective, and members of the UNR World Percussion Ensemble on Thursday, August 9, at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, and a talk and performance on Virginia City’s Jazz Era by John Shipley and friends on Thursday, August 16, at the Nevada State Museum.
The third annual “A Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch,” 2648 Carson River Road on the east side of Prison Hill, will be on Sunday, August 12, beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Bluegrass and Western music, live animals, and food trucks will be featured.  Musicians are Chris Bayer, Dale Poune, the Sierra Sweethearts, and more.
Free concerts also will be held at the Capital Amphitheater, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson Mall, Comma Coffee Courtyard, Bob McFadden Plaza, Brewery Arts Center, and other Carson City venues.  Favorite and new performing groups include The Red Tango, Batamba Collective, Reno Jazz Orchestra, Mile High Jazz Band, and many more.
A full schedule of events will be is available on the website JazzCarsonCity.com.  For sponsor and volunteer opportunities, call 775-883-4154.
15th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival

David Bugli providing a festival overview.

July 27, 2017 – (Click on date for video) David Bugli interviewed by Kyle Horvath, an overview of the 2017 (last year’s) festival.

Tom Stryker, interviewed by Cortney Bloomer.

July 28, 2017 – (Click on date for video) Tom Stryker interviewed by Cortney Bloomer concerning Hohner Harmonica Roadshow (in 2017).

Old Media Releases for Jazz & Beyond

July 25, 2017 – Media release announcing Art on the Porch at the Bliss Mansion (Aug. 4)

June 6, 2017 – Media release announcing winner of poster art contest

Feb. 24, 2017 – Media release announcing major events for Jazz & Beyond 2017 (Aug. 4-21)

Aug. 3, 2016 – Media release announcing first week of Jazz & Beyond 2016 (Aug. 5-21)

Aug. 1, 2016 – Media release announcing “Art on the Porch” at Bliss Mansion on Aug. 5

Over 100 Musicians

In 2019 we present or feature more than 100 musicians in 50 or more events.  Performers and events include (in no particular order) Reno Jazz Orchestra,Urban Renewal Project, Carolyn Dolan & Big Red, Mile High Jazz Band, The Millennium Bugs,Niall McGuinness and the New World Jazz Project, The Red Tango, Under the Radar, BaDD Self, RoseBud’s Dance Band, Sagebrush Rebels Band, Sierra Sweethearts, Dallas Smith Band, Impromptu, Phreemium, Rocky Tatarelli Band, Judith Ames Quintet, Wesley Orsolic Trio, Retro Radio Dolls, The Jazzettes, Scot Marshall, Jack DiCarlo, and Take This, featuring Cherie Shipley.  Enjoy “A Day at the Ranch” on Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Silver Saddle Ranch on the east side of town near the Carson River, featuring three musical performances, mule wagon rides, and a talk on the history of the Silver Saddle Ranch.  The First Annual Carson City Open Studio Tour will be on the last Saturday of the Festival, featuring the work of over 20 graphic artists in locations such as the Nevada State Museum, the Brewery Arts Center, and various artists’ studios.  In addition, as part of the Brewery Arts Center’s Levitt AMP series, several bands will perform during the festival period!

The Jukebox International Film Festival (JIFF), sponsored by Wired Wednesday, will take place Aug. 20 through 22, in the last week of Jazz & Beyond.  All screening events at JIFF are free.

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Did We Say FREE?

Did we say FREE? MOST EVENTS ARE FREE!

HOW: How can we present such an exciting festival with most events free?

By harnessing the energy and resources of our great community! Sponsors include Nevada Arts Council, Carson City, For the Love of Jazz, My Inc Media Agency, and private donors.