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


  Tickets for the 32nd Annual

 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

Tickets are $25 at the Gate

Children 12 & under - FREE!

Coming Events



Here's what is happening this week at the Mountain Music Parlor:  The Mae Trio, Saturday August 12, 2017, 7:30PM ~ Maggie, Anita and Elsie are multi-instrumental talented young ladies who are commanding attention with their stellar harmonies and their creative Traditional Folk music.  They've just released their 3rd album, with guest artists like Darrell Scott.  The trio members are also offering an intense Harmonies Workshop geared for those with some singing experience and can hold a part.  This is a must take Workshop, you'll have 3 professional teachers at once!  Get your tickets soon, as MMP fills up fast!  See what else is going on at the MMP at

















Some news from our NNBA member Jim Dunn from Markleeville:  Next weekend on Sunday the 13th, Beans Sousa and Slade Rivers with the Slade Rivers Band will be playing for Music in the Park from 5 to 7PM in the Markleeville Park next to the library on Montgomery Street for the Music in the Park 2017 series in Markleeville, CA.  These guys do mostly bluegrass and will be promoting their new album "Honky Tonk Highway".


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.



Calling All Volunteers!

We are asking for volunteers for the 2017 Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival.

We are looking for people to help with the NNBA booths (t-shirt sales, water, raffle, etc) and Security.

If you are a member current with dues and put in 4 hours of volunteer service

you will get free entrance to the festival!

Plus, the general good feeling of helping out a great organization

with an awesome festival!

Please contact Zona Hairgrove at zhairgrove@gmail.com or 775-771-6347

to volunteer or for more info.

Please contact Steve Gallagher at (760) 709-0181 or baconrinds@yahoo.com to volunteer security duty or for more info.



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, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, September 7, 2017

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


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

Monday Night Volunteers

Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com

Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

Saturday, August 26, 2017, 5pm - 8pm

Lassen County Arts Council Inc, 807 Cottage St,

Susanville, CA 96130

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

August 18-20, 2017, Where in the world have you been?

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


$5 drop in, beverages provided


Celtic Slow Session

Second Thursday of every month

September 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm


Bluegrass Jam

Second Sunday of every month

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 3pm


Old Time Jam

Second Wednesday of every month

Next: September 13, 2017 at 7:00

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

Next: August 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

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!




August 12, 7:30



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.


 For more information please visit




NNBA Events Calendar




What's the difference between a banjo player and a savings bond?

A savings bond eventually matures and earns money.


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 32nd Annual

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

18-20 August, 2017

Reno, Nevada


This fantastic festival always features

top nationally-recognized bluegrass bands,

as well as the best in the region.


Plan now to attend!!


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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