Ticketed Shows for the Gathering

Please note, this information is for January 26-31, 2015.

To give you an idea of ticketed (evening) shows that might be available during a National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, these were the hottest performances at the 2015 Gathering, showcasing a combination of cowboy poets and western bands. Some artists only perform on ticketed shows. For more information about tickets, click here.  See scheduled workshops for the past 2015 Gathering, here or view the brochure. As always, performers are linked in each show listed here. 

Denotes special ticket offer for people under 35 years of age.

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 2015:  
  Thursday, Jan. 29      Friday, Jan. 30      Saturday, Jan. 31

Monday, January 26, 2015

 Ticketed Show An Evening In Baja California
We kicked off the 31st Gathering by welcoming our special guests from Baja California Sur. The evening promises to be rich with historic and contemporary music and stories that are favorites at gatherings in the beautiful and remote ranch country of this Mexican peninsula. Musicians and their instruments often travel miles a-muleback to entertain for area dances and social gatherings. Come meet and welcome some of those hardworking cowboys and traveling musicians.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ticketed Show  Wit & Wisdom From The Range
John Dofflemyer, Joel Nelson and Randy Rieman are not just consummate cowboys who share words drawn from a deep place. Each also epitomizes that quiet gravity, gentleness of spirit, good humor and enduring dedication to the land that is what being a cowboy really means.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

 Ticketed Show How The West Was Swung *
Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong show where vaudeville meets trail dust with blue yodels, vintage jazz and western classics on a dizzying array of period instruments. Joey McKenzie's new band, The Western Flyers, provided sultry jazz favorites and electrifying fiddle tunes.
Sponsored by Blach Distributing Company

Thursday, January 29, 2015

 Welcome and Keynote Address

Keynote Address with Gary Nabhan
Ethnobotanist, nature writer and food activist Gary Nabhan's unique perspective of the intersection of human culture and agriculture, with his ability to fuse deep scholarly research with respect for traditional ways of knowing, offered a welcome sense of hopefulness for rural America. Sponsored by Nevada Humanities, in partnership with Great Basin College.
Introductory Welcome byDavid Roche and Gail Steiger.

   
Ticketed Show  Western Folklife Center Members' Show #1
True buckaroos Ross Knox, Waddie Mitchell and Kent Rollins with yarns, rhymes and tall tales from the cow camp.
   
 Ticketed Show Dinner Theater: The Rose of Roscrea - A Ballad Of The West
Tom Russell presented sketches from his new folk opera on the West - the story of an Irish boy who comes to America in the latter half of the 19th century and sings up the Last Frontier. Special guests included former Texas Tornado member Augie Meyers, GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, virtuosic pianist Barry Walsh, spectacular guitarist Thad Beckman, the irresistible Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, and renowned Crow Indian poet, Henry Real Bird.
   
 Ticketed Show Troubadour Of The Trail
America's cowboy troubadour and GRAMMY®-nominated singer-guitarist Don Edwards in an intimate evening of old-time and original cowboy gems.
   
 Ticketed Show Humor On The High Plains *
Folks from the north know that laughter is a great way to stay warm. DW Groethe, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson and Ed Peekeekoot.
Sponsored by Red Lion Hotel & Casino
   
 Ticketed Show Let 'Er Buck *
Poets Paul Zarzyski and Shadd Piehl and singer-songwriter Charis Thorsell teamed up to share their love for rodeo arenas and western words.
   
 Ticketed Show Pouring It Kinda Strong *
Two genre-busting acts. Mike Beck's California-infused sound combines real cowboy experience with a unique blend of western, rock and Americana, while Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans brought a honky-tonk punk sensibility to their tales of the modern West.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Ticketed Show  Western Folklife Center Members' Show #2
Infectious fun with award-winning songsmiths and yodeling sensations, Eli Barsi and Gary McMahan.
   
