Former Reno musician bringing boogie-woogie to Truckee |

Former Reno musician bringing boogie-woogie to Truckee

Autumn Whitney
Dave Manning is marked by a style of piano blues, boogie-woogie and old rock 'n' roll. He plays Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee on Saturday, Oct. 22.
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If you go ...

What: Dave Manning

When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Where: Cottonwood Restaurant

Tickets: Free


TRUCKEE, Calif. — Dave Manning is no stranger to the Lake Tahoe music scene.

On Saturday, Oct. 22, he once again brings his style of blues and rock ‘n’ roll to Cottonwood Restaurant in Truckee with a free performance that begins at 7 p.m.

Fresh off playing for a month in a Scottish hotel, Manning will travel to Truckee in his iconic, 50-year-old Volkswagen bus for a unique Saturday show.

“Pretty much what I do is piano blues and boogie-woogie and old rock ‘n’ roll,” Manning said.

“Whether it’s tragic or uplifting tales, it’s a magical thing that music is connecting with many parts of the brain.”Dave Manning

Joining him is Reno resident and slide guitarist Jack Rudesill. Together, the pair traveled to the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., after receiving a nomination from the Reno Blues Society.

“Almost every year they send either a band, solo or duo act to Memphis where they have a big competition every year. That was a great honor. We got to play a few times on Beale Street, home of the blues,” Manning said. “It was a joy to play with Jack. He’s such a great listener as far as laying in great guitar licks while I’m playing — sometimes so great I forget to play myself.”

The duo’s Truckee show is Manning’s last in the region before making the trek to Arizona, where he will perform throughout winter.

Manning enjoys life on the road, spending most of his time traveling and playing music throughout the United States. He relishes the connection music establishes between himself and the audience.

“To me, playing music is a circular thing. I put out my heart and soul; whatever song I’m playing, I play it the best I can right then,” he said. “When folks are keyed in and listening, I can tell that. I’m receiving feedback from them. That makes me play better than I would have. It’s opposite of a vicious cycle.

“That’s what it’s all about — connecting with people. Whether it’s tragic or uplifting tales, it’s a magical thing that music is connecting with many parts of the brain.”

His most recent album, “Road Trip Songs,” released in 2014 and was mixed using the car stereo in his bus.

To learn more about the artist, visit or find him on Facebook.

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