Artown takes the stage for its 18th season beginning Monday, July 1, presenting hundreds of imagination-stretching, mind-bending music, arts and theater performances throughout the Reno area.
Kicking off with a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” in Wingfield Park, Artown 2013 brings a variety of arts and cultural influences to venues including Grand Sierra Resort, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch and the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts through Wednesday, July 31.
Artown gets things started with a trip back in time to 1973, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s classic “Dark Side of the Moon” with a funk-fusion twist.
The free event begins at 7:30 p.m. and features vocalist Corey Glover, previously with the Henry Rollins Band and Living Color; former Lenny Kravitz saxophonist Karl Denson; and bassist and composer Melvin Gibbs, another Henry Rollins alumnus.
Artown’s array of events for families, kids, musicians and more begin bright and early July 2 with the children’s series, Discover the Arts, which takes place each weekday throughout the month. The festival’s World Music Series gets its start Wednesday, July 3 with reggae band Midnite followed each Wednesday evening throughout the month. Grammy-winning mariachi band Mariachi Los Camperos di Nato Cano take the stage in Wingfield Park July 10, followed by West African musicians Yemen Blues July 17 and the series wraps up with acclaimed eight-piece brass and drum band Red Baraat July 24.
Thursday, July 4th is truly a day to celebrate with an evening of patriotic music in the park. Movies and live music entertain audiences each weekend at Wingfield, after which families abound for the Monday night Family Series presenting the “Cat in the Hat” July 8; festival favorite the Unique Derique July 15; action-packed Story Pirates July 22; and to close, the Giant Puppets present classic fairy tale Hansel & Gretel July 29.
Mondays also bring the free Monday Night Music Series to Bartley Ranch featuring the Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra alongside the Reno Youth Philharmonic July 8. The renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra wows audiences July 15, with Contraband July 22 and former lead vocalist for the likes of Peter, Paul & Mary and the New Christy Minstrels, William Florian July 29.
In addition to its array of free events each season, Artown strives to produce select ticketed performances by renowned national and international talent. Featured artists for 2013 include Grammy Award-winning musician Rickie Lee Jones July 7 at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch, famed jazz musician Dave Koz July 20 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, and Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra with special guest Shelia E., July 25 at Bartley Ranch. Ticket prices will be announced respectively and will be able to be purchased online or at the box office.
Famed guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Shuggie Otis closes out the 18th annual Artown festival Wednesday, July 31 in Wingfield Park. Having performed with everyone from Frank Zappa to Mos Def during his 40-plus-year career, the Southern California native recently embarked with his seven-member band on the “Never Ending World Wide Tour,” visiting venues throughout Europe and North America.
Also new this year, we are pleased to present a newly designed festival calendar. We hope you enjoy this easy to use, newly designed interactive database of over 500 events in this year’s Artown season:
Also new in 2013, the Little Book of Artown will be distributed through a partnership with Scolari’s Food and Drug. In addition to select Scolari’s check out stands throughout northern Nevada, the Little Book will be available at key community locations including U.S. Bank, Washoe County Libraries, and variety of locations that will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Artown is one of the nation’s most comprehensive arts and culture festivals, which takes place annually during the entire month of July in Reno, Nevada. In 2012, the festival featured more than 500 events – with over 66 percent offered free to the public – and attracted more than 300,000 people. With more than 160 partners, the month long festival takes place at venues citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by U.S. Bank, NV Energy, Waste Management, Grand Sierra Resort, JLH Inc., Wild River Grille, KOLO 8 News Now, RGJ Media, KNPB-TV, KTHX-FM, KUNR-FM, with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council.