Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival
August 9-25, 2019
Update (6/26/2019): We look forward to presenting 16th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival. The official dates are Aug. 9-25, 2019, but there may be some other additions to our schedule outside the official dates. 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, Living the Good Life, and more. Most events will be free.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) or Marla Miles (775-671-5235 or email@example.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