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Welcome to the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association.  The Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association is dedicated to promoting and preserving bluegrass, old-time, traditional and related  folk music - acoustic music from a common American heritage  - in the Northern Nevada area. For more info email at: nnbamailbox@gmail.com

or Snail Mail: PO Box 3177, Reno, NV 89505

Tickets are NOW Available for the

2019 NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

August 16-17-18, 2019

NNBA News and Info for July 17, 2019

See note above about Volunteering to Help at the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival!

Calling all volunteers!

We are asking for volunteers for Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival.

We are looking for people to help with the NNBA booths (t-shirt sales, water, raffle, etc)

If you are a member current with dues and put in 4 hours of volunteer service,

you will get free 2018 Festival t-shirt and entrance to the 2019 Festival!

Plus the general good feeling of helping out a great organization with an awesome festival!


Please contact Zona Hairgrove at zhairgrove@gmail.com or 775-771-6347

to volunteer or for more info!


    Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa

         Kathy Kallick Band

      Edgar Loudermilk Band 

F e s t i v a l    M e r c h a n d i s e    -     F o o d     -     B e v e r a g e s   -    C l o t h i n g     -     V e n d o r s

$30 General Admission

          $1 Paypal Fee

$35  At the Gate Admission

Youth under 12 admitted free with Adult Admission


Print your receipt - It's your ticket


                            From Charlie and Helen Edsall:  Helen & I are gearing up

                               for our July 27th summer pick'n party here in Dayton. The

                                  image at left has information about location, time, etc.

                                      Save the date, if you can, we're looking forward to seeing


                      Click here or on the image at left for the event poster

               Any questions, please call

       Charlie at 775-530-3412 or Helen at 702-353-2164


Reno is Artown! July is Artown


                               The Steeldrivers

                                are playing again this year

                                            for Artown

                                  Click here for tickets

                           July 25 at 7:30-Bartley Ranch.


                                  Last time they sold out.






Here's the deal - From Jim: “Well, naturally given Murphy’s Law, the show did not play on Sunday due to a scheduling error.  They played last week’s show instead.  BOOOO!!!  Anyway, I wanted to let you know that the Rick interview show will air this Saturday [July 21] at 6 PM in a special edition of Roots Junction ...”

^^^^^^^Please note the new time and day! ^^^^^^

Don't miss Jim Davidson’s radio show, “Roots Junction”.

His guest this Sunday Saturday is our own Rick Sparks

The show airs on Sundays from 4 to 5 PM on KWNK radio.

The show is available on radio at 97.7 FM in Reno and Sparks

and also airs online at  www.KWNKradio.org.

The show focuses on bluegrass, country, folk and acoustic music.  Jim uses the show to promote activities of the NNBA and promotes live acoustic music in the Reno area, as well as the spring and summer bluegrass shows and festivals.  Please spread the word and tune in this weekend.

We would love to get as much listenership as possible.





                                                                             The Sierra Sweethearts

                                                                       Saturday, July 20th

                                                                  Noon to 1:30

                                                                     at the Western Jamboree

                                                                      Dangberg Home Ranch

                                                                    Historic Park

                                                                Minden Nevada







           Sparks Methodist Church & Artown


                    Sage   Creek

                       in an Outdoor Park Concert!


                      Saturday, July 27th 5:00 to 6:30

                               1231 Pyramid Way



                      Click on the poster at right

                                for more info












Keep an eye out right here for Special NNBA Workshops throughout the year!

As we receive info, we'll get it right out to you. These opportunities have been extremely well received

and provide the community a chance to expand our learning and awareness of music and the arts.



Click here for the July 2019 edition of the CBA Sacramento Area Bluegrass Newsletter.

These monthly newsletters cover events (festivals, concerts, camps, jams, etc.) in Northern California,

an easy reach from the Reno area and the home of many NNBA members.

