Twenty-five years ago you may have been hearing, feeling and dancing to the Blues in Reno. Well today the Reno Blues Society is still reveling the culture, history and diversity of blues music though education, music venues and participation in community events.
This summer, The Reno Blues Society celebrated the big milestone and brought to town slide guitar virtuoso, Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings. Roy and his band played for the first dance in August of 1993.
Hosting three dances each year and a pub crawl of sorts, participation in the BBQ Brews and Blues and other Blues festivals and events in the area keep the organization on beat! Monies received through dances and community events go to their Music Scholarship programs helping young musicians further their music education.
Each of the dances scheduled throughout the year have a theme and purpose. October 20th at the Hidden Valley Country Club is the Halloween Dance, an annual fundraiser for local Veteran causes. March 5th, 2019, look for their Mardi Gras Dance, which also holds a Silent Auction. The Spring Dance is the fundraiser for the Blues organization.
In late December /early January you will see the members participating in an annual community service project recycling Christmas trees on behalf of the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful project held at Rancho San Rafael Park.
With over 175 members, the Reno Blues Society is always looking for new members, volunteers and occasionally board members to help run the 501(c)(3) organization. The Reno Blues Society is run by volunteers, no paid staff. Visit their website at: www.renoblues.org. President Jamie Klund can be reached by phone at 775-848-2590 with questions that can’t be answered on the site.