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Update (8/27): Due to smoke, the following events during the last three days of the festival will be IN the Brewery Arts Center’s Performance Hall (511 W. King St., Carson City).  These events are FREE:

  • Fri., Aug. 27, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Tom Stryker’s Impromptu
  • Fri., Aug. 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Musicole
  • Sat., Aug. 28, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lucky Diamond and the Gents o’ Jive
  • Sun., Aug. 29, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Passing Thru
  • Sun., Aug. 29, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (new time) – Reno Jazz Orchestra with Tristan Selzler

The brunch with The Red Tango will still be presented at Mallard’s at Empire Ranch Golf Course on Aug. 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

See individual events pages for details.

Additional note:  Two events on Saturday (Carolyn Dolan & Peter Supersano at the Farmers Market and Capital City Brewfest with Mo’z Motley Blues) have been canceled due to smoke.  The BAC Levitt Concert, with Moons of Jupiter and Mumbo Gumbo, has been postponed to Sept. 11 due to smoke.  These three events were listed on our website but were being presented by other organizations as a courtesy.


The Urban Renewal Project concert on Wed., Aug. 25, will now be held IN the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall (the old church at 511 W. King St.) starting at 7:00 p.m.

Three events schedule for Thursday, Aug. 26, will now be held in the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom (second floor of the building at 449 W. King St.).  They are The Jazzettes, from noon to 2:00 p.m.; Me & Bobby McGee, from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m.; and Squeek Steele‘s presentation on “Music of the 1920s,” from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Tom Stryker’s Impromptu on Friday, Aug. 27, originally scheduled for Comma Courtyard, will now be held in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall (the old church at 511 W. King St.) from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.  The Musicole performance, scheduled for the same location, will be at 7:00 p.m. (perhaps slightly delayed).


Due to predicted Very Unhealthy-to-Hazardous air quality on Aug. 23, the RoseBud’s Dance Band Concert scheduled to be held at the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St., at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled or postponed.  We are disappointed because we had rescheduled this event from Aug. 16 due to similar conditions.

In addition, we are canceling or postponing the joint Mile High Jazz Band and Carson High Jazz Band concert on Aug. 24.  Check this website for updates.


Due to unhealthy air conditions on Aug. 21, the BAC Levitt concert featuring Bad Mother Nature and Los Coast is being held in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 449 W. King St., adjacent to the Changes Companies Stage at 7:00 p.m.  Please wear a mask.  Concert will be limited to the first 200 attendees (masks required).  Event will be live-streamed on the Brewery Arts Center’s Facebook page.


Due to unhealthy air conditions on Aug. 20, the Bayberry Cast concert is being held in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall, 449 W. King St., adjacent to the Changes Companies Stage.  Please wear a mask. (Jackie Landrum Band is at 5:00 at Comma Courtyard as planned.)


Due to unhealthy air quality on Aug. 16, RoseBud’s Dance Band performance, originally scheduled for Mon., Aug. 16, has tentatively been rescheduled for Mon., Aug. 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Change Companies Stage (outdoor stage) at the Brewery Arts Center.


Important notice (Aug. 12):  Due to extensive construction on Curry Street for the duration of the festival, all events previously planned to be held at McFadden Plaza are moved to the Changes Companies Stage (outdoor stage) at the Brewery Arts Center.   We will be updating this website with the new information.  Please check back here for updated details.  Affected performances:
Aug. 16 – RoseBud’s Dance Band – Event was tentatively rescheduled to Aug. 23 but was canceled or postponed due to smoke.
Aug. 18 – Zack Teran Band – Event moved to BAC Performance Hall due to smoke.
Aug. 20 – The Bayberry Cast – Event moved to BAC Performance Hall due to smoke.
Aug. 24 – Mile High Jazz Band and Carson High Jazz Band – Event canceled or postponed due to smoke.
Aug. 25 – Urban Renewal Project – Event moved to BAC Performance Hall due to smoke.
Aug. 27 – Musicole – Event moved to BAC Performance Hall due to smoke.
Jazz & Beyond 2021 Events

We know this might be too small to read on your smartphone or tablet, so we recommend your checking out our list of performers on the Performers Page.  You can also check on individual performances by day by selecting the EVENTS tab above.

