An Evening With Cami & Friends & The Great American Songbook

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Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Lane, Reno, NV 89509

Renowned theatrical and jazz vocalist Cami Thompson & Friends perform two sets of songs from the Great American Songbook. performed with her her trio of longtime musician friends: Tony Savage (drums), Ron Savage (Piano), Joe McKenna (Bass) - PLUS special guest singers!

Doors open at 4:15, Open Bar, snacks provided

Tickets are $40/seat - Donations go to Sierra Music Society and The Note-Ables (see below)

WHAT THIS CONCERT IS ABOUT: I grew up with songs from the Great American Songbook and Broadway because my dad was a working musician in the 40s thru 60's, and there were always rehearsals or musical parties in our home. My sisters and I grew up singing together, and we performed around Reno. I started piano lessons at 5, percussion at 12, songwriting at 14, and classical voice training at 17. With degrees in Music and Theater - and LOTS of Reno/Tahoe gigs under my belt - I went on to a career in music and theater. Throughout my journey, I kept coming back to songs from the Great American Songbook. I just loved the depth of feeling of these songs that were written with such rich story lines, honest love songs, heartbreaking ballads, funny innuendos, danceable grooves and well-crafted music. Over my 45 years of making music, most of my choices are because of the brilliant songwriters that created this music throughout the 1930s to the 1960s.

So... I hope you will feel charmed by the nuanced fancy, sassy, clever and humane language of lyricists Dorothy Fields, Oscar Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Yip Harburg, Alan Jay Lerner, Lorenz Hart and Ira Gershwin. We want you to be enthralled by the musical beauty, emotion and of composers George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Harry Warren, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rogers, Duke Ellington, and Frederick Loewe. And THEN there’s the ones who do BOTH - compose music AND lyrics - like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. They just don’t make songs like these anymore, and we hope to revive them with our jazzy renditions and heartfelt ballads.

HOW WE ARE HELPING OUR COMMUNITY: For this concert we will be donating 10% of our ticket sales to the Note-Able Music Therapy Services, a fantastic organization that I first supported when they started in 1999, and continued working with over 15 years. Their mission is to create lasting change in the lives of people of all abilities through music. Their vision is to create a community where every person can access, experience, and connect through music. What they do is address physical, social, and mental health needs in our community by offering a range of adaptive music, music therapy, and neurologic music therapy services.

Note-Able Music Therapy Services started in 1999 as a music class at the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living. The class quickly became the performing group, The Note-Ables. Then, in 2003 The Note-Ables became a nonprofit and began providing music therapy and adaptive music, along with the performance group. The Note-Ables became an independent nonprofit organization for three main reasons: The number of people with disabilities who wanted to participate The growing demand from the community for Note-Ables’ performances No other organizations provided musical opportunities for people with disabilities Until January of 2012, Note-Able Music Therapy Services was officially know as The Note-Ables. Even though the organization had been providing music therapy services since it started, the name did not reflect this. As programs grew, the staff and board realized they needed to raise awareness of music therapy. One of the first steps in that process was to change the name of The Note-Ables to include the words ‘music therapy.’ Current services include music therapy, neurologic music therapy, guided imagery and music, music and dance classes, adaptive lessons, and community performances throughout the region. 

In early 2022 our organization purchased a one-story, 17,000 square foot building on three acres, equipped with classrooms, performance areas, and outdoor spaces for people to explore and enjoy. Once fully renovated, this new building will allow us to grow our services to match the rapidly growing demand for music therapy in northern Nevada.

$40 per seat