Along the Midtown Art Walk, passersby can find an eclectic group of artisans — sculptors, tattoo artists and even a rock back posing as a forensic ornithologist.
Part of Reno’s Artown, the stroll through the city’s biggest little bohemian hub is from 4 to 9 p.m. Starting at 8 p.m., a trio of local bands will perform free at The Saint, opening with Roxxy Collie, which was named after Roxie Collie Laybourne, renowned in the 1940s for identifying birds that collided with airplanes.
How could a band get such a name?
“I’m a bird nerd,” lead singer Margy Ford said.
“The band members wear bird masks and I wear feathers,” she said. “We play pop with rock influences and we tend to be dramatic and theatrical. We definitely try to have fun with the audience.”
Just the type of outfit that will fly at Artown.
Jon Cornell plays keys and writes the songs, Veronica Klinger plays bass, Steve Barron is the guitarist and the ubiquitous Nick Ramirez is on drums.
Pink Awful, which recently rocked the “Still Rollin’” event at Shea’s Tavern, headlines the show. The girl in the band is Ashley Costelloe, the lead singer.
Shoe gaze trio Stabby Unicorn hits the stage at the show’s midpoint. Rhiannon Box and Eric and Daisy Foreman started the band in 2012 and a year later they released an album, “Licking the Magic Castle.”
It will be the third appearance at The Saint for Roxxy Collie.
“It has a great sound system, it’s spacious and, best of all, it’s smoke free,” Ford said. “I like that a lot as a singer.”