Ticketed Shows for the Gathering

Following were the ticketed shows of the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, January 27-February 1, 2014. Traditionally, these are the hottest performances at the Gathering, and showcase a combination of cowboy poets and western bands that you won't see together during the day with your Pass. Some artists only perform on ticketed shows.  * Denotes special ticket offer for people under 35 years of age. For more information about tickets, click here. To see the scheduled workshops for 2014, click here; for special discussions and panels, click here. As always, performers are linked in each show listed here. Take a peek at how the full daily schedule appeared for the 30th Gathering.

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

Quick Links to the three busiest days:  
                Thursday, January 30, 2014      Friday, January 31, 2014      Saturday, February 1, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Home Means Nevada
G Three Bar Theater
7:00-8:30pm
$20
Celebrate Nevada’s high desert beauty and buckaroo heritage in words and music. Join songster Richard Elloyan, saddle poets Waddie Mitchell and Walt “Bimbo” Cheney, rancher and writer Carolyn Dufurrena, and other local guests, in honor of the State’s sesquicentennial.

Tuesday, January 28 , 2014

Messing With the Muse
G Three Bar Theater
7:00-8:30pm
$20
Gail Steiger, David Wilkie, Denise Withnell and Paul Zarzyski don’t just pen good poetry and song, they reach deep and fly high to find where individual experience meets universal truth. Join this trichotomy of poet philosophers for an evening of unique vision, alternative reality and resounding fun.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Teen Poetry & Music Slam
G Three Bar Theater
5:00-6:30pm
Free
An open-mic session for the next generation of poets and performers.

Trail’s End Ranch Radio Show ~ World Premiere!
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
7:00-9:00pm
$50 / $35 / $30
Join the studio audience for an evening of ranch poetry, humor and wisdom broadcasting from a fictitious radio station on the range. Sound effects and old-time advertising jingles add spice to this fast-paced performance reflecting the values modern-day cowboys still hold dear. The show’s author, singer-songwriter Stephanie Davis, leads a stellar cast that includes DW Groethe, Henry Real Bird, Jerry Brooks and sound effects master Fred Newman of Prairie Home Companion fame. Musical mayhem and hot western swing are provided by the Trail’s End Ranch Hand Band, featuring Bobby Black, Rick Boen, Floyd Domino, David Jackson, Tony Marcus and Rick Philipp. Sponsored by the Intercultural Foundation/Larry and Maggie Biehl.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Keynote Address with Temple Grandin
Location TBA
9:45-11:00am
Free with Deluxe Pass or Day Pass
Renowned animal welfare advocate, professor and author Dr. Temple Grandin, will speak about how animals think and feel. She is best known for her work in developing animal welfare guidelines and designing humane handling facilities that reduce stress for livestock. As an autistic child who discovered that her unique viewpoint gave her insight into animal behavior, Dr. Grandin's achievements remind us that the world needs all kinds of minds. Sponsored by the Nevada Humanities in partnership with Great Basin College.

Western Folklife Center Member’s Show #1
SOLD OUT SHOW
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
1:15-2:30pm
Don Edwards, Joel Nelson and Randy Rieman are tres vaqueros y tres amigos. While each taps straight into the aquifer of traditional cowboy song and verse, together these three friends find the roads not taken in the open spaces of creative possibility.

Dinner Theater:
To Elko…And Beyond! With Riders In The Sky
Great Basin College Theater
4:30pm cocktails ~ 5:00pm dinner ~ 6:30-8:00pm show
$60 includes dinner
Fill your belly, grab a drink and join Riders In The Sky, the kings of C&W—Comedy and Western!—for an evening of wacky humor and way-out western wit. Their unique blend of cowboy songs, comedic flare, marathon yodeling and close vocal harmonies will lift your spirits and dissolve you in tears of laughter.

Big Harmonies *
G Three Bar Theater
6:30-8:00pm
$35
Vocal duo Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms infuse vitality and warmth into traditional old-time country duets, while multi-instrumental Marley's Ghost plays western favorites and sings in four-part harmony. Fans of fine western singing, don't miss this one!

From Big Sky To Big Easy *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
6:30-8:00pm
$35 / $30
Northern cowboy twang meets nouveau Zydeco, when Wylie Gustafson and Sam Platts share the stage with Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys. Wylie promises to show his lyrical love of homeland Montana, while Jeffery and crew plunge you into the accordion-pleated heart of rural Louisiana.

Chuckling ‘Round The Chuckwagon *
SOLD OUT SHOW

G Three Bar Theater
8:30-10:00pm
From subtle to uproarious, cowboy humor has been with us for 150 years. Drop by the chuckwagon for grins and guffahs with Jerry Brooks, DW Groethe, Rodney Nelson, Pat Richardson and Randy Rieman.

Straddling The Line *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
8:30-10:00pm
$35 / $30
Fusing deep rural experience with diverse musical influences, troubadour Jessie Veeder, sage rocker Brenn Hill and landscape storyteller Martha Scanlan give voice the experience of a younger generation that doesn't really leave the ranch behind—but may find themselves straddling the line. The musical outcome is electrical and enthralling.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Red River Drifter *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
11:00am-12:30pm
$35 / $30
In celebration of his newest album, Michael Martin Murphey shakes it off and cuts loose with new songwriting mixed in with audience favorites.

Western Folklife Center Members’ Show #2
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
1:15-2:30pm
$40 / Free to Members with ticket
Father and daughter wordsmiths Vess Quinlan and Lisa Quinlan, and musical father-son duo Barry and Joe Hertz, illustrate how music and poetry span generations, while the Gary Haleamau Family Band brings the whole family together through Hawaiian cowboy music and hula dance.

