Got your walking shoes ready? Better grab your credit card, too.
The music roster has been finalized for the second annual Off Beat Arts & Musical Festival —modeled on Austin, Texas’ giant South by Southwest. Reno’s moveable feast of aural and visual delights, Nov, 3-6, will be larger than 2015’s rookie edition, and feature international, national and regional touring bands, as well as local acts performing in bars and clubs spanning the Midtown, downtown Arch and east-of-downtown Brewery districts.
In all, there will be 100-plus bands or solo artists — including a third from the Reno-Tahoe area — representing a near gamut of the major genres of popular music. The acts are listed, with profiles, at www.offbeatreno.com, along with the lengthy schedule. Of special note are these headliners at Cargo Concert Hall: New York-based alt-blues/metal trio The Last Internationale, Nov. 3; San Francisco-based funk-jam septet Con Brio, Nov. 4; Oakland-based EDM artist The Polish Ambassador, Nov. 5; London-based indie/alt-rock quintet The Veils, Nov. 6.
Festival wristbands — which afford line privileges and guaranteed entry to shows that may sell out —are on sale on the website. Prices are set at $129 for all access, $69 for general admission. Most music shows are 21+, but are 18+ at Cargo, and all-ages at the Holland Project.
People without wristbands can pay single cover charges ($10-$15 at small venues, $18-$20 pre-sale $20-$30 at the door at Cargo), though some showcases at smaller bars are free. The GA wristband doesn’t cover admission for the headline concerts at Cargo, which are ticketed separately; neither wristband covers two shows at 1Up running the same time as the festival.
The best way to savor the sonic smorgasbord is to go mobile. Says Off Beat publicist and co-partner Loren Condron: “We want people to hit many venues and to see a lot of talent. We want to help this bring a lot more attention to the Reno music scene.”
Festival proceeds are to benefit two local non-profits: the Holland Project youth arts incubator and the Future Kind youth educator.
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FORTE VOTING THROUGH OCT. 24: Organizers of the inaugural Forte Awards — our region’s first Grammy-like black-tie event — have set Oct. 24 as the final day of public online voting to choose the greater northern Nevada/Sierra Crest area’s favorite musicians in 19 categories, as well as for actors, dancers, comedians and specialty acts.
Fans can vote for one nominated act per category once every 24 hours via computer or smart phone at www.forteawards.com. There is no charge. Tickets will soon be available for purchase on the site for the Nov. 3 award ceremony in the Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre. All proceeds are to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, the Nevada Humane Society and the Veteran's Resource Center.
Forte stands for Fans of Reno-Tahoe Entertainment, and is the brainchild of Bill Woody, owner of Musician Rehearsal Center, in Sparks.
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HOT YOUNG JAZZ ON CD: Twenty-two musicians from eight local high schools — all members of the select Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra — killed it on a new, locally released 12-track CD, “Decade.” Everything from the performances to the production at Reno’s superb Tanglewood Productions studio and the jewel-case packaging (including a colorful 10-page insert of detailed liner notes and photos) does our area proud.
I could point out lots of highlights but must praise Harry Fasbinder-Elkins’ baritone vocals on “New York, New York” — a performance sounding older than the Davidson Academy senior’s years. The CD’s tracks will be available for purchase digitally on Nov. 4 on iTunes and Amazon; the physical CD can be ordered now by contacting RYJO program director Karen Scarbrough at email@example.com. Please do not file share; support the nonprofit RYJO. Details atwww.renoyouthjazzorchestra.com.
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