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Hot August Nights Presents Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson, the world’s premier collector car event company, announced a new Reno Tahoe auction starting in August 2013,

The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ will be coming to the base of the Sierra Nevada’s to join the world’s premiere classic car and nostalgia festival, Hot August Nights. The inaugural Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson will take place in Reno Tahoe, Aug. 8-10, 2013. This event marks a historic partnership between two of the most recognized names in the classic and collector car industry.

The new partnership between Barrett-Jackson and Hot August Nights will offer fans and customers of both the classic car event and collector car auctions a weeklong opportunity to celebrate and revel in some of the most recognizable and historic automobiles in the world. Not only will buyers be able to bid on and purchase from Barrett-Jackson’s famous selection of collector cars, but now they can take them right from the auction block to the streets of Reno Tahoe to participate in one of Hot August Nights’ famous cruises or Show-n-Shines.

For more information, please visit Barrett-Jackson.

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Artown Encore presents Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva

Photo credit: John BeebeCelebrate the romance of Valentine’s Day with internationally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan De Silva. Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to the irrepressible joy of making music, which he communicates. Rohan De Silva’s partnerships with Perlman, as well as many other renowned artists, have led to highly acclaimed performances at recital venues all over the world.  With these and other artists he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress in addition concert halls around the globe. The duo comes together for an evening of classical pairing of international fame. Sponsored by Atlantis Casino Resort Spa. Artown’s Encore is presented by IGT, Fox 11 and Steinway Piano Gallery of Reno.

perlman_-_Akira_KinoshitaPERFORMANCE DETAILS: Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8PM, Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

TICKETS: Available online at renoisartown.com, by phone at 866-553-6605 or in person at the Pioneer Center Box Office. Friends of Artown receive 10% off ticket prices, contact Artown at 775-322-1538 for code.

For more information on Artown, visit www.RenoIsArtown.com or call 775-322-1538.

NEW RENO TAHOE USA APP COMES WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS

Plan and experience all that Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. From event listings to coupons, snow reports to golf information, this application has everything you will need to make the best out of your trip. If you are already in town, simply turn on the location service and only see things that are within walking distance.

Here is what you can do with the Reno Tahoe USA application:

  • Search and view all of the amazing events happening now and in the future
  • Browse our complete hotel database and find the perfect place to stay
  • Find a restaurant that matches your mood
  • Explore all of the shopping available in Reno and Lake Tahoe
  • View coupons from many of our great partners – For you golfers, the app displays everything you need to pick a course, including yardage, par, cost and much more
  • And for the skiers, boarders and snow lovers, the app has everything you need to pick the perfect resort including pricing, lift status and more

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“There are so many choices for entertainment, special events, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult for visitors to narrow down their options before they get here,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “More and more visitors are relying on mobile technology to point them in the right direction for information on their passions at any given moment, and the new Reno Tahoe USA app provides visitors with more information, and more control, of their overall travel experience.”

The Reno Tahoe USA app provides potential visitors with information on which hotels may be best suited to their needs; what concerts, events and entertainment will be offered during their visit; where they can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, ski resorts and golf courses; as well as where they might find a great restaurant, a world-class spa or unique shopping throughout the destination. Once visitors are here, the app uses their location to help them find activities of interest within walking distance. The app also provides easy access to a variety of coupons, deals and discounts offered by dozens of local businesses.

In support of the popular “buy local” campaigns being launched in destinations across the country, the RSCVA worked with Reno-based KPS3 Marketing to develop the Reno Tahoe USA app, which it designed to maximize, and to simplify, the number of options presented to visitors.

“Travelers have come to depend on their phone for guidance in new destinations,” said KPS3 Vice President of Creative and Technical Services Rob Gaedtke. “This application puts visitors in control of that experience and allows the RSCVA to share the myriad offerings found in the Reno Tahoe area.”

The RSCVA and its partners are also making the new Reno Tahoe USA app more than just a source of information. One new user of the Reno Tahoe USA app will be given a three-day, two-night stay, at their choice of the Eldorado Hotel Casino or Silver Legacy Resort Casino, each month through October 2013.

The Reno Tahoe USA app can be downloaded at the iPhone Mobile App Store, the Android Google Play Store or at www.VisitRenoTahoe.com/mobile.

Event Guide: 2012 Street Vibrations Fall Rally

Street Vibrations Fall Rally, September 19-23, is a five-day party with live entertainment, death defying motorcycle stunt shows, America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo, factory trucks, Tattoo Expo, great food, motorcycle vendors, bike games, Miss Street Vibrations Bikini Contest, arm wrestling competitions, and ride-in shows in downtown Reno, Sparks, Virginia City and Lake Tahoe.

