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Jazz Festival hosting Carson City events every weekend in August

After jamming out at special events such as the Levitt Concert Series and Concert Under the Stars, it's no doubt Carson City is a hot spot for music this summer.

The 14th annual Jazz and Beyond Music Festival launches Aug. 4 featuring jazz and blues performances.

Many of this year's concerts will be live at Brewery Art Center's Minnesota Stage, a venue that has become popular over the last few months.

David Bugli, organizer of the event and director of Carson City Symphony, said some of the scheduled events listed on the website aren't part of the festival, however, Jazz and Beyond supports those concerts.

The month-long festival features five special events so if you're in town throughout August, here are the biggest events of the festival you don't want to miss at a free cost:

Friday, August 4: Opening Event at Bliss Mansion

Although the kick-off concert begins at 6:30 p.m., attendees are more than welcome to arrive early at 4 for food trucks and an art show on the porch at Bliss Mansion, 608 Elizabeth St.

The art show is hosted by Nevada Artists Association. A free, guided tour of the 15-room Bliss Mansion also will be offered during the show.

Opening the event is Kantu Inka Machu Picchu, with Southern American beats, including guitars and bombos starting at 4 p.m.

The band Take This, conducted by John & Cherie Shipley, is performing for the third year in a row for the festival. The innovative jazz act covers and customizes classic jazz hits. For the concert, please bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. Low chairs get the best spots in front, near the stage.

Sunday, August 6: The Hohner Roadshow

The Hohner Roadshow is an indoor performance hosted by harmonica professional Ronnie Shellist at the Brewery Arts Center from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

The two and a half show consists of live demonstrations and discussions, including giveaways and hands-on instructional components.

Along with Shellist, the blues band Impromptu will perform at the Minnesota Stage afterward, as part of the afternoon package.

Harmonica artist of Impromptu, Tom Stryker, will present outdoor jazz tunes featuring Shellist at 7 p.m., followed by Shellist's blues band at 8:15.

Sunday, August 13: A Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch

Four performances will be held at the second annual event at 2648 Carson River Road, east of Prison Hill, at 3 p.m.

A petting zoo and food trucks also will be featured along with the following performances:

2-3 p.m. – CW Bayer and Dr. Spitmore, old-timey music with wahsboard guitar and vocal sounds.

3-4 p.m. – Sierra Sweethearts, country western genre.

4-5 p.m. – Eagle Wings Pageant Dance Group, a Reno-based Native American dance group of 20-24 performers.

5-7 p.m. – Sagebrush Rebels Band, a two-hour performance.

Another returning festival band, Urban Renewal Project, is scheduled to perform on Minnesota Street from 8-10 p.m.

Sunday, August 20: Reno Jazz Orchestra

Since 2004, seats have been filling up for Reno Jazz Orchestra's free performance conducted for the Carson City Jazz Festival, as it's one of the most significant highlights of the festival.

RJO is a diversified big band whose members have performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Elvis Presley, Natalie Cole, and Luciano Pavarotti.

Carolyn Dolan, who also plays diatonic harmonica, also will be the vocalist for the orchestra at the Capitol Amphitheater.

Show begins at 6 p.m.

Monday, August 21: The Final Concert

Since Carson City is expected to get an 85 percent view of the solar eclipse this day, an informal drum circle will kick off the day at 9:30 a.m. at Brewery Art Center's courtyard.

In the evening, the Mile High Jazz Band will wrap up the festival at 7:30 p.m. at McFadden Plaza, celebrating Count Basie's 113th birthday.

The festival originated with a tribute to Count Basie on his 100th birthday in 2004.

The concert has 18 days this year opposed to the past, which is usually 17.

For a calendar listing events for each day of the festival, visit jazzcarsoncity.com.

A&E Briefs

FREE CONCERT SERIES

A taste of Tennessee is coming to Carson City's summer music series courtesy of the next band to perform at the Minnesota Street venue.

