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


The 2018 NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

Is just around the corner

August 17-19, 2018

Prepaid tickets - Order Now $25

        After August 11th or at the door $30

     Featuring - Blue Highway

             The Sonoran Dogs

                             The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band!

                       The Notables and others!!!

It's going to be a great festival

Monday, May 28, 2018

All you NNBA Members and Friends,

Another in our series of e-blasts to let you all know of some very worthwhile happenings that you should plan on getting to during the upcoming week.


Sage Creek is at Bowers Mansion Front Porch, 7pm to 8pm, Friday, June 1th.





Upcoming event of great value to all Bluegrass Pickers:

The NNBA is sponsoring, with the generous help of the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Vocals Workshop the First weekend of June.

NNBA Vocals Workshop


Friday, June 1    6:00 - 9:00 p.m. &

Saturday, June 2     1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

      3 Great Instructors - 2 Workshop Days   -   1 Rate for Both!!

             Cindy Gray   -   Kristell Moller   -   Rick Sparks

                              Midtown at the Mountain Music Parlor

                               735 S. Center, Reno

                                                     Plan now to attend!


This “Vocal Skills” workshop is designed to provide the following singing skills:

• • Question and answer sessions to guide the direction of the Workshop.

• • Picking the right key to sing lead on a song

• • Improve your ability to stay on pitch and blend with others

• • Singing harmony parts for both female and male voices

• • Building harmony parts based on existing band voices

• • Much, much more






                                                               Plan on attending the

                                                                  Susanville Bluegrass Festival

                                                                     which is coming up, June 22-24th.


                                                                                 Click here to download the poster


                                                                       Click here to go to

                                                                       the Susanville Bluegrass Festival Webpage












Mountain Music Parlor: See what's going on at the MMP at http://mountainmusicparlor.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


It's getting exciting as we get closer!





The lineup is filling in and looks fantastic!

Start making your plans to attend! Bowers Mansion is a beautiful park located just down the road from Reno, Nevada. It sits right against the mountains halfway between Reno and Carson City.


Tent and Trailer camping is available about a mile from the festival site with activities/concerts on Friday Night and Sunday Morning. There's also a tremendous amount of picking going late into the night each night at the camp! Bring your instrument and sit in with one of the groups.


It's a great setting for Bluegrass music. The Board of the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association works all year-round to make this one of the premiere events of the west.


We'll see you there! It's more fun than mak'n a fresh jug a' sweet tea!

Get your tickets now

and save $5 a head!

$25  per person online or

$30 after Aug 11 or at the door!


The 2018 NNBA

Bowers Mansion



Just South of Reno, Nevada

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The 2018 NNBA Silver State Spring Stringbuster


Jennifer Brand is our new newsletter editor! Welcome her by writing an article and sending it to her.




If you haven't planned to attend the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival,

August 17-19, 2018, Where in the world have you been?

Go to http://www.nnba.org/bowers-mansion.html for info


Q. Why are a banjo player's fingers like lightning?

A. They never strike the same spot twice.

Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

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

Lassen County Arts Council Inc, 807 Cottage St,

Susanville, CA 96130


$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


Hosted by Joyce Furlong of the 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

Fourth Wednesday of every month


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

735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events

Aloha Ukulele Club

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the Month

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




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 2018 !


 For more information please visit


Ceol Irish Pub Jam


NEXT:  See NNBA Calendar for date

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


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 6, 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


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

NNBA Events Calendar

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/Newsletter Editor:  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


My doctor advised me to give up the banjo?


He lives next door!

Plan now to attend

The 33rd Annual

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

17-19 August, 2018

Reno, Nevada


This fantastic festival always features

top nationally-recognized bluegrass bands,

as well as the best in the region.

Featuring  -  Blue Highway

The Sonoran Dogs and The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

with The Notables and others! You should be here, too!


Plan now to attend!!

$25 per person in advance. $30 after Aug 11 or at the door!


Click here to go the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival Page




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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2018 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival





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