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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

NNBA News and Info

for March 30, 2020

A sad, but not unexpected announcement given the state of things:

We are suspending the two monthly Wednesday evening jam sessions at the First Congregational Church until further notice.

We will keep you apprised.


CANCELLED:  The 2020 Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest,

May 1& 2, 2020 at the Eureka Opera House in Eureka, Nevada.



Band selection is coming along for the

35th Annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

Here's our Headliners so far:








14-15-16 AUGUST, 2020




Here's the latest edition of the NNBA Newsletter:


The March 2020 Silver State String Buster is available here!!!


Submit your articles, news, photos to nnbamailbox@gmail.com




The 2020 Nevada State Old-Time Fiddlers' Contest is May 1& 2, 2020 at the Eureka Opera House in Eureka, Nevada. It begins at 6:00 pm on Friday night with a "hot" fiddle contest, twin fiddle exhibition, contra dancing with Sierra Sweethearts, and jam session.  The actual contest is on Saturday beginning at 9:30 am.

The event is free to the public.


NNBA Annual Meeting: Was conducted on Saturday, February 22, 2020,

at the First Congregational Church in Northwest Reno. It was a potluck luncheon.

A brief business meeting was conducted, along with the election of the

2020 NNBA Board of Directors.

Jamming was a real high point of the afternoon.

Click here to see pictures from the afternoon!

If you missed this afternoon, we look forward to seeing you

at other activities and at next year's meeting.


The next NNBA Board Meeting will be April 23, 2020, 6:30PM

Most likely as a Zoom Online meeting.



Some more Bluegrass on the radio for you:  The Bluegrass Cafe is on The Bluegrass Jamboree

Join Terry Brewer as he brings The Bluegrass Cafe to the airwaves, Sunday at 3 - 5 pm Pacific only on TheBluegrassJamboree.com with a mix of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel live from the Streets of Bakersfield.

Check out The Bluegrass Jamboree website and if you can help us out by adding links on your website or newsletters.


About Terry Brewer:  He is currently a member of the California Bluegrass Association, IBMA, and the Southwest Bluegrass Association. Webmaster for the Southwest Bluegrass Association website at www.southwestbluegrass.org and The Bluegrass Jamboree at www.thebluegrassjamboree.com  Editor for the Southwest Bluegrass Association Newsletter, The Bluegrass Soundboard.


Tickets to the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Festival

in Grass Valley are on sale. As on now, it's still on the books!

You can order tickets online at fathersdayfestival.com


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

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.


Bubba Ray's Curiosity Shoppe

Here you'll find items for sale/trade/give away from members

Send info on items to ray@ritch.net


Mandolin For Sale

Morgan Monroe MMS-2 Rocky Top  used mandolin.

Beautiful to look at and lovely to hear and play.

 Spruce top                     Solid maple back and sides

Rosewood fretboard                      D’Addario strings

Includes original hard wood case

$800 plus shipping if sold outside of Northern Nevada

Call Martha at: 775-544-8923 and leave a message.




Click here for the April 2020 edition of the CBA Sacramento Area Bluegrass Newsletter.

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

and right full of cancellations.

Once it's safe to travel, most of these events are an easy reach from

the Reno area and the home of many NNBA members.


CBA Reminders & Events

           • Fathers Day Tickets - Stiil planned. Let's hope it's safe by then.

           • CBA Music Camp Classes and Instructors are available as well as app forms.

           • CBA Youth Program Fund Raiser - It will keep our music going strong!


Click here for information on the Eighth CBA Annual Academy: begins Wednesday, 6/17/20 and runs through 6/20/20.




Click here for the March 2020 edition of the SNBMS Southern Nevada Bluegrass Newsletter.

These monthly newsletters cover events (festivals, concerts, camps, jams, etc.) in Southern Nevada

for those of you heading south and looking for happenings,

including the Las Vegas Bluegrass Festival on March 20-21.




Start planning now to attend the

NNBA 2020 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Music Festival in August 2020



Please let me know if you have a gig or event 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 and click on the “CALENDAR” tag at the top of the page.

Hope to see you at these events

and at the next Jam class

at the First Congregational Church on Sunnyside


Hunker down, practice your songs, fiddle tunes and breaks and get really, really good at hand washing and elbow bumping.  Best of wishes to you all.

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:





NNBA Beginning/Intermediate/Advance Jams

at the Mountain Music Parlor

 735 S. Center Street, Reno, NV

Beginning Bluegrass Jam/Lesson

4th Wednesday 6:00

1 hour of learning the Bluegrass character,

licks and songs.



Intermediate/Advanced Jam

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

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

Monday Night Volunteers

Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com

735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events


MMP would like to remind you to RECYCLE YOUR OLD STRINGS into their bin.

Bring in 4 used sets, get a 35% discount on a new set!


MMP has a wonderful Listening Room where very special concerts are hosted.

All top notch Folk music genres represented by Award winners,

Grand champions, Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artists and living legends.

A great way to experience live cultural music up front and personal.

Always a special occasion you shouldn't miss.


MMP is Reno's Acoustic Instrument Donation Center!

Any instrument can be rehomed to a longing learner and MMP makes sure of it!

No instrument should be left behind!

Or you can Consign it! Works out for you and MMP as well!



For more information


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


Learn Social Separation!


Learn to play Banjo!


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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