Rock, country and blues music by the Southern Drawl Band will fill the outdoor stage when the Brewery Arts Center continues the free music at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hailing from Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn., are members Mike Nash, lead vocals/ac guitar; J.D. Edge, fiddle/vocals; Paul Wray, bass/vocals and Larry Dunsmore, drums/vocals.

Citing The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Seger, George Strait and Rage Against the Machine as musical influences, the band incorporates bits of Southern rock and country from the backwoods of Tennessee.

The band's achievements include sharing the stage with music stars like The Charlie Daniels Band and Jimmy Buffett.

It has performed with country artists like Aaron Tippin, Neal McCoy, and Pure Prairie League in addition to Brantley Gilbert, Blackberry Smoke and Justin Moore.

Sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of live music, the Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series presents 10 free family-friendly concerts.

The series has a diverse lineup of talent spanning genres including reggae, rock, country, cumbia and bluegrass.

Next to perform on Aug. 5 is psychedelic cumbia-punk trio Thee Commons and reggae royalty Marla Brown on Aug. 12.

Five-piece electric newgrass group Dusty Green Bones will take the stage on Aug. 26 with the Cherry Pickers opening. Irish Rockers and Young Dubliners will end the series on Sept. 2.

The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn and lot setting.

Food trucks, libations and kids activities are available at each of the shows. Pets on leash are welcome.

The Levitt AMP concert series is at 449 W. King St. at the corner of King and Minnesota streets. Admission is free.

Visit http://levittamp.org/carson_city for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.

WASHOE LAKE STATE PARK

August events at Washoe Lake State Park include an astronomy program, a sunset hike and an introduction to Washoe Lake slide show.

Astronomy Program. Meet at the Maze Parking Lot for a program about astronomy. Ancient cultures studied and mapped the stars for various reasons. Hear their stories while stargazing with park staff. Please bring a jacket and a folding chair if possible, as seating is limited. Participants are also encouraged to bring a red flashlight, as red light does not negatively affect night vision.

WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 8:30-9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Washoe Lake State Park, Maze Parking Lot. Take Exit 44 from I-580 and drive north approximately four miles on Eastlake Blvd. The park entrance is on your left. Turn left past the fee booth, and it will be the first parking lot on the right.

COST: $7 per vehicle; there is a $2 discount for Nevada residents. Cash or check only.

Sunset Hike. Meet at the North Boat Ramp Equestrian Parking Area for a sunset hike through the sand dunes. Reservations are required for this one mile round-trip walk. Participants should bring a flashlight and wear sturdy hiking shoes, as the trail is very sandy.

WHEN: Monday, August 7, 8-9 p.m.

WHERE: Washoe Lake State Park, North Boat Ramp Equestrian Area (off Douglas and Lake Shore). Take Exit 44 from I-580 and drive north approximately four miles on Eastlake Blvd. The park entrance is on your left.

COST: $7 per vehicle; there is a $2 discount for Nevada residents. Cash or check only.

Introduction to Washoe Lake State Park Slide Show. Learn what makes Washoe Lake State Park such a unique place during this 30-minute slide program. If weather permits a campfire, we will make s'mores.

WHEN: Wednesday, August 16, 8-9 p.m.

WHERE: The Equestrian Area is in the Main (south) part of Washoe Lake State Park. Take Exit #44 from I-580 and drive north on Eastlake Blvd. for approximately four miles. The park entrance will be on your left. Enter the park, turn right, pass the campground, and follow a short gravel road to the Equestrian Pavilion.

COST: $7 per car; there is a $2 discount for Nevada residents. Cash or check only.

CONTACT: Kim Zuch, 775-687-4319, washoelake@hdiss.net.

FORT CHURCHILL PHOTO CONTEST

Fort Churchill State Historic Park announces its third annual amateur photo contest. Visitors to Fort Churchill and Buckland Station are invited to submit photos of scenery, plants, wildlife and cultural resources found within the park.

