Punkish Debauch-A-Reno inundates Virginia City, too

A garage rock n roll music festival occurring across two weekends in June and July, Debauch-A-Reno will bring a monster of a lineup to Reno’s Wingfield Park Amphitheatre and Cypress and Virginia City’s Piper’s Opera House.

The brainchild of Stickerguy Pete and his Slovenly Records label, Debauch-A-Reno will mix a showcase of local Reno-area bands leaning toward the psychedelic and discordant variety with bands which loom pretty large throughout the underground rock music pantheon.

Making their way to the Biggest Little City for the festival are The Zeros, a band credited as being on the lineup for the first Los Angeles punk show in the 1970s having shared a bill with The Germs and The Weirdos, not to mention later playing with an early version of 7 Seconds when the teenagers toured through Reno; The Mummies, a raucous Bay Area band who emerged from the ‘80s California rock revival scene; ‘70s Belgian punks The Kids, who are making their first American appearance in seven years; the self-proclaimed “scariest band in the world” Deadbolt whose surf-influenced lo-fi rides the wave of noirish humor; and Wild BillyChildish & CTMF whose Piper’s Opera House show in Virginia City will be their only US appearance this year.

Combine the 20 bands with DJ sets from the likes of Jello Biafra amongst others, late night club shows and bar nights, a vinyl record swap, and additional surprise guests and Debauch-A-Reno promises an absolutely epic time that’s spread out across four nights spanning two weekends.

On June 16th-18th downtown Reno’s outdoor Wingfield Park Amphitheatre will host bands from afternoon til evening, with more bands and DJ’s playing Cypress in midtown Reno for the after parties. On Friday, July 14, the music will likely be one of the loudest nights that the historic Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City has ever seen, followed up by a late night party on C Street’s Ponderosa Saloon. (Wingfield Park and Piper’s Opera House shows are for all ages.)

A few of the other bands playing this year’s fest include The Juvinals, Clarko, Spitting Image all representing Reno, with Okmoniks, the Trouble Makers, Subsonics, Puppy & the Hard Jabs, Tube Alloys and Just Head being a few of the out of town bands.

Tickets are available for the whole event are individual shows and can be found along with complete information at https://www.slovenly.com/debauchareno/debauch-a-reno-2023/

-Shaun Astor

Debauch-A-Reno Festival
June 16th-18th & July 14th
Various venues across Reno/Virginia City
Event website: https://www.slovenly.com/debauchareno/debauch-a-reno-2023/

ABOUT Shaun Astor

Shaun Astor
Shaun Astor cites pop music singers and social deviants as being among his strongest influences. His vices include vegan baking, riding a bicycle unreasonable distances and fixating on places and ideas that make up the subject of the sentence, "But that’s impossible…" He splits his time between Reno and a hammock perched from ghost town building foundations. Check out his work at www.raisethestakeseditions.com

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