Artown and Whitney Peak Hotel, two organizations dedicated to elevating the arts in Reno, have found success already in their new partnership, which has brought a fusion of live acoustic music and innovative cuisine to downtown Reno through their new series, “Heritage Sessions.” The series is designed to promote up-and-coming indie musicians, while also highlighting the unique flavors of Whitney Peak Hotel’s restaurant, Heritage.
The first in the “Artown & Whitney Peak Hotel Present: Heritage Sessions” series took place on Friday, January 29, with a packed house listening to acoustic music by Paper Bird and feasting on pintxos, or mini-tapas, from Executive Chef Ben Deinken.
Guests may order items from Chef Deinken’s specially designed selection of pintxos, Basque-style mini-tapas that are popular in Reno’s international Sister City, San Sebastian, Spain, or they may order a la carte from Heritage’s dinner menu. A wide selection of craft beers and cocktails, as well as local wines, is also available for purchase.
WHO: T Sisters
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 6 p.m.
ABOUT: The T Sisters are a vocally driven contemporary folk band hailing from Oakland, California. The three sisters’ (Erika, Chloe and Rachel Tietjen) inventive songwriting is supported by their own acoustic instrumentation, as well as by upright bassist Steve Height and mandolinist/guitar player Andrew Allen Fahlander. When performing their lively set of originals and covers—occasionally in arresting a cappella–they captivate audiences with close harmonies, creative arrangements, and sassy performance style. Touching on elements of folk, Americana, gospel, R&B, bluegrass and soul, the T Sisters weave evocative stories with a sound that is at once modern and timeless.
WHEN: Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 6 p.m.
ABOUT: Darlingside, a Massachusetts-based quartet, performs wide-open arrangements that are marked by the skillful vocal interplay of the four singers. Subtle musical shadings take cues from 60s folk, chamber pop, bluegrass, classical music, and modern indie rock, while aching harmonies are complemented by tones from the harmonium, frailing banjo, 12-string electric guitar, Wurlitzer, auto-chord organ, and grand piano. The result is a collection of quietly passionate songs that defy easy categorization.
WHO: Dustbowl Revival
WHEN: Friday, April 29, 2016, at 6 p.m.
ABOUT: Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members. They play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal. This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and rooted in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.
WHO: Leftover Cuties
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016, at 6 p.m.
ABOUT: Leftover Cuties have sparked a fire with music lovers with a timeless jazz-tinged sound, combining sultry vocals, pop-perfect songwriting, and seasoned musicianship. Their spellbinding first album “Places to Go” won raves from critics. Their impeccable and atmospheric live performances draw ever-growing and increasingly passionate crowds in the clubs and cabarets of their hometown Los Angeles. Among those big spots: the theme for the Showtime series “The Big C” and an ad for Samsung that aired over and over (and over and over…) during the 2012 Olympics, generating more than 3 million YouTube views!