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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

Hotels, Motels, and AirBNBs are available in the Reno Area

- 10 miles North


Carson City

- 15 miles South


The 35th Annual NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

August 19-20-21, 2022

Tickets Available, NOW!!!




Kathy Kallick Band

Crying Uncle Bluegrass

The Central Valley Boys




Free Concerts

Friday Night Concert: 7:00 pm on the Main Bowers Mansion Stage, a great FREE concert by the Little City String Band.

Sunday Morning: >Sunday 10:00 am at the small amphitheater at Davis Creek Campground, Sunday Go To Meetin' Band, FREE!


"Calling All Vendors!"

If you are a vendor and would like to set up a booth to offer your goods and/or services, please download and complete this application,

and submit to Tim Miller, Vendor Coordinator (address and phone listed on the application)

VENDORS: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A 2022 NNBA Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival Vendors Agreement

Ticket Info

Early bird general: $35 thru 8/13,


Early bird NNBA member: $30 thru 8/13,


General: $40 starting 8/14,


NNBA member: $35 starting 8/14.


Click here to go to EventBrite!



Online sales end at midnight Thursday 8/18 (Friday at 12:00 am)


Local Bands

Monday Night Volunteers

{Opening the Festival following our Salute to the Nation)

Sage Creek

Front Porch

The Note-ables

NNBA News for

August 1, 2022


NNBA wants YOU to join our Crew for the 36th Annual Bower's Mansion Bluegrass Festival!

There are still a few slots left for volunteers for the 36th Annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival!

For those who have already volunteered, THANK YOU!

We have set the date for the Volunteer Orientation Meeting -- it will be on August 2nd, 4 to 6pm.

At this meeting, we will enjoy some appetizers and beverages

while getting to know the other folks you'll be working with.

If interested, click here for more info, or call Cindy at 775-348-4692.





Westwind will be doing a concert on the UNR Quad on Wednesday, August 3rd from 6-8pm.   Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy outdoor acoustic sounds from Karen, Jim, Dan & Rick.



Rick, Karen, and Kathi Scott will be playing on the Skipolini’s patio the next evening on Thursday, August 4th from 6-9pm.  Come enjoy the great food and good ole bluegrass and Americana music with us.





Markleeville Music in the Park:  On Saturday, August 13, Dirty Cello, “blues, bluegrass, world music”, will be performing

a free concert at the Markleeville Park at 5pm.

Bring the family, a picnic, and a blanket or lawn chair.

Dogs are OK if they are friendly and quiet.

Also, all Music in the Park events are tobacco free.

Concert is free but donations to Alpine County Friends of the Library are appreciated.  More info, call the library at 530-694-2120 or go to https://sites.google.com/view/acfol.






A.J. Lee and Blue Summit are booked on

Friday August 19, at 9:00 pm.

Advance tickets are $12 on EventBrite, and $15 at the door.

They'll be at Cypress Reno in midtown (761 S. Virginia St.).



The Folsom Opry House (aka home of John & Loretta Hettinger) is pleased to continue the celebration of its post-pandemic reopening with the award-winning Kathy Kallick Band on Friday, August 19, 2022, 7:30 PM (door at 7:00 PM).  The band: Kathy Kallick on guitar and lead vocals, Annie Staninec on fiddle, Cary Black on bass, Tom Bekeny on mandolin, and Greg Booth on banjo and dobro.  All sing harmony vocals.  They have played and sung together long enough to have developed a rich traditional bluegrass sound that delights audiences everywhere.  The fun they have performing is contagious.  The band was a big hit as one of the headliners at the recent CBA Father’s Day Festival, but there’s nothing like the true intimacy of a house concert.  As usual, Loretta will make a selection of her internationally famous pies for you to enjoy between (and after) the concert sets.


Since this concert will be indoors, we are limiting the audience to the vaccinated, COVID survivors, and negative testers.  You may want to wear a mask anyway.  Admission is by your donation of $25 per seat, all of which goes to the band.  Post-pandemic and limited seating availability make this event a likely sellout so make your reservations now at 916-990-0719 and send your check, payable to Kathy Kallick, to John at the address below.  Make sure we have your contact info in case a COVID surge causes cancellation.

