In an era of manufactured music, Hank Williams III goes against the grain and does what he wants to do. For more than 12 years, Williams has been fighting the music industry to be his own man. Cast by certain people in the shadow of his legendary grandfather, Williams has worked long and hard to create his own sound and style and to preserve the true outlaw spirit of real country music. His ever-evolving three-hour live shows pay respects to both his country roots and the punk and metal influences he has held true to since he was a teenager.
Much like his grandfather and his father before him, Hank III is his own man. He doesn't care what expectations people have in him and he will do it the way that he does it so long as he is alive.
Williams will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Knitting Factory in Reno. Tickets cost between $16 and $35 and can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com.
Dead Winter Carpenters at the Great Basin
The Dead Winter Carpenters is a newly formed quintet emerging on the shores of North Lake Tahoe, featuring members of San Francisco's Montana Slim String Band and the Rusty Strings. The Dead Winter Carpenters is a hot, up-and-coming bluegrass band not to be missed. The band performs at 6 p.m. today as part of Sparks Hometowne Farmer's Market. The free performance will be on the stage outside the Great Basin Brewing Co., 846 Victorian Ave.
Last call for Art Slaves enteries
Artown has issued a last call for submissions for the 2010 Art Slaves annual art show and sale. All entries must be submitted by Friday, as all art will be hung Saturday for previewing.
Cost is $25 per entry or $15 per student entry. The artist reception and silent auction is from 5 to 10 p.m July 8 at West Street Market in downtown Reno.
Art Slaves is an event during the 15th annual Artown festival held July 1 through 31, allowing local artists from communications and marketing industries to showcase talent and sell pieces to the public.
Entry forms are available at www.A2N2.com and the organization’s Facebook page.
Celebrating art in the local community during the annual Artown festival, Art Slaves encourages members of northern Nevada’s marketing and advertising community to get involved and showcase talent through the display and selling of art pieces of all kinds. A portion of the proceeds from the show are donated to the University of Nevada, Reno Reynolds School of Journalism.
For more information on Art Slaves, contact Frank Haxton at 741-1375, e-mail email@example.com or visit the Art Slaves' Facebook page.
KUNR Shine party on Friday
KUNR 88.7 FM welcomes the community to the Shine party of the summer at the Beach at the Grand Sierra Resort.
Shine, in its fourth year, is a benefit for the station and a celebration where everyone is encouraged to wear white.
The evening features appetizers provided by Charlie Palmer’s Steak House, Fin Fish and Briscola. There will also be an array of creative cocktails. Attendees can enjoy music, fashion and entertainment while visiting with friends, colleagues and business leaders from the community.
Shine will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $45 in advance and $55 on Friday. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.kunr.org or www.grandsierraresort.org or by calling 789-2285.
Tyler Stafford at the Great Basin
Drawing inspiration from life and experience, Tyler Stafford’s songs blend acoustic guitar licks, a dynamic voice and words that are simple and honest into smooth and unforced collections of thought.
Stafford will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at the Great Basin Brewing Co. in Sparks. The performance is free.
Thumb wrestle to win Jordin Sparks tickets
Use your thumbs for something better than texting while driving. Allstate Insurance Company invites area teens to enter a thumb wrestling competition to win Jordin Sparks pre-show meet-and-greet passes and concert tickets. Teens are also invited to enter a raffle for a chance to win concert tickets. Sparks is partnering with Allstate to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and encourage teens to “X the TXT.”
There are two opportunities to win tickets to the Jordin Sparks concert, enter a raffle or compete in a thumb wrestling competition. Registration for the thumb wrestling competition opens at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Meadowood Mall center court. Entrants will thumb wrestle for the chance to win a grand prize of three concert tickets and a pre-show meet-and-greet with Jordin Sparks at the Knitting Factory in Reno on July 3.
For competition rules, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (602) 631-6339. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/ThumbsUpPledge.
Brian Regan at Silver Legacy
Clean-cut stand-up comedy can be hard to come by, but the Silver Legacy Resort Casino is bringing in the best in non-obnoxious entertainment to the Grande Exposition Hall. The animated antics of Brian Regan will take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
A dorm room favorite and Comedy Central staple, Regan has been in the business of making people laugh since long before his first appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in 1995. He’s perfected the balance of sophisticated writing with physicality and the ability to turn an everyday frustration into modern-day humor.
Regan's nonstop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005. Tickets cost between $46 and $61 and can be purchased by calling (800) 687-8733 or 325-7401 or by visiting www.silverlegacyreno.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Black Rock Solar fundraiser at Great Basin
Black Rock Solar is gearing up for the second annual SolarStice fundraiser at Great Basin Brewing Co. from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Money raised will go to the Lyon County Fire Department to put a 30-kilowatt solar array on its station in Fernley. Budget cuts and the economy have taken their toll on the department and this array will save firefighters more than $6,500 every year over the life of the system, which is more than 25 years.
The fundraiser includes music by Mojo Green as well as beer from the brewery, a raffle and silent auction with everything you need for burning man, including two tickets to Burning Man, 18 bags of ice from Arctica, an evening on an art car with Jerry Snyder, bikes, bandannas, batteries, a ride up in a 100-foot-tall crane with a panoramic view of Black Rock City and many more prizes. There will also be a fashion show by PolyEsther Dunaway.
For more information, call 355-7711.
Ani DiFranco performs at the Knitting Factory
As important as Ani DiFranco’s self-owned Righteous Babe Records is to the singer/songwriter/guitarist, she’s more than happy to trust like-minded people with the business and revel in the complete artistic freedom it provides. On her new album, “Red Letter Year,” she takes more advantage of this freedom than ever before. Conceived, sculpted and refined over the course of two years — a lifetime compared to a typical DiFranco recording session — the album is an impeccably crafted, multi-layered sonic achievement.
And while the extra time is a big reason for the captivating musical depths of “Red Letter Year,” the people in Ani’s life play an even bigger part: her partner and co-producer Mike Napolitano (Joseph Arthur, The Twilight Singers, Squirrel Nut Zippers) and her 1-year-old daughter Petah Lucia (gurgling, infectious laughter, wide-eyed innocence). Love, family and home are three of the album’s most prominent muses, resulting in a dozen songs that exude warmth and renewed vigor.
DiFranco performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $32.50 to $65 and can be purchased by visiting http://re.knittingfactory.com.
Backstreet Boys at the Grand Sierra
For more than 16 years, Backstreet Boys have delivered the very finest pop music has to offer: tightly crafted songs, floor-shaking rhythms and unmistakable harmonies. Catch the band's Grammy Award-winning music live in the Grand Theatre on Wednesday. On tour to promote their new album, "This Is Us" showcases the Boys’ pop mastery with a collection of indelible tracks that surely rank among their biggest and best hits.
The Backstreet Boys will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Grand Threate at the Grand Sierra Resort. Tickets are $27.50, $49.50 and $71.50 and can be purchased by visiting www.grandsierraresort.com or www.ticketmaster.com.