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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

2019 NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival Weekend

Videos at http://nnba.org/media.html Pix soon!

NNBA News and Info

for October 10, 2019


The Sierra Sweethearts will be playing Saturday, Oct 12, 2019 from Noon to 2:00pm at the annual Pumpkin Patch gala at the Andelin Family Farm, 8100 Pyramid Highway.  Admission price is $7 (under 2 free).  .


The Sierra Sweethearts will be playing Sunday, Oct 13, 2019 for the annual Tweed Ride from 3:00pm to 5:00pm at the Hytch at the Sierra Water Gardens.

Here is the link for tickets and more information:  https://bikewashoe.org/tweed-ride/



The Austin Lounge Lizards will be at Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 and The Sierra Sweethearts are opening for them starting at 7:00pm.

Here is the link for tickets and more information:



Westwind will be performing at Abel Del Real’s new restaurant in Northwest Reno, Del Real (formerly Baba’s Eats), 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Saturday, October 19th.  Abel (formerly of Water Springs on Pyramid Highway) has been a great supporter of NNBA bands in the area and they are excited about playing again for our friend.



Laurie Lewis and the Right Hand will be performing at

Oaks Park Art Center in Fallon, NV, 8:00 to 10:00 PM, Saturday, October 19th.


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.




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 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, October 2, 2019

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wednesday, November 20, 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

September 11, 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


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


What can you never say about a banjo player?

There's the banjo player's Porsche.

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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