Welcome to this week’s Reno News & Review.

July here is busy. There’s Artown all month long, of course, and going-up-to-the-lake season is in full bloom. Here at the world headquarters of the RN&R, July means a couple of specific things.

First, it’s time for Rollin’ on the River, our free summer concert series at Wingfield Park, every Friday in the early evenings before the Movies in the Park series. Rollin’ on the River is an official Artown event, but fun fact: it predates Artown by a year.

In previous years, I’ve been involved with booking the concerts, but this year I didn’t lift a finger. Lisa Ryan, our badass office manager, took on the booking along with most other aspects of the series—contracting food and drink vendors, working with the city, etc. I’m excited to see what she’s come up with. Some veteran local favorites, like the Sextones and Mojo Green, are back again this year. The first night, July 5, kicks off with TapWater and the Snakeboy Johnson Band, two groups about which I know nothing.

The other big July activity around here is prepping for our Best of Northern Nevada issue. Voting for the readers’ poll ends on July 18, so head over to www.bestofnorthernnevada.com and express yourself.

Last week, I regaled y’all with my stock answer to a common question/complaint about the contest. (Long story short: “Who do I need to pay?” “You don’t.”) I promised that this week I’d tackle another common question, and here it is: “Last year, you had a category that was Best SuchAndSuch, and that category isn’t part of the contest this year. What gives?”

“Good question. Every year, we add new categories and cut categories for various reasons, mostly because they were the previous year’s lowest performing categories (in terms of overall number of votes). We might add them back in the future, though.”

For more information about Rollin’ on the River, turn to page 4. And for BONN, check out page 18.

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