Special note for the following events in our area for July and early August:

• T Sisters - Davis

• Rita Hosking Trio - Chico

• The Steeldrivers- Folsom

• Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands - Tahoe

• Hettingers’ Annual Bluegrass Jam / Potluck - Folsom



Our own Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Music Festival is August 16 - 18.



Please let me know if you have a gig you want the NNBA membership to know about.  I usually like to get the e-mails out within the week of performance.  Any earlier and the notice seems to get lost in the shuffle. I will continue sending out weekly updates with new events but you can catch a look-ahead by going to the calendar on our NNBA website at http://www.nnba.org/index.html#calendar.

Hope to see you at these events

and at the next Jam class

at the First Congregational Church on Sunnyside


Eric Lovejoy

NNBA Membership Coordinator


Join us for the bi-monthly

NNBA Bluegrass Workshop/Jam

held at the First Congregational Church of Reno.

 627 Sunnyside Drive, Reno, NV 89503

 The jams are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Here's the songlist.

 Upcoming Jam/Workshop dates:

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Monday Night Volunteers

Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com

NNBA Intermediate/Advance Jam

at the Mountain Music Parlor

 735 S. Center Street, Reno, NV

Fourth Wednesday of the month 7-10 P.M.

 This is an intermediate/advanced jam. Pickers are expected to know the tunes and play up to speed.

 One bass player at a time (take turns).

 Beginners are welcome to play along, but perhaps sit outside the main circle or just come and listen.

For more information

Contact The Mountain Music Parlor


Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

Saturday, Second and Fourth Saturdays, 1pm - 5pm

Lassen County Arts Council Inc

807 Cottage St, Susanville, CA 96130

735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events

From Renee at

Mountain Music Parlor


The HAPPY HAPS at Mountain Music Parlor!

Always offering a diverse and educational musical experience you can hang on to, it's good (and fun) to deepen your pickin's roots!


$5 drop in, beverages provided


Celtic Slow Session

Second Thursday of every month


Bluegrass Jam

Second Sunday of every month


Old Time Jam

Second Wednesday of every month

August 14, 6:00

Old-time JAM Proven to increase your musical ear! Old-time, seen as Northern Americas oldest recorded music genre reflects early cultures of the British Isles, Africa, France and Germany! All which influences Bluegrass, think Soldiers Joy and Angelina Baker. Originally simple tunes played with a fiddle and banjo, Old-time now incorporates just about any plucked or stringed instrument.

So, if you've ever had a hankering to try one of those Wash tub bases, Jug, autoharp, dulcimer, tenor banjo, jaw harp, washboard or spoons...

this is your opportunity!


Aloha Ukulele Club

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month

Grab your ku'uipo (sweetheart) and enjoy making island music with new friends!


Thursday - August 8, 6:00

Swedish Session

Off the continent completely, but such a smooth and interesting genre you may want to try!


Cowboy Jam

Fourth Wednesday of every month

6:00-7:00 P.M.

Hosted by Tex Weir. A true Texan with a 200 year frontier family history! His songs and yarns are quite the treat (if ya believe him!) He’s partnered with MMP to teach y'all the real Cowboy songs


NNBA Intermediate/Advanced Jam

is now hosted by MMP on the Fourth Wednesday

of the month following Tex Weir's Cowboy Jam!

Cowboy Jam 6-7 P.M.

NNBA Int/Adv Jam 7-10 P.M.

For more information

contact The Mountain Music Parlor




Western Folklife Center Jam

Western Folklife Center, Pioneer Saloon, 501 Railroad Street, Elko

The Western Folklife Center hosts "Jam On!", a monthly jam session

for all musicians, from beginner to professional.

 Spectators are welcome, and the Pioneer Saloon will be open.

 Join us for some old-time, country, western, and Celtic music jamming

from 6-8 pm every second Wednesday of the month in 2019 !


 For more information please visit


Q) Why is a Banjo like a hand grenade ?

A) By the time you hear the noise,it's too late.

NNBA Events Calendar


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The Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council,

and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.







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