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




LATEST NEWS FLASH! - Sunday, Feb 18, 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.




Larry Maurice Cowboy Poet will be playing this Saturday, February 24, 2018

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.  Click here to download Flyer!





                                             Joseph Martini wants all you folks to know that he is hosting his

                                Second Annual Bluegrass Jam and Chili Cookoff

                                                  at his house on Saturday, February 24, 2018.

                                      Click here to download Flyer!








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 Jack Tuttle Workshop the Second Week of March.


            Just $30!!! Check it out!


If you have never attended one of Jack’s workshop presentations you are in for a real treat!  Not only is he a fine fiddle, mandolin and guitar player, he is scholar on the history and musicology of bluegrass.  He will be making two 3-hour presentations: one on the history of Bluegrass and one on the musicology of Bluegrass


Jack has presented these classes at the CBA Music Camp and Walker Creek Music Camp to excellent acclaim – they are always very well attended.  He is the only instructor that is invited back every year to teach classes on Critical Listening and Music Theory.

Note to non-players: The Critical Listening Class is not just for pickers - if you want to learn more about Bluegrass music this class will help you make much more sense of the music and will make you much more (or maybe less!!) appreciative of what you hear.


These sessions would normally cost you $60.00 but due to our funding assistance from the NAC we are charging $30.00 – for both sessions - to help pay for Jack’s room & board and travel.

  That gives us a total of 6 hours of learnin’.

Click here to download more info !


Click on the Paypal button above to buy your tickets now (Remember to print out your receipt! It's your ticket)

or you can just show up and pay at the door if you want to.



                                                                  Walker Creek Music Camp (http://www.walkercreekmusiccamp.org) or call 415-663-6030.

  Registration begins: February 1, 2018

•  Spring dates: April 12-15, 2018

                                                 •  Location: the Walker Creek Ranch in the North Bay coastal hills of Petaluma.

                                                  All ages are welcome to sign up for fun, high quality music classes in traditional

                                                  American music--mostly bluegrass, old-time and swing--with some of the

                                                      country's best teachers from the Bay Area and beyond. Anyone who loves this

                                                    type of music can come to improve their skills and meet others to jam with. The

                                                    ranch also offers miles of hiking trails, healthy and delicious food, and various

                                                  lodging or camping options. Walker Creek Music Camp is dedicated to enhancing lives through music.  Click here to download poster!



The next session of Rick Sparks’ banjo lessons at TMCC is starting soon.  Please join Rick to build on what you learned in the last class.  Class starts March 13, so call us today to register at 775-829-9010 or online here:



Mountain Music Parlor

We've heard that there are actually other types of music besides Bluegrass..!

And at MMP this week, Wednesday Feb. 21, you can check out their Swedish Session. Go figure!


Thursday March 8, 2018, 7:30 - GET your tickets now for Edgar Loudermilk Band! - Bass Player of the YEAR - joined by Jeff Autry, Zack Autry and Glen Crain.  This is going to be an Epic Concert you don't want to miss. Blue as Bluegrass can get!  PLUS Edgar is giving a Bass Workshop!  THIS is exactly what Reno's been needing, a constant flow of fine Bluegrass and Early genres music.  Mountain Music Parlor is the place and a big support to all things Americana. With lessons, Workshops, JAMS, even a SHOPPE to buy what you need!

Make sure to get on their email list.

Tix at www.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 and click on the “CALENDAR” tag at the top of the page.

Hope to see you at these events and the Jam class this week at the First Congregational Church on Sunnyside.

Eric Lovejoy

NNBA Membership Coordinator

  Plan now to attend the 33nd Annual

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival August 17-19, 2018

We'll keep you up to date over the year on the festival!

Already Slated to appear!!




They've appeared previously

and are one of our favorites at the show!


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


Why are so many Dobro jokes one-liners?

So the rest of the band can understand them!


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 2017-18


 For more information please visit


Ceol Irish Pub Jam

 CHANGE: 4th Wednesday of every month, 7-10 pm

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, February 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 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


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

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.


Plan now to attend!!


The Sonoran Dogs are gonna be here! You should, too!


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.



Have you read the latest issue of The Silver State String Buster???

It's the NNBA newsletter! You really don't want to miss it.

Here ya go?


NNBA Newsletter Summer 2017



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