Ticketed Shows for the Gathering

These are the hottest performances at the Gathering and showcase a combination of western bands, singer-songwriters and poets that you can't see together during the day with your Pass. Some of our invited artists only perform on ticketed shows. For more information about tickets, click here.  Asterisks (*) denote special discount offers. Read about workshops available for the 2016 Gathering here. Read about the Keynote Address and other special sessions here.

Please Note: The Elko Convention Center Auditorium has tiered pricing for some performances, with the first 11 rows of seating priced at $35.00 each. There's not a bad seat in the house at this intimate venue!

Quick Links to the three busiest days of our 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering:  
         Thursday, Jan. 28      Friday, Jan. 29      Saturday, Jan. 30

Monday, January 25, 2016

Show icon Won't You Be My Neighbour, Eh?
G Three Bar Theater
7:00-8:30pm
$20
We kick off our 32nd Gathering with a tribute to the Northern Plains and neighbourly ties. Canada and the U.S. share the longest undefended border in the world. For decades, ranchers and farmers have rodeoed and traded across much of that border between Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Montana and North Dakota. Tonight, through stories, verse and song, Ed Peekeekoot, Doris Daley and Bill Lowman traverse the border.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Show icon At the Foot of Grindstone
G Three Bar Theater
7:00-8:30pm
$20
Sage and savvy, these artists will captivate your ears. This winter evening will be warmed by the recitations of Texas puncher Joel Nelson, the handcrafted songs of Nebraska ranchwoman Trinity Seely, and the new creative collaborations of Texas musician Pipp Gillette and Nevada poet Waddie Mitchell.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Show icon  Hot Time in Elko Town *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
7:00-8:30pm
$35/$30/$25
Blast off with T. Scot Wilburn & The Shut Up-N-Playboys and Hot Club of Cowtown. It's Hot. It's Scot. It's not to be missed.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Show icon Western Folklife Center Members' Show #1
Kitchen Party on the Prairies
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
1:00-2:15pm
$40 / Free to members with ticket
Prairie neighbors are great at making their own entertainment, often centered around the kitchen. You never know what is cooking when poets, musicians and friends DW Groethe, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson and Doris Daley get together. Come on in and join the fun. 
   
Show icon What's in a Song
Great Basin College Theater
5:00pm Cocktails & Tapas available for purchase
6:30-8:00pm Show
$35
Some of the West's finest songwriters share the stories behind the story in this music-filled evening with Luke Reed, Stephanie Davis, Gail Steiger and Pipp Gillette.
   
Show icon A Glimpse into the Letters of C.M. Russell
G Three Bar Theater
6:30-8:00pm
$35
Spend an intimate evening enjoying the wit, wisdom and western humor of cowboy artist Charles M. Russell. Randy Rieman reads from some of his favorite Russell letters, accompanied by a curated slide presentation. These letters and illustrations are drawn from several sources including the incredible book, Charles M. Russell, Word Painter: Letters 1887-1926, by Brian Dippie.
   
 Show icon Gather 'Round *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
6:30-8:00pm
$35/$30/$25
Gather 'round the proverbial campfire for an evening of soulful cowboy tunes and side-splitting poetry with Rodney Nelson, Dave Stamey, and Mike Hurwitz & the Aimless Drifters.
   
Show icon Artistic Alchemy: Poetry Into Song, Song Into Poetry *
G Three Bar Theater
8:30-10:00pm
$35
Fellow Montanans Wylie Gustafson and Paul Zarzyski have collaborated on many a song lyric over the years and are working on fresh pieces today. In this performance, they will explore the common (play)ground they've discovered between poetry and song. We're talking "artistic alchemy" here--a tapestry of western sentiments woven into a musical tour de force, a beautiful deluge of words and notes out of, and into, the cowboy heart of it all.
   
Show icon 99% Free Range Poetry *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
8:30-10:00pm
$35/$30/$25
Even cowboys get the muse, and the muse ain't always cowboy. Spend an evening with the words of great writers like Service, Kipling, Whitman, Dickinson and other favorites. Poets and reciters Wally McRae, Randy Rieman, Vess Quinlan, Jerry Brooks, Doris Daley, Joel Nelson, Shadd Piehl and Ross Knox select and share the voices that inspire them.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Show icon Western Folklife Center Members' Show #2
The Legacy of Glenn Ohrlin
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
11:00am-12:15pm
$40 / Free to members with ticket
The beloved stories, songs and poetry of Glenn Ohrlin live on through performances by Randy Rieman, Brigid Reedy, Sourdough Slim, Don Edwards, Andy Hedges and others.
   
Show icon Painting The West in Music and Watercolor
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
2:00-3:15pm
$25
Watch as the watercolor brush of master western painter, William Matthews, dances to the atmospheric sounds of American Desert Music maestros, the 3hattrio. Projected on the big screen, you'll have a rare opportunity to observe Matthews at work while immersed in the sounds of Hal Cannon and his southern Utah trio. The completed painting will be auctioned off during the Gathering, to benefit the Western Folklife Center.
   
Show icon Boyhood Stories
Great Basin College Theater
5:00pm Cocktails & Tapas available for purchase
6:30-8:00pm Show
$35
Wally McRae and Paul Zarzyski will share their favorite childhood stories through poetry and prose. As these two Montana writers pay homage to their home-ground roots and wellsprings, they'll offer intimate glimpses into the poetic encounters that shaped their lives, their work and their friendship.
   
 Show icon Old Time, Good Time *
G Three Bar Theater
6:30-8:00pm
$35
Take a smattering of folk, a dash of blues and a smidge of traditional poetry, and top it off with a layer of vaudeville. Mix it together with dynamic performers Don Flemons, Randy Rieman, Andy Hedges and Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong and you've got yourself an old-time treat that is far from old-fashioned.
   
Show icon We Pointed Them North *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
6:30-8:00pm
$35/$30/$25
Ride along and experience the old trail riding days through song and verse interspersed with tales from E.C. "Teddy Blue" Abbott's legendary memoir, We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher. Narrated by Dakota's own Rodney Nelson, with music by DW Groethe, Wylie Gustafson, Sam Platts, Pipp Gillette, Don Edwards and Ed Peekeekoot.
   
Show icon Ian Tyson at the G Three Bar
G Three Bar Theater
8:30-10:00pm
$35
Share an intimate songful and soulful evening with legendary Canadian cowboy singer-songwriter, Ian Tyson.
   
Show icon The Northern Home Ranch Today *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
8:30-10:00pm
$35/$30/$25
It's been 125 years since the last of the great herds traveled North. Come listen to how the winds of time have changed the Northern Plains in an evening of songs and poems inspired by the bigness of the prairie landscape with Stephanie Davis, DW Groethe, Wylie Gustafson, Henry Real Bird, Ryan Fritz, Patricia Frolander and Brigid Reedy.
   
Dance icon Friday Night Dance
Elko Convention Center
9:30pm-Midnight
$20
When the day is done, there's still the night for dancing. Grab your favorite partner and cut a rug to Hot Club of Cowtown's trademark jazz-infused western swing. Want to wow 'em with your dance floor prowess? Brush up with the jitterbug and two-step workshops earlier in the day.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Show icon Family Roundup
Great Basin College Theater
1:00-2:00pm
$13 / $4 ages 17 and under
A musical treat for the whole family, with "Harmonicowboy" Gary Allegretto & Ian Espinoza, and friends. Bring the family to Gary's workshop, then stay for the performance!
   
Show icon Michael Martin Murphey's Songbook
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
12:30-1:45pm
$25
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the seminal album Blue Sky—Night Thunder and mega-hit "Wildfire" with renowned singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey and friends.
   
Show icon Ranch Family Show
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
3:00-4:15pm
$30 / Free to ranch families with ticket
Musician of the American West and Texas pillar Don Edwards is joined by New Mexico horseman and songwriter Luke Reed, and Arizona cowboy and writer Amy Hale Auker. This show is for all ages—bring the whole family to enjoy this southwestern-tinged ensemble.
   
Show icon Cowboy Crossroads: Blues on the Trail
G Three Bar Theater
6:30-8:00pm Show
$35
In the mid 1860s, during the heyday of the western cattle drives out of Texas to northern markets, Black southerners found work as cowboys on ranches and on the trail. Their music, including the blues, became a huge influence on the repertoire and style of cowboy music. Join Gary Allegretto & Ian Espinoza, Andy Hedges, Pipp Gillette, Dom Flemons and Don Edwards as they highlight some of these musical contributions to cowboy culture.
   
Show icon Carnero Vaquero
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
6:30-8:00pm
$35/$30
Canadian songwriting legend Ian Tyson performs old favorites and new songs from his latest recording, Carnero Vaquero.
   
Show icon Waddie & The Good Ol' Girls *
G Three Bar Theater
8:30-10:00pm
$35
Native Elkoan and renowned poet Waddie Mitchell teams up with cowgirls (and spitfires) Adrian Buckaroogirl and Trinity Seely to share some of their new work and creative collaborations.
   
Show icon A Swingin' Saturday Night *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
8:30-10:00pm
$35/$30/$25
Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong join their friends Hot Club of Cowtown for an evening of pure musical joy.
   
Dance icon Saturday Night Dance
Elko Convention Center
$20
T. Scot Wilburn & the Shut Up-N-Playboys heat things up on the dance floor. Shy about showing off your moves? Check out our dance workshops to limber up your limbs and tune up your steps.
   
Dance icon Midnight Dance
G Three Bar Theater
Midnight - 2:00am
$20
Sam Platts & the Kootenai Three help you bid farewell to the 2016 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in style. Come dance into the wee hours with your friends old and new.

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