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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

NNBA News and Info

for January 6, 2020


In memory of Jan Ramirez


Gil Ramirez informed me that his wife, our bandmate and good friend Jan Ramirez passed away on January 2, 2020.  Jan had Alzheimer’s Disease for many years.  For us who loved her, her forgetfulness was part of her charm. Last spring the disease progressed to the point that Gil could no longer take care of her and she moved to a memory care facility.  I visited last summer, and she looked fine and happy, but I don’t think she remembered me.


Jan was a member of the Banjo Queens along with Jimmie Benedict, Kristen Wells Kennedy, and Carol Oberholzer.  Later she became a founding member of the GoodTimers with Val and Paul Kiefe, Gary Dunlap, Mike Parsley, Ben Thomas, Rick Rinehart and Ron Moyes.  Later we were joined by Karen Williams, Renee Lauderback, and Stephanie Vanderleest.  She also played occasionally with the Monday Night Volunteers.  Her last band was Little City String Band.  Jan, back row, is holding her beloved banjo in this December 2010 photo of the GoodTimers.


Jan was a good banjo player and an even better friend.  Here’s to you Jan- GoodTimers forever- Good Music, Good Whiskey, and Good Friends.

....Rick Rinehart



First, a big thank you to Paula Walkins for hosting the 2020 New Year Jam today.

Paula says somebody left a brown guitar pick at the house and since she doesn’t play guitar.(yet!)

ya better claim it before she hasta learn another instrument!


The NNBA Monday Night Volunteers will be playing this Saturday, January 11, 2020 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.


Charlie and Helen Edsall are hosting a New Year Party at their house on January 11, 2020.

The party starts at 3:00PM, potluck dinner at 5:00PM.  BYOB.

Their address is 1303 Grassland Rd. Dayton, Nv, 89403.

 Any questions, please call Charlie at 775-530-3412 or Helen at 702-353-2164.



NNBA Annual Meeting: February 22, 2020, 1PM to 5PM

at the First Congregational Church Educational Building.

Potluck affair.  More details to follow.


A heads up on the 2020 Schedule: "Come in from the Cold", Bartley Ranch, 7PM to 8PM:  The Washoe County Parks webpage with the 2020 schedule: https://www.washoecounty.us/parks/upcoming_events_and_programs/come_in_from_the_cold_2020.php.

January 11       NNBA: Monday Night Volunteers

January 18       Cowboy Poet: Larry Maurice

January 25       Suspect Terrane

February 1        Reno Swing Set

February 8        Sierra Sweethearts

February 15      Chris Wessel’s Jazz Dixie Review

February 22      Richard Elloyan

February 29      Sage Creek

March 7           Reno Jazz Orchestra


Early Bird Tickets to the California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Festival

in Grass Valley are on sale until February 28th.

You can order tickets online at fathersdayfestival.com



John Lowell

will be in Reno in January 2020 for a guitar flat picking workshop

and house concert.

John, who has been to Reno twice for concerts and workshops many moons ago,

is one of the most “in demand” singer/songwriters and guitar (flat picking) workshop Instructors in the world.


John is an awesome flat-picking instructor and will do a:

Guitar Workshop from 7 to 9 PM on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

The House Concert will be the following evening, Thursday, January 23.

Locations will be announced later.


                                                          Here’s his website:  https://johnlowell.com/.


                                Both workshop and concert:

                                                                                 $55.00 NNBA Members                $60.00 Non-NNBA-members.


                      Workshop only - $38.00.

                    Concert only - $20.00.


Howdy bluegrass jammers!

There is a new bluegrass JAM in Reno!

Please save the date (January 8th) for the jam at Plaza Maya Restaurant!!

It is from 7-9 PM. (could go later if host Miguel hangs around?)

This jam will be held on the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month!!

Mark your calendar.

The address is 1640 S Wells, Reno

Go right on the traffic circle near Holcomb & E. Regency Way, right near PJ and Co, Magpie Coffee Roasters, and Rapscallion Restaurant.

Your best bet for street parking is probably driving south on Wells toward the circle - maybe by 7 pm there could be some unmonitored lots nearby?

Come early - Miguel says the food is excellent!

Hope to see a bunch of you to make a great DEBUT!



Don't miss 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.  Please spread the word and tune in this weekend.


Scotty Cozen

would like folks to know that his

Guitar/Mandolin Flatpicking II class MMP.

