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Growling Old Men Return to Elko!

Ben Winship and John Lowell are The Growling Old Men

     On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Growling Old Men return to Elko for their first concert since 2012. The Western Folklife Center welcomes Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals)—two from the Northern Rockies’ acoustic music world who have been performing and recording together since 1998—as they arrive in Elko for another engaging and spontaneous concert on their way to headline at the Albuquerque Folk Festival!

The concert is at 7:00 pm in the G Three Bar Theater, 501 Railroad Street—doors open at 6:30.
Cost is $15 - $10 for members, seniors and students, on sale now in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop, with checks/cash only at the door.


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Let's Dance! at the Western Folklife Center

 Dancers, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

One Night Only,
May 12
June dates: 2nd and 23rd

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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Jam On! at the Western Folklife Center

Jam On! at the Pioneer Saloon

Join us at the Western Folklife Center for   Jam On! Monthly Jam Sessions every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Admission is free, and the Pioneer Bar will be open for business. All musicians and music lovers welcome!


Special Note: The June 8 Jam On! has been canceled.

logos of Nevada Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts

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Southwind at the Western Folklife Center


Southwind, photo by Mark Hayward

Popular local Elko band Southwind continues its Third Wednesday concerts in the historic Pioneer Saloon from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Come listen (and there's room to dance!) to toe-tapping Basque, Celtic and Americana tunes while enjoying a refreshing beverage from the bar. Follow Southwind —Carolyn Steninger, Susan Lawrence and Ken Harriman—on Facebook.

Dates scheduled: May 18 and every Third Wednesday!

Please note: Basque band Ardi Baltza is unable to play on May 18, but will be rescheduled.

National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on the Road - in Reno, July 21

Robert Z. Hawkins Ampitheater at Bartley Ranch in Reno
Artown and The Reno Rodeo Foundation present the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on the Road in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, July 21, 2016.  Read more and buy tickets online.


The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on the Road will feature Brenn HillTrinity Seely and Andy Hedges at 7:30pm! Tickets are $39.00 for assigned seating and $29.00 for general admission on the lawn. Tickets are $39.00 for assigned seating and $29.00 for general admission on the lawn. 10% Discounts available for Western Folklife Center members and stakeholders; use the promotional code that was provided in the March 26 email from the Western Folklife Center. Arrive early at 6:00pm and experience Western traditions and activities, bar-b-que fare and libations: we hope to see you there!


Elko Downtown Art Walk is May 14

Join us on Saturday, May14, 2016, from 3:00-6:00 pm, as the Western Folklife Center  participates in the annual Elko Downtown Art Walk.

Renamed The Sarah Sweetwater Downtown Art Walk to honor Elko's late renowned artist and educator, the event is a self-guided, family-friendly event, with the Western Folklife Center and other shops showcasing artists and exciting activities for adults and children to enjoy.

The event begins at the Elko County Art Club Gallery, 407 Railroad Street, Elko—just down the street from the Folklife Center Gift Shop. We are honored to feature two local artists—contemporary and abstract painter Micqaela Jones, displaying her vivid and colorful art; and ledger artist Myles Crouch, working in pen and ink on antique paper.

The Sarah Sweetwater Downtown Art Walk is sponsored by the Elko Downtown Business Association, which holds events every second Saturday May through October. Themes will vary each month.