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


Plan to attend!

August 17-19, 2018

                        Prepaid tickets, Now or at the door- $30

Remember! Your name will be on a list at Will Call!



The Festival Schedule is now online (Click Here)



      Blue Highway

      The Sonoran Dogs

                                                   J2B2 (The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band!)


Also Appearing:

Mosquito Road

Sage Creek

Suspect Terrane

Monday Night Volunteers

The Note-Ables


A Great Weekend of Music is coming your way!

NNBA News and Info

for Monday, July 29, 2018

All you NNBA Members and Friends,

Another in our series of e-blasts to let you all know of some very worthwhile happenings that you should plan on getting to during the upcoming week.


Some notes regarding the 2018 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival on August 17-19 for your use and dissemination to friends, family and other unsuspecting folks in your sphere of influence:


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 free entrance to the festival!  Plus the general good feeling of helping out a great organization with an awesome festival!


Please contact Zona Hairgrove at zhairgrove@gmail.com or 775.771.6347 to volunteer or for more info!


Reno Swing Set is playing at SouthCreek Pizza this Wednesday, July 31 as part of Artown, 6 PM to 9 PM.


Sage Creek is at the Fine Vines of Reno, 6300 Mae Anne Rd, August 4, 6 PM.


Mountain Music Parlor:  Thursday, August 2. Aloha Ukulele Club.  The 1st Thursday is here ALREADY! For those who like the endless Summer and the sound of waves crashing on the shore (a stretch around here), then the Aloha Ukulele Club is for you!  They've got the easy strumming fun going at MMP.  It's a Ukulele JAM for all ages!  Complete with sheet music, Hawaiian Punch and instruction along the way to make sure you're catching all the vibes to great old stuff like Trailers for Sale or Rent, Folsom Prison Blues, songs from the 20's to the Beatles and Bruno Mars!  You can even borrow a Ukulele for JAM!  The perfect getaway for those Bluegrass Widows!


MMP is looking for Volunteers to Help with set up and Break down for their BIGGER and BETTER Vendor Booth at this year’s 33rd Annual Bowers Bluegrass Festival.  Call Renee if you'd like to lend a hand. 775/843-5500


Mountain Music Parlor would also like to give folks a heads up about the upcoming Blue Summit concert on August 30 with 8-time Award winning singer AJ Lee!  It’ll be a sellout (already half tix gone).


Mountain Music Parlor: See what's going on at the MMP at http://mountainmusicparlor.com



Please note that the monthly NNBA Intermediate/Advanced Jam has changed locations!

It's now happening at the Mountain Music Parlor each month on the Fourth Wednesday at 7-10 P.M.

For more information

contact Neil Linden at (925)550-8694

Show up early at 6 PM for Tex Weir's MMP Monthly Cowboy Jam!



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.





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


The Saturday Festival Lineup!!!






Also Appearing:

Mosquito Road

Sage Creek

Suspect Terrane

Monday Night Volunteers

The Note-Ables

Prepaid tickets,

Now or at the door- $30

Remember! Your name will be on a list at the door!

More Info:


The 2018 NNBA

Bowers Mansion



17-19 August

Just South of Reno, Nevada

Special Related Activities at the Davis Creek Park Campground:

(About a mile north of Bowers Mansion, Camping Available

See the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival page for more info!)

Friday Night Concert & Jam

Late Night Jamming Friday & Saturday in the Campsite

Sunday Morning Gospel Concert

Check it out!  The NNBA Stringbuster is out! It's our Newsletter

The 2018 NNBA Silver State Spring Stringbuster

Jennifer Brand is our newsletter editor! Write an article and send it to her.




If you haven't planned to attend the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival,

August 17-19, 2018, Where in the world have you been?

Go to http://www.nnba.org/bowers-mansion.html for info


A banjo player and a guitar player both fall at the same time from a balcony in the top of a skyscraper.


Which one hit the ground first?


The guitar player - the banjo player will have to stop

and retune at least once on the way down.

Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

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

Lassen County Arts Council Inc

807 Cottage St, Susanville, CA 96130


$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


Hosted by Joyce Furlong of the Hwy 40 Band. Joyce is a clawhammerin’, song slingin’, power house, doing the best Appalachian style this side of granny’s corn pipe!


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

735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events

Aloha Ukulele Club

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month

Grab your ku'uipo (sweetheart) and enjoy making island music with new friends!


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 Neil Linden at (925)550-8694



Check out the MMP Website

for upcoming info!


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 2018 !


 For more information please visit


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 Neil Linden at (925)550-8694


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, July 18 2018

Wednesday, August 1 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


Monday Night Volunteers

Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com

Check out the NNBA Calendar below for dates and times and the Events page for in-depth info.

To contact the NNBA, please email: nnbamailbox@gmail.com

NNBA Events Calendar

About the NNBA

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.


The NNBA conducts a variety of activities for its members and the general public, including but not limited to: hosting informal potluck dinners to encourage musicians to play together; publishing an informational and educational newsletter; sponsoring and conducting related workshops, jams, special presentations and educational sessions; and sponsoring and conducting the Annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival.


A large number of NNBA members volunteer many hours of  their time throughout the year for various fund-raising events that support other non-profit organizations, City and County Parks and Recreation Departments, retirement communities, and assisted living facilities.


Click to view or download the NNBA Bylaws


Our 2018 NNBA Board of Directors


















2018 NNBA Board of Directors

 Back row -  Eric Lovejoy, Ray Hopper, Russell Davies, Jerry Robinson

 Front row - Martha Greene, Rick Sparks, Zona Hairgrove


Board of Directors Contact Information

To contact the NNBA or anyone associated with the organization,

please email:



President: Rick Sparks, (775) 233-0122

Vice President: Zona Hairgrove, (775) 771-6347

Secretary/Newsletter Editor:  Jerry Robinson, (775) 376-8423

 Treasurer: Ray Hopper, (775) 384-2403

 Outreach Coordinator: Russ Davies, (775) 219-3333

 Membership Coordinator: Eric Lovejoy, (775) 742-7431

Activities Coordinator: Martha Greene, (775) 626-3266

Board Members, Emeritus

Annie Pinkerton, (775) 225-9462

Kathi Scott, (775) 322-5039


Newsletter Editor: Jennifer Brand, nnbanewsletter@gmail.com

Webmaster (Not a member of the Board): Ray Ritch, (775) 527-7870


Why do banjo players like to walk when they play?


Moving targets are harder to hit.



This 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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