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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 February 22, 2020


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

at the First Congregational Church in Northwest Reno. I 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.


Richard Elloyan

will be playing this Saturday, February 22, 2020

in the traditional music series “Come in From the Cold”

at the Western Heritage Interpretive Center at

Bartley Ranch Regional Park beginning at 7:00PM.

Doors open at 5:00 PM.  Suggested donation of $3.00.



Front Porch

        is playing at the Genoa Bar, Genoa, NV,

       from 7:00 to 11:00 pm on Friday March 6th.





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.


A heads up on the 2020 Schedule: "Come in from the Cold", Bartley Ranch, 7PM to 8PM:  The Washoe County Parks webpage with the 2020 schedule: https://www.washoecounty.us/parks/upcoming_events_and_programs/come_in_from_the_cold_2020.php.

February 22      Richard Elloyan

February 29      Sage Creek

March 7           Reno Jazz Orchestra


Early Bird Tickets to the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Festival

in Grass Valley are on sale until February 28th.

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 February 2020 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.

CBA Reminders & Events

           • Early Bird Fathers Day Tickets End in February - save money!

           • CBA Music Camp Classes and Instructors are available as well as app forms.Sign-Ups Start February 7th

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




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


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:

NO JAM Wednesday, January 1 2019

Wednesday, January 15, 2019

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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


$5 drop in

beverages provided


"Day One Mandolin Group Class"

with Scott Cozen is a six-week class for those interested in learning the mandolin.

This class will lay the foundations for exploring and enjoying the mandolin and

set you up for success as you learn on your own in the future.

We will focus on posture, technique, terminology, basic chords,

melody playing, "practicing smart", and playing with others.

Classes will be Monday evenings 6:30 to 8 PM at Mountain Music Parlor.

Dates:  2/10, 2/17, 2/24, Break, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23.

Young and older participants welcome.  Absolute beginners and converts from other instruments welcome!  Tuition is $180 and funds the Mountain Music Parlor and Instructor.

Any questions, please feel free to contact Scott at Scott.Cozen@gmail.com.




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


How do you sink a fiddle player's submarine?


You knock on the hatch.


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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