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 Monday, August 27, 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.


NO Jam class this week (Aug. 29) at the First Congregational Church on Sunnyside!!!


Check out the Vivas Las Vegrass Festival info below!

It's sponsored by the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Society!


Sage Creek is playing at the Concert in the Park

 United Methodist Church 1231 Pyramid Way Sparks from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday the 26th.


James Davison slaved away all day in the sun Saturday at Bowers shooting videos of the entire lineup.  Next time you see him please say thank you for this work.  He has created a playlist on his YT channel where all of his Bowers 2018 videos can be accessed.  Here is the address - (there are only 3 in it right now):

Bowers Bluegrass Festival 2018 - YouTube


Walker Creek Music Camp (near Petaluma, CA).  Nov 1 - Nov 4, 2018 (Thursday to Sunday):  Check it out at https://www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org.


Mountain Music Parlor would also like to give folks a heads up about the upcoming Blue Summit concert on August 30 with 8-time Award winning singer AJ Lee!  It’ll be a sellout.


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



Please note that the monthly NNBA Intermediate/Advanced Jam has changed locations!

It's now happening at the Mountain Music Parlor each month on the Fourth Wednesday at 7-10 P.M.

For more information

contact Neil Linden at (925)550-8694

Show up early at 6 PM for Tex Weir's MMP Monthly Cowboy Jam!


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.




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


Here it comes!!


Viva Las VeGrass 2018

Bluegrass Festival!


The Festival is conducted by our cousins down South

the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society!


October 12-14, 2018


Craig Ranch Park

North Las Vegas, NV


$50 - 3 Day Pass

$50 - 4 Day RV Park

Free Primitive Camping


Visit VivaLasVeGrass.org for more information

and to buy your tickets!

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

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


A banjo player and a guitar player both fall at the same time from a balcony in the top of a skyscraper.


Which one hit the ground first?


The guitar player - the banjo player will have to stop

and retune at least once on the way down.

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

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

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!


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 2018 !


 For more information please visit


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, September 5, 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wednesday, October 3, 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


Why do banjo players like to walk when they play?


Moving targets are harder to hit.



This festival is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council,

and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.







About Us,Board

& Bylaws

2019 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival





Plan to attend next year!

We'll bring out another fantastic lineup for the best little

bluegrass festival around.

        2018 FEATURED

      Blue Highway

      The Sonoran Dogs

                                                   J2B2 (The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band!)

Mosquito Road

Sage Creek

Suspect Terrane

Monday Night Volunteers

The Note-Ables


Plan now to attend next year!!!

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