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Ring in 2015 with Reno Tahoe!

Reno Tahoe is wrapping up 2014 and beginning 2015 with a bang. Various locations around town are pulling out all the stops to celebrate the new year in a big way!

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The Nugget will be offering New Year’s meals at all of their restaurants, and the Celebrity Showroom will feature dinner and a show with live entertainment. In the casino there will be a free champagne toast and a countdown to midnight, complete with party favors.

Peppermill has a number of events going on the ring in the New Year. The Capri Ballroom Party starts at 9:30 pm on December 31. Come dance to the sounds of Maxxt Outt, who will be performing live. At midnight there will be party favors, a balloon drop, and a champagne toast. In The Terrace the Inciters, an 11-piece Northern Soul band, will be performing live. On the casino floor, the party keeps going with free champagne and festive party favors from 8 pm to 12:30 am. EDGE nightspot will host their Tick Tock NYE party with DJ Four Color Zack. Many Peppermill eateries will be serving special New Year’s menus to make your night of celebration complete.

Circus Circus Reno is planning a night of free live music with Escalade, free party favors, and fireworks at midnight. Some Circus Circus eateries, such as The Steakhouse at Circus, Courtyard Buffet, and Americana Café, will be offering New Year’s menus throughout the day. Visit their website for all the information!

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s LEX Nightclub will be partying the night away at The Black Tie Affair. This “exquisite night of celebration” will feature sounds by Enfo and Nick Ferrer. Ticket options include general admission entry at 10 pm or early admission, which grants you access to an open bar from 8 pm to 10 pm.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino Reno will be hosting their New Year’s Even Rockin’ the Dome Dance Party starting at 10 pm on December 31. The night will include a drinks, party favors, live performance by DJ Kentot, champagne toast at midnight, fireworks, and one big party in the Silver Baron Ballroom all night long.

Cargo will be playing host to Apple Z on December 31. This “shiny new band” is composed of multiple music veterans from a wide range of genres. Their collective experience in all types of performance arenas has allowed them to rethink and remake timeless popular music. Tickets for this Cargo event can be purchased at the front desk of Whitney Peak Hotel or by calling (775) 398-5400. Whitney Peak Hotel will have a special New Year’s package for all guests. The package, which is priced at $250, features a Deluxe Room, full-course Chef’s Table dinner and champagne at Heritage Restaurant, two tickets to the Apple Z show in Cargo, and a bottle of champagne in your room.

Reno’s Knitting Factory and Amplified Entertainment present Amplified DJ’s for their New Year’s Eve celebration. Starting at 10:00 pm, party the night away to great music at one of Reno’s most popular concert houses. The Knitting Factory is 18 and over and has a full bar for visitors 21 and older.

Heavenly Lake Tahoe is also throwing a New Years bash. Head to the Village at 6:00 pm for a night of fun and celebration. The event will include games, a performance by The Fire Groove dancers, a photo booth, face painting, live music by Wes Quave, ice sculpting by “Fear-No-Ice”, and a fireworks show and a Gondola Ball Drop at 9:00 pm (in unison with the Ball Drop in New York City’s Time Square). Guests are then encouraged to spend the rest of the night and ring in 2015 at some of Lake Tahoe’s many casinos, bars, and clubs.

The Bounce Festival and Bass Heavy are teaming up for another New Year’s Eve event at Tahoe Biltmore. Starting at 8pm head up to the lake for music and entertainment from acts such as LNR, Smasheltooth, and Andrew the Pirate. Get ready to dance the night (and 2014) away and celebrate the New Year with such a unique show. Check out their event page on Facebook for more information.

Snowglobe Music Festival will be held at the Lake Tahoe Community College Campus Deember 29 – 31. Spend a few days up at the Lake listening and dancing along to some of the best DJs and artists around. The lineup includes major acts like Disclosure, Skrillex, Phantogram, Cherub, and many more. 3-day tickets have already sold out, but single-day tickets and shuttle passes are still available.

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At VEX Nightclub at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe you can celebrate New Years Eve at a party featuring DJ Rockwell. Hats and party favors will be provided, along with complimentary champagne for all VIPs. Doors open at 9 pm and dance acts will perform throughout the night until 1 am. Andreotti’s at Harrah’s will be hosting a New Year’s Eve drinks and four-course dinner (view the menu here), along with live performances by local musicians Pier Perotti and Corky Bennett.

