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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 June 15, 2020


The 2020 Bowers Mansion Festival has been


• The 2020 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival: planned for August 14-16th.  More information is posted on our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/Bowers-Mansion-Bluegrass-Festival-230738367051224/ and on our website at http://www.nnba.org/.




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.


Just for something to keep you thinking during the pandemic!

Check out the sidebar on page 8 of the NNBA Silver State String Buster 2020_June we sent out last week.

One reader wins a CD by Sage Creek and another reader wins a CD by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road.

Ray has CDs ready to send out.


Just saying howdy from the NNBA!

Please keep our organization in mind so that when this pandemic becomes something we can handle,

and life returns to something approaching normal,

we can all get back to playing and listening to live bluegrass music that we love so much.

Couple of things:

• If your dues are due, please renew.

• If you have something in the bluegrass world that you would like to share with your bluegrass friends,

please send it to us so we can assist you in sharing. nnbamailbox@gmail.com

Eric Lovejoy

NNBA Membership Coordinator



CANCELLED:  The Lost River Festival at Merrill, Oregon.


POSTPONED UNTIL 2021:  2020 CBA Fathers’ Day Festival at Grass Valley, CA, June 14-17, 2020.  For details check this link:  http://fathersdayfestival.com.


POSTPONED UNTIL 2021:  Artown has postponed its ticketed events and Monday Night Music Series at the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater at Bartley Ranch until 2021 and postponed all this year’s Wingfield Park programming until next year.  For more information check Artown at https://artown.org/ or contact them at office@renoisartown.com.


LIKELY POSTPONED UNTIL 2021:  The Susanville Bluegrass Festival, planned for June 26-28th, has been postponed until 2021:  The Fair Governing Board is working with the bands to see if the same line-up will be on the 2021 Festival.  More information http://www.lassencountyfair.org/interim-events/bluegrass-festival/


Bluegrass on the tube

Bluegrass treasures on YouTube.

Sign up or search at bluegrassonthetube.com

Carl Carlson searches YouTube so you don’t have to, for some bluegrass standards you’re sure to know and some unusual ones you’ll wonder how come you never knew.

Every several days he sends out a link for you to check out.



Here's the latest edition of the NNBA Newsletter:


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


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






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.


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



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.




Click here for the April 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 NEXT YEAR'S

NNBA 2021 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Music Festival in August 2021



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







The International Bluegrass Music Association is pleased to announce the election of new members to its Board of Directors and the election of its officers for the next twelve months. The following members were elected or reelected to serve a three-year term commencing on Wednesday, June 10, 2020:


Darin Aldridge – Artists, Composers, and Music Publishers (member elected)

Christine Funk – Merchandisers & Luthiers (member elected)

Carolyn Hotte – Bluegrass Music Associations (member elected)

Christopher Howard-Williams – International At Large (board appointed)

Andrea Roberts – At Large (member elected)

Mike Simpson – At Large (board appointed and reelected)


The Board of Directors elected the following as officers on its Executive Committee:


Board Chair – Ben Surratt

Board Vice-Chair – Daniel Boner

Treasurer – Mike Simpson

Secretary – Michelle Conceison

Additional Officer – Ashley Moyer



IBMA is proud to announce a new media partnership with Bluegrass Country

Radio, supporting our efforts to share important updates on IBMA World of

Bluegrass and other association programs and initiatives. Bluegrass Country

Radio is America's oldest Bluegrass, Old Time, and Americana radio

station. Formerly operated by WAMU in Washington, DC, the station is now

independent and broadcasts 24/7 with nearly 40 programs hosted by music

experts like Eddie Stubbs, Lee Michael Demsey, Dick Spottswood, Brad

Kolodner, Chris Teskey and more. Bluegrass Country can be heard around the

world at BluegrassCountry.org, as well as TuneIn and iPhone and Android apps.






Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

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

Lassen County Arts Council Inc

807 Cottage St, Susanville, CA 96130

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





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:






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


Q: What's the definition of a minor 2nd?


A: The fiddle and steel guitar playing in unison.


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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