Reno Block Party is today!!! Come say Hi!

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Sent on: Saturday, June 30, 2012 7:29 AM

Hey Friends, We'll be at Reno Block Party today for this event with a booth. Come join the Community Event and stop by our booth to say Hi! :)




Reno Block Party: A one-of-a-kind, DIY-spirited special event that is entirely community driven — and showcases Reno’s exploding arts and music scenes

Co-organizer touts ‘the highest concentration of artists in the country’

When Reno Block Party takes over Wingfield Park downtown on Saturday, June 30, as a free public event, it will represent the combined efforts of an ardent volunteer army of a...rtists and musicians, promoters and entrepreneurs — all driven by the desire to bring the community’s exploding underground arts scene above ground for a moveable feast of homegrown entertainment and culture, supported by local small businesses.
There is zero financial motive for the organizers and helpers.
There is zero funding from private foundations or government grants.

Reno Block Party is a 100 percent, do-it-yourself effort generated by the powerful tide of creatives in The Biggest Little City.
“RBP is the first community-driven special event,” says creator and co-organizer Charles Doyle. “We are a blank slate for many artists, musicians and local businesses to come together and do something amazing or something different.”

Reno Block Party’s inaugural date was Saturday, June 11, in Wingfield Park, which is straddled like an island by the forking Truckee River on both sides of Arlington Avenue between First Street and Island Avenue.

For its second year, the block party will take over the park on both sides of Arlington Avenue, and also the Arlington Bridge, which will be closed to traffic during the event’s hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Organizers expect a turnout of some 10,000 attendees — double the number of 2011.

Reno Block Party is a purely organic, grassroots effort. Doyle says that the seeds from which it has sprouted can be traced to the communal-minded Burning Man festival of self-expression that has taken place since 1990 in the Black Rock Desert about 100 miles northeast of Reno. Burning Man draws over 50,000 revelers from around the world for the week leading through Labor Day.
Most of the so-called “Burners” pass through Reno, whichDoyle calls a gateway to the event. Burning Man’s influence on Reno — including Burners settling in Reno or Reno residents becoming Burners— has boosted the city’s arts and music scenes in a profound way, Doyle says.

“We have a great community of people living here, and now — because of Burning Man — we also have the highest concentration of artists in the country,” says Doyle, a 39-year resident of Reno who grew up in the Biggest Little City and whose family owned Reno Meat Company downtown for 35 years.

On the slate at this year’s Reno Block Party:

• The theme on the east side of the park will be “Live Music.” The Pavilion Stage will feature 17 local music acts either solo or in bands.

• The theme on the west side of the park will be “Artist Village.” Local artists will have their works and wares exhibited and will create new works throughout the day.

• The bridge will feature the Egyptian-themed Osiris Stage with electronic dance music (EDM) featuring 12 deejays taking turns dropping beats.

Vendors booths representing local small businesses and nonprofit organizations, food and beverage stands and dancing/sitting areas will be set up in all three locations. There also will be festival games.

Two after-parties will continue the fun beginning at 9 p.m. and lasting past midnight:

• The Knitting Factory, 211 N. Virginia St., will have a slate of EDM artists, headlined by touring artist Alvin Risk. Admission is $15 at the door. The event is limited to those age 18 and over.

• Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave., will feature live bands on a bill headlined by Sacramento-based eclectic rock band Nevada Backwards. Admission is $15 at the door. The event is limited to age 21 and over.

Reno Block Party’s slogan this year emphasizes its communal, DIY spirit:
“Your City. Your Party!”

~ by Mike Sion

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