The top three winners will receive a Nevada State Parks Passport Permit, good for free entrance to any Nevada State Park for an entire year.

Entries must be submitted as an 8 x 10 or smaller photograph and dropped off at Buckland Station on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. or mailed to Nevada State Parks, Fort Churchill Photo Contest Entry, 16799 Lahoantan Dam, Fallon, NV 89406. Entries are due by Oct. 1, and will be on display for public voting at Buckland Station from Oct. 7-Dec. 31.

V&T RAILROAD

Get your tickets for V&T Train Rides now. This year features the return of an all-new Dinner & Melodrama Train Ride, plus a new Dinner & Murder Mystery Train Ride and the ever-popular Toast of the Canyon Wine Tasting Train!

But of course, you can still take the fully-narrated excursion into historic Virginia City to explore one of the country's largest National Historic Districts, too. For information call 877-724-5007.

NORTHERN NEVADA RAILROAD

As the Nevada Northern Railway Museum rumbles back to life for its 30th anniversary excursion season, the working historic railroad brings back visitor favorites and adds new events guests will love.

The Nevada Northern is unique among railroad museums, not only offering visitors the chance to see history, but to experience it as it was a century ago with rides and other events on this living, working railroad.

New for 2017 is the Pony Express Limited in June, with special, celebratory postage, Pony Express horseback riders and photo opportunities.

Also new this year is a train ride taking advantage of one of the wonders of the solar system – a solar eclipse excursion on Aug. 21 called the Eclipse Express. Departing at 9:15 a.m., special eclipse viewing glasses will be on.

For more information and a complete schedule, go to http://www.nnry.com.

KELSO'S NEW RELEASE

A new release, "Andy and Spirit Go on a Day Count," is written by Fernley author Mary Jean Kelso. It is the sixth in a series for children that features a wheelchair-dependent boy and an albino therapy horse. The illustrations were painted by award-winning artist KC Snider.

A longtime resident of Nevada, Kelso has written about 30 books. She has won several awards for her writing.

Kelso is a member of Made in Nevada, the Fort Churchill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Catherine Cynthia Overton (Kelso's second great grandmother) Chapter of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, The Alamo Defenders Descendants Association and The Alamo Society.

Kelso's books, including "Andy and Spirit Go on a Day Count," are available through the regular online outlets, at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com, and her website, http://www.maryjeankelsoauthor.wix.com/mjkel. Contact Kelso at mjkel@aol.com or look for her at author signings locally.

She will be signing at The Lights of Christmas' "Christmas in July Craft Show" at the Fallon Convention Center on July 22. Proceeds from booth rentals are donated to Toys for Tots and seniors in need.

Carson City’s ghostliest haunts

Carson City doesn't shy away from a good ghost story. It's why the community has hosted the popular Carson City Ghost Walk for many years as well as why such tales have appeared in numerous books, web sites and even videos.

One of the city's most famous haunted digs is said to be the Governor's Mansion at 600 N. Mountain St. Over the years, mansion staff members have reported seeing a little girl wearing a flowing white dress, who wanders the upstairs hallways.

Additionally, guests and staff have claimed to have heard phantom conversations, experienced mysterious cold spots in rooms, and encountered a drafty grandfather clock.

One story is that a guest claimed to have been kept awake by a late-night conversation heard through the walls, then discovered the woman in the next room had gone to bed early and no radio or television sets had been turned on that late.

On another occasion, a man cleaning the mansion library climbed up a ladder to reach a book to dust, when he became surrounded by frigid air—despite the fact it was a hot summer day and the mansion did not then have air conditioning.

The frightened man ran from the room and, not surprisingly, refused to return to work again in the library. Those books must be pretty dusty by now.

Other mansion ghost stories include one about cold air that blows out of an antique grandfather clock at the top of the north stairwell and the usual strange slamming doors (can't ghosts be quiet once in awhile?).

Another haunted house is said to be the historic Ferris home at 311 West Third in Carson City. The first reported occurrence was in the early 1900s during a lavish wedding reception.

