RENO, NV (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest finished its second year with larger crowds than its inaugural year, drawing approximately 12,000 fans to the two day festival at Rancho San Rafael Park over the weekend of August 12 and 13.
Ticket sales showed that the event was a big draw for out of town blues lovers, with about 75% of ticket sales coming from tourists. Last year, the event sold 54% to out of towners, pumping $4.4 million dollars into the local economy.
“It was a great festival and the attendance this year indicates its getting bigger and more popular every year we do it,” Charles McNeely, president of the Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest Board of Directors, said in a statement.
The Reno-Tahoe Blues Fest boasted the largest number of award-winning artists assembled in one venue, including Patti LaBelle, Bobby Rush, Chaka Khan, Keb’ Mo’, Buddy Guy, Eddie Cotton, Millie Jackson, Larry McCray, Shemekia Copeland and Kenny Neal. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers