The event was brought to Reno by program director for The X, Mark Keefe.
“Twenty-one years ago, I worked at a radio station in Cincinnati and we wanted to do a show with local bands,” Keefe said. “The bands all did covers of Who songs and we called it ‘Who Cares.’ ”
Since the event has been in Reno, it has grown every year. This year, Keefe anticipates there will be between 650 and 700 people attending the show, which sold out in previous years.
One of the best aspects of the show, Keefe said, is that the audience can see such a diverse group of musicians in one place.
“Nineteen bucks isn’t bad for seeing 19 different groups,” Keefe said. “It’s a great time and it’s three-and-a-half hours of entertainment with each band getting 10 minutes.”
The Bad Neighbors Band and Kate Cotter are among the 19 bands.
“We chose ‘Angie’ because I like that song the best out of all of the Rolling Stones songs I’ve heard,” local musician Kate Cotter told the Tribune.
Kate Cotter and her band will put a unique spin on “Angie,” using what she calls their “high desert acoustic” style. Cotter is a solo acoustic artist who got her start playing gigs in college.
“When I came to Reno, I just started playing at open mic nights and was overwhelmed by the amount of local support,” Cotter said. “I really was inspired by the sense of community here.”
Though Cotter is not a self-proclaimed Stones fan, she said she is excited to see the other bands’ adaptations of their music.
“Where else can you see 19 of your favorite local bands in one night?” Cotter said.
Cotter won’t be the only musician departing from her musical style Saturday night.
“We chose to play ‘When the Whip Comes Down,’ which is a little more rock ‘n roll than we usually play,” Lawson Fox with the Bad Neighbors band said. “We really just wanted to let loose this weekend.”
The Bad Neighbors, made up of Mike Hogue, Rick Gruninger, John Elkins and Geoff White, are a group of friends who started playing together seven years ago, Fox said. Their first performance was at a benefit for a local high school softball team.
“We all make our living other ways but we love getting together to play,” bassist and singer Fox said.
Like Cotter, Fox is excited to see how different bands interpret the Rolling Stones’ music.
Tickets for the event are $19 and can be purchased at www.janugget.com. Proceeds from Stones for Bones will benefit The Nevada Opera, The Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Washoe County School District’s “Music In Schools” program.
The event is also being hosted by Whole Foods, which will be donating 1,900 pounds of food to St. Vincent’s Pantry, keeping along with the “19” theme. The show will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.kthxfm.com.