If you’re looking for a place in Reno to watch the firework display and countdown to midnight, head to the streets of downtown for a 15 minute show taking place from multiple casino rooftops. The main crowd of party-goers will join under and around the Reno Arch to watch the display, so be sure to watch the display put on by Circus Circus Hotel Casino, Eldorado Resort Casino, Silver Legacy Resort Casino, and the City of Reno! Countdown to 2015 and send 2014 out with a bang! After the main event, keep the party going and head out to the plethora of local bars that are within walking distance from the Reno Arch and Downtown.

Are you getting scared, yet?

There are plenty of events surrounding Halloween weekend (check out our blog on 21+ Halloween parties for some awesome Halloween events happening throughout the month), and it seems as though Reno is trying to make Halloween a month-long holiday (but hey, we’re not complaining! Maye Reno is looking to transition into a real-life Halloweentown). Are you looking for somewhere to unleash your spooky side on October 31st? With all of the parties and events going on around town leading up to Halloween, you might be thinking that our city will be too partied out to celebrate on the scariest day of the year, but don’t worry! Here are some exciting and bone-chilling events happening on October 31 to wet your whistle, get your groove on, and bring this haunting month to a close.

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Silver Legacy is continuing tradition with their 14th Annual Wild Erotic Ball. From 9:00pm to 3:00am the Grand Exposition Hall is transformed into a wild Halloween bash. The event is for those 21 and over, and will include $3000 in cash and prizes for winners of the costume contests, including most unique and best couple’s costumes, and more. For tickets, information, and room discounts at The Silver Legacy, head over to the Silver Legacy website.

The 7th Annual Fright Fest Halloween Party at Reno’s Knitting Factory is sure to get you in the party mood! Starting at 10:00pm on the night of Halloween, the Knitting Factory will play host to a number of DJ’s, such as DJ Kentot, DJ A-Kran, and DJ Mario B., and provide attendees with a night of dancing (with a  full bar for those of you who are over 21). Visit the Knitting Factory’s event page for tickets and information.

If you’re looking for something new, check out LEX Nightclub’s Beetle Juice in Wonderland. Taking place in Reno’s newest nightclub inside the Grand Sierra Resort, this first-time event is sure to be a great way to celebrate Halloween. The night will be filled with dancing and scary-delicious cocktails. There will also be a costume contest and $5,000 in cash and prizes. Visit LEX’s website for information and ticket prices. LEX is also providing a discount on rooms at the Grand Sierra the night of their party, so check out their Facebook page for the discount code and details!

The Eldorado is also getting in on the Halloween fun with their Trick-or-Treat Halloween Party at the BuBinga. Students get in free (with ID) between 10:00 and midnight, and those who dare to dress in costume will receive an admission discount. Of course, there will be music, drinks, and dancing for those who attend. The Eldorado is also offering lower rates for the whole week of Halloween to keep its visitors safe (The Eldorado’s website).

If you’re a lake-goer and want some Halloween fun up in Tahoe check out “The Creepers Ball” at Crystal Bay Casino in Incline Village. Beginning at 9pm in their Crown Room, Crystal Bay is hosting their Halloween dance party with DJs Tainted love and After Party W/ Corey Lee. The night will be filled with dancing and great music, all up in beautiful Lake Tahoe. Tickets are on sale now for $25, so be sure to snag them while you still can!

EDGE Nightspot at the Peppermill is hosting their REDRUM Halloween contest and party where they will be giving away $4000 in cash prizes. The contest winners include: scariest, sexiest, and most creative costumes, as well as the most festive party-goer. The event is part of EDGE’s Halloween contest weekend, so the fun is scheduled to continue beyond October 31. Visit their webpage for more information on REDRUM and how to make VIP reservations for the entire Halloween weekend.

April Nightlife in Reno Tahoe

Spring is officially here, but the change in season isn’t the only thing heating up Reno Tahoe USA this April. Here are the nightlife highlights for this month.

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PrintApril 7 – Platinum Party

Bud Light Platinum hosts the flashiest party in Reno, featuring DJ Reflex dropping the hottest beats all night long. Guests sporting platinum will receive complementary cover and the best platinum outfit of the evening will win a platinum and diamond pendant from Precision Diamonds!

Doors open at 10 pm. $20 cover.

April 13, 20 & 27 – Biggest Little City DJ Battle

Local DJ’s go head to head on April 13 and 20, battling their way to finals on April 27 where four finalists will take on resident DJ Chris English. The winner will take home $1,000 and earn an opening set for DJ Spryte Aiight the following night.

