Reno Jazz Orchestra at Capital Amphitheater – 8/25

Reno Jazz Orchestra has performed on the festival since its inception in 2004. We welcome them back with their high energy and highly refined playing. Join us on Sun., Aug. 25, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Capital Amphitheater, in the beautiful park between the Capitol Building and the Legislative Building in Carson City.

Oh, that jazz big band sound! The Reno Jazz Orchestra is motivated by the desire to create good music in the grand tradition of the jazz big band stage performance. It’s based on the love of that grand sound and the rush and wonder of playing 17 pieces to a packed house. Now, that’s heaven! Reno has made a name for itself with jazz, and some would argue, the strongest tradition is the big band sound. The intense love of music has made Reno a magnet for world-class performers. Whatever venue, historic or modern, the demand for big band jazz continues, and RJO loves playing for audiences and loves its fans.

A highlight of Carson City’s August music festival is the Reno Jazz Orchestra, presenting big-band jazz at its finest. Formed in 1997, RJO is a diversified big band whose members have performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, and Luciano Pavarotti. Members traveled with Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Ray Charles, Buddy Rich, and Buddy Morrow. RJO has recorded several CDs. Information about the RJO can be found at  The event is free.

Instrumentalists: (to be announced)

  • Saxophones: TBA
  • Trumpets: TBA
  • Trombones: TBA
  • Guitar: TBA
  • Piano: TBA
  • Bass: TBA
  • Drums: TBA

Urban Renewal Project performs at Capital Amphitheater 8/11


Urban Renewal Project is a Los Angeles-based band that uses instruments of a bygone era to create a signature sound that blurs the boundaries between soul, jazz, and hip-hop. The group features a big band horn section, a singer, and a rapper who perform upbeat originals and fresh interpretations of everything from jazz standards to recent hits.  The Urban Renewal Project has performed several times for Jazz & Beyond and was featured during the 2018 BAC Levitt AMP Series.


Retro Radio Dolls Perform at Legislative Plaza 8/11

The Retro Radio Dolls perform at the Legislative Plaza from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, 8/11/19.

Retro Radio Dolls is a all singing, all dancing female close harmony trio showcasing a delightful mix of classic hits from the bygone years and popular modern songs with a unique twist. A mix of the Andrew Sisters and Post Modern Jukebox, Retro Radio Dolls put their own spin on hits from Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to All about that Bass. Available for weddings, corporate functions, nightclubs and beyond, Retro Radio Dolls is the perfect addition to your event or party. Adaptable from 60 minutes to a full two hour show, Retro Radio Dolls is fully self contained with their own sound system and backing tracks. Retro choreography and beautiful girls in matching costumes take you from 1940 to 2018 and everywhere in between.

Natalie Jones (aka Rosie the Riveter) – A Nevada native, Natalie has performed in film, theater, and bands in Nevada/California, Seattle, New York City, and Los Angeles professionally for over 15 years. Her hobbies include cooking, old time radio, gardening, spending time with her husband, and drinking wine with the Retro Radio Dolls.

Heather McVeigh (aka. Breahless Mahoney) was born and raised in the Reno/Sparks area and has performed in theatre, bands and choirs in Nevada, California, Washington, and Alaska. Heather loves spending time with her lovely daughter and family, listening to live music and drinking wine with the Retro Radio Dolls.

This is the Retro Radio Dolls second performance in Jazz & Beyond.