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Friday, August 24, 2012

Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival

This past weekend, RBR played our first festival in Nevada!

RBR at Bowers Mansion Regional Park 2012

We made the 15 hour trek up to Reno, NV to perform at the 27th annual Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival at Bowers Mansion regional park. Although a long drive, the trip along the east side of the Sierra Nevadas is not to be missed. We passed the backside of Yosemite at sunset, as beautiful as a painting.

A couple highlights from the festival including meeting the friendly guys (and great pickers) from the Central Valley Boys, and jamming with Reno-based Strange on the Range. We all loved the old-time music hour put on by the Gabardine Sisters and show by the local music-therapy group for adults with disabilities, the Note-ables.

Bowers Mansion in Nevada

We love to be at community-oriented festivals like Bowers Mansion because you get to meet all the music-lovers and players that keep bluegrass and old-time music alive in a specific corner of the world.

And what a beautiful corner Bowers Mansion is. Bekah and Grace took a tour of the historic mansion, built by a fiery woman with a fascinating life story and her gold-mine riches.

After our set, we got to shake hands and talk with at least 75 of the audience, so thank you for coming over and saying hi! A big thanks also to Rich and Pam Smith, membership coordinator for the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association who hosted RBR at their home. We cherish those moments at festivals when we can relax in a home with friends or family.

A great first trip to Nevada, and hopefully not the last!

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