It’s finally here. The long-awaited Artown 2019 has paraded itself into Reno – quite literally. Artown is a month-long art festival that happens every July. This year is the 24th year, and it’s bigger and better than ever.
The excitement began July 1 with a workshop for kids to hand make instruments and parade to Wingfield Park in Reno. Once there, the New Breed Brass Band took the stage and captivated the audience with their smooth sound.
Around Wingfield Park were also food and drink vendors, merch vendors and other interesting groups putting on mini shows, like juggling and hula-hooping. The lawn was covered with people on blankets and chairs anticipating Paul Thorn’s introduction to the stage.
Before Thorn came on, though, I went to check out another performer down the street at Wild River Grille. Eric Andersen was serenading the crowd with sweet piano melodies and heartfelt singing.
Andersen sang some well-known songs, like “Tiny Dancer” and “All of Me,” but also showed off some of his originals. Andersen regularly plays around town, so keep an eye out for his next performance. I guarantee you won’t want to miss it.
Returning back to Wingfield Park, Thorn was ready to rock the crowd. The music was amazing and was easily heard from any point of the park My favorite moments were in between songs when Thorn would tell a funny story. The crowd laughed along every time; Thorn’s charisma was enticing.
It was simply relaxing to be able to hear live music outside on a gorgeous evening with the Reno sunset painting the sky pink. I genuinely enjoyed my time.
The majority of Artown events are free, so I highly encourage all to check them out with a friend. Multiple events are happening every day all around the region, so get out there and experience the wonderful art offered here.
More information at www.artown.org.
Kylie Masznicz is a recent graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she studied English with a concentration in writing with a minor in Communication Studies. She writes culture pieces for ThisIsReno, but her work has also been featured on Broadway Baby and Brushfire Literature & Arts Journal. Her goal is to write a novel. She enjoys art of all forms, but chooses to express her own creativity through writing, music, and nail art. She also collects Christmas sweaters and has enough to wear one everyday from Thanksgiving to New Years.