Dinner Theater:
To Elko…And Beyond! With Riders In The Sky
Great Basin College Theater
4:30pm cocktails ~ 5:00pm dinner ~ 6:30-8:00pm show
$60 includes dinner
Fill your belly, grab a drink and join Riders In The Sky, the kings of C&W—Comedy and Western!—for an evening of wacky humor and way-out western wit. Their unique blend of cowboy songs, comedic flare, marathon yodeling and close vocal harmonies will lift your spirits and dissolve you in tears of laughter.

Nevada In My Heart *
SOLD OUT SHOW

G Three Bar Theater
6:30-8:00pm
You can leave the sagebrush ocean, but the desert burrs of northern Nevada can still get stuck in your heart. Nevada natives, transplants and travelers Mike Beck, Carolyn Dufurrena, Richard Elloyan, Dick Gibford, Deanna Dickinson McCall and Waddie Mitchell express their lifelong love affair with the region through word and verse.

This Is My Prairie
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
6:30-8:00pm
$35 / $30
Legendary Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson celebrates western Canada in story and song.

Just Me And My Guitar *
SOLD OUT SHOW

G Three Bar Theater
8:30-10:00pm
Warm up on a winter night with the traditional songs and original compositions of cowboy singer, Don Edwards.

Trail’s End Ranch Radio Show
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
8:30-10:00pm
$50 / $35 / $30
Join the studio audience for an evening of ranch poetry, humor and wisdom broadcasting from a fictitious radio station on the range. Sound effects and old-time advertising jingles add spice to this fast-paced performance reflecting the values modern-day cowboys still hold dear. The show’s author, singer-songwriter Stephanie Davis, leads a stellar cast that includes DW Groethe, Henry Real Bird, Jerry Brooks and sound effects master Fred Newman of Prairie Home Companion fame. Musical mayhem and hot western swing are provided by the Trail’s End Ranch Hand Band, featuring Bobby Black, Rick Boen, Floyd Domino, David Jackson, Tony Marcus and Rick Philipp. Sponsored by the Intercultural Foundation/Larry and Maggie Biehl.

Friday Night Dance
Elko Convention Center
9:30pm – Midnight
$20
You might want to rub some Louisiana hot sauce on your dancing shoes so you can shake your tail feathers to Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys. Not sure of your Cajun and Zydeco moves? Check out the dance workshop from 2:00-4:00pm.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Family Roundup
Great Basin College Theater
1:00-2:15pm
$13 general, $4 for ages 17 and Under
This special family show features young cowgirl performers Kristyn Harris and Brigid Reedy, joined for extra fun by Riders In The Sky. Those with sharp or youthful ears might recognize Riders In The Sky from the "Woody's Roundup" theme from the movie, Toy Story 2.

Saturday Special with Baxter Black
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
1:00 – 2:15pm
Tickets awarded by Lottery, with purchase of a 3-day Deluxe Pass.
Cowboy poet, philosopher, humorist and former large-animal veterinarian Baxter Black helps celebrate 30 years of the Gathering.
(Note: 3-day Deluxe Passes purchased between September 3 and November 30, 2013, will generate a chance in the lottery for free tickets; winners will receive the same number of seats as deluxe passes purchased—with a 4 seat maximum. Drawing will be held in early January and winners will be notified by postcard.)

Ranch Family Show
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
3:00-4:15pm
$30 / Free to all ranch families with ticket
Ranch families (of all ages) and friends pull up a chair with cowboy singers and poets hailing from the four corners of the West. Gail Steiger, Trinity Seely and Pipp Gillette draw inspiration from their daily ranch experiences.

From Bunkhouse to Roadhouse *
G Three Bar Theater
6:30-8:00pm
$35
The modern rural West finds its voice in three unique acts: Martha Scanlan sings lyrically of belonging and place; Mike Beck has horseman's sensitivity for story and song; and the Caleb Klauder Country Band heats up the honky-tonk with fresh tunes and boundless energy.

An Evening of Celebration *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
6:30-8:00pm
$35 / $30
One magical thing about powerful poetry is that the creation can outlive the craftsman. For 30 years, Elko has been graced with the masterful creativity of cowboy poets who are no longer with us: Buck Ramsey, Larry McWhorter, Rod McQueary, J.B. Allen, Gail Gardner, Sunny Hancock and more. Join several of today's wordsmiths who admired, loved and befriended these horsemen and writers. Yvonne Hollenbeck, Ross Knox, Waddie Mitchell, Joel Nelson, Vess Quinlan, Randy Rieman, Georgie Sicking, Jesse Smith, Gail Steiger and others share verse from the poets who inspired them most deeply.

An Evening With Ian 
SOLD OUT SHOW

G Three Bar Theater
8:30-10:00pm
Ian Tyson is back in Elko! The legendary Canadian cowboy sings his favorites from nearly six decades of songwriting and performing.

Anthems Past And Future *
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
8:30-10:00pm
$35 / $30
Songwriters Brenn Hill and Dave Stamey and poet Waddie Mitchell build an enduring bridge to the West of tomorrow through their words and music.

Saturday Night Dance
9:30pm-Midnight
$20
Saturday night gets cooking to the hot western swing of The Trail's End Ranch Hand Band. Need some help on the dance floor? Check out our two swing dance classes earlier this day, Two-Step & Swing Basics from 10:00am-12:00noon, and Rodeo Swing from 2:00-4:00pm.

Midnight Dance
G Three Bar Theater
$20 / Free with a Deluxe Pass or Day Pass – ticket required
Bring your babe and dance your heart out to the Caleb Klauder Country Band.
 
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