 Ticketed Show Cowboy Songsters
Cowboy songsters Don Edwards, Andy Hedges and Glenn Ohrlin gave voice to the stories of cowboy life through timeless songs of hard work and humor, disaster and romance.
Sponsored by NV Energy
   
 Ticketed Show Dinner Theater: The Rose of Roscrea - A Ballad Of The West
Tom Russell presented sketches from his new folk opera on the West - the story of an Irish boy who comes to America in the latter half of the 19th century and sings up the Last Frontier. Special guests included former Texas Tornado member Augie Meyers, GRAMMY®-nominated singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters, virtuosic pianist Barry Walsh, spectacular guitarist Thad Beckman, the irresistible Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, and renowned Crow Indian poet, Henry Real Bird
   
 Ticketed Show Writing From The Home Place *
An evening of original poetry, prose and story, with John Dofflemyer, Linda M. Hasselstrom, Wally McRae and Paul Zarzyski.
   
 Ticketed Show Ian Tyson: Riding High & Living Free
Legendary Canadian cowboy Ian Tyson brought his gift of songwriting and performance to an evening of some of the most beloved modern cowboy songs.
Sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation
   
 Ticketed Show Gentle On The Reins *
Gathering favorite Mike Beck and newcomers Chuck Hawthorne and Caitlyn Taussig strummed guitar and heartstrings with modern tales of love, loss and keeping a gentle touch on the reins.
   
 Ticketed Show Year Of The Horse *
As the Chinese "Year of the Horse" came to a close, we celebrated with a show of much-loved poems, songs and tales of revered ranch horses, fine rides and famous wrecks by respected horsemen and horsewomen, Don Edwards, Carol Heuchan, Joel Nelson, Randy Rieman, Gail Steiger, Henry Real Bird and Sandy Seaton Sallee.
Sponsored by KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting
   
 Dance Friday Night Dance
Wylie & The Wild West played infectious yodel-studded swing, two-step and waltz tunes.
Sponsored by NV Energy

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ticketed Show  Family Roundup
Two fascinating cultures in one hour in a special family show! Australian bush poet and entertainer Carol Heuchan shared her experiences in the "land down under," while Ed Peekeekoot offered Cree humor and philosophy, blazing guitar playing and haunting Native flute.
   
 Ticketed Show Saturday Special With Baxter Black
Tickets always awarded by lottery, with purchase of Deluxe Pass
Cowboy poet, humorist and former large animal veterinarian Baxter Black came in from "out there" long enough to share his wit and left-handed observations with the Elko crowd.
   
 Ticketed Show Ranch Family Show
Hailing from the ranch country of Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming, Chuck Milner, Brenn Hill and Andy Nelson rounded up some of their favorite songs, stories and poems to share with the whole family.
   
 Ticketed Show Hot Strings And Smokin' Keys
When king of the keyboards Sourdough Slim met masters of the strings Ed Peekeekoot and Cowboy Celtic, it was guaranteed to be an instrumental extravaganza!
   
 Ticketed Show An Evening With the Squire: *
The Poetry of S. Omar Barker
An evening of humorous tales, cow country commentary, and celebration of the ranch family through the words of Squire Omar Barker, the "Poet Lariat of New Mexico." Featured Jerry Brooks, Thatch Elmer, DW Groethe, Andy Hedges, Ross Knox, Deanna Dickinson McCall, Gary McMahan, Waddie Mitchell, Andy Nelson, Joel Nelson, Rodney Nelson, Vess Quinlan, Brigid Reedy, Randy Rieman and Gail Steiger.
Sponsored by Barrick Gold of North America, Inc.
   
 Ticketed Show Ian Tyson: Somewhere In The Rubies
Legendary Canadian cowboy-singer-songwriter Ian Tyson brought "all the good 'uns" to this intimate performance.
   
 Ticketed Show Yodel To The Moon *
A show featuring Canadian songster Eli Barsi's western roots blend and Wylie & The Wild West's rock-and-yodel groove.
Sponsored by Elko Convention & Visitors Authority
   
 Dance Saturday Night Dance
The Western Flyers performed their special blend of classic western swing, hot jazz standards, toe-tapping cowboy songs and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes.
Sponsored by NV Energy
   
 Dance Midnight Dance
The Gathering ain't over until you've dusted off your boots and danced late into the night to Corb Lund & the Hurtin' Albertans.