Fri., Aug. 27, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. – Tom Stryker’s Impromptu in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall

Fri., Aug. 27, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Musicole in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall

Sat., Aug. 28, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Lucky Diamond and the Gents o’ Jive in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall

Sun., Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – the Red Tango at Mallard’s (for brunch $25)

Sun., Aug. 29, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. – Passing Thru in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall

Sun., Aug. 29, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (new time) – Reno Jazz Orchestra with Tristan Selzler in the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall


The schedule of events for 2021 is complete, but there is always the possibility that events need to be rescheduled.  If you are interested in a particular event, we recommend you check this site the day before the event to see if there are any changes.

The majority of our events are outdoors, so we may not be subject to the same COVID restrictions indoor events may face.

beach chairWe do not provide seating for events at Laxalt Plaza (south of the Carson Nugget), the Capital Amphitheater/Legislative Plaza area, the Silver Saddle Ranch, or the Bliss Mansion, so we encourage you to bring your own seating (e.g., lawn chair) to events at these locations.

We hold periodic Jazz & Beyond planning meetings on Zoom.  If you wish to be involved, contact David Bugli at 775-883-4154.  We are especially interested in volunteers to help us during events.

The Open Studios Tour was on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 21 & 22, 2021.  About 27 artists at 11 locations participated, and there was music at several of the artists’ studios and other locations.

Farmers Market Volunteers

The last day at our information booth at the Carson City Farmers Market was Aug. 7.  I want to thank our volunteers who sold T-shirts and hats, handed out festival calendars, handed out Open Studio Tour brochures, talked up the festival, and put up with heat and smoke.  – David Bugli 8/7/21

Farmers Market Booth - The Before PictureThe Farmers Market – The Before Picture


Farmers Market Booth - The After PictureThe Farmers Market – The After Picture


An alphabetical listing of featured musicians and acts can be viewed on our PERFORMERS page.


In 2021 we will present about 100 performers in more than 35 live performances.  The Third Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST) will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22, 2021.


Jazz & Beyond 2021 – Poster Art Contest Winner Announced

Katelyn Lehmann with 2021 art

Katelyn Lehmann with 2021 art contest winning entry

Media Release: April 23, 2021 – The Jazz & Beyond festival committee announces that the winner of the 2021 poster and program cover art contest is Katelynn Lehmann. Her design, “Listen to the Music,” was selected from nine entries to highlight the 18th annual Carson City music and art festival.

Lehmann is a twenty-three-year-old artist completing her bachelor’s degree in graphic design. She moved to the northern Nevada area from southern California over a year ago and says she has greatly appreciated the change of scenery. She is focusing on the digital format and making art that meets marketing needs. More information is on her website katelynlehmannart.com.

“Jazz & Beyond celebrates the talent of our region,” said festival committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Association, producer of the festival. “Katelynn Lehmann’s poster design is an outstanding contribution to the festival.”


A message to musicians, 7/8/2021:

Many talented musicians have requested a spot in the 2021 Jazz & Beyond festival. We have been working to fill the calendar with a mix of entertainment styles, favorite bands, and new names. Now we have run out of time slots, venues, and funds – and still have a list!

We are grateful that so many want to join the festival, and disappointed that we cannot accommodate everyone in 2021.
However, if you will be playing at a restaurant, bar, café, or event in Carson City during Aug. 13-29, please let us know. Give us the date(s), time, location, photo, and brief description. We may list your performance as an extra event in the festival program.
Wishing you a great summer and lots of gigs,
Elinor Bugli for
the Jazz & Beyond Planning Committee

Looking Backwards:  In 2020, faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, we presented fewer events than we normally do.  Most of our live, in-person events had to be cancelled, but we presented 2 nights of drive-in movie (“High Society”), 3 live-streamed events from A to Zen, 2 live-streamed brunch events from Eagle Valley Golf Course, 1 live-streamed event from another venue, and a specially prerecorded event from Virginia.  The 2020 live-streamed events are still available for viewing on our J&B On The Web page.  In addition, the Second Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST) was on Saturday & Sunday, August 22 & 23, 2020.

