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Southwind at the Western Folklife Center

Southwind, photo by Mark Hayward

Popular local Elko band Southwind will be playing music at the Western Folklife Center on January 21 and February 18, 2015 as the historic Pioneer Saloon opens for business from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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


Jam On! at the Western Folklife Center

Jam Session in the Pioneer, photo by Heather Hafleigh
Photo by Heather Hafleigh

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!

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Let's Dance! at the Western Folklife Center

Dancing at the 30th Gathering, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland    
Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

The Western Folklife Center’s G Three Bar Theater continues to be a lively place with twice-monthly dance lessons followed by dancing every 2nd and 4th Thursday. We invite you to join us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, for a fun evening. Cost is $5, Adults and teens welcome. NOTE: In January 2015, there is only one dance night.

Lessons begin at 6:00 pm, followed by open dancing from 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

Be sure to join us this month for the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering dances! Friday Night Dance with Wylie & The Wild West—January 30 at the Elko Convention Center, $20; Saturday Night Dance with The Western Flyers—January 31 at the Elko Convention Center, $20; and Midnight Dance with Corb Lund & The Hurtin' Albertans—January 31 at the Western Folklife Center, $20. Tickets available online here, or at the ticket desk located in the Convention Center lobby during the Gathering, January28-31.

Winner of Elko Daily Free Press 2013 Reader's Choice GOLD AWARD for Best Place to Dance in Elko!

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Healing the Warrior's Heart to Air on KUED Channel 7

Healing the Warrior's Heart

The Western Folklife Center's public television documentary Healing the Warrior's Heart aired on KUED Channel 7 in Salt Lake City, on Monday, November 10, in honor of Veterans Day.

From November 10—beginning at 10:00 pm MST—through November 14, the Western Folklife Center hosted an online discussion about the film, where you could  leave comments and pose questions to veteran Cory Navarro, Medicine Man Arnold Thomas, scholar Edward Tick, and producer Taki Telonidis. To visit the forum, click here.