The 2020 edition of Jazz & Beyond is Aug. 7-23, 2020.

Enjoy the 2020 edition of Jazz & Beyond.  This year’s events run from Friday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020.  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 actual festival, there will be several ways for you to get familiar with what’s going on.  If you will be 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 “8/2020” in the “Events in” field.  You can also eventually select performances from the Performers page or menu.  (SOME FEATURES ARE STILL PENDING.)

Art Contest for Jazz & Beyond Music Festival
** Form available here **

The 2020 Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival is having a contest to create the art work that will represent the festival. Artists are invited to summit their artwork.

Click here for the 2020 Jazz & Beyond Art Contest Entry Form.

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


Multiple Venues

Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival
August 7-23, 2020

We look forward to presenting 17th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival.  The official dates are Aug. 7-23, 2020.  Please check back for updates as we fill in the schedule with great music and other events. – D. Bugli

For 2020, we plan to 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 Second Annual Carson City Open Studios Art Tour (OST) in several locations on August 22 and 23.  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

(No 2020 Media Releases are posted yet)

Old Media Releases for Jazz & Beyond (2019 and earlier)

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.

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 2020 we intend to present about 100 musicians in at least two dozen events.

In 2019, we presented or featured more than 100 musicians in 50 or more events.  Performers and events included (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.  We invited people to 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 was 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 performed during the festival period!

In 2019, the Jukebox International Film Festival (JIFF), sponsored by Wired Wednesday, took place Aug. 20 through 22, in the last week of Jazz & Beyond.  All screening events at JIFF were free.  There will be no JIFF in 2020, but film events are being planned.


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.