The Folsom Opry House is located at 113 Puffer Way, Folsom, CA 95630.


The next NNBA Board Meeting will be Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 6:30 PM.

This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom.

If you want to attend, please drop us an e-mail so we can give you the Zoom link information.

NNBA Events Calendar

Hope you have been catching Jim Davidson’s radio show, “Roots Junction”.

The show airs on Sundays from 4 to 5 PM on KWNK radio.

The show is available on radio at 97.7 FM in Reno and Sparks and airs online at www.KWNKradio.org.

The show focuses on bluegrass, country, folk, and acoustic music.  Jim uses the show to promote activities of the NNBA and promotes live acoustic music in the Reno area,

as well as the spring and summer bluegrass shows and festivals.

 If people can’t get KWNK 97.7 on their radios, they can stream the show at www.KWNKRadio.org





NNBA Beginner and Intermediate Jam/Workshop - (first and third Wednesdays every month)

Bluegrass is the most fun when played with others.  Come jam at the First Congregational Church, 627 Sunnyside Dr, Reno from 7 - 9 pm.  We play traditional bluegrass songs and fiddle tunes.   Whether you just play basic chords or have a list of songs and fiddle tunes you play well, you are welcome to join us.  Song books are available to borrow or purchase.  Music stands are acceptable. Masks are encouraged but not required. $2 facility fee donation requested.


Play the bass?  Want to help beginner or intermediate bluegrass pickers hone their skills?  Your support at the 1st and 3rd Wednesday jam/workshops would be wonderful.  Please contact Sue Newberry, 775-720-2400.


Moderate/Advanced Jam - (first Tuesday every month)

The NNBA moderate/advanced jam has moved to Carmelita's Restaurant, 6148 Mae Anne Ave, Reno, NV 89523   First Tuesday each month from 6 - 8:30 pm or (whenever we get kicked out)

Carmelita's is located in the shopping center at Mae Anne Ave and Stone Valley Dr.

for more information, contact:

Neil Linden 925.550.8694  or nlinden999@gmail.com


Area and Regional JAMS


Susanville Bluegrass & Root Music Jam

On hold for the moment! Suzanne says they're looking at starting up again but keeping an eye on Pandemic trends!


Elko Western Folklife Center's "Jam on!" is on hold.

Visit www.westernfolklife.org/dancing-music-events for info!



The May 2022 California Bluegrass Association Newsletter Click to Download



Lessons, Business, and NNBA Business INFO




Monday Night Volunteers

Are up and running!!!


Contact Jim Lappin at






735 South Center Street

Reno, Nevada


Mountain Music Parlor Events


See narrative below schedule for latest information on

Reno's Premiere Music Experience!


OPEN Thursday & Friday 10-6

Saturday 10-5


Just a heads up that the

Mountain Music Parlor

has jams up and running again!


The 2nd Thursday of each month is the Advanced Bluegrass Jam

from 7 to 9.


The 4th Thursday of the month is the Beginner / Intermediate Bluegrass Jam from 6 to 8


You can find out about these jams and more by checking out



Russ Davies is asking for some folks to come to the Beginner / Intermediate Bluegrass Jam with him this month because if no one else shows up, it's called practice and we just can't have that!


Russ also really wants to get a group together for the Thursday night jam.



        Welcome to Mountain Music Parlor!

OPEN - Wednesday through Saturday 10 - 6

Reno’s first ever Folk Music House where music is made and friends gather.

We're open again and ready to support your music needs.

Give a call to 775/843-5500 for the current news!

We’re Three (3) business’s in one:

Music Lessons, Folk Music Store & a Listening Room which is kind of like a mini concert hall < Amazing!

NEED something or want an instrument to play? We’ve got the best & most unique selection in Northern Nevada! From Native American Flutes, banjo’s & fiddles to Harps, Irish Bodhrans & Ukulele’s!

Please come and shop local. Will make all the difference to our survival.

Call for your Private Shopping experience 775/843-5500


For more information


The Mountain Music Parlor


How do I know the toothbrush was invented by a banjo player?


If it had been invented by anyone else it would be called the "teethbrush"!



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The Bowers Mansion Bluegrass 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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