Party music

Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

We’re working on a project for this summer that we’re really excited about. Brian Burghart mentioned it last week here in this very column, but I’d like to go into a bit of detail.

As you might’ve seen on the cover last week, this newspaper just turned 21 years old. Depending on how you look at that, we’re either a storied, hallowed institution or a young, dumb, full-of-cum kid. Or both. Either way, we’re ready to party.

This year also marks the 21st anniversary of Rollin’ on the River, the Friday night concert series we produce during July every year. So, this year, we’re revamping the event to make it into a full summer block party at Wingfield Park.

We’ve also prided ourselves on being the definitive source for local arts information for the last two decades. So, we’re hoping to turn this event into a celebration of the local music scene. That’s where we want your help, dear readers. What local bands or solo performers would you like to see on the amphitheater stage at Wingfield Park?

And don’t feel limited by genre. We know you probably expect to see some pleasant, light-hearted, family-friendly, acoustic-guitar-strumming, ’60s soft rock—good-day-at-the-barbecue type music. And yeah, we’ll probably want to include some of that. But we’d also like to highlight some of the weirder, riskier, wilder music in the community—so, hip-hop, EDM, metal, punk and whatever else. Some of that stuff might not end up on the main stage, but we hope to do some afterparties and late-night events as well.

Just be sure to keep it local.

In recent years, there have been several attempts at starting music "festivals" in the city, and just to be clear, this is not that. This is just going to be a few parties—fun community celebrations with a focus on local music.

Please send music recommendations for our events by email to with “Party Music” in the subject line.