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Washoe music students are free guests at this year’s Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest
by Cortney Maddock
Aug 12, 2009 | 1114 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Ronnie Baker Brooks will be the first musician to take the stage at the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest when he performs at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Courtesy photo - Ronnie Baker Brooks will be the first musician to take the stage at the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest when he performs at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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The open fields at Rancho San Rafael Park in northwest Reno will become the stage for the fifth annual Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest this weekend. Festival performances will be held Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11 a.m., but there will be a free concert held in the park on Friday night.

This year, the festival will be giving students who attend school in Washoe County and are enrolled in music programs free tickets to the event. Students can pick up a ticket at will call by showing their student ID.

The Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest will kick things off with a performance by Blue Haven. This event will start at 5:30 p.m. and goes until 8:30 p.m. Also on Friday night, Lil’ Dave Thompson will perform at the Reno Ballroom, 401 N. Center Street in downtown Reno. Tickets are $15 at the door.

The festival’s performers will be playing on two stages set up at Rancho San Rafael Park.

Saturday performances

Main Stage:

1 p.m. — Ronnie Baker Brooks

2:45 p.m. — Magic Slim & The Teardrops

4:30 p.m. — Lady Bianca

6:15 p.m. — Mel Waiters

8 p.m. — The Emotions

Second Stage:

11 a.m. — The Hellbusters

12 p.m. — Road Dawgs

2:15 p.m. — Blues Monsters

4 p.m. — The Hellbusters

5:45 p.m. — Terrapin Road

7:30 p.m. — Guitar Woody & the Boilers

Sunday performances

Main Stage

1 p.m. — Mem Shannon

2:45 p.m. — Larry McCray

5 p.m. — Tommy Castro

6:15 p.m. — Shirley Brown

8 p.m. — James Ingram

Second Stage

11 a.m. — LoveLight

12 p.m. — Whiskey Haulers

2:15 p.m. — The Rick Hammond Blues Band

4 p.m. — Blue Haven

5:45 p.m. — Jason King

7:30 p.m. — Locals Bring It Blues Jam

Tickets for the Reno-Tahoe Blue Fest start at $35 a day for general admission and are $70 a day for reserved seating. Two-day passes are $60 for general admission and $130 for reserved seating. For additional ticket prices, including for VIP seating and passes, as well as for additional festival information, visit www. renotahoebluesfest.com.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased by visiting www.renotahoebluesfest.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 787-TIXS.
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