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


Happy New Year, All you NNBA Members and Friends,

Are you looking for something to do this week and weekend in lieu of being bored

or watching the weather channel through your living room window and waiting for the next spate of rain or snow or wind and dreading the next flood warning (check out the bluegrass ode to cabin fever with anxiety

 … “Our Little Cabin Home on the Hill”)?


Well, if so, here are some NNBA associated events to check out.


NNBA New Year’s Jam Party: January 6, 2018, 1PM to 5PM at the First Congregational Church.

It’s a Pot luck affair.

Bring some food to share, your instrument(s) and some songs to share, and let’s jam-in the New Year!!

Come on out and enjoy the music and social interaction.  Beats playing solitaire!!



Save the Date:

NNBA Annual Meeting: February 10, 2018, 1PM to 5PM

at the First Congregational Church.

Pot luck affair.  More details to follow.

Coming Events

The NNBA also received the following note from Britney Khuu asking for a Bluegrass Band to play regularly at Sierra Place Senior Living in Carson City:  Please contact her directly.

Hi there,

My name is Britney and I am the Life Enrichment Director at Sierra Place Senior Living in Carson City, NV.  I was wondering if you could spread the word that we are looking for some blue grass bands to play at our facility in the upcoming year.

Would you please have whoever is interested email me their availability and rates? Thank you very much.

Britney, Life Enrichment Director

Phone: 775-841-4111  Email: britneyk@cascadeliving.com




Mountain Music Parlor:

If you're in a band and would like to be part of the MMP Locals Showcase Series in 2018,

make sure to get in contact right away.

Call 775/843-5500 for more info.

*Make sure you check out MMP's website for their upcoming Workshops and Kids Kamps!  They're looking for any used instruments, drums and music stands, you may want to donate.  http://www.mountainmusicparlor.com/


Please let Eric Lovejoy know if you have a gig you want the NNBA membership to know about.  He usually likes to get the e-mails out within the week of performance.   He 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.

  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 did the Boy Scout take up the banjo?

They make good paddles.


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

  3rd Monday 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, January 17, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 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 2017 NNBA Board of Directors


















2017 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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