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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

Site Page Index:

NNBA News and Info for  January 13, 2019

Acoustic Solutions is playing at Bella Fiore Wines, Corner of 3rd St. and Curry St, Carson City,

from 3:00 to 6:00 PM on Friday, January the 18Click here for Poster


Cowboy Poet Larry Maurice will be playing this Saturday, January 19, 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.  Please see the attached poster - you have to admire the Larry’s graphic communications. Click here for Poster


                            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.

Paypal adds a $1.00 Convenience Fee                                   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

                                                    (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.


Save the date:


              The 2019 Annual NNBA Meeting

                             will be held on FEBRUARY 9, 2019

                starting at noon and running through 5 or 6 PM.

                                    The meeting will be at the

                    First Congregational United Church of Christ

                         627 Sunnyside Drive, Reno, NV 89503.

              Sunnyside is off of Keystone Ave. just north of the I-80 exit.


As usual the Meeting will include a short presentation of the state of affairs

of NNBA, the election of Officers (Board members) and the announcement

of the Board members for 2019.

 PLEASE be advised that if your dues are not up to date

you cannot cast your ballot for the NNBA Board officers.

But, of course, you CAN pay at the meeting and THEN vote.


The meeting will be a potluck affair so please bring some good stuff to share with your friends.

During the chow down we will have the sound system set up for open mic performances

followed by a short business meeting.

After the business portion is concluded it will become a jam session.

(Please note that the annual meeting takes 45 minutes and the rest of the time is a JAM.  We need to squelch the rumors that it is all business.)

So bring food, your instrument(s), several songs and an urge to pick.


The current NNBA Board members are

President – Rick Sparks

Vice-President – Zona Hairgrove

Secretary – Jerry Robinson

Treasurer – Ray Hopper:  Ray is not running for re-election in 2019

Jams and Events Coordinator – Martha Greene

Outreach Coordinator – Russel Davies

Membership Coordinator – Eric Lovejoy

Please see the attached bios for the foregoing board members.


We do have an NNBA member who wants to become a board member to replace Ray Hopper.  Ray’s shoes will be tough to fill – he been a treasure of a treasurer for the past four years and we will miss him.  However, the person who has volunteered to take on the job is a worthy replacement.  He is Larry Underwood – excellent and enthusiastic guitar picker and a stalwart Bowers Mansion Festival volunteer.  Many of you might know him from the Wednesday evening jam sessions.  He is motivated, dedicated and likes bluegrass music and pizza.


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

Bartley Ranch, 7PM to 8PM:


January 19   Cowboy Poet: Larry Maurice

January 26   Chris Wessel’s Jazz Dixie Review

February 2   Suspect Terrane

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 opens Tuesday, January 15th 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 January 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.  Check out some events of particular note:

If you’re heading to Sacramento Area in January & early February

there are performances of several well known musicians who will be performing in these areas:

           •  John Reischman & the Jay Birds at the Folsom Opry House

           •  North Country Blue at The Side Door in Sacramento

           •  Front Country in Winters, Chico & Grass Valley

           •  Laurie Lewis in Winters

           •  Barwick & Siegfried in Nevada City

           •  Red Dog Ash in Nevada City



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


NNBA Workshop

Plan Now to Attend


The 2019 NNBA

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

16 - 17- 18 August, 2019



Edgar Loudermilk Band            Kathy Kallick Band


                                Sawmill Road


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)


A Banjo picker at a Bluegrass festival was crying hysterically.

The Mandolin player asks "What's wrong?"

"My Banjo is out of tune because

the Fiddle player loosened one of my tuning pegs." said the picker.


"So what's the problem?" said the fiddler, "Just tighten it."


"I would," said the picker, "but he won't tell me which one he loosened!"

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

Feb 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 - Feb 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, January 16, 2019

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Wednesday, February 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 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:  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


How can you tell a bluegrass musician in east Texas?


He is the one with the clean bowling shirt.






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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