Media Release: Aug. 3, 2016
Contact: Elinor Bugli 775-883-4154

Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music Festival
August 5-21, 2016

Get ready for an exciting month of music when the 13th annual Jazz & Beyond festival kicks off this weekend with events scheduled for the Bliss Mansion and Silver Saddle Ranch.

The opening event, Friday August 5, features music and an art show and sale at the historic Bliss Mansion, across the street from the Governor’s mansion. Music by the Triple Treble flute trio begins at 4:30 p.m. A performance by Cherie and John Shipley with Take This band will follow at 6:30 p.m. The band will play customized original versions of jazz, R & B, and other favorite musical styles.

Sunday, August 7, bring the family and enjoy a day at Silver Saddle Ranch, one of Carson City’s beautiful natural recreation areas, located at 4 Carson River Road. This event also celebrates the 20th anniversary of Carson City’s Quality of Life Initiative. The Wild Ass Women and their burros will be on hand.

Performances begin at 3:00 p.m. with CW & Dr. Spitmore known for ragtime western and Americana music. Hick’ry Switch follows at 4:00 p.m. with an Americana and bluegrass sound. Singer songwriter Alex Muddy Smith takes the stage at 5:00 p.m. performing in various genres from jazz to country. The evening ends with country-western favorites performed by Sagebrush Rebels beginning at 6:00 p.m.

There is no charge for the events. Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to both venues. A food truck will also be available.

You won’t want to miss the other events at locations around town! A detailed festival schedule is available at

Some other highlights for the week include:

  • Saturday, August 6 – Back Forty at Carson Mall,1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 8, 7-9 p.m. – Carson Dreamers at Brewery Arts Center (BAC) Minnesota St. Stage
  • Tuesday, August 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m. – Mile High Jazz Band with singers Cindee LeVal, June Joplin, and Jakki Ford at Comma Coffee Courtyard
  • Wednesday, August 10, 6-9 p.m. – Red’s Blues Trio at Adele’s on the veranda
  • Thursday, August 11, 7-9 p.m. – History of Jazz Lecture with John Shipley and Jazz Combo, and NAA art show, at BAC Performance Hall

The Jazz & Beyond Festival is a homegrown event that began in 2004 and features more than 100 performers in over 60 performances. Most events are admission free with donations always welcome. The festival is produced by Mile High Jazz Band Association with support from Carson City, state grants, and private donations.


List of attached photos:

Sagebrush Rebels
Hick’ry Switch
Alex Muddy Smith