Art & Music

Picnic In the Park Music Series

We'll bring the music, you bring the picnic.

Get a great start to your weekend by enjoying the relaxing and serene setting of Kleiner’s Oak Grove while listening to a series of artists every Friday in September. If you don't feel like bringing a picnic we will also have Dayana Mix and High Steaks Grill food trucks on site as well!

September 2, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Mitch Franco
September 9, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Russell Torres
September 16, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Jakota Wass
September 23, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Reno Pops Orchestra
September 30, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
UNR Wind Symphony Orchestra

The May Arboretum Society Presents our Picnic in the Park Music Series. During the month of September, every Friday evening we will provide the music and you bring the picnic. Get a great start to your weekend by enjoying the relaxing and serene setting of Kleiner’s Oak Grove while listening to a series of artists from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. We are asking for a donation of $5 per person at the door of each performance and proceeds will support the May Arboretum Society.

September 2, 2022 – Mitch Franco

Franco, born and raised in San Francisco, grew up listening to the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. Singing was a family tradition; the story goes that he was snuck into his parent’s gigs in a keyboard case as a boy to get his first chances at singing. Dropping out of high school to tour and never looking back, he has since been co-signed by a who’s who of industry pillars, all while performing around 5 continents to consistent international acclaim. Hearing him it is easy to see why: At age 29, he is embodying the next evolution of what a jazz crooner can be. Mitch is also a fervent practitioner of bringing the old class to the modern age. Going to a Mitch Franco concert may transport you to a sort of golden age: a world all its own that does not feel contrived but rather feels like an extension of the performance, and may linger with you long after the show is over.


September 9, 2022 – Russell Torres

Russell Torres has loved music since early childhood. Once he learned of the existence of musical instruments, that was all he needed. He taught himself drums, piano, bass, guitar, and vocals. Russ has been a performing musician for over 35 years and loves all genres of music. From the San Francisco Bay Area he has played all over Northern California. Enjoy his clear and articulate vocals, he will surely know some songs that resonate with you and other music lovers. He performs with the perspective that it’s a privilege to help other music lovers forget their daily burdens by hearing good music. Music that can take them away from daily schedules and issues, a way to relax the mind and recharge, something very necessary in today’s fast-paced lifestyle.



September 16, 2022 – Jakota Wass

Jakota is a singer based in Carson Valley, Nevada. Growing up surrounded by country western influence, Jakota quickly grew a love for the genre that now translates into his own music. He performs at venues all around Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe, bringing a crowd of people with him everywhere he goes.

At a young age, Jakota showed a talent for entertaining people well beyond his years. He would sing in front of friends and family and was never shy to crack a joke in front of a crowd. By the age of 12, Jakota’s father knew he had talent that couldn’t be ignored and signed him up for guitar lessons.

“I fell in love with the never-ending adventure of my guitar.” – Jakota Wass

Jakota is constantly exploring his passion and strives for constant improvement. He started playing for friends, moved up to smaller venues, and now has a loyal fan base ready to see him every chance they can. Jakota now plays at more prestigious locations, drawing hundreds if not thousands of people. You can even book him for parties and private events. Recently, Jakota made a trip to Nashville where he performed at the famous Bluebird Cafe. He looks to make music his career and travel the country sharing his talents.

September 23, 2022 – Reno Pops Orchestra

Join us as Jane K. Brown, Music Director, and Conductor of the Reno Pops Orchestra play many types of music from ragtime to jazz to classical and string quartet and big band.

The Reno Pops is comprised of students and adults of all ages. Our orchestra members come from all walks of life: Advanced high school and college students; adults who enjoy music as a hobby; school music teachers; retired folks; and professional musicians who like having a home base where they can keep their skills up between gigs.

September 30, 2022 – University of Nevada Reno Wind Symphony Orchestra

Join us as Dr Reed Chamberlin brings the University of Nevada Reno Wind Symphony Orchestra back to the arboretum.

The nationally recognized Nevada Wind Ensemble is the flagship concert band at the University. Using one-per-part instrumentation, the wind ensemble performs a broad repertoire of classic and contemporary styles.

Come Join Us!

Wilbur D. May Arboretum
1595 N Sierra St

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