Doors open at 10 pm. $20 cover.

April 28 – DJ Spryte

Hailing from Chicago, DJ Spryte brings his house heavy style to EDGE with the champion of the Biggest Little City DJ Battle.

Doors open at 10 pm. $20 cover.

Beer Fest

April 13 – Reno Ballroom

Join the Nevada Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Chapter for the 18th annual Beer Fest, featuring over 60 different brews! This is your chance to use those party skills for a good cause as the proceeds will go towards undergraduate scholarships at the University of Nevada, Reno. Enjoy as much beer as you can drink in a commemorative glass, entertainment by DJ Ryon and a raffle.

Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door.

DJ Ikon

April 14 – BuBinga Lounge

DJ Ikon returns to the Eldorado Hotel Casino for a night of high energy excitement and dancing. After growing up in Lake Tahoe and attending college in Reno, DJ Icon has become a powerhouse on the Las Vegas strip, claiming residencies at a number of the hottest nightclubs in Sin City, including Pure and Haze. Now he is making a homecoming appearance at BuBinga Lounge for a special Addiction Saturday, which promises to be a party you won’t want to miss.

Doors open at 10 pm. $10 cover.

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April 22 – Knitting Factory

Dubstep guru, Rusko, takes to the Knitting Factory stage for a night of bass thumping original tracks, such as, “Woo Boost,” and “Hold On.”

Doors open at 7 pm/ Show at 8 pm. Tickets are $29.

Knitting Factory Reno: Region’s newest concert venue brings big acts

KnitRenoPostThe sheetrock is just getting hung, the sound of grinders and hammering and drilling fills the room. It’s hard to imagine that Reno’s newest concert venue, the three-story Knitting Factory, is slated to open for business in less than two weeks.

There’s a lot of chaos as General Manager Dean Hanson goes over final touches, inspects work and helps fill the bill for January, February, March and the rest of 2010. But Hanson has the excitement of a kid who’s ready to open presents on Christmas morning.

“Nobody has ever seen something like what we are doing in Reno,” he said. “This is going to be the premier venue for entertainment and we think we have a great opportunity to give some new life to the music scene in Reno.”

So what’s the Knitting Factory all about?

Since it’s start in New York, the company has opened concert houses in Hollywood, Boise, Spokane and, now, Reno. The business plan is a midsized club that holds 1,000-1,500 guests, offering a variety of entertainment that ranges from mainstream popular acts, to local garage bands. Hanson said the company’s goal is to have entertainment at the Reno club 20-25 nights a month, all in a smoke-free, all ages atmosphere (with a restricted bar area in the top level).

“Our model is to help the music scene grow,” he said. “As the music scene grows, the partnerships grow. It’s good for up-and-coming bands, and it’s good for us.

“And Reno is going to be the pinnacle venue in our company.”

The investment is big. The Knitting Factory is taking over a building in the center of downtown Reno that used to be home to Rocky’s sports bar (and the old Levi’s factory). The top-to-bottom renovation includes a 20-foot stage and general admission area on the main level, VIP, and 21-plus on the balcony level (with seating Hanson calls “The best seating and view you can have at a concert.”), and lounge areas in the basement areas. The main entrance/exit will be through Fulton Alley.

Hanson said a premium has been placed on the sound and lighting systems to create a first-class concert experience.

So far, concert promoters have responded favorably to the concept. Here are some of the shows lined up in the opening months:

  • Dec. 31 Sounds of Seattle
  • Jan. 1 The Roots
  • Jan. 7 Gloriana
  • Jan. 8 Switchfoot
  • Jan. 9 Ultimate Reno Combat
  • Jan. 10 Reel Big Fish
  • Jan. 15 Candlebox
  • Jan. 16 AFI
  • Jan. 17 Umphrey’s McGee
  • Jan. 22 George Clinton and Parliament
  • Jan. 23 Lil’ Rob
  • Feb. 5-6 The Fab Four
  • Feb. 10 Alice in Chains
  • Feb. 11 Badfish
  • Feb. 19 Five Finger Deathpunch
  • Feb. 26 The Blind Boys of Alabama
  • Feb. 27 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
  • March 6 Andrew Nickatina
  • March 7 The Young Dubliners
  • March 15 Brandi Carlile
  • March 16 New Found Glory
  • March 27 No Quarter

Follow the Knitting Factory on Twitter at Twitter.com/knitreno.