Carson City Jazz Music and Art Festival Unveils Revised Plan, Events Run Through September | News from Carson City, Nevada


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Repeats weekly 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 takes a new direction in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival was founded in 2004. This is the first year that the gathering of large crowds at musical events has been restricted due to health concerns.

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

“By 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 David Bugli, president of the Mile High 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 region, and perhaps reach a wider audience outside of Carson City through our live and pre-recorded events. Nearly, admission to events will be free thanks to the generosity of our licensors, advertisers, donor sponsors and Association members. “

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

The first event will be a free jazz drive-in, “High Society,” on Wednesday August 19 and Thursday August 20, in the Brewery Arts Center parking lot. The film is presented in cooperation with the Carson City Classic Cinema Club. The 1956 film, based on the previous 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 last film role before becoming Princess Grace of Monaco. Robin Holabird, film critic and former Nevada film commissioner, will present the film and provide commentary. The event is funded in part by a generous grant from the Great Basin Consulting Group (Mike Drews). Reservations are required for each vehicle, and information will be published on the festival website.

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

This contemporary cultural event with no entry will feature more than 25 local artists, presenting a wide variety of exceptional visual art and art demonstrations, ranging from painting, sculpture and 3D art to jewelry, photography and to pottery in ten individual and shared spaces.

The Wa-Pai-Shone Gallery at the Stewart Indian School Cultural Center & Museum will showcase the work of several Indigenous artists from the Great Basin. Individual musicians will perform in six of the venues. 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 may be downloaded from the OST page of JazzCarsonCity .com / openstudio.

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

The day at the Silver Saddle Ranch takes place 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 guests 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.

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