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Reno River Festival fills days, nights with music from northern Nevada and beyond



RENO, Nev. – Already well-established as one of the biggest parties of the summer season, the Reno River Festival continues to grow in 2011 with a bigger, better music lineup than ever before, keeping crowds entertained long after the sun goes down. This year, the Reno River Festival invites visitors to party in the park with two free concerts featuring ’80s 2-Tone Ska band The English Beat on Friday night and up-and-comers Truth & Salvage Co. on Saturday. Add in a Friday night after-party at the Eldorado’s Brew Brothers and performances from eight more bands from across the region, and the River Festival is ready to rock Wingfield this May 6 – 8.

Kicking off the weekend right, long-established ’80s rockers The English Beat plays a free concert in Wingfield Park Friday night at 8 p.m. Composers of ’80s masterpieces “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Hands Off…She’s Mine” and “Best Friend,” The Beat hits Wingfield Park at 8 p.m. for a free show followed by an after-party at Eldorado’s Brew Brothers hosted by The Beat’s lead singer Dave Wakeling at 10:30 p.m. Originally from Birmingham, England, The Beat got its start back in 1978, touring the world with renowned artists including David Bowie, The Clash, The Police, The Pretenders and R.E.M.

Saturday night features a prevailing group of musicians in Truth & Salvage Co., a Los Angeles-based roots / Americana rock band that, in 2008, caught the attention of Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson who produced the band’s debut album.  As the first band on Robinson’s Silver Arrow label, Truth & Salvage Co. toured the country with the Black Crowes in 2009 and subsequently, in 2010, played 43 dates from coast to coast including performances at Bonnaroo, Beale Street Music Festival, Stagecoach Music Festival and High Sierra Music Festival. And with a resume of band member collaborations with the likes of Jack Johnson, Ben Folds Five and The Squirrel Nut Zippers, Truth & Salvage Co. is set to rock Reno with a performance that’s not to be missed.

“This year’s music lineup is a nice combination of really talented local acts along with two great national bands,” said Jim Bauserman, owner of the Reno River Festival.  “The English Beat is the perfect party band to kick off the festival and Truth & Salvage Co. is a gift to audiences. If you haven’t heard of them before, you won’t be able to forget them after this year’s event.”

The entertainment schedule for the 2011 Reno River Festival is as follows:

Friday, May 6
12 – 3:30 p.m.Scarlet Presence
4 – 5:30 p.m.Big Remote
6 – 7:30 p.m.Ditch the Pilot
8 – 9:30 p.m.The English Beat
Saturday, May 7
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.Reno’s Alias Smith
2 – 4:15 p.m.Lavish Green
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.Hellbound Glory
8 – 9:30 p.m.Truth & Salvage Co.
Sunday, May 8
11:30 – 1:30 p.m.Ditch the Pilot
2 – 3:30 p.m.The Attack
4 – 5 p.m.Drinking with Clown

For more details about the 8th annual Reno River Festival or the Run Amuck, visit www.RenoRiverFestival.com or call 775-784-9400 x 119.

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