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

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

Coming Events


Here it Comes!! This year’s Scottish American Military Society (SAMS) Post 1864 Veteran Fundraiser,

The 2017 Tartan Day Ceilidh. Sage Creek will perform at this year’s fundraiser;

It will be held on Saturday April 8th from 5pm until 9pm at the VFW California Building (75 Cowan Drive, Reno NV …. Located in Idlewild Park); This Scottish party will have Celtic & Bluegrass music performances, grilled bangers & burgers, other pot luck food items, a bonnie knee contest, raffle drawings,

a SAMS Medal presentation, and much bravado. Visit the NNBA Events page for more info!


Here's what's coming up at the Mountain Music Parlor:

Saturday, April 8 ~ Joe Craven concert (If you didn't get tickets by now, it's too late. He's sold out!)

and Special Play Well With Others Workshop.

Sunday, April 9 ~ Bluegrass JAM - all levels.


Check out the NEW location and day for the NNBA Intermediate/Advanced Jam.

3rd Monday of the Month at the Ceol Irish Pub, 538 S. Virginia!


Please let Eric Lovejoy know if you have a gig you want the NNBA membership to know about.  He usually likes to get the e-mails out within the week of performance.  Any earlier and the notice seems to get lost in the shuffle. He 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.




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:

 Wednesdays, April 5 & 19, 2017

Wednesdays, May 3rd & 17th, 2017

Ceol Irish Pub Jam

  3rd Monday of every month, 7-10 pm

NEXT:  Monday, April 17, 2017

Ceol Irish Pub, 538 S. Virginia St, Reno, 89501

 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



Monday Night Volunteers

Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com

Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

Saturday, April 22, 2017, 5pm - 8pm

Lassen County Arts Council Inc, 807 Cottage St,

Susanville, CA 96130

Did y'all know there's another great local Bluegrass Festival! In addition to our own Bowers Bluegrass Festival, thar's one comin' up in Susanville! June 23-25, 2017!

Go to https://lassencountyfair.org/interim-events/bluegrass-festival/ for info!

735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events

Bluegrass Jam

Second Sunday of every month

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3pm


Old Time Jam

Second Wednesday of every month

Next: April 12, 2017 at 7:00

Hosted by Joyce Furlong of 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

Third Wednesday of every month

Next: April 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

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!




April 8, Joe Craven & The Sometimers


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 2017.


 For more information please visit



NNBA Events Calendar




What's the difference between a fiddler playing in "D" and a locksmith?

 A locksmith knows how to change keys, and can get paid for it !


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 2017 NNBA Board of Directors


















2017 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:


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


 Treasurer: Ray Hopper, (775) 384-2403


 Outreach Coordinator:


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


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


Newly Elected at 2017 NNBA Annual Meeting

Russell Davies

Zona Hairgrove


Board Members, Emeritus

Annie Pinkerton, (775) 225-9462

Kathi Scott, (775) 322-5039


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





Plan now to attend

The 32nd Annual

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

18-20 August, 2017

Reno, Nevada


This fantastic festival always features

top nationally-recognized bluegrass bands,

as well as the best in the region.


Plan now to attend!!


Keep watching this site for more information

as plans and commitments are made.

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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