Dancing, Music & Events

Join us year round as we host concerts, dancing lessons and dances, music jams, workshops, and other events celebrating the expressive arts of the West.

See event descriptions below. For current dates, see our complete event calendar »

Jam On!

Every Second Wednesday, 6:00pm 8:00pm
Western Folklife Center, Pioneer Saloon, 501 Railroad Street, Elko

Join us for Jam On! a monthly jam session every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6:00-8:00pm. All musicians and spectators welcome: invite a friend who might be looking for a group to jam with or someone who likes to enjoy live music! Jam On! features a mix of old-time fiddle tunes, folk songs, country tunes and ballads:  you can lead a song for the group or join in on tunes introducted by others. There's room to dance and the bar is open. Facilitated by members of Southwind and other community musicians. Bring your fiddle, mandolin, washboard, banjo, guitar, accordion, or other instrument of choice. Admission is free.

Let's Dance!

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday, 6:00pm 8:00pm
Western Folklife Center, G Three Bar Theater, 501 Railroad Street, Elko

October 13 class: Rodeo Swing!

Join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for a fun evening at Let's Dance! every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month: the evening begins with dance lessons, which include a variety of interesting steps in a featured style at 6:00pm, followed by open dancing at 7:00pm. Cost is $5, adults and teens are welcome and no experience is necessary. Follow Elko Let's Dance on Facebook. Contact: wfcdance@gmail.com.

Southwind at the Western Folklife Center

Every 3rd Wednesday, 6:00pm 8:00pm

 Southwind plays Celtic and traditional Americana music every 3rd Wednesday of the month in the historic Pioneer Saloon.  Enjoy music and libations from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, and there's always room to dance! Southwind is Carolyn Steninger, Susan Lawrence and Ken Harriman:  follow them on Facebook!

October 22 Cigar-Box Workshop and
Muddy Boots & The Porch Pounders Concert

October 22 is the date for the second annual Build Your Own Cigar-Box Guitar workshop, followed by a evening concert with Matt Downs on the cigar-box guitar, with his band Muddy Boots & The Porch Pounders!

This popular workshop will fill up quickly - reserve your spot now! Contact: Katie Aiken at 775-738-7508 ext223 or kaiken@westernfolklife.org

Make (and Keep) a Cigar Box Guitar!
Workshop with Matt Downs

12 noon-4 pm (pre-registration before October 14 required)
$60 ($55 for children under 12, must be accompanied by adult)
Price includes supplies and tools are provided, with a 1-hour lesson to learn to play.

Muddy Boots & The Porch Pounders Concert
's own Roots & Blues Extravaganza!
Pioneer Bar and Wiegand Gallery open 6 pm
Showtime: 7-9 pm in the Western Folklife Center
$10 ($5 for workshop participants and children under 12)
Tickets available in advance in Western Folklife Center Gift Shop or by telephone: 775-738-5708.

The Haunted Windchimes ~ Coming Soon to Elko!

Join us for a special evening at the Western Folklife Center, with the Haunted Windchimes! The band's from Pueblo, Colorado, with an exceptional sound.

Tickets: $10 ($5 for children 12 and under)
Purchase prior to October 26 in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop or by phone, 775-738-7508. Cash or check only at the door on October 26, please.

Pioneer Bar and Wiegand Gallery open at 6 pm,
Doors to Western Folklife Center G3 Bar Theater open at 6:30 pm
Showtime: 7 pm (approximately 2 hour show, with an intermission)

http://www.somagency.com/the-haunted-windchimes/ and https://www.facebook.com/TheHauntedWindchimes

33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Join us for the 33rd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 30-February 4, 2017!

The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is an annual celebration of the ranching and rural West. Through poetry, music and stories, ranch people express the beauty and challenges of a life deeply connected to the earth and its bounty. Every year, thousands travel to rural Elko, Nevada, in the heart of winter, to learn and share. It's been called the most honest and open-hearted festival in America, but it is also a darned good time! At the Gathering, you can discover cowboy cultures from around the world, learn a traditional skill, dance the two-step, plan for the West's future with ranchers and conservationists, watch home-made films of rural life, meet new friends over a Buckaroo Brew, enjoy Basque food, listen to tall tales, dispel myths, build bridges and be inspired. It's an experience you will not soon forget!