Reno Off Beat Festival drops lineup for eclectic fall party

Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Bar none, Reno’s Off Beat Music Festival is the biggest little gathering in the world.

It’s only the first week of summer, but we’re already anticipating Reno’s early-fall Off Beat Festival, which includes the Dead Winter Carpenters.

This year’s Off Beat Fest lineup has dropped, and the 2019 edition is promising the variety that the Biggest Little homegrown festival has become accustomed to delivering.

For those who may not be familiar (…looking at you recent California transplants), Reno Off Beat takes over various bars and venues throughout town for a SXSW-style showcase of music, with the party stretching across several nights. This year runs Thursday, Oct. 3 to Sunday, Oct 5, with more than 50 bands and performers scheduled to hit midtown venues.

Burger Records seems to be well represented, with Guantanamo Baywatch and Peach Kelli Pop scheduled to make appearances. Other bands will return to Reno after previous tours through town: Soft White Sixties, Tino Drima Tropa Magica and Slow Corpse.

Genres represented include country (Hillfolk Noir), dream pop (Killer Whale), folk (Rainbow Girls) — the list goes on. And Reno bands have a healthy presence as well, including Mojo Green, Werewolf Club, People With Bodies, Stirr Lightly, Pink Awful, Elephant Rifle, and Lake Tahoe neighbors of ours, the Dead Winter Carpenters.

If previous years’ street parties, daytime shows — and eating at the artist lounge options — are any indication, keep your eyes on this one for additional events and happenings as October springs closer.

Tickets are on sale now. For the full lineup so far, along with venue and ticket details, click on over to

— Shaun Astor

Tim Parsons / Tahoe Onstage

Pink Awful’s Ashley Costelloe at Shea’s Tavern during Off Beat 2017.

Tony Contini / Tahoe Onstage

Mojo Green’s Jenes Carter and The Professor Kevin Thomas.

Elephant Rifle’s Brad Bynum.

Joan and the Rivers

About 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

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