Reno based Street Vibrations®, now in its 18th year, is the 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation. Roadshows Inc., producer of Street Vibrations®, anticipates 1,000 registered VIP participants this year with more than 29,000 additional motorcycle enthusiasts in town to enjoy the event.

Street Vibrations® Fall Rally is FREE to the public.

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Live Entertainment

Enjoy a variety of bands performing a wide spectrum of music throughout the event.  There will be blues, funk and soul music, alternative rock, hard rock and classic rock on stages at numerous venues in multiple cities.

Saturday night, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. Crosby, Stills & Nash will perform at Reno Events Center in downtown Reno.

Special Event Locations

Street Vibrations® Fall Rally event activities will take place in venues at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks, downtown Reno’s Eldorado Special Events Plaza, the Silver Legacy’s Silver Baron Room and Rum Bullions, Harrah’s Outdoor Plaza, the Reno Ballroom, the Reno Events Center, the Sands Regency and in Virginia City. Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson is an official Street Vibrations® Fall Rally Venue and the Market Street dealership will be hopping throughout the weekend with live entertainment and great deals.

Eldorado: Guests can stop by the Eldorado’s Hog Town bar on Virginia Street in front of the Eldorado to add some libations to their vibrations. The bar will be open on Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Silver Legacy: Watch Silver Legacy’s Fireworks Extravaganza two nights, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and enjoy George Thorogood and The Destroyers who are “Bad to the Bone” on Friday, September 21 at 8 p.m. in Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall.

Stunt Shows in Two Locations

John Stotts exhibits unbelievable speed and controlled balance in his Globe of Death.  Catch his shows in downtown Reno starting Thurs., Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. and on Fri., Sept 21 and Sat. Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Movie stuntman and motorcycle dare devil Monte Perlin will have his Globe-O-Cross in Chrome Alley’s Vendor Village at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.  Watch his stunt show Thurs., Sept. 20 at 4 p.m.  Catch his break-neck speeds inside a giant steel ball on Fri., Sept. 21 at 5:30 p.m. and on Sat., Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

2401944940_9540aedaab_oEndless Shopping for All Things Motorcycle

Roadshows is anticipating more than 250 vendors to participate in special motorcycle malls scattered throughout downtown Reno, in the Eldorado Special Events Plaza, in Sparks at John Ascuaga’s Nugget, at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson and in Virginia City during the event.

Shuttle Service

New this year, Street Vibrations® will offer free shuttles between the Reno and Sparks venues.

Because a majority of those attending Street Vibrations® are staying in either Reno or Sparks, a free shuttle service will operate between the two major venues in each city.

Contact Information

To see a complete Street Vibrations® Fall Rally schedule and a detailed program visit www.roadshowsreno.com.

The 2012 Reno Air Races

Whether you’ve been a loyal air race fan for the better part of two decades or have yet to be reeled in, we invite you to experience the “World’s Fastest Motorsport” first hand in September at the Reno Stead Airport.

Five days of racing action. Six classes of aircraft and speeds exceeding 500 mph. It all adds up to the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada. Legendary champions will make triumphant returns while up-and-coming pilots vie to challenge the rule. The thunderous roar of aircraft will storm across the Reno skies.

Win Tickets!

Reno Tahoe USA and the National Championship Air Races are teaming up together to give away 50 sets of tickets. Each set includes general admission entry for 2 to both Saturday and Sundays event. Pick me!

Air Show Performances

Even between races, the entertainment doesn’t stop. An illustrious group of aerobatic performers will flip, spiral, and soar overhead, in addition to military demonstration teams. Past military demonstration teams include the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron – Blue Angels, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.

What to expect at Burning Man

A note to first-time burners: First moments on the playa.

In less than a week, burners will return “home” after a year away from their temporary address in temporary Black Rock City, population: 60,000+. Playa neighbors will embrace as if they’ve known one other for a lifetime, hugging notably tighter if meeting for the first time. As a newbie, the friendliness and sincerity of the Burning Man community will push all your expectations off balance. Succumb to falling flat on your butt, un-grounding the dry desert dust that’s now clouding your body and mind. As the puff of dust slowly unveils the world around you, surrender to its clearness, its normalities… if there is such a thing. Regain balance, release the shame that has built up from being so taken back by no-strings-attached kindness, drop any persona you uphold in your everyday workweek, and let your Burning Man virginity shatter at your feet.

