Mike Beck to Perform Solo Acoustic Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2010
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Singer/Songwriter Mike Beck to Perform Solo Acoustic Show
at the Western Folklife Center

Elko, NV—The Western Folklife Center is pleased to present singer/songwriter Mike Beck in an acoustic solo concert, Sunday, September 26, 2010, in the G Three Bar Theater. Doors and the Pioneer Saloon open at 5:00 pm and the concert begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $16.00 for the general public and $14.00 for seniors, students and Western Folklife Center members. They are available in the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop, by calling 738-7508 (toll-free 888-880-5885) or at the door.

Mike Beck is a popular singer/songwriter, originally from Monterey, California, who now resides in Montana. Mike performs often at the Western Folklife Center's annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. His songs reflect his life as a professional musician and a working cowboy in Montana and Carmel Valley near Big Sur. Mike is known for his ballads that capture old California, our world today, and the cowboy way of life. He has performed in over six countries and throughout the United States, and recently returned from doing some shows in Norway and Sweden. Two of Mike Beck's songs ("In Old California"—a song about artist Jo Mora—and "Don't Tell Me") were listed among "The 13 Best Cowboy Songs of All Time" in the April 2009 issue of Western Horseman Magazine. His song, "Patrick" was listed as one of "The Top 15 Roadworthy Cowboy Songs" in the July 2008 issue of Cowboys & Indians Magazine.

Mike alternates between his acoustic shows and performing with his band, The Bohemian Saints. He recently released a new acoustic solo CD called Feel, which features a dozen original western-themed and other memorable songs, which Mike will perform at his Western Folklife Center concert. According to another popular National Cowboy Poetry Gathering performer, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, "Mike Beck plays the guitar like a Byrd. His strings do things that mine could never do. They obey the slightest finger-touch commands like a fine reining horse."

This concert is made possible through the generous support of the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Union Pacific Foundation.

The mission of the Western Folklife Center is to enhance the vitality of American life through the experience, understanding, and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the American West.

Photos available upