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Harvest Moon Dance on August 29

Image of dancers for Harvest Moon Dance

Put on your dancing shoes and head down to the Western Folklife Center on August 29 for the Harvest Moon Dance with live music from local band Road Hard, and dance lessons from the dancers who bring you the bi-monthly Let’s Dance! classes at the Western Folklife Center.

Buy your tickets at the door for $10/person, $15/couple, $30/family of 4; Free for kids 12 and under. Bring the whole family and brush up on your moves before the Elko County Fair dance!

The dance starts at 7:00 pm, interspersed with 30-minute dance lessons at 7:45 and 9:00 pm. The Let’s Dance! teachers will be on the floor all night to help you with your two-step, rodeo swing, waltz and other dances.

The historic Pioneer Saloon will be open at 6:30 pm, serving a full bar featuring beers from Ruby Mountain Brewing Company. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Read more about Elko Let's Dance! This program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
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National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Performers at Napa Valley

 Poster from the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center
Some of the Gathering's favorite performers are doing a show at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, in Yountville, California, August 22, 2015. Singer-songwriters Gail Steiger and Stephanie Davis will join poets Joel Nelson and Rodney Nelson for an evening of poetry and song, with some of the proceeds benefiting the Western Folklife Center and the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.

The show starts at 7:00 pm, tickets are $20 and can be purchased online on the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center website.

Gail Steiger has put this show together with support from the Western Folklife Center staff, so come out and support Gail, Stephanie, Joel and Rodney!


Southwind at the Western Folklife Center

Southwind, photo by Mark Hayward

Popular local Elko band Southwind continues it's Third Wednesday concerts in the historic Pioneer Saloon from 6:00pm - 8:00pm on July 15 and throughout the summer months!

Come listen (and there's room to dance!) to toe-tapping Celtic, Americana, folk tunes and while enjoying a refreshing beverage from the bar. Follow Southwind —Carolyn Steninger, Susan Lawrence and Ken Harriman—on Facebook.

Dates scheduled: August 19, September 16, October 21 and November 18, 2015.


Let's Dance! at the Western Folklife Center

     Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday! Upcoming: August 27, September 10. New date for our second September event: Wednesday, September 23, enjoy an evening of dancing and fun as we focus on family-friendly dances and prepare for Elko's annual Father-Daughter Ball!

Join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for a fun evening at Let's Dance!" The evening begins with dance lessons—which include a variety of interesting steps in a featured style—at 6pm, followed by open dancing at 7pm. Cost is $5, Adults and teens welcome and no experience is necessary.
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