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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

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This weekend is the date!:  Ricochet will be playing this Saturday, February 9, 2019

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.


SAVE THE DATE:  The Sierra Sweethearts will be playing Friday, February 15, 2019 from 7 PM to 9 PM at the Brewery Arts Center, Carson City, NV.  This event is their NEW CD RELEASE PARTY.

So, come on out and join the fun!  Admission price is $18, BAC Members $13, Children & Seniors $15.


SAVE THE DATE:  Joseph Martini wants all you folks to know that

he is hosting his Annual Chili Cookoff and Jam

at his house on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

NNBA News and Info for February 1, 2019

Two day Group Listening and Dynamics Workshop





Gilchrist, Little, & Witcher Concert





Both Workshop & Concert


Hope you have been catching 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.  So far he has interviewed Rick Sparks, Renee Lauderback and Sage Creek with others to follow in the coming weeks and months.  Please spread the word and tune in this weekend.

We would love to get as much listenership as possible.




                            AN EVENT YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS

                                   The next NNBA Workshop will be held

                           March 22/23 (Fri/Sat), 2019

                                          This will be the Group Listening and Dynamics Workshop with

                                    Sharon Gilchrist (mandolin/vocals),                Click here for Bio

                                    Keith Little (banjo/guitar/vocals)                     Click here for Bio

                                    and Mike Witcher (Dobro/vocals)                   Click here for Bio

                                  The instructors will be giving a concert the evening of March 23.

                                                               The cost of the event (workshop and concert) will be

                                           $30.00 for the two day workshop   Click here for event poster

                                            $20.00 for the concert

                                                                                                      OR $45.00 for both.

                                                                                                or you can pay at the door.

                                                           If you prefer to pay at the door please RSVP to Eric Lovejoy

Paypal adds a $1.00 Convenience Fee                                                                 (we can get the PayPal payers info on-line, no need to RSVP)



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.






A heads up on the 2019 Schedule: "Come in from the Cold"

Bartley Ranch, 7PM to 8PM:


February 9   Ricochet

February 16   Richard Elioyan

February 23   Reno Swing Set

March 2     Sierra Sweethearts

March 9     Sage Creek

March 16   Reno Youth Jazz Orchestra


Walker Creek Music Camp Notice:  Registration is now open for the Spring Walker Creek Music Camp.  Spring Camp dates: Thursday April 11 - Sunday April 14.  This camp focuses mostly on bluegrass and old-time music for musicians and singers of all ages.  This Spring, they also have an Irish music track, and some other related styles will likely find their way into the electives.  More info: www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org


Information from the Sacramento Region of our Neighbor Organization, The California Bluegrass Association:

Click for the February 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.

                        In February & early March I’ve featured performances of several well known musicians

                        who will be performing in our area:

•  John Reischman & the Jay Birds - Folsom Opry House (sold out)

•  North Country Blue - The Side Door in Sacramento

•  Front Country in Winters, Chico & Grass Valley

•  The Keith Little Band - The Side Door in Sacramento

•  Sideline - Shingle Springs

•  Noma Pinkelny & Stuart Duncan (banjo/fiddle duo) - Chico

•  Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen - Chico


Don’t forget to look through “Other Events” to find many other local and touring artist performing in our area, including but not limited to:

• • One Grass Two Grass w/ Lost Whiskey Engine in Nevada City

Also note that

  • Early Bird Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Fathers Day Festival in Grass Valley
  • CBA Music Camp Registration will start on February 7
  • CBA Music Academy Registration will start on February 15 (for kids 8-16 yrs
  • Also a special note for Cowboy Music fans; Dave Stamey will perform at house concert in Folsom on March 14. email rich.smith@pacbell.net
  • Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry will perform at the Folsom Opry House on March 20. bluegrass@shaunv.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



Plan Now to Attend


The 2019 NNBA

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

16 - 17- 18 August, 2019



Edgar Loudermilk Band            Kathy Kallick Band

          https://www.edgarloudermilk.com/home                                 http://kathykallick.com

                                Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa



The Note-Ables                                              NNBA Monday Night Volunteers

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.




Plan NOW to attend the

2019 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival - 16-18 August, 2019

Sponsored by your very own Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association (NNBA)


The guy went into a bar and asked the meaty, tough-looking barman

if he'd like to hear a banjo joke.

"Sure", the barman said, "but before you do I ought to tell you something. I play banjo. And you see that big ugly fellow in the corner with the tattoos and scar - the one cleaning his finger nails with his flick knife. Well, he's a banjo player too. And you see that 18 stone rugby player in the other corner with the broken nose, cauliflower ear and ten empty pint glasses in front of him. Well, he's also a banjo player."

The guy thought for a minute and scratched his head.

"No, forget the joke", he said. "I can't be bothered to explain it three times . . . "


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

March 13, 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!


Thursday - March 14, 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

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 2019 !


 For more information please visit


NNBA Events Calendar



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, February 20, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

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 2019 NNBA Board of Directors


















2019 NNBA Board of Directors

Starting at Left: Rick Sparks, Zona Hairgrove, Jerry Robinson,

Eric Lovejoy,  Martha Greene, Russell Davies,



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:  Jerry Robinson, (775) 376-8423

 Treasurer: Larry Underwood, (775) 772-6921

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

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

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


Newsletter Editor: Jennifer Brand, nnbanewsletter@gmail.com

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



Eric: What do you call a banjo player who looses his girlfriend?

Ray: Heck, I don't know!

Eric: Homeless







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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