Several guests at the party asked the bride's father the identity of the second bride standing by the back gate. The man said his daughter had been the only bride at the wedding but the guests insisted they'd not only seen but spoken to a second woman in a wedding dress.

Later, it was discovered that there had been another wedding at the house many years before and, apparently, the ghost of the earlier bride had returned to the house to watch over the proceedings.

The Ferris Mansion has also had reports of strange smells — for instance, a strong aftershave—and sensations of being watched. The home's first owner, George Washington Gale Ferris, whose son invented the Ferris Wheel, is said to have worn a strong aftershave.

The Thomas J. Edwards House, located at 204 North Minnesota in Carson City, is well known for having a particularly fastidious specter. Owners of this historic home say they have found the piano never needs cleaning or polishing, no matter how much dust collects in the rest of the house.

The legend is that the spirit of a former housekeeper continues to live there and earns her keep by wiping off the piano.

It's also claimed that Carson City's Brewery Arts Center hosts the ghost of a former maintenance worker, who appears as a well-dressed gentleman in a brown suit with a yellow tie. Reportedly he is very polite and is said to remind folks to turn off the lights and lock the doors.

The Bliss Mansion (608 Elizabeth Street) is allegedly haunted by the ghost of its original owner, Duane Bliss, who likes to jostle the curtains while Carson City founder Abraham Curry is said to still visit his former home at 406 N. Nevada Street as well as the Carson City Mint (now the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson Street), which he built.

Perhaps the best way to learn more about Carson City's ghosts is to participate in a guided Carson City Ghost Walk, which are conducted throughout the year. Led by the delightful Madame Curry (actress Mary Bennett), the walks are informative and just a little bit spooky.

For more information, go to: http://carsoncityghostwalk.com/

Rich Moreno covers the places and people that make Nevada want to visit.

Miles Nielson & the Rusted Hearts coming to Fallon

Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts is coming to Fallon on Aug. 19 for a 7:30 p.m. performance on the Centennial Stage west of the Oats Park Art Center.

This is the second free concert-in-the-park this summer sponsored by the city of Fallon and the Churchill Arts Council.

The Stockman's will provide food and non-alcoholic beverages:

The Fallon Elks Lodge will serve beer and wine. The Art Center's Galleries and Bar will open after the show.

Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts is an Illinois-based folk-rock sextet (guitars, clarinet, Wurlitzer organ, violin, bass, saxophone and drums) whose musical influences range from Otis Redding's classic '60s soul to the legendary power-pop of Jellyfish. They perform at a variety of clubs and alternative venues across the country and Europe, from Nashville and Memphis to Boston, from the Mercury Lounge in NYC to the Hard Rock Café in Prague. They've released three albums, most recently Heavy Metal.

Nielsen has spent nearly a decade bringing a diverse sound to the stage. In a a biographical account, he said, "Most of my childhood was spent on a tour bus

traveling across the country with Cheap Trick…" where the idea that songwriting is "a way for me to meld the world of dreams and real life." An auspicious

beginning that resulted in a musical brew Miles calls "Beatle-esque Cosmic Americana."

Nielsen is the son of Rick Nielson, the lead guitarist, backing vocalist, and primary songwriter of the rock band Cheap Trick.

Axs.com described the album Heavy Metal and Nielsen as such in 2016: "Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts aren't on your radar now — they will be soon. The Illinois folk rock outfit are currently on the road in support of their brand new studio album Heavy Metal, which has received rave reviews from publications such as Popdose, Ultimate Classic Rock and Innocent Words. Today, we're proud to premiere the music video for the title track, which was directed by Melissa Revels and edited by Robert J. Williams."

Hawaiian fundraiser, Carson City Fair lead weekend activities

Those who are in Carson City this weekend have a chance to spend a day in Hawaii without leaving town — or at least they can catch some Hawaiian food and entertainment at the Carson Mall. The Carson City Fair is also in full swing as the community's busy summer continues.