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Jazz & Beyond 2021

Carson City’s 18th annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival, presented by the Mile High Jazz Band Association, offers 17 days of mostly free entertainment and more than 35 performances, Aug. 13-29, 2021.  The beat returns this August in multiple venues around the city, beginning with a Roaring Twenties party at the Governor’s Mansion, on the corner of W. Robinson and Mountain Streets, on Friday, August 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. (not 5 to 7, as indicated in earlier listings).  It features the music of Scot Marshall’s Brass Knuckles Band. Nineteen-twenties-style dress is optional; food and beverages will be available for purchase.
This year, A Day at the Ranch at the historic Silver Saddle Ranch, 2648 Carson River Road, along the Carson River, will be on Sunday, August 15, from 2:30 to 7:00 p.m.  Visitors can wear their boots and hats and enjoy the music of the Sagebrush Rebels, and the Lacy J. Dalton trio.  The day includes a talk on the history of the ranch, and cowboy poetry.  Mule-drawn wagon rides by Hee Haw Haven Mules provide a tour through ranch land.   The event is sponsored in part by Carson City Parks, Recreation & Open Space Dept. and Friends of Silver Saddle Ranch.
The festival’s third annual Open Studios Tour will feature 27 artists at 11 locations on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Visitors can see the art works, watch art demonstrations, and listen to musicians performing at many of the locations. The tour includes private studios, the Carriage House at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum, the Nevada Artists Association, and the Bliss Mansion.
In partnership with the Nevada State Museum, Jazz & Beyond will present Music of the Twenties, a Frances Humphrey Series lecture on the music of the 1920s with live music by Squeek Steele, on Thursday evening, August 26, at the Brewery Arts Center Ballroom, 449 W. Carson Street.
Other performances include the Urban Renewal Project (original soul and hip-hop big band from Los Angeles), Musicole (rhythm and blues, classic rock, gospel, and jazz band from Las Vegas), and a double big-band concert by the Mile High Jazz Band with singer Jakki Ford and the Carson High School Jazz Band directed by Nick Jacques, a Milken Educator Award winner.
Jazz & Beyond Music Festival’s final performances will be on Sunday, August 29, at the Legislative Plaza and Capital Amphitheater.  The audience is invited to sit under a canopy of trees and bring a picnic or enjoy on-site food-truck selections. The festival ends in a big way with the traditional Jazz & Beyond closing concert with Passing Thru (pending) at 3:30 and by the 18-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra and guest artists Tristan Selzler at 5:30.

David Bugli comments updated 8/7/2021


Support

Mile High Jazz Band Association’s Jazz & Beyond Festival is funded by grants from the  Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts, and by private donations.


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Our Advertisers & Sponsors for 2021

Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) - advertiser

Capital City Arts Initiative (CCAI) promotes arts in Carson City.  They exhibit art in The Brick (building) on Proctors St., in the Courthouse on Musser St., and in the Sierra Room in the Carson City Community Center.

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center - advertiser

Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center

Dr. Justin Kiggins, DDS - advertiser

Thanks to Dr. Justin Kiggins, DDS, for advertising with the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival.

Great Basin Consulting Group - sponsor

Thanks to Great Basin Consulting Group (Mike Drews) for being a sponsor of the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival.

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Nightclub – Bistro – Lounge – Late night dining, live music 4 nights a week, 1480 N. Carson St. 775-841-4663

Artsy Fartsy Art Gallery - Advertiser

“Your local art gallery,” representing over 50 Northern Nevada artists, 405 N. Nevada St., 775-885-2787, Artsyfartsy111@gmail.com

Comma Coffee - Advertiser

312 S. Carson St., Carson City, 775-883-2662, june@commacoffee.com

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Silver State Art Festival – Sept. 10-12, 2021 – Fjui Exhibit Hall, 40+ Award Winning Artists, Free admission

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Did We Say FREE?

Did we say FREE? MOST EVENTS ARE 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, and private donors.

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