A hug from a burner will be undoubtedly the warmest embrace you’ll ever experience; it’s endearing, welcoming… real. Without hesitation, burners lend a hand to help set up their new friends’ camps, not expecting or wanting anything in return, just sharing a heart-warming smile. Burners are more than friends. They get to see the real you. Whether “you” is skipping through the dust singing aloud and proud that song stuck in your head, passing out thousands of hand-crafted necklaces tired fingers have been stringing for months, or admiring world-class art, bare-bum naked… nothing is ordinary or unordinary on the playa, it is truth.DSC_0042

Presidential Pig Race 2012 to Predict America’s Next President

WHAT: 2012 Presidential Pig Race
WHEN:  11 a.m., Thursday, August 30th, 2012, during The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
WHERE:  The corner of 11th & Victorian in Sparks, just outside of John Ascuaga’s Nugget

nugget rib cook off logoJohn Ascuaga’s Nugget is putting the “pork” in politics at this year’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off at John Ascuaga’s Nugget!  In a completely unscientific method of predicting America’s next Commander in Chief, pigs dressed to represent “Obama” and “Romney” will race down Victorian Avenue, oinking for your vote.

Just like the real 2012 Presidential candidates, these little piggies will be pounding the pavement!

See which pig “squeals” the top spot, and wins by a snout!

If your prediction falls short, you can always join the half-a-million people chowing down on more than 100 tons of ribs at one of the largest BBQ festivals in the country. The 24th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off runs from August 29 – September 3, 2012.

VIP, Contests & The 2012 Great Reno Balloon Race

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IMG_3324The Cloud 9 VIP Club offers an exclusive front-row luxury experience for businesses and individuals Saturday and Sunday during The Great Reno Balloon Race, scheduled Sept. 7-9, 2012 at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nev.

Featuring indoor and outdoor seating on the field with remarkable views of race venue and balloons, additional benefits include: breakfast catered by the Eldorado Hotel Casino with collector champagne flute and other select beverages to choose from, VIP parking passes with transportation from the parking lot to the heated VIP tent, credit for the merchandise booth, Cloud 9 VIP badges for easy access and more.

Individual seating is priced at $75 and $50 for children 10 years of age and younger. Corporate tables of 10 guests are available for $750. Space is limited, reserve today.

For more information visit Cloud 9 VIP Club or purchase online. For more information about The Great Reno Balloon Race visit www.renoballoon.com or call 775-826-1181.

Contests

May the force and winning bid be with you…

Enter to Win a two-night stay at Siena Hotel Spa Casino, Sept 7-8, 2012. The winner (and one guest) will also get to ride in the Reno Tahoe USA hot air balloon during the Great Reno Balloon Race mass ascension launch on Sunday, September 9!

Enter to Win one of two 2012 Commemorative Pilot Jackets from the Great Reno Balloon Race. Every effort will be made to provide the winners’ preferred size.

Bid to Win balloon rides in the world-famous Darth Vader balloon, Sept. 7-9 at Rancho San Rafael Park, Reno, Nev. Bidding for Darth Vader and Dawn Patrol balloon rides are open and available until August 13 on eBay.com.

Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events at the Reno-Tahoe Open

WillysIf you’re planning to go to the Reno Tahoe Open, stop by Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events! There’s great prize giveaways, free special event decals, cool displays and discount tickets for an upcoming off-road race.  This exhibit tent is located between the driving range and the #1 tee box, just look for Washoe Willys!  Entry cards for the prize giveaways are available on the public parking shuttles or at Experience Reno Tahoe USA Events!  Deposit your completed entry in the raffle drum at the exhibit tent; winners will be selected on Monday, August 6.

Check out these prizes!

ExperienceRenoTahoePrizeFormThe Biggest Little City is known for its plethora of great special events that entertain locals and visitors alike year round.  Reno-Tahoe Open is a proudly showcasing several partner events as they bring a piece of their special event right to the golf course! Guests will enjoy a hot air balloon display , a classic car exhibit from Hot August Nights and the National Automobile Museum, a jet from the Reno Air Races and more, right on the grounds of Montrêux Golf & Country Club. Available for viewing August 02-05, 2012.

Customized Willys Jeep Wagon is the Region’s New “Automotive Mascot”

DSC_0201What do you get when a “gearhead” sales and marketing pro moves to the Truckee Meadows from the “Motor City” to head up the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority? A customized 1951 Willys Jeep four-wheel drive Station Wagon that will represent the region – and promote the wide variety of attractions, festivals, activities and events available in the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe area – to crowds at conventions, tradeshows and high profile events in Northern Nevada, California and further afield.

DSC_0140“Everybody loves checking out a classic car… especially one that is beautifully hand-lettered and pinstriped, upholstered in Pendleton Indian blanket material and topped off with a hand-made, aluminum roof rack system packed with everything from skis and snowshoes to a kayak, golf clubs, fishing rods and a slalom water ski,” according to Christopher Baum, President and CEO of the RSCVA and creator of the vehicle. “It’s the perfect conversation starter to attract attention and help educate prospective visitors on the incredible diversity of things to do throughout Northern Nevada!”