HAWAIIAN FUNDRAISER

The Northern Nevada Hui Association's island-themed fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Mall.

The event will open with a car wash, offering $5 per wash or $10 for trucks and SUVs, until 1 p.m.

Lunch for $10 offers teriyaki chicken, rice, macaroni salad and a bottle of water.

The live entertainment will kick off at 11 a.m. with Lee Jones. Next to play is Namolokama, made up of Gill Thompson and Danny Baclayon, at 1 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits Carson City's next Polynesian Festival.

For information, call Ray Lavatai at 775-223-4375 or Diane at 775-297-6413.

CARSON CITY FAIR

The fair will run through Sunday at Fuji Park. The fair features livestock, a carnival, exhibits and plenty of food vendors. McClain's Mobile Music & D.J. will also be providing music every night during the fair. A rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday and during the day on Saturday and Sunday there will be antique tractor, car and truck displays, including tractor parades and tractor pulls. For information visit http://carsoncitynvfair.visitcarsoncity.com.

BAC SERIES

The free Levitt AMP concert series continues on Saturday at the Brewery Arts Center with Southern Drawl, who will provide rock, country and blues music. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday.

FARMER'S MARKET

The 3rd and Curry Street Farmer's Market continues from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. CW and Dr. Spitmore will provide music at the Farmer's Market this Saturday.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

The Carson City Sheriff's Office will host its 15th annual National Night Out event Tuesday to help bring law enforcement and the community together.

The event will have nearly 180 different organizations, businesses and agencies out at Mills Park to inform citizens of the different ways they can protect themselves and their community while having fun with it.

This year will feature demonstrations and activities from Tahoe-Douglas Bomb Squad, Department of Environmental Protection, a drunk driving simulator from Washoe Tribal and a mock crime scene from the Crime Lab.

A Dog Walker Watch Program will also be featured. This program is designed to inform dog walkers about what they can do to call in and report if they see a crime or observe something suspicious.

Since the start of National Night Out in Carson City 15 years ago, the Sheriff's Department has seen a 12 percent decrease in juvenile crime rates. The event is free to the public and runs from 5 to 8 p.m. There will also be free hot dogs and beverages available, courtesy of Grocery Outlet and Orh LLC.

Recipe: Almost instant vichyssoise by Muffy Vhay

Washoe Lake is full again — all the way up to its traditional brim. Weekends bring out more crowds there than we've seen in years. People on jet skis, kiteboards and wakeboards, rubber rafts, kayaks and sailboats fill the water and just plain picnickers fill the day-use area during this especially hot summer weather.

The park is such a treasure right in our backyard. We're always surprised it doesn't get even more use. There are several hiking trails, and the equestrian area sees a lot of activity year round.

During the year, there are quite a few "planned" rides — endurance and others. The endurance riders have a great sign: To Finish is to Win. We can usually hear the horses early in the morning expressing their anticipation with lots of whinnies and neighs. Sometimes we worry about the horses in this ultra hot weather, but we're told there are veterinarians in the loop to make sure they're safe.

When the lake has been dry (last year and several others), our whole weather pattern in the valley is different. No afternoon "Washoe Zephyr" off the lake to cool us a bit, and almost no "down canyon" breeze at night. We miss the water views and the pelicans, too. We're glad the lake is full, and we wish the heat would go away.

It's just plain too hot to cook — or not cook much. So sandwiches, salads, summer soups, and other quick and easy meals are the go-to for this time of year. The recipe this week is for an easy and quick blender vichyssoise (potato/leek or onion) cold soup. If you add a green salad and some crusty French bread, you'll have a nice light meal.

ALMOST INSTANT VICHYSSOISE

This soup is made in a blender and served immediately. Amounts are not too critical.

Serves two. To make more, do two batches. I keep a can or two of cream of potato soup in the freezer.

