3rd Annual Jazz and Beyond 2021
August 13 @ 8:00 am - August 29 @ 5:00 pm
“Jazz & Beyond is a homegrown event celebrating the talent of our region and relying on many local music fans who donate their time and effort,” said planning committee co-chair David Bugli, President of the Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. “Sponsors and volunteers help us make the event one of the best in the area, and keep performances admission free.
About Jazz & Beyond Music Festival
Mile High Jazz Band Association began this multi-day music festival in August 2004 as “Basie@100,” a one-time event on the Brewery Arts Center campus, to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of jazz legend William “Count” Basie, Aug. 21, 1904. The original idea was to have a single concert on his birthday, but then it grew into the idea of having several bands perform that day, and then eventually it turned into a three-day event featuring 14 performances. In response to its success that first year and subsequent years, the festival became an annual event. The following year, it was called “Basically Basie.”
In 2006, the presenters—Brewery Arts Center and Mile High Jazz Band Association—renamed the festival “Jazz & Beyond.” In 2009, Mile High Jazz Band Assoc. took it to downtown Carson City with numerous venues and more performing groups than ever. With support of the community, the festival has continued to grow, and in recent years we have featured events over a 17-day period featuring 50-60 performances and over 100 performers, many of them local talent.
The planning committee has selected Aug. 13-29, 2021, as the dates for the 2021 Jazz & Beyond Festival. Planning for the new festival started in early 2021. Plans are contingent upon the status of the COVID-19 situation.
In 2021 we hope to present about many musicians in several events, some virtual and some live. The Third Annual Carson City Open Studios Tour (OST) will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22, 2021.
We are looking into three major ways of presenting the festival:
- Presentation of live, in-person events. This will depend upon the availability of facilities where we can present events with appropriate social distancing, if needed. Several of the outdoor venues we have used in past years would apply.
- Presentation of live events that are live-streamed. Some such events could be presented in indoor venues or limited-access outdoor venues and live-streamed via Facebook or a similar platform. These events could also be record and made available, after the live-streaming, on YouTube.com or similar platforms.
- Presentation of pre-recorded performances. These could be presented on Facebook or YouTube.com.