The summer sizzles as the Mile High Jazz Band Association, Carson City, local businesses and jazz lovers proudly present the 2012 “Jazz and Beyond” Carson City Music Festival.
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The annual event began in August 2004.
Performances at multiple venues in Carson City will feature more than 100 musicians in 50 bands, Friday, Aug. 3 to 19 and are mainly free.
Music styles include Dixieland jazz, big band, bluegrass, Latin, blues and folk.
Outstanding musicians will play at Third Street, the Farmers Market, Comma Courtyard, Carson Mall, the Brewery Arts Center, the Legislative Plaza and Capitol Amphitheater and Plan: b microlounge in Carson City.
Featured big bands are the Reno Jazz Orchestra with Cami Thompson and the Mile High Jazz Band.
Other performers include Atomika, Barbara Baxter, The Champagne Singers and Andrews Sisters Act, Colin Ross with Frank Falcione, Pat Esters, GrooveSession, Impromptu Quintet, The Jazz Guys, Johnny Hamlin Trio, Kevin Reed, The Millennium Bugs, New World Jazz Project, Q234 trio, John and Cherie Shipley, Slow Djinn Fez with Sapphira, Solid Jackson, STRAZZ Youth Strings Jazz Ensemble, Tristan Selzler and Two Plus quintet.
Jazz and Beyond will open with a “Garden Party at the Mansion,” a ticketed event at the Governor’s Mansion on Friday, Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Admission features music by the incomparable vocalist Jakki Ford and her band Finesse, finger foods, wine and a raffle.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. Tickets are available online at JazzCarsonCity.com, in Carson City at Play Your Own Music, Home Treasures, Purple Avocado and Fresh Ideas in Gardnerville.
Special events are a Guitar Summit at the Brewery Arts Center on Sunday, Aug. 12; bluegrass, jazz and Latin-themed Sunday brunches at the Carson Mall; an ice-cream social at the Foreman-Roberts House Museum and live music during the Wine Walk on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Festival sponsors include Carson City, For the Love of Jazz, Nevada Arts Council, Carson Nugget, Brewery Arts Center, Carson City Historical Society, Lake Tahoe Media Group and private donors.
For details and a complete schedule of events see JazzCarsonCity.com or call Mile High Jazz Band at 775-883-4154.