Ingredients:

One can frozen cream of potato soup (such as Campbells) or one container deli-style potato soup (such as Raley's baked potato soup)

1 1/2 cans of whole milk in the frozen soup can or 1/2 container of milk in the deli-style container

3 scallions, chopped, or a handful of chives, cut in pieces

1 teaspoon onion-celery salt seasoning (such as Spice Islands Beau Monde)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Place ingredients into the jar of a blender (run the frozen soup can under hot water for a minute or two — the soup will come out in chunks).

Blend until smooth. Adjust seasoning to your taste. Add milk or half and half if too thick. Blend again. Serve topped with a few chopped chives.

David and Muffy Vhay own Deer Run Ranch Bed and Breakfast. Contact the ranch at 775-882-3643.

Carson City live entertainment for July 26-Aug. 1

RYE Brothers at 6 p.m. today, 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Tully Green from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at McFadden Plaza near Bella Fiore Wines, 224 S. Carson St., and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Delta Saloon, 18 S. C St., Virginia City.

Acoustic music by the Reno Swing Set from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Cafe at Adele's, 112 N. Carson St.

CW and Dr. Spitmore from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the 3rd and Curry St. Farmers Market, and at noon Tuesday at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St.

Dave Leather's acoustic Americana at noon today at Comma Coffee, 312 S. Carson St., and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 1500 Old Hot Springs Road.

An open mic for all ages and skill levels at 7 p.m. Friday at A to Zen, 1801 N. Carson St.

Live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bella Fiore Wines, 224 S. Carson St., Suite 8.

Live Hawaiian music at Northern Nevada Hui Association's island themed fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Mall.

The Southern Drawl Band at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Minnesota Street Stage near the Brewery Arts Center, 449 W. King St.

Live music with Terri Campillo and Craig Fletcher from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. through Saturday at Glen Eagles, 3700 N. Carson St. Campillo and Fletcher are joined by Mick Valentino Thursdays and Rocky Tatterelli on Friday and Saturday.

Live music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday at The Loft inside the Nugget, 507 N. Carson St., and guitarists from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday at the casino's Alatte Coffee and Wine Bar.

Karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Y-Not Saloon, 152 E. Long St.

Musicole at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Ponderosa Saloon in Virginia City.

Tom Miller from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 1500 Old Hot Springs Road.

Live comedy by Marc Yaffee at 8 p.m. Friday at the Carson Nugget, 507 N. Carson St. Tickets for $15 are at carsoncomedyclub.com or the casino's guest service center.

Karaoke by J&M Productions from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Carson Nugget's Alatte Coffee & Wine Bar, 507 N. Carson St.

Double Shot at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Max Casino, 900 S. Carson St.

Live music at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Casino Fandango, 3800 S. Carson St.

Corky Bennett from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at La Posada Real, 3205 Retail Drive.

Jonathon "JB" Barton at 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Musicians of all genres and styles are welcome at a jam session from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at A to Zen, 1801 N. Carson St.

The Buddy Emmer Blues Band from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Dayton Valley Golf Club. The golf venue offers live music on the last Sunday of the month through September.

Bill Wharton at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Carson Valley Inn in Minden.

Have an entertainment event? Send it to jmcmanus@nevadaappeal.com.

Annual tour shines light on regional artists

An inside look at the diversity of the region's art scene is being offered thanks to the Tahoe Art League.

The art group is bringing back its Artist Studio Tour for two weekends, July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6.

The self-guided tour will highlight a diverse set of artistic mediums from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free.

Attendees can expect to visit 44 local artists at 22 locations in South Lake Tahoe to talk with artists and see their work.

A diverse range of art, including sculptures, oils, watercolor, dye on silks, drawings, photography, jewelry and woodworking, will be showcased, and some art will be for sale.

Participating artists include dye-on-silk painter Nina Major, oil painter Bonita Paulis, sculptor David Foster, and abstract painter Scott Forrest.

