Jazz and Beyond Festival begins Friday in Carson City | NevadaAppeal.com

Jazz and Beyond Festival begins Friday in Carson City

Mile High Jazz Band Association

Mile High Jazz Band Association and Carson City present the 15th Annual Jazz & Beyond Music & Art Festival. It features 17 days of music, art, and film at multiple venues in Carson City, from Friday through Aug. 19.

"Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort," said planning committee co-chair David Bugli, president of the Mile High Jazz Band Association. "Sponsors and volunteers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep performances admission free."

The festival opens on Friday at the historic Bliss Mansion, northeast corner Mountain and Robinson Streets. An art show and sale on the porch at 4 p.m. features artists from the Nevada Artists Association. Music begins at 4:30 p.m. with the Rocky Tatarelli Band, followed at 6:30 by Cherie and John Shipley with the Take This band.

Two special events will be a talk and performance on World Percussion with Chance Utter assisted by Andy Heglund, The Batamba Collective, and members of the UNR World Percussion Ensemble on Aug. 9, at the Brewery Arts Center Performance Hall.

A talk and performance on Virginia City's Jazz Era by John Shipley and friends will be featured on Aug. 16 at the Nevada State Museum.

The third annual "A Day at the Silver Saddle Ranch," 2648 Carson River Road on the east side of Prison Hill, will be on Aug. 12, beginning at 2 p.m. Bluegrass and Western music, live animals, and food trucks will be featured. Musicians will include Chris Bayer, Dale Poune and the Sierra Sweethearts.

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Free concerts also will be held at the Capital Amphitheater, Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson Mall, Comma Coffee Courtyard, Bob McFadden Plaza, Brewery Arts Center, and other Carson City venues. Favorite and new performing groups include The Red Tango, Batamba Collective, Reno Jazz Orchestra and Mile High Jazz Band.

A full schedule of events is available JazzCarsonCity.com.