Reno’s place to go for all-ages shows just turned 10 years old. While others were at Coachella from April 14-15, the people of Reno were celebrating the birthday of one of its central players in the music community, the Holland Project. In the 10 years that Holland Project has been around, they have gone from being a minor part of the community to one of its central providers. The Holland Project has moved around from three buildings, held countless events under its roof, and above all, the Holland Project has provided a place for arts and culture to thrive in Reno. In addition to two nights of music, there was food provided by Nom Eats and Bibos in the gallery space an altar of memories from Holland’s past and the famous dog painting.


The party kicked off on Friday night with Surly backed by a full band mostly made up of members from City Wolves, filling the room with a fervent and impassioned energy that the one and only Erin Miller can bring to a room. After that set, Blackstallion (Nathan Lachner of SKIN.) brought his moody and poetic brand of music to the stage with a haze of red lights above with his dissonant drum machines and broken guitar chords. Following that was Reno hip-hop mogul Lil Traffic and Friends with a set full lineup taking the stage with full mosh pit going to complement the bangers he and his crew had dished out for the birthday. Then Reno punk favorites Spitting Image took the stage bringing their hard-hitting tunes before San Francisco hardcore act Culture Abuse brought about a pummeling end to one crazy B-Day party.

33688048400_1292882ff5_oAbove, Spitting Image, on behalf of Erin Miller, published on the Holland Project’s Flickr

The sold-out second night started off with the fast yet playful music of Rob Ford Explorer who were just fresh off of a short California tour with Characters and Slender Blossom. The duo played music from their EP and upcoming album. Following that were the surf rock/ punk music of Boys, the current side project of Bella Crawford and Lizzie Ramos of Snack. Coming in from Baltimore, MD on tour to play the anniversary was Ed Schrader’s Music Beat presenting their brand of speedy, loud, yet poetic music with the stage only illuminated by the light from Ed Schrader’s floor tom creating an atmosphere of intimacy with their intricate music. Closing out the night was Shannon and the Clams, who came in from playing Coachella the night before to play at the anniversary. What kind of party would it have been without Shannon and the Clams showing up? The band gave their distinct brand of 60’s surf rock and honky tonk music to the venue that they have exclusively come back to play in Reno.

34032047436_5a710c43b1_oShannon and the Clams on behalf of Erin Miller, published on the Holland Project’s Flickr

The 10 year anniversary was a powerful reminder of what a community can do when there is a central place such as an all-ages venue. Especially those that provide a lot back to the community in the time that they’ve been around.

Featured image of Ed Schrader’s Music Beat’s bassist on behalf of Erin Miller, published on the Holland Project’s Flickr.