Mandolin & Guitar Flat Picking II (intermediate) - 6 Week Semester, Monday nights 6:30-8 PM.

Scotty’s contact info:  scott.cozen@gmail.com

This semesters remaining dates are:




Intermediate level group class on playing your Guitar and/or Mandolin with a pick.  Each lesson in this 6-week course begins by focusing on the fundamentals, exercises, and music theory, followed by learning a new tune and a jam.

 You will learn to play accompaniment chords, lead melodies, and improvisation.

You will learn to read music and tablature, and how to play by ear.

You will learn tunes from Bluegrass, Old Time, and Celtic Genres.


We will use:

Mel Bay 50 Tunes for Mandolin, Vol. 1: Traditional, Old Time, Bluegrass & Celtic Solos and/or Mel Bay 50 Tunes for Guitar, Vol. 1: Traditional, Old Time, Bluegrass & Celtic Solos as a textbook,

available for purchase at the shop in the Mountain Music Parlor.


Students can join the group mid semester pro-rated and there will be one makeup class per semester.

*Ages 13+*     -   prodigious youngsters <13 may apply to join the class.


Tuition $180.00




Bubba Ray's Curiosity Shoppe

Here you'll find items for sale/trade/give away from members


Mandolin For Sale

Morgan Monroe MMS-2 Rocky Top  used mandolin.

Beautiful to look at and lovely to hear and play.

 Spruce top                     Solid maple back and sides

Rosewood fretboard                      D’Addario strings

Includes original hard wood case

$800 plus shipping if sold outside of Northern Nevada

Call Martha at: 775-544-8923 and leave a message.







Click here for the January 2020 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.




Start planning now to attend the

NNBA 2020 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Music Festival in August 2020



Please let me know if you have a gig or event 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 and click on the “CALENDAR” tag at the top of the page.

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


John Lowell Options

Buy Your Tickets here,

with Paypal!

Print your receipt. It's your Ticket!

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:

NO JAM Wednesday, January 1 2019

Wednesday, January 15, 2019

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

NNBA Beginning/Intermediate/Advance Jams

at the Mountain Music Parlor

 735 S. Center Street, Reno, NV

Beginning Bluegrass Jam/Lesson

4th Wednesday 6:00

1 hour of learning the Bluegrass character,

licks and songs.



Intermediate/Advanced Jam

Fourth Wednesday of the month 7-10 P.M.

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 The Mountain Music Parlor



Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

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

Lassen County Arts Council Inc

807 Cottage St, Susanville, CA 96130

Monday Night Volunteers

Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com


$5 drop in, beverages provided


Celtic Slow Session

Second Thursday of every month


Old Time Jam

Second Wednesday of every month


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, auto-harp, dulcimer, tenor banjo, jaw harp, washboard or spoons...

this is your opportunity!






Aloha Ukulele Club

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month

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


Second Thursdays of the Month 6:00

Swedish Session

Off the continent completely, but such a smooth and interesting genre you may want to try!


Cowboy Song N Lore Meetn'

3rd Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00

Reno's only gathering round

one of the regions last singing cowboys,

Mr. Tex Weir

Tells us the stories, lingo and melodies

the REAL Cowboys played.

A unique time worth attending!

Bring your friends along with your guitar

for a great chance to learn

and help keep alive

the Cowboy spirit here in the west!


Beginning Bluegrass Jam/lesson

4th Wednesday 6:00

1 hour of learning the Bluegrass character,

licks and songs.



Int/Advanced Bluegrass Jam

4th Wednesday

7:00 till the cows come home!


735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events

MMP would like to remind you to RECYCLE YOUR OLD STRINGS into their bin.

Bring in 4 used sets, get a 35% discount on a new set!


MMP has a wonderful Listening Room where very special concerts are hosted.

All top notch Folk music genres represented by Award winners,

Grand champions, Smithsonian Folkways Recording Artists and living legends.

A great way to experience live cultural music up front and personal.

Always a special occasion you shouldn't miss.


MMP is Reno's Acoustic Instrument Donation Center!

Any instrument can be rehomed to a longing learner and MMP makes sure of it!

No instrument should be left behind!

Or you can Consign it! Works out for you and MMP as well!



For more information


The Mountain Music Parlor

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


What's the best pickup to put on a banjo?

An F-150


NNBA Events Calendar


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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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