The Reno Blues Society will hold its annual Mardi Gras Dance Party, Saturday, Feb. 23rd at The Ramada Inn in Reno, to raise money for their music scholarship program. Back by popular demand from last year’s Mardi Gras show but this year headlining are local favorites The Blues Monsters with opening act Snakeboy Johnson Band. Doors open at 7:00pm with music from 7:30 to 10:30pm or so.
This colorful event features outlandish costumes worn by attendees and beads will be handed out to all attending. In addition to a costume contest, this is our annual fundraiser for our local music scholarship grant program. Ticket revenue and 50/50 raffle sales plus proceeds from the silent auction that features a variety of gift certificates, products and services for folks to bid on will go to the music scholarship program. Great items like massage services, restaurant certificates, a guitar, jewelry, a room-show-restaurant package and much more will be available to bid on.
The Blues Monsters have been delighting local audiences for over 20 years and were our main act at our Spring Dance four years ago and opened last year’s Mardi Gras show. They are comprised of lead singer and rhythm guitarist Chuck Dunn, guitarist Barry Slayton, bass player Tom Barnes and drummer Michael Overhauser and keyboard player Terry Ogg. Snakeboy Johnson Band features Will Green on lead guitar and vocals and includes bass, drums and keyboard players delivering blues and r&b with a Texas flavor. Moving here from the Austin, Texas area a little over a year ago, he and his band are quickly picking up a local following with Will’s (Snakeboy Johnson) great guitar licks and soulful voice reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 in advance at Recycled Records and The Melting Pot in Reno, Hippies Pipes and Incense in Sparks or from any RBS board member. Note some outlets charge a small processing fee. Reno Blues members with dues being current can get the advance ticket price at the door, as well.
For more details contact Reno Blues Society President Jamie Klund at (775) 848-2590 or go to the RBS website at www.renobluessociety.org.
The Reno Blues Society is a non-profit 501(c) 3 volunteer run organization whose mission is to increase awareness of the culture, history and diversity of blues music, through education and participation in community events. Our tax ID number is 80-0016293.