Carson City Jazz Music and Arts Festival Unveils Revised Plan and Events Running Through September | Carson City Nevada News

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Repeats every week until Sun Sep 20 2020 .

August 19, 2020 (All day)

August 26, 2020 (All day)

September 2, 2020 (All day)

September 9, 2020 (All day)

September 16, 2020 (All day)

The Carson City Jazz and Beyond Music and Art Festival is taking a new direction in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was founded in 2004. This is the first year in which the gathering of large crowds at music events was restricted due to health concerns.

The festival, originally scheduled to start on August 7, now has events starting on August 19 and continuing through September. It will include drive-in movies, small in-person concerts, live-streamed concerts, and pre-recorded events made available to the public through the festival website at

“In mid-March we had a pretty full schedule with a few dozen performances scheduled for the festival in August, but that all changed as the pandemic spread,” said Mile High President David Bugli. Jazz Band Assoc., sponsor of the festival. “With this new approach, we hope to share with members of our community some of the great talent in our area, and perhaps reach a wider audience outside of Carson City through our live streamed and pre-recorded events. With some exceptions Nearly, admission to events will be free thanks to the generosity of our donors, advertisers, sponsors, donators and members of the Association.”

Watch the It’s Your City video interview with Bugli and host Cortney Bloomer here.

The first event will be a free jazz-related drive-in, “High Society,” on Wednesday, August 19 and Thursday, August 20, in the parking lot of the Brewery Arts Center. The film is presented in cooperation with the Carson City Classic Cinema Club. The 1956 film, based on the earlier film “Philadelphia Story,” is moved to a high-class setting near the Newport Jazz Festival.

It features Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Grace Kelly in her final film role before becoming Princess Grace of Monaco. Robin Holabird, film critic and former Nevada Film Commissioner, will introduce the film and provide commentary. The event is supported in part by a generous grant from the Great Basin Consulting Group (Mike Drews). Reservations are required for each vehicle and information will be posted on the festival website.

The second annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST), part of the festival, will take place Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at ten Carson City studios.

This entry-free contemporary cultural event will feature over 25 local artists, showcasing a wide variety of visual art and exceptional artistic demonstrations, from painting, sculpture and 3D art to jewelry, photography and art. pottery in ten individual and shared spaces.

The Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery at the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center and Museum will feature the works of several Great Basin Indigenous artists. Individual musicians will perform at six of the locations. OST brochures, which include a map of locations and a list of artists and musicians, are available from the Carson City Culture and Tourism Authority, the Nevada Artists Association, and the Carson City Chamber of Commerce, and can be downloaded at from the JazzCarsonCity OST page. .com/openstudio.

The Festival plans to launch live music events on August 29 and later dates in September. The groups will perform with a very limited audience at A to Zen, and will be streamed live on the internet and recorded for later access via the festival website. These will primarily feature musicians who were previously scheduled to perform live in mid-August.

The day at Silver Saddle Ranch will be on Sunday, September 20 with the Sagebrush Rebels and Sierra Sweethearts. One must reserve.

An outdoor jazz brunch featuring Niall McGuinness and the New World Jazz Project is scheduled for Sunday, September 13 at Empire Ranch Golf from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations, at $10 per person, include a mimosa or soft drink, and patrons can order from the Mallard’s menu.

Due to the nature of the pandemic, these plans are subject to change. For up-to-date information, check the festival website at or the Facebook page here or call 775-883-4154.

Ada J. Kenney