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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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Tickets are NOW Available for the

2019 NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

August 16-17-18, 2019

Admission Ticket Sales

$30 Advance tickets - each($1 Paypal Surcharge)

              Advance Ticket sales close 10:00 p.m., 11 August 19.

$35 Tickets at the Gate

  • Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an Adult


            Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa

                  Kathy Kallick Band

               Edgar Loudermilk Band 

Camping Available


Friday Night Show - Davis Creek Campground Stage

Rattlesnake Mountain Boys


Saturday Main Concert & Show - Bowers Mansion

Headliners listed above


Local Bands

Sierra Sweethearts

Front Porch


The Note-Ables

Monday Night Volunteers


Sunday Morning Gospel Show - Davis Creek Campground Stage

Sunday Go To Meetin' Band


Remember  to

Print your Receipt!

It's your ticket!


NNBA News and Info for May 29, 2019.

The Sierra Sweethearts will be playing June 1, 2019, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association’s National Trails Day “Boot Scootin’ Bash at the Beach at the Tahoe 4H Camp at Stateline.  This event is a very worthwhile music and contra dance fund raising event for the Rim Trail.


Front Porch is playing a new Venue on June 1, 5:00-9:00PM at Lake Tahoe Ale Worx, Stateline,

Next to Harrah’s Casino.  They will be on the back patio.


Save the Date: Steeldrivers are playing again this year for Artown. July 25 at 7:30-Bartley Ranch.

Last time they sold out.


2019 CBA Fathers’ Day Festival at Grass Valley, CA, June 14-17, 2019.

For details check this link:  http://fathersdayfestival.com.


Susanville Bluegrass Festival:  Start making plans now to attend this wonderful local Festival, which is coming up, June 21-23th, http://www.lassencountyfair.org/interim-events/bluegrass-festival/.  See attached poster for details.


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.


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.



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

Click for the June 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.


Also note that


  • Mosquito Road
  •    7 June, 4 - 6 pm, Pollock Pines Community Center, Wagon Train Celebration.


  • The Studebakers & Stagecoach West:



  • Our own Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Music Festival is August 16 - 18.



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 Susanville Bluegrass Music Camp is shown on the left. It'll run June 18th - June 21st, 2019 at the Lassen County Fairgrounds just off Main St. on Russell in Susanville, CA

Click on the flyers at the left to read info about the fantastic Camp Instructors.

Click here to go to the website for more info and registration!


Music Camp is followed by the 10th Annual Susanville Bluegrass Festival on June 21 through 23, 2019. Same location listed above! Click on the flyer at the right to see how exciting this whole week will be!

Click here to go to the website for more info and registration!


Susanville is only about an hour and a half Northwest of Reno. (82.8 miles to be exact)


Lessons by the boys in the

Edgar Loudermilk Band

and our own Rick Sparks, NNBA President.

Cain't get no better than that!



Head on out to Susanville for the Camp and

stay for the festival!


See Y'all there!

Here's our own "YOU DON'T WANNA MISS' Festival!!!


The 2019 NNBA

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

16 - 17- 18 August, 2019

Bet you've been waiting to see the New

NNBA Silver State String Buster Newsletter!!!

It's coming soon!

Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

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

Lassen County Arts Council Inc

807 Cottage St, Susanville, CA 96130

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 The Mountain Music Parlor


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 5, 2019

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Wednesday, July 17, 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



                           Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa


                             Kathy Kallick Band


                               Edgar Loudermilk Band


The Note-Ables                     plus the locals listed above

Admission Ticket Sales

$30 Advance tickets - each($1 Paypal Surcharge)

              Advance Ticket sales close 10:00 p.m.

              11 August 19.

$35 Tickets at the Gate

Children under 12 admitted free

when accompanied by an Adult

Plan NOW to attend the

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

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

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

June 12, 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!


Aloha Ukulele Club

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month

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


Thursday - June 13, 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


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 The Mountain Music Parlor


The latest Happnin's for your listening

and learning pleasure!


Letting you know of the Spring Season Finale now!

June 8, Dani Joy's Speakeasy, Act 2

with Perry Stauffer and Giorgi.

A bit different and largely entertaining!

Dani Joy is known for her velvety voice and bossa nova Ukulele. And for you Double Bass Players, Perry Stauffer delivers the creativity and mastery you long for. Topping off this trio is Giorgi, a very fine and funky Gypsy Jazz Violinist! A special Season Finale for MMP you'll love!

As usual, all the info and tickets are easily found at http://www.mountainmusicparlor.com


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



Q: What do you call a bass player that only knows two chords?


A: A professional.


source: http://www.jokes4us.com/miscellaneousjokes/musicjokes/bassjokes.html


NNBA Events Calendar



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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