THE MUSIC FESTIVAL WITHIN THE FESTIVAL
Get up-close to some of the hottest stars in country music for free this Mother’s Day weekend at the Reno River Festival. 2017 is the biggest music line-up in festival history. Presented by Chaco Footwear, the free concerts in the park feature nearly a dozen acts, including nationally recognized artists. Headliners Brooke Eden and American Young as well as Jackson Michelson all have hits playing on the airwaves right now. These artists, as well as festival performer Jessie Leigh, have also toured with some of the biggest names in country music, including Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, and more.
This is a full-scale music festival within the Reno River Festival. Previous headliners have gone on to top the charts. RCA’s Old Dominion took the River Festival stage in 2014, BMG’s Clare Dunn performed in 2015, and last year the crowds were treated to new country music sensation Drake White. Want to tell your friends you saw some of the biggest country music megastars right before they hit it really big? You don’t want to miss this.
The Reno River Festival’s music festival will rock downtown from the Wingfield Park stage Saturday, May 13th and Sunday, May 14th. Preview the music line-up HERE.
Music Line-Up: Saturday, May 13th
Brooke Eden is a fast-rising star whose signature vocal swagger and versatility has been called “one of the most jaw-dropping voices in the country music world” (Variety Beat). Since the release of her debut EP, Welcome to the Weekend, the accolades continue to pour in for the pint-sized dynamo. The RED BOW Records/ BBR Music Group artist has been named an Amazon Music “Artist to Watch in 2017,” Vogue’s “10 Country ‘It’ Girls,” a Spotify “Spotlight 2016” Artist, PEOPLE’s “Seven Country Acts You Should Check Out,” as well as one of CMT’s “Next Women of Country” and “16 Listen Up Artists for 2016.” Eden has also been named “One to Watch” by Country Music Rocks, NASH Country Weekly, MySpace, Nashville Lifestyles, Roughstock, Sounds Like Nashville, Whiskey Riff and more.
The young Loxahatchee, Florida native came up the artist ranks by paying her dues, performing in clubs, and learning the craft of songwriting from the tender age of four. Lauded for her commanding stage presence and brassy straight-shooting style, Eden has performed over 500 shows in four years, including opening for superstars such as Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line.
Eden’s punchy stand-out track, “Act Like You Don’t” is heralded as “powerful” by The Huffington Post, earned placement on NBC’s Today Show, and has garnered over five million Spotify streams to date. The heart-bending single is just one of her “hard-changing, fiercely defiant songs” (Billboard) on her debut EP, Welcome to the Weekend.
Jessie Leigh has opened for a number of national acts including Chris Janson, Kenny Chesney, Craig Campbell, Josh Gracin, and more. Leigh infuses her rock and roll attitude into her country style and has been praised for her fresh, unique sound as well as her ability to take “old school music and make it relevant.” The rising star won the prestigious 2015 Battle of the Bands, and is ready to showcase her music on a national level.
Jackson Michelson delivers more than 100 shows per year, opening for artists like Lee Brice, Blake Shelton, and Frankie Ballard. His song, “The Good Life,” is currently popular on SiriusXM radio. Michelson’s sound blends the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-good spirit of the Pacific Coast. He is known for his high-energy shows and crowd interaction. Michelson’s relatable songwriting has earned him a record contract with Curb Records.
Ranked as Northern California’s best variety group, Hit Parade is an energetic professional “cover” band. Dedicated to putting on the most professionally, fun, and outrageous show you have ever seen, Hit Parade performs a variation of over two hundred songs stretching from the 80’s till present, from Pop to Dance, Country to Classic Rock, and everything in between. It is a show that must be experienced.
Levi Jones is the headliner for the 2017 Reno River Roll. The singer/songwriter is California’s newest breakout artist. The live mobile band will lead the family-friendly, costumed, slow tour from the Virginia Street Bridge, through the streets of downtown, and into the heart of the Reno River Festival. Participants of the Roll will also be joined by the Coors Light Girls Racing Team, Dolan Automotive Group, Tour De Nez, the RPD Bike Squad, and more. Presented by Velofix, the Reno River Roll is the new official kick-off to Bike Week.
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Music Line-Up: Sunday, May 14th
American Young is a collaborative fresh duo with songwriting credits for hit makers Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, and more. As artists, songsmiths, producers, and entertainers, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson record and write songs featuring tight harmonies and storytelling. The pair may seem familiar to you. Stone, as a solo act then successful producer and songwriter, created the songs “Me and My Gang” and “A Woman Like You.” Osmunson was a founding member and sizzling fiddle player of the duo Bomshel. The two describe the music of American Young as a sound with no boundaries. American Young isn’t content with their audience being passive listeners to their music. They want them to feel it in their soul.
Hannah Jane Kile packs an emotional wallop with her earthy blues swagger and heart rending whisper. Her music is inspired by Stephen Sondheim and Bonnie Raitt. Kile is carrying the traditions of guitar based music and her desire to master the art of storytelling into a promising future.
Dance to high-energy retro funk and rock from the 70’s and 80’s with Big Bad Boogie Rock. The costumed cover band touts itself as the place where disco and rock and roll explode. The group is a go-to to get the party started at hot spots in Northern Nevada and California.