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Mon., Aug. 21, 2023


Events happening on this day. Details are displayed below:
  • All events moved due to rain - see below
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Tim Goldsmith singer/songwriter at Comma Courtyard
  • 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. - Tom Stryker's Impromptu at Comma Courtyard
  • 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Mile High Jazz Band's Basie Birthday Concert at McFadden Plaza Stage - bring lawn chairs


Photograph of Tim Goldsmith Tim Goldsmith - Monday, 8/21/2023 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Comma Coffee (inside)

Tim performs his own songs and those of others in a variety of styles - Singing Jazz ballads, Country, Bossa Nova, R'n'B, Rock... Anything from Willie to Frank, with even a little Aretha in the mix. He especially enjoys taking songs that would not seem to be well suited to solo acoustic guitar performance and finding ways to make them shine in that setting. But there is also a place in his heart for the more straightforward classics of acoustic guitar and voice. (People particularly appreciate his renditions of James Taylor's music.) Photograph of Tim Goldsmith

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Composite photograph of Impromptu Tom Stryker's Impromptu - Monday, 8/21/2023 - 5:00 to 6:45 p.m. - Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall

Tom Stryker received his first harmonica at the age of 15 in San Francisco as a Christmas gift. It was then he engaged former "Harmonica Rascal" Ray Tankersley to teach him to play. Tom played lead with the "Harmonica Express," and the world famous "Johnny Puleo Harmonica Gang." Tom then went on to perform around the world on his own, also performing with the Harmonica Aces on Holland America Cruises Lines to South America. He is continues to perform as a soloist in Asia including China. Tom also performs in Reno and Carson City area clubs/restaurants and at Jazz Festivals along with jazz bands and symphonies worldwide.

A strong supporter of the harmonica movement, Tom joined SPAH (The Society For The Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica) in 1980. He was President of SPAH from 2006 to 2012 with members worldwide.

Performers: Tom Stryker - Chromatic Harmonica, Jimmy Vermilion - Keys & Vocals, Marcy Benner - Vocals, Rick Metz - Sax, and Neil Strocchio - Drums.

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Photograph of Count Basie Mile High Jazz Band - Monday 8/21/2023 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. - Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall

The Mile High Jazz Band (MHJB) is performing the final concert of the 2023 Jazz & Beyond Music Festival. The concert is the band's "Basie Birthday Concert," celebrating the 119th birthday of the great band leader, William "Count" Basie. The first festival, which came to be known as "Jazz and Beyond" was held to celebrate the 100th birthday of the band leader on Aug. 21, 2004.

The MHJB began performing in 1997. We feature music in the Basie-Ellington-Herman tradition, as well as more contemporary styles. Since April 2001, the 17-piece Mile High Jazz Band has performed monthly in local venues, most recently at Gina's Good Life Music and Lounge, in the Carson Nugget. The Mile High Jazz Band Association formed in 2001 as a nonprofit corporation to support the MHJB and its subgroups, promote live jazz performance in northern Nevada, educate the public about jazz, and enrich the cultural life of the community. The Association has also put on the Jazz & Beyond Music Festival each August since 2004. The festival features performances by mostly local and regional musicians in and around downtown Carson City. Most events are free. Photograph of MHJB at
  Heritage Park, 5/21/23

Saxes: Jake Xie, Randy Seeber, Chris Guerra, Jake Page, Elizabeth Eubanks;
Trumpets: Karl Rinder, Bill Melendres, Bob Souter, Bob Masters;
Trombones: TBD, Dom VanOrman, Mario Ibanez, CJ Birch;
Piano & Leader: David Bugli; Guitar: Steve Hayes; Bass: Frank Iannetta; Drums: Neil Strocchio;
Vocals: Jakki Ford, June Joplin.

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Seating is limited - bring chairs.

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This page last updated 8/21/2023