ROTR, the Reno News & Review’s signature summer concert series, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and we’re bringing you quite a buffet upon which to feast your ears. Every show is free, of course, and the roster in Wingfield Park includes such lively acts as Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Igor and the Red Elvises, and the Lazy Eights, who are reuniting for only the second time in more than a decade. Music writer Kent Irwin reached out to our headliners and openers, and you’ll find dirt on every one of them within these pages.
Meanwhile, Kris Vagner brings us into the changing worlds of a native Reno artist and a musician who’ve flown the nest but come right back for Artown—University of Nevada, Reno alumni Franz Szony and Tim Snider, respectively. Vagner also connects us with Michelle Lassaline, a lauded up-and-comer from Carson City whose dreamy and whimsical art and performance work hearken back to children’s stories and early Dadaists. You’ll find event listings within this guide, too—a mere sliver of what’s to come, but enough to get you started—as well as insights from a nonprofit veteran who knows the code when it comes to booking creative people and drawing a crowd at Artown.
July is going to be a blast, so hold on tight. We’ll see you out and about.
Special Projects Editor