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.

The NNBA Website is Changing

The program we previously used to design the website is no longer available.

Check back frequently as the new site takes form.

In the meantime, here is a tasting of the regular workshops and jams in the area.

Remember to check out:

The NNBA Calendar below for dates and times and the Events page for in-depth

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 October 19th, 2016

 Wednesday November 2nd & 16th, 2016

 Wednesday December 7th & 21st, 2016

Blind Onion Jam

  2nd Monday of every month, 7-10 pm

NEXT:  Monday, 14 November

Blind Onion Pizza and Pub, 834 Victorian Square, Sparks

 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




Monday Night Volunteers

Monday 10/17/2016 7:00-9:00



Contact Steve Gallagher at baconrinds@yahoo.com

Bluegrass & Root Music Jam - Susanville

Saturday, October 22nd, 5pm - 8pm

Lassen County Arts Council Inc, 807 Cottage St,

Susanville, CA 96130

735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events

Bluegrass Jam

Second Sunday of every month

Sunday, November 13 November, 3pm


Old Time Jam

Second Wednesday of every month

Next: October 12 at 7:00

Hosted by Joyce Furlong of 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

Third Wednesday of every month

Next: September 21 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

2nd Annual BOOGRASS Event

Friday , October 28, 7:00.

 Battle of the Bands - limit 4 members - PRIZES!

 Costume contest - PRIZES!

 Cover charge - $10.00, kids $5.00



Check out the MMP Events Page for more info


But! Wait! There's even more!

Drop by the MMP Folke Shoppe

and consider all their musical instruments

and accessories!

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 2016.


 For more information please visit



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 2016 NNBA Board of Directors


















2016 NNBA Board of Directors

 Back row - Annie Pinkerton, Kathi Scott, Martha Greene, Eric Lovejoy

 Front row - Ray Hopper, Rick Sparks, Jerry Robinson


Board of Directors Contact Information


President: Rick Sparks, (775) 233-0122



Vice President: Kathi Scott, (775) 322-5039



Secretary/Newsletter Editor:  Jerry Robinson, (775) 376-8423



 Treasurer: Ray Hopper, (775) 384-2403



 Outreach Coordinator: Annie Pinkerton, (775) 225-9462



 Membership Coordinator: Eric Lovejoy, (775) 742-7431



Activities Coordinator: Martha Greene, (775) 626-3266



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!!


Keep watching this site for more information

as plans and commitments are made.

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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