Under the Radar in McFadden Plaza 8/22

Under the Radar perform Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in McFadden Plaza.

Under the Radar is a jazz-funk-rock-blues band formed in 2010 after winter jam sessions at a boathouse on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The fireside jam sessions became popular among locals and visitors from around the world. Band members have created a composite tone with a niche sound, influenced by Tower of Power; Earth, Wind & Fire; The Crusaders; Herbie Hancock; Santana; Hendrix; Average White Band; Miles Davis; David Sanborn; and Grover Washington Jr.

Band members are Dallas Phillips on sax, David “Fez” Duffie on bass, Richard John on guitar, and Mike Badinger on drums. Free event.


Tom Stryker’s Impromptu in Comma Courtyard 8/22

Tom Stryker, jazz harmonica soloist

Enjoy the jazz stylings of Tom Stryker’s Impromptu.  Impromptu is led by jazz harmonica player Tom Stryker.  He came by his interest and talent in the harmonica at an early age. Along the way, he raised a family and became a successful businessman. And he’s done it all his way.

Tom Stryker’s Impromptu is a well known group in the Carson City area.  Impromptu will perform with Tom Stryker on chromatic harmonica, Rocky Tatarelli on tenor sax, Jimmy Vermilion  on keyboard and vocals, Neil Strocchio on drums and, Marcy Benner on vocals.
Impromptu’s music is varied and will entertain you with “Jazz & Beyond.”

Tom began his musical journey in San Francisco in 1954. He began playing professionally with world-famous  “Harmonica Rascal” Johnny Puleo.  “It was a wonderful opportunity for a great beginning,” he says.

Tom went on to perform both as a soloist and with various symphonies, harmonica trios and jazz bands. He has appeared on television and radio shows as well as the World Harmonica Championships in 1980s as the lead player with Harmonica Express, a quartet of players. Up until this time, his focus was on carefully arranged music for the harmonica; yet he was still searching for “something.” At that point he met a local jazz musician who introduced him to a jazz combo playing in the local nightclubs in San Jose, California.

He served as President of SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) and has soloed and otherwise performed extensively in the U.S. and Asia.


Carolyn Dolan and Big Red at BAC’s Wheeled Wednesday 8/21

The Carolyn Dolan and Big Red will perform at the Wheeled Wednesday event at a Brewery Arts Center outdoor stage.  Come out and enjoy foods from a variety of food trucks.

Carolyn Dolan and Big Red shown performing at Hard Rock Hotel, Lake Tahoe

Carolyn Dolan has been leading Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country and Funk bands for over two decades. She has been entertaining audiences for over thirty years with her soulful blues voice accompanied by the blues harmonica which is always by her side ready to deliver!
She can dive into powerful R&B tunes, deliver a smooth jazz standard, or embrace a gentle country ballad. Her country roots run so deep that on October 24, 2015 Carolyn Dolan was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame for her dedication and commitment to the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of Western Swing Music.

Currently, her band Big Red is a Rockin’ Soulful Blues and R&B group that fully devotes itself to playing raw, classic blues mixed with funk and R&B rhythms. She shares the stage with her guitarist for over twenty years, Mick Clarke from London, England, who plays the “Big Red” Gibson 335 like it’s meant to be heard!  He is truly on of the great English Blues purists to come out of the early English Blues/Rock scene in the late 60’s; playing with Long John Baldrey and Chuck Berry to name a few.  Together with funk keyboardist Ron Savage, and the solid Steve Self on drums, forms the powerful and uncompromising rhythm section for this Rockin’ down- to-earth Big Red Band.  The band will be joined by a saxophonist.

In 2015, Carolyn released her debut crossover jazz album, How Deep is the Ocean with members of the Reno Jazz Orchestra and pianist, Peter Supersano.  In 2015 she was inducted into the Western Swing Hall of Fame in Sacramento, California, for her dedication and commitment to the preservation, promotion and outstanding musical contribution to Western Swing Music.

Carolyn’s website is at

Click HERE for video of Carolyn Dolan and Big Red at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Lake Tahoe in 2015.  Members of the band in this video are Carolyn Dolan – Vocals, Mick Clarke – Guitars, Charlie Schofield – Bass, Steve Self – Drums & Ron Savage – Keyboards.

Note: A movie will be displayed on the Minnesota Street Stage after this performance.

Carolyn will also be performing for the Third St. Farmers Market on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019.

Phreemium quartet plays in Comma Courtyard 8/13

Phreemium plays experimental jazz fused with all sorts of stuff.  This quartet is highly improvisational, in the jazz tradition, and they have a large number of original works.  The group includes drummer Brandon Dodge, a native of Carson City and former drummer with the Mile High Jazz Band.

Phreemium features Branden McKinnon on bass guitars, Derek Fong on the saxophones, Clark Harrell on keyboards, and Brandon Dodge on drums. This group pushes the boundaries on what it means to play highly improvised jazz (and beyond) while still having a foot planted in written music.  They strive for each performance to be their own and look to keep the music fun to both play and listen to.

Jakki Ford at Greenhouse Garden Center – 8/10

Jakki Ford LiveListen to vocalist Jakki Ford‘s many musical styles—popular, bossa nova, jazz, Motown, gospel, rock, Broadway, and opera, with an accompanist on keyboard on Sat., Aug. 10, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Greenhouse Garden Center.  Ramble through the nursery among bedding plants, vegetables, perennials, roses, shrubs, fruit trees, shade trees, and evergreens.  View the work of many artists.  Last year artists showcased metal work, oils and pastels, textile art, jewelry, fused glass, basketry, photography, and pottery.

Other special events will be happening at Greenhouse Garden Center from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free.


Rocky Tatarelli Band at Bliss Mansion

The Rocky Tatarelli Band will be performing for the festival opening event on the veranda of the Bliss Mansion. Music begins at 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 at the Governor’s Mansion.

Legendary Detroit saxophonist Rocky Tatarelli has assembled a star-studded band for the opening event, including Craig Fletcher on guitar and Tom Stryker on harmonica. For more information on Rocky, see

The festival opens on Friday, August 9, 2019, 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.