The 2018 edition of Jazz & Beyond will be Aug. 3-19, 2018.  The first meeting of the Planning Committee is on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the Carson City Chamber of Commerce meeting room.

Here is some information about last year’s festival:

Enjoy the 2018 edition of Jazz & Beyond.  This year’s events run from Friday, Aug. 3, through Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.  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.

As we get closer to the festival, 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 “8/2018” in the “Events in” field.  You can also select performances from the Performers page or menu.

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


Multiple Venues

For 2018, we plan to feature outstanding regional jazz artists who will play for you in venues such as Bob McFadden Plaza (Third Street Stage), Silver Saddle Ranch, the State Railroad Museum, the Saturday Morning Farmers Market, Comma Courtyard, Comma Coffee, the Brewery Arts Center, Capital Amphitheater, Bliss Mansion, Living the Good Life, and more.  Most events will be free.

Recent Media Releases for Jazz & Beyond

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 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 onVirginia 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 available on the website JazzCarsonCity.com.  For sponsor and volunteer opportunities, call 775-883-4154.
Old Media Releases for Jazz & Beyond

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 2018 we anticipate presenting or featuring more than 100 musicians in 45 or more events.  Performers and events included Batamba Collective (Percussion Ensemble), CW Bayer, Carolyn Dolan, Mile High Jazz Band, Millennium Bugs, The Red Tango, Reno Jazz Orchestra, RoseBud’s Dance Band, Sagebrush Rebels Band, Sierra Sweethearts, STRAZZ, and Take This (featuring Cherie and John Shipley).  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, sponsored by Wired Wednesday, will follow at the end of Jazz & Beyond.

The Best 2015!


Jazz & Beyond: Carson City Music Festival
August 4-21, 2017

This year the festival ends on
Count Basie’s 113th birthday
with a performance by the

Mile High Jazz Band

on McFadden Plaza

Most Events Are Free

Did We Say 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.