The Reno River Festival’s Music Festival Presented by Chaco Footwear
INTRODUCING THE BIGGEST LINEUP IN RIVER FESTIVAL HISTORY
Summer is synonymous with music and so is the Reno River Festival. Free to the public, this full-scale Music Festival has featured a full lineup of chart topping nationally recognized recording artists, from RCA’s Old Dominion in 2014, BMG’s Clare Dunn in 2015, to the new country music sensation Drake White in 2016. The Reno River Festival is excited to announce a 2017 lineup that is the biggest and best yet.
Keep checking back for this year’s lineup and music samples.
The accolades continue to pour in for RED BOW Records/ BBR Music Group’s Brooke Eden. The pintsize vocal powerhouse has been named one of Amazon Music’s “Artists to Watch in 2017,” Vogue’s “10 Country ‘It’ Girls,” one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, a SPOTIFY “Spotlight 2016” Artist, PEOPLE’s “Seven Country Acts You Should Check Out” and one of CMT’s “16 Listen Up Artists for 2016” as well as “One to Watch” by Country Music Rocks, Huffington Post, NASH Country Weekly, MySpace, Nashville Lifestyles, Roughstock, Sounds Like Nashville, Spotify, 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.
A carpenter’s daughter (her father also moonlit in a Country band), Eden brings her “hard-charging, fiercely defiant songs” (Billboard) to fans across the country in support of her heart-bending single “Act Like You Don’t” featured on debut EP, Welcome To The Weekend, available at all digital retailers and streaming partners now.
On Stage: Saturday May 13th (4pm – 5:30pm)
On Stage: Saturday May 13th (11am – 1pm)
In her first year on the scene, Jessie Leigh opened for a number of national acts including Chris Janson, Kenny Chesney, Craig Campbell, Josh Gracin, and more. Jessie 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.” Although the main genre is country, the songs on Jessie Leigh’s debut album are influenced by a variety of music styles and they appeal to a wide range music lovers. “With women on the rise in country music, Jessie Leigh makes for a perfect addition to this genre. Having won the 2015 Battle of the Bands, a prestigious title in the PNW country music community, the rising star is ready to showcase her music on a national level with this [debut album] release.” Julia Howland, owner of Country Music Rocks.net
On Stage: Saturday May 13th (1:30pm – 3pm)
Songs like “The Good Life,” which has since become a popular track on SiriusXM radio, helped spread Michelson’s music to new fans across the country. Most of the grunt work, though, was done on the road, where Michelson delivered more than 100 shows per year. He opened for artists like Lee Brice, Blake Shelton and Frankie Ballard, earning new fans along the way. To him, those fans were everything. They were his muse, his support system, his champions. Crowd interaction became a crucial part of every Jackson Michelson show, and he always ended each gig the same way: by meeting fans, shaking hands and becoming friends with those who enjoyed his music.
Raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Jackson Michelson kicked off his country career on the West Coast, carving out a sound that blended the rootsy twang of the American South with the sunny, feel-good spirit of the Pacific Coast. Nashville — the official capital of country music — lay 2,300 miles to the southeast, but Michelson focused on his home turf first, building an audience of West Coast fans who were drawn to his high-energy shows and relatable songwriting. By the time he did move to Nashville, he’d already spent years on the road, growing his fan base show-by-show and earning a record contract with Curb Records in the process.
THE HIT PARADE
On Stage: Saturday May 13th (6pm – 9pm)
Ranked as Northern California’s best variety group, Hit Parade is an energetic professional “COVER” band made up of members from presently popular Sacramento, Bay area and Los Angeles bands. Dedicated to putting on the most professionally outrageous and fun show you have ever seen, it’s a show that must be experienced. Also with 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.
American Young. It’s more than a name. It’s a movement. A passion for music and more importantly it’s meaning. As artists, songsmiths, producers, and entertainers, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson define American Young this way. The collaborative fresh new duo already claim songwriting credits for hit makers Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and more. Recording and writing comes from a deep, poignant place with a desire to affect global audiences with songs featuring tight harmonies and storytelling. “American Young represents a sound with no boundaries. We are squarely focused on delivering our own brand of music and hope that folks will find our songs everything from haunting to dramatic and intense”, says Jon. Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson may seem familiar to you. They’ve both been in Nashville and have explored their options in country music before. Jon as a solo act, then a successful producer and songwriter (“Me and My Gang,” “A Woman Like You”) and Kristy as a founding member and sizzling fiddle player of the duo Bomshel. Surprisingly, with the accomplished songwriters that both Jon and Kristy are, their debut single, “Love Is War,” is an outside cut. Penned by the prolific combination of Jonathan Singleton, Kylie Sackley and Billy Montana, the tune showcases surprisingly sparse production considering Jon’s affinity for perfection.
On Stage: Sunday May 14th (1:30pm – 3:00pm)
Hannah Jane Kile
On Stage: Sunday May 14th (11am – 12:30pm)
Performing with an openhearted sense of compassion and wonder, her voice soaring from an earthy blues swagger to an ethereal heart rending whisper, like a lullaby in a storm, she packs an emotional wallop. Eloquent, warm and wise in an innocent way, she has a comprehensive artistic vision, a vision that is as inspiring as it is engaging.
Two major inspirations shaping Hannah’s work are the music of Stephen Sondheim, who lit a deep spark of desire to master the art of storytelling in her compositions, and the iconic intensity of Bonnie Raitt, who fires Hannah’s drive to push beyond the idea of being a “singer who plays” and be a “player who sings”. Sondheim’s ability to create complex three-dimensional characters using music and lyrics provided Hannah a map for her determination to have her own songs achieve similar power and detail that add up to revealing portraits of human nature. And Raitt’s courage in exceeding all expectations for a young artist, mastering her instrument with compelling technique, and carrying the traditions of guitar based music into a promising future continually kindles her imagination.
Big Bad Boogie Rock
On Stage: Sunday May 14th (3:30pm – 5:30pm)
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.
RENO RIVER ROLL BAND
On Stage: Saturday May 13th (11:30am – 1pm)
Reno’s newest summer sensation is the Reno River Roll! This celebration of everything that is bicycle is one of the most unique events in Northern Nevada. California’s newest break out artist Levi Jones leads the family-friendly, casual, costumed ride on a tour through the streets of downtown Reno. The 7-mile slow ride kicks off on the brand new Virginia Street bridge, rolls along the Truckee River, and finishes in the heart of the Reno River Festival. River Rollers will be joined by the Coors Light Girls Racing Team, Dolan Automotive, Tour De Nez, the RPD Bike Squad, and more.