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Carson City: Train Gang to Mark Twain Days
Updated: May 1
Mark Twain was never accused of being short on words. On music, he once said:
“We often feel sad in the presence of music without words; and often more than that in the presence of music without music.”
The Black Irish Band steamed into Carson City on April 22nd for the first annual Mark Twain festival as a headlining attraction. Carson city is not only the capital of Nevada, but also the place where Twain reportedly penned his author name.
(courtesy www.2news.com Reno)
Notably on this trip, we were welcomed for an unplugged performance at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. If ever there were a place for us to be, it’s sitting on a tank engine, performing tunes from the 1800’s - backed by a massive print of the iconic photograph recording the celebration marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad lines at Promontory Summit, Utah, on May 10, 1869
One of the great joys we have is bringing music to young and old that tell the stories of the Miners, Railroad workers, Immigrants, sailors and the working class that built America. It’s even more joyful when some of them are the next generation!
This performance is segueing the band into the Virginia City performance on May 20th, where we will be in the historic (and very HAUNTED!) Piper’s Opera Hall as a headlining act! What can be more appropriate than being in an old mining town, singing relevant renditions of the tunes you might have heard back in the 1800’s, and maybe having a few "extra" audience members floating around. Stay tuned for that blog entry, and maybe you’ll see the famed “lady in blue” ghost show up for the performance! Get your tickets HERE!
( All Black Irish Band photos by Amanda Lewis © 2023 Black Irish Band )