Baum had great success designing and building a custom 1932 Ford hot rod powered by a new Chrysler hemi during his previous role as Senior Vice President of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, and thought that a similar classic vehicle project – carefully chosen to represent the region’s active, high desert lifestyle – would be equally effective for Reno Tahoe USA.

“I found a partially restored 1951 four-wheel drive Willys station wagon on the Internet, that already had a modern Buick V-6 swapped in for more power, and liked the fact that – although you seldom see one on the street anymore – the classic Jeep front end makes it instantly identifiable to most people,” said Baum.

Baum had the wagon shipped to the RSCVA and then set out to find some of the best local hot rodders and artists to help make his vision a reality.

Said Baum, “With the world-famous National Automobile Museum here, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Reno area is full of automotive talent, and I was quickly able to assemble a team of wonderful partners.”

Local companies that came on-board to help build the RSCVA’s new promotional vehicle:

Lane Walker, Solo Signs – Since the “Washoe Willys” is actually a clever Marketing Program in disguise, the professional presentation of the RSCVA brand logo, URL and some appropriate slogans was a top priority.

“I wanted someone who was a master at old school pinstriping and hand lettering,” said Baum. “And,” he added, “I quickly found just that in Lane Walker of Solo Signs in Reno. He’s been in the business since 1977 and has had his own shop since 1990, so his artistic services are obviously in demand. And his talent with a brush is really unbelievable.”

Matt Villafuerte, Twisted Stitch Upholstery – The Willys has two bench seats for the driver and passengers and Baum knew just what he wanted to do to make the car stand out with the crowds.

“I love Pendleton Indian blankets and had upholstered the Detroit hot rod with them to great effect,” said Baum. “I found the perfect pattern for the Willys’ color scheme on Pendleton’s website, ordered a bolt of fabric and then handed it to Matt, a talented guy who definitely knows his way around a heavy duty sewing machine. The wagon’s seats needed to be totally rebuilt before the heavy wool fabric went on, but Matt was definitely up to the task and the end result is fantastic.”

Jeff Robinson and Pete Gebhardt, Reno Speedworks – Baum wanted to display sporting gear representative of the wide variety employed in our region, but he didn’t want to use a stock roof rack.

“I love Airstream trailers and got the idea of having a craftsman fabricate a roof rack system that looks like something that company might have sold back in the 1960s,” Baum continued, “Since vintage stuff always looks cooler on display. A friend introduced me to Pete Gebhardt, and once I learned that he had spent 25 years pounding metal for Jack Roush, Ray Evernham and other top NASCAR team owners, we hired him. As a bonus, finding Pete introduced me to the rest of the gang at Reno Speedworks downtown, and their co-owner, Jeff Robinson, was able to change the Willys’ gearing to something more street-able, fabricate a front license bracket and perform a myriad of other tasks to ready the car for its debut. Pete’s retro aluminum roof rack turned out fantastic and Jeff’s wrenching gives us the confidence to hit the open road… in a vehicle built when Eisenhower was still president!”

James Herr and Bob Scott, Summit Racing – Sparks is fortunate to have a distribution center and retail store for one of the world’s foremost purveyors of high performance and custom automotive parts and accessories, and Summit’s support for the RSCVA’s new promo vehicle was immediate.

“James and Bob at Summit have been terrific, helping us choose appropriate wheels and tires for the Willys, as well as tracking down a custom air cleaner and valve covers for the offbeat Buick engine,” according to Baum. “They’re proud to be located in our region and we are delighted to have them as a sponsor on this fun build.”

Special Events Coalition – Although its individual contributions to the Washoe Willys were small (literally!), the members of this organization played an important role in giving the vehicle its unique personality: decals/stickers for most of the region’s festivals and special events – from the Nugget Rib Cook Off to the Reno Air Races, Hot August Nights and Reno Rodeo – cover the rear windows and slab sides of the aluminum roof rack, creating a colorful, and impressive, record of all there is to do and see in Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe.

“Add the Nevada Museum of Art, UNR, Scheels, Reno Aces, Cabela’s and several other cool permanent attractions, and it’s hard to imagine a visitor whose passions wouldn’t be stirred by SOMETHING here!”, according to Baum.

DSC_0218The RSCVA’s new promotional vehicle is tentatively scheduled to make appearances, subject to commitments outside the Reno/Sparks/North Lake Tahoe region, at the following events: Reno-Tahoe Open, Hot August Nights, Toyota Silver State Showdown, Best in the West Nugget Rib Cookoff, The Great Reno Balloon Race, National Championship Air Races, Street Vibrations Fall Rally, Eldorado Great Italian Festival and the Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade.

Washoe Willys Photo Gallery