ARTOWN NEWS RELEASE VIRGINIA CITY — Virginia City turns over its Comstock roots to all things bluegrass and country at The Americana Music Festival, July 19-21. Headlining the 6th annual festival is country star James Otto, known for his chart-topping hit, “Just Got Started Lovin’ You.” The lineup includes national, regional and local musicians The Novelists, The Tuttles with A.J. Lee, Rita Hosking and more bluegrass and modern country bands performing more than 30 shows.
This year’s festival is an official Artown event. Concerts are held at five locations throughout Virginia City including First Presbyterian Church, Piper’s Opera House, Fourth Ward School, Delta Saloon festival parking lot located next to the Bucket of Blood, Virginia City Middle School and Red Dog Saloon. Headliner performances by The Novelists and James Otto take place Friday and Saturday on the town’s main drag, C Street, which is closed for the event.
The event also plays host to the inaugural All-Americana Beer Crawl. For $10 it includes one free Coors Light, a commemorative cup and discounted brews at 10 of Virginia City’s historic saloons.
Tickets are now on sale. $20 for general entry includes access to each show throughout the festival weekend, excluding Friday and Saturday night headliners. The $30 all inclusive pass includes access to every musical act including the headlining concerts Friday and Saturday night in downtown Virginia City. For $100, VIP passes include access to all shows, a pass for the All-Americana Beer Crawl and exclusive perks. Purchase tickets here.
A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the Unites States – Virginia City, Nev. Come experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800’s. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.
Artown is one of the nation’s most comprehensive arts and culture festivals, which takes place annually during the entire month of July in Reno, Nevada. In 2012, the festival featured more than 500 events – with over 66 percent offered free to the public – and attracted more than 300,000 people. With more than 160 partners, the month-long festival takes place at venues citywide. Artown receives major funding from the City of Reno, and is sponsored by U.S. Bank, NV Energy, Waste Management, Grand Sierra Resort, JLH Inc., Wild River Grille, KOLO 8 News Now, RGJ Media, KNPB-TV, KTHX-FM, KUNR-FM, with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council.