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


The 2018 NNBA

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

is here!


Plan to attend!

August 17-19, 2018

Prepaid tickets - Order Now $25

        After August 11th or at the door $30



      Blue Highway

      The Sonoran Dogs

                                                   J2B2 (The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band!)


Also Appearing:

Mosquito Road

Sage Creek

Suspect Terrane

Monday Night Volunteers

The Notables


A Great Weekend of Music is coming your way!

NNBA News and Info

for Monday, July 2, 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.


Plan on attending the 2018 4th of July Celebration in Genoa, NV … (it is free).

Several Reno area bands will be strutting their stuff there: Sierra Silverstrings at 11:00, Reno Swing Set at 1:30 and The Sierra Sweethearts at 2:15.  Check this link for more details:  http://www.genoaamericanacelebration.org


The Mountain Music Parlor gives a BIG THANK YOU to the NNBA and the Intermediate/Advanced JAMMERS!

Their first “Welcome” JAM at MMP was special and fun!

Please note that the monthly NNBA Intermediate/Advanced Jam was previously was a monthly jam at Ceol!

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.




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



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 Notables

Get your tickets now

and save $5 a head!

$25  per person online or

$30 after Aug 11 and 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

This is the West's greatest venue! Bowers Mansion is a beautiful park located just down the road from Reno, Nevada.

It sits right against the mountains halfway between Reno and Carson City.


Tent and Trailer camping is available about a mile from the festival site with activities/concerts on Friday Night and Sunday Morning. There's also a tremendous amount of picking going late into the night each night at the camp! Bring your instrument and sit in with one of the groups.


It's a great setting for Bluegrass music. The Board of the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association (NNBA) works all year-round to make this one of the premiere events of the west.


We'll see you there! It's better than a fresh skillet of fried okra!

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


The 2018 NNBA Silver State Spring Stringbuster


Jennifer Brand is our new newsletter editor! Welcome her by writing an article and sending 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 decided to learn to play a "real" musical instrument,

so he went into a music store and looked around.

The sales clerk approached the banjo player and asked,

"May I help you?"

The banjo player answered,

"Yes, I'm interested in the white accordion and the red saxophone."

The clerk looked around then finally said, "I can sell you the fire extinquisher but I can't sell you the radiator. It's attached to the wall."

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, June 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 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


"Bluegrass musician shows up at the gate to the White House, carrying an instrument case.

Guard says, 'What's in the case.' Guy opens it to reveal a submachine gun.

Guard says, 'Okay. I was afraid it was a banjo.'"

— Intermountain Acoustic Musician, June 2007

Plan now to attend

The 33rd Annual

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

17-19 August, 2018

Reno, Nevada


This fantastic festival always features

top nationally-recognized bluegrass bands,

as well as the best in the region.

Featuring  -  Blue Highway

The Sonoran Dogs

J2B2 (The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band)

Also Appearing:

Mosquito Road

Sage Creek

Suspect Terrane

Monday Night Volunteers

The Notables


Plan now to attend!!

$25 per person in advance. $30 after Aug 11 or at the door!


Click here to go the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival Page




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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2018 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival





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