Several artists will be holding demonstrations of their crafts. Artist-donated prizes will be up for grabs to patrons who visit 10 or more studios.

Tour maps will be given to attendees so they can make their way from one location to another. Maps can be downloaded at http://www.talart.org or picked up in person at TAL Art Center, 3062 U.S. Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe. The tour map can be accessed on smart phones by visiting the website.

The Tahoe Art League was formed as a nonprofit in 1964. Its mission is to promote local fine arts and art education. It provides free monthly art demonstration and workshops in addition to operating a gallery. It gives art scholarships to aspiring artists and holds other activities for all ages, needs and talents.

For information, go to http://www.talart.org.

Southern Drawl Band to rock Carson City concert series

A taste of Tennessee is coming to Carson City's summer music series courtesy of the next band to perform at the Minnesota Street venue.

Rock, country and blues music by the Southern Drawl Band will fill the outdoor stage when the Brewery Arts Center continues the free music at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hailing from Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn., are members Mike Nash, lead vocals/ac guitar; J.D. Edge, fiddle/vocals; Paul Wray, bass/vocals and Larry Dunsmore, drums/vocals.

Citing The Allman Brothers Band, Bob Seger, George Strait and Rage Against the Machine as musical influences, the band incorporates bits of Southern rock and country from the backwoods of Tennessee.

The band's achievements include sharing the stage with music stars like The Charlie Daniels Band and Jimmy Buffett.

It has performed with country artists like Aaron Tippin, Neal McCoy, and Pure Prairie League in addition to Brantley Gilbert, Blackberry Smoke and Justin Moore.

Sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of live music, the Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series presents 10 free family-friendly concerts.

The series has a diverse lineup of talent spanning genres including reggae, rock, country, cumbia and bluegrass.

Next to perform on Aug. 5 is psychedelic cumbia-punk trio Thee Commons and reggae royalty Marla Brown on Aug. 12.

Five-piece electric newgrass group Dusty Green Bones will take the stage on Aug. 26 with the Cherry Pickers opening. Irish Rockers and Young Dubliners will end the series on Sept. 2.

The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn and lot setting.

Food trucks, libations and kids activities are available at each of the shows. Pets on leash are welcome.

The Levitt AMP concert series is at 449 W. King St. at the corner of King and Minnesota streets. Admission is free.

Visit http://levittamp.org/carson_city for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.

Brewery Arts Center presenting La Misa Negra in summer concert series

Latin beats are bringing the heat to this week's free outdoor concert at the Brewery Arts Center.

The Levitt AMP Carson City Music Series is picking up on Saturday with two Latin dance groups, Drinking With Clowns and La Misa Negra.

The show will kick off at 7 p.m. with Drinking With Clowns, a five-member band from Reno who plays a blend of Latin beats and funky rhythms.

From the thumping sounds of Afro-American drums in the streets of South America to the smooth, funky and soulful beats of the North American urban landscape, Drinking With Clowns bills its performances as a musical journey.

Following the opening set, La Misa Negra, an eight-piece band from Oakland, Calif., will take over with a blend of 1950s and '60s style cumbia and high-energy Afro-Colombian dance music.

The live music series is sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free live music.

The series presents 10 free concerts at the Minnesota Street Stage spanning musical genres like reggae, Southern rock, cumbia and bluegrass.

Rounding out this month will be Nashville's Southern Drawl Band on July 29.

Fresh off Coachella, psychedelic trio Thee Commons will perform on Aug. 5 with reggae royalty Marla Brown following on Aug. 12.

Five-piece electric newgrass group Dusty Green Bones will take the stage on Aug. 26 with the Cherry Pickers opening, and Irish Rockers and Young Dubliners will end the series on Sept. 2.

The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn and lot seating. Food trucks, libations and kid's activities will be available at each of the shows. Pets on leash are welcomed as well.

The Levitt AMP concert series is at 449 W. King St. at the corner of King and Minnesota streets. Admission is free.

Visit http://levittamp.org/carson_city for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.