Pony Up! House Concerts Bring the Gathering to Your Own Back Yard

Jerry Brooks performs at a House ConcertAs part of the Western Folklife Center's Pony Up! campaign, cowboy poets and musicians are pairing up with friends of the Folklife Center across the country to host a series of house concerts. 

Hosting a house concert with help from a cowboy poet or musician is a wonderful way to bring a little bit of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to your own backyard. Introduce your friends and neighbors to cowboy humor, culture, and camaraderie, while helping to raise money for the Western Folklife Center. Folklife Center staff will work with you to match you up with a performer who will donate their time and talent to the cause. The goal of each house concert is to raise a minimum of $1000 through donations, so we need hosts who can accommodate at least 50 people who will each throw at least $20 in the kitty. If you are interested in hosting a house concert, contact Meg Glaser, Western Folklife Center Artistic Director, at 775-738-7508 ext.225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Western Folklife Center is a non-profit 501c(3) organization. All donations go to support the mission of the Western Folklife Center. Contributions may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

Your main task will be to commit to getting your friends and acquaintances out for an intimate evening of cowboy poetry or music. We encourage potluck, BYOB-style parties, since we anticipate 100% of the proceeds from the evening to directly benefit the Folklife Center.  Read the "How To" primer on hosting a House Concert.

Listen to examples from a House Concert:

Ron Kane and Hal Cannon perform at a House Concert Ron Kane and Hal Cannon perform
"Hittin' The Trail Tonite"
Jerry Brooks performs at a House Concert Jerry Brooks recites Badger Clark classic,
"The Legend of Boastful Bill"
Teresa Jordan reciting poetry at a House Concert Teresa Jordan recites a Linda Hussa poem,
"Homesteaders Poor & Dry"


Sample House Concert invitation:


 All images this page by Taki Telonidis.