We are still building the schedule of events for 2021, but several principal events have been scheduled.

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 will be on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 21 & 22, 2021.  About 27 artists at 11 locations will participate, and there will be music at several of the artists’ studios and other locations.

Our Advertisers & Sponsors from last year (2020)

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

Carson City Classic Cinema Club - advertiser

Thanks to Carson City Classic Cinema Club (C5) for advertising with the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival.  C5 provided assistance in presenting “High Society” on Aug. 19 and 20, 2020.

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.

A to Zen - sponsor

Thanks to A to Zen (Mike Epps) for being a sponsor of the Jazz & Beyond 2021 Festival and providing live-streaming services and consultation for J&B events in 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 5 to 7 p.m.  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 the Lily Baran Band at 3:30 and by the 18-piece Reno Jazz Orchestra and guest vocalist at 5:30.

David Bugli comments updated 7/8/2021


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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Many Musicians

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

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.

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.

In 2019, we presented or featured more than 100 musicians in 50 or more events.

See the interview, Jazz and Beyond 2020: Pandemic Style, with Cortney Bloomer on It’s Your City.  Cortney zooms with David Bugli of Mile High Jazz Band to discuss the changes made to 2020’s festival.  Interview was recorded Aug. 4, 2020.

Jazz & Beyond Committee Announces 2021 Art Contest

Media Release: Feb. 11, 2021
Mile High Band Association’s 2021 Jazz & Beyond Festival Committee is sponsoring an art contest for northern Nevada artists, including teachers and students.  Selected entries in the competition may be used to promote the festival, and the winning entry will be featured on the festival’s advertising poster and program cover.  Festival T-shirts this year may also feature the winning design.  The entry deadline is April 1, 2021.  Participation is free.
The artwork will be judged by the Jazz & Beyond committee.  The winner of the competition will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Jazz & Beyond – Carson City Music and Art Festival and a cash award of $100.  Alexander Cassimus, art project chair, said, “The artist’s work will be front and center, viewed by thousands of festival patrons.”
Entry forms are available for download from milehighjazz.com/artcontest2021.pdf
Artwork must be 11”x14” and may be in any two-dimensional medium (photography, digital collage and photography, watercolor, acrylic, oil, etc.).  Artwork must be matted, backed, and submitted in a protective sleeve. Each submission must include the entry form.
Artists are to deliver their entries to the Nevada Artists Association Gallery, 449 West King Street, Carson City, NV, by April 1.  Gallery hours are 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
The entry form and a digital image of the artwork (not to exceed 20 MB) must also be sent as an email attachment to info@jazzcarsoncity.com.
For more information about the contest and entry forms, contact Alexander Cassimus at 408-264-4423 or away4@earthlink.net.

Artist Karen Kreyeski with the official, award-winning artwork for the 2020 festival.

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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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