FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2008
Contact: Darcy Minter, 775.340.4240
Elko's National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Comes to Reno
to Celebrate 25 Years
Reno – For the first time in its 25-year history and in celebration of its Silver Anniversary, Elko’s National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is bringing two of its perennial favorite performers to Reno, Tuesday October 28, 2008, for a special one-night-only performance at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts. The show will feature the mind-bending poetry of Polish hobo rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski and the vocal modulations and swingin’ cowboy tunes of yodeler Wylie & The Wild West, who recently performed on The Conan O’Brien Show.
"The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the place where our art form and way of life is celebrated like nowhere else in the world," explains Wylie Gustafson of Wylie & The Wild West. "Before we head back to Elko in January for the 25th celebration, we want to share what we do with the people of Nevada who have supported this event for so many years. So if you can’t make it to Elko, or even if you can, don’t miss this special Reno performance!"
Tickets are available for $10, $30 or $50 and can be purchased in advance at www.pioneercenter.com, by phone at 775-686-6600, or in person at the Pioneer Center Box Office located at 100 S. Virginia Street. A limited number of tickets are available at Shepler’s Western Wear, located at 255 E. Plumb Lane in Reno. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance. A 10% discount will be extended to Western Folklife Center members, students and seniors.
A special VIP sneak preview fundraising event will be held that evening prior to the public performance. Participants will be treated to hors’ d’oeuvres and cocktails and a short private performance, and they will have a chance to meet and have their pictures taken with the performers. Passes to the VIP event are available in limited quantities for $250. Contact Marianne Gellman at the Western Folklife Center for more information, 888-880-5885.
The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is America’s quintessential event honoring the western cowboy. It is produced every year in Elko, Nevada, by the Western Folklife Center, whose mission is to present and preserve the traditional and contemporary arts of the American West. The Silver Anniversary of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be celebrated from January 24 to 31, 2009. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.westernfolklife.org.