Rhapsody in blues
While large-scale music tours often bypass Reno, the B.B. King Music Festival always manages to keep the Biggest Little City on its itinerary. Reno is the second engagement on the tour, which starts July 25 in Las Vegas. The 12th annual festival combines established rock and blues acts with up-and-coming bands whose musical styles span blues, jazz and rock. This year’s lineup includes the New Orleans sextet Galactic, which mixes funk, modern jazz and blues into a danceable fusion. Mofro of Jacksonville, Fla., will give audience members another taste of Southern music with their funky swamp blues. British guitar icon Jeff Beck gained fame in the 1960s for his stint with the Yardbirds and his musical partnership with singer Rod Stewart in the Jeff Beck Group. While Beck is known to be a recluse, periodically retiring from music for several years, he’s been musically active lately. His latest album is You Had It Coming. Blues veteran B.B. King will round out the show playing classics like “The Thrill Is Gone” to selections off his new album, Reflections. The festival begins 6 p.m. July 26 at the Reno Outdoor Amphitheater, 2500 E. Second St. Tickets are $35 and $45. Call 789-2285.