Parlor Shows, a Reno-based startup, brings nationally celebrated artists into the backyards of several noteworthy Reno homes next month for Backyard Beats, a four-day series of intimate concerts.
“The quality of artists coming to participate in this experiment is next level,” said Parlor Shows Founder and CEO Ashley Jennings. “It proves two things to me: first, Reno is back on the radar of top performers and also that there’s a real hunger to have a more personal music listening experience among my peers. The positive response from this community has been astounding.”
The festival spans four days in four different homes throughout Reno’s Midtown and Old Southwest neighborhoods. Each night showcases a different genre of soul, indie, rock and classical. Select locally based businesses will participate by donating organic signature drinks and more.
Festival goers can purchase an all-access pass for $59 or buy single-event tickets for $20 each night. Get them here.
The festival kicks off on Sinclair Street with the Portland-based Indie-Americana duo The American West and MAITA. Often listened to with the likes of Neko Case and Band of Horses, the harmonic songwriting presents a distinct Western flare. Reno-based sing-songwriter Elspeth Summers carries the folk torch with her Old Western tunes in a sultry, spiritually inspired style.
Bay Area rockers Whiskerman brings a bold front man to night two. Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Graham Patzner is known for his prophetic lyricism and timeless familiarity. Under the guidance of Tony Berg, the group has overcome obstacles together for five years.
Reno’s classical vocalist Debe Fennel headlines Friday alongside Composer Elise Lebec and Wythe Walker. Lebec is widely recognized for her rule-breaking and meditative style. Fennell rose in the ranks of the music industry in Nashville from journalist to promoter before making her way to the West Coast in 1985. Since, she rarely performs.
Queens D. Light hip-hop, this MC and filmmaker brings pointed lyrics atop dreamy jazz instrumentals for a fresh sound. Reno’s Grace Hayes will open the final night of the festival with her cheerful beats, upbeat satire and soulful tones.
Weeknight shows begin at 7 p.m. and weekend shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Locations vary.