Polish Ambassador headlines Reno Sculpture Fest

By Jenn Sheridan ·



Local artists bring playa culture to downtown Reno during Sculpture Fest from May 8 to 10 on the Reno ReTrac Plaza between the Whitney Peak hotel and the Eldorado Casino. Eight new pieces commissioned by 15 local artists will be on display throughout the weekend. The festival is accented with late-night performances from local and national acts.

Headlining the festival is the world’s funkiest diplomat, The Polish Ambassador. Known for infectious, funky jams that bring audiences to the brink of dancing oblivion the Polish Ambassador is not a political diplomat, rather his message is rooted in creativity, self-expression and sustainable living. Joined on stage by visual artists Liminus, Polish Ambassador shows are a feast for the eyes and ears.

Local artists also rock the stage during Sculpture fest starting with Charlesthefirst and Giraffage on May 8 at 1up. A young gun on the local scene at just 18-years-old, Charlesthefirst has garnered quite the following mixing beats around the Tahoe and Reno region. Charlesthefirst is joined by San Francisco based Giraffage.

Meanwhile just down the street, Busking by Moonlight brings bluesy jams to the 3rd Street Bar. Influenced by the likes of the Black Keys and Led Zeppelin, this four-piece group rocks the stage with Spontaneous Groove Party.

On May 9, music fans have three venues to choose from for a night of rock. Reno indie rock band Rigorous Proof rocks the stage with Bazooka Zoo at the 3rd Street Bar. Meanwhile, electric dance junkies can get their fix at 1up with San Diego’s Mikey Lion and Sabo. Tickets are available for individual shows or purchase an all-access pass for the full package.

During the day, festivalgoers may enjoy performances by Moondog Matinee, The Novelists, Karen Patridge, Charles Taggert & the Reno Philharmonic Quartet, and Chance Utter and the World Beat Ensemble while experiencing live performances by Tahoe Cielo aerialists and interactive sculpture installations by local artists.

Reno Sculpture Festival is a collaborative project that brings together local artists to celebrate larger-than-life interactive installations that tickle the curiosity of participants. Works include the latest from Matthew Schultz, lead artist of The Pier Group, an international art collective based in Reno. Schultz’s portfolio includes iconic sculptures such as “The Embrace,” which appeared at Burning Man in 2014.

The festival also brings together artists from Reno Art Works and The Generator, two artist collectives based in Reno. The festival is meant to engage all the senses as participants are invited to interact with each sculpture through elements that combine performance, educational components, cameras and projections, and painting and moving parts. Each piece is built on a large scale ranging from human sized to 14-feet tall.

Entry to the sculpture festival is free. Tickets are required for music at outside venues. All access music passes are available for those who want to experience the full event. For more information, visit renosculpturefest.org.


Reno Sculpture Fest
May 8-10 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.Reno ReTrac Plaza | Reno, Nev.
Festival entrance & daytime music | Free
All access, late-night music pass | $50 21+