Explore the rich history of Reno’s casino musicians from the early ‘50s to the ‘90s. Called sidemen, these unique performers were vastly different from their lounge act and symphony peers. Discover the evolution of entertainment in casinos, what made showroom jobs so interesting and get to know the expectations of owners, headliners and venues. Take a peek into the musicians’ unions and how Reno’s Local 368 set a national precedent. Delve into the varied backgrounds, instrument roles and career experiences of sidemen, often unique to the instruments they played. Then finish the class with firsthand recollections and treasured tales from former casino showroom musicians.