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Line-up Announced for 19th Annual BBQ, Brews and Blues!

The Eldorado’s Summer Kick-Off Event Set for June 20-21

RENO, Nev. (May 5, 2014) – The unofficial kick off to summer, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival is equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and music festival with two stages featuring non-stop rock and blues throughout the event. John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, including Alex Ligertwood of Santana and Wally Palmer of The Romantics, is set to headline the festival in Downtown Reno June 20 and 21.

The legendary "East Coast Rock 'n' Roll" group John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band began their career in 1972 and achieved mainstream success in the 1980s with the "Eddie & The Cruisers - Motion Picture Soundtrack". The hit single "On the Dark Side" held the number one position on the Billboard Rock charts and the MTV video charts for five consecutive weeks. The album sold over three million copies and was certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.

The title track from the group's 1985 follow-up album “Tough All Over” became their second number one single on the Billboard Rock charts and the song “C-I-T-Y” reached the Billboard Top 20. John Cafferty's solo track "Hearts on Fire" was featured in the Sylvester Stallone film "Rocky IV” and he received his second double Platinum soundtrack award. Over the years John has placed 35 songs in major motion pictures. Today John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band continue to tour and bring their exciting live shows to fans around the world including the Fourth Street stage at 5 p.m. on Saturday June 21 during the Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival.

Joining the line-up is Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, who won the coveted 2008 and 2010 Blues Music Awards for Entertainer of the Year and is arguable one of the brightest stars on the international blues scene. A gifted guitarist and a deeply-soulful vocalist, Castro combines a rock and roll delivery with a touch of soul. He’ll rock the Fourth Street stage at 7 p.m. on Friday night.

The US Air Force Band, Mobility, is an upbeat group of talented musicians playing rock, jazz and blues favorites, new and old. A subdivision of the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West, Mobility, travels the West Coast bringing civilians and military personnel entertainment and American pride through music. They’ll kick off the festival at 4 p.m. on Friday on the Third Street stage and at 3 p.m. on Saturday on the Fourth Street stage.

Additionally attendees can see American roots music artist, Shane Dwight; critically acclaimed rock and blues guitar groover, Eric Sardinas; soulful South Bay guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello Jr.; high-energy harmonica and horns blues band Delta Wires; plus festival favorites the Jason King Band, Carolyn Dolan Blues Band, Rick Hammond Blues Band and Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 20 from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Downtown Reno will be rockin’ with live entertainment, amazing food and more than 40 microbrews from around the world. Visit for more information or call 888-808-7720 to book your stay.

*Full Schedule Follows

Third Street Stage

Friday, June 20
4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility
6 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Saturday, June 21
11:30 a.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band
1:30 p.m. – Carolyn Dolan Blues Band
3:30 p.m. – Delta Wires
5:30 p.m. – Eric Sardinas

Fourth Street Stage

Friday, June 21
3 p.m. – Jason King Band
5 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band
7 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Saturday, June 21
11 a.m. – Buddy Emmer Blues Band
1 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.
3 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility
5 p.m. – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends
Alex Ligertwood, lead singer of Santana
Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics
7 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band