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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

This Weekend can't get here soon enough!!

2019 NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

August 16-17-18, 2019

Click here

for the


Festival Schedule


 Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa

         Kathy Kallick Band

      Edgar Loudermilk Band 

$35  At the

Gate Admission

Youth under 12 admitted free with Adult Admission



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 a 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!


Compounding our loss is the fact that Zona played such an important role in the Bower’s Festival – she has done an extraordinary job coordinating Festival Volunteers for the last few years.  She will be missed hugely.


 Please contact

Cindy Gray at cgray56@sbcglobal.net or (775) 348-4692

or Kristell Moller at kristelldm@gmail.com

or (775) 843-7928

to volunteer or for more info on volunteers needed!


Please contact Steve Gallagher at (760) 709-0181 or baconrinds@yahoo.com to volunteer security duty or for more info.


























In Memoriam

A very vital and cherished member of our Bluegrass family, Zona Hairgrove, passed away on Tuesday, July 30.  Zona’s illness (cancer) and care has been at the forefront of our minds for the past year and especially the last several weeks, and we are heartbroken at the outcome.

There will be musical tributes to Zona by several bands during the Bowers Festival.  Zona’s band - Sunday Go to Meetin’ - will have a very special send off for Zona.  Please make every effort to be at the Davis Creek Amphitheater Sunday morning, August 18.

Attached is a very sweet tribute to Zona poster with a great photo of her, showing her indominable spirit and strong commitment to bluegrass music.

The 34th annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival is upon us.  Kicking things off is the Rattlesnake Mountain Boys playing a free concert at the Davis Creek Amphitheater on Friday August 16, 2019.

The show starts at 7:00 PM and will last approximately one hour.  Sound is by Kristell.

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

NNBA News and Info for August 11, 2019

See important note above about a change to Volunteering at the

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival!

Click on images at right to open or download


On Thursday, August 15th at Idlewild Park is the Annual Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful - Raise the River silent auction and dinner.  It will run essentially the same way as last year: Set up at 4 and play from 4.30 - 6.30.  Afterwards, the musicians are very welcome to eat dinner in the volunteer tent - it won't be pizza - Mark Estee will be catering again!

Let Scott Cozen <scott.cozen@gmail.com> know if you can come out and play!


 The NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival is Aug 16-18



Sierra Sweethearts are part of Music in the Park 2019 in the

Markleeville Park (Next to the Library).

Sunday, August 25, 5 p.m.

Performances are free, donations are welcome!


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.


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 August 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.




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


Walker Creek Music Camp

(http://www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org) or call 415-663-6030.


 Registration begins August 1, 2019

 Fall dates: Nov 1 - Nov 4, 2019

 Location: The Walker Creek Ranch in the North Bay coastal hills of Petaluma.


Registration has been filling up FAST for the past several camps.

All ages are welcome to sign up for fun, high quality music classes in traditional American music--mostly bluegrass, old time and swing--

with some of the country's best teachers from the Bay Area and beyond.

Anyone who loves this type of music can come to improve their skills and meet others to jam with. The ranch also offers miles of hiking trails, healthy and delicious food, and various lodging or camping options.

Walker Creek Music Camp is dedicated to enhancing lives through music.



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, August 21, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

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



Monday Night Volunteers

Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com

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 - Second Thursdays of the Month 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



Mandolin & Guitar Flat Picking with Scotty Cozen

6 Week Semester, Monday nights, 6-8 PM,

Semesters Beginning 9/23, 11/25.

Beginning to intermediate level group class on playing your Guitar and/or Mandolin with a pick. Each lesson in this 6-week course begins by focusing on the fundamentals, exercises, and music theory, followed by learning a new tune and a jam. You will learn to play accompaniment chords, lead melodies, and improvisation. You will learn to read music and tablature, and how to play by ear. You will learn tunes from Bluegrass, Old Time, and Celtic Genres.


No prior experience necessary.  More advanced students will be promoted to Flat Picking II. We will use Mel Bay 50 Tunes for Mandolin, Vol. 1: Traditional, Old Time, Bluegrass & Celtic Solos and/or Mel Bay 50 Tunes for Guitar, Vol. 1: Traditional, Old Time, Bluegrass & Celtic Solos as a textbook, available for purchase at the shop in the Mountain Music Parlor.  Students can join the group mid semester pro-rated and there will be one makeup class per semester.

*Ages 13+ *prodigious youngsters >13 may apply to join the class.

Tuition $180.00.

Questions?: Scott.cozen@gmail.com



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


"Haven't I seen your face before?" a judge demanded, looking down at the defendant.

"You have, Your Honour," the man answered hopefully. "I gave your son fiddle lessons last winter."

"Ah, yes," recalled the judge. "Twenty years!"

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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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