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Artown Gears Up For 2019 Season


Artown's opening night headliner is Paul Thorn and New-Orleans-based the New Breed Brass Band.
Artown’s opening night headliner is Paul Thorn and New-Orleans-based the New Breed Brass Band.

This upcoming July is the 24th annual Reno Artown. Artown is a month long art festival that includes performances of varying kind every single day during the month of July. There are different categories of performance: music, dance, theater, visual, kids, literary, and more

Artown started only in Reno, but has now expanded to be all across Northern Nevada. The goal for this year’s Artown festival is to celebrate different cultures, people of color, the LGBTQI, and to build the community.

This year, plenty of acts from all over the country will be headlining events. The opening night of Artown, July 1, is one of the most anticipated events. Kids in the community will craft instruments in the morning, and later parade the streets with them. The parade will lead to Paul Thorn and the New Breed Brass Band, who will perform to kick off the rest of Artown.

Another much anticipated Artown act is with jazz star Ruthie Foster. Her performance is on July 11 at the new 8,500 seat theater at the Nugget. Her concert is also among the 75% of Artown acts that have free admission.

The four headlining acts this year are: Pink Martini, Shelea, The SteelDrivers, and Koresh Dance. These shows require getting a ticket in advance, so hurry if you want a chance to witness one of these talented artists!

The 2019 Artown poster, by Debbie Lambin, was also revealed. This year, a 3D newspaper display with different figures creating art was chosen to decorate the poster. It shows a bass player, a ballerina, and a painter. The background is a tribute to the Sierra Nevada Mountains.


To learn more about who else will is performing at Artown, where performances are, or any other information head to www.artown.org.

Artown 2019
Image: Kylie Mascnicz
Kylie Burns
Kylie Burns
Kylie Burns has been living in Reno for over two decades. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. Her non-fiction work can also be found in Broadway Baby. When she isn't reviewing art and culture events in Reno, she's hogging the spotlight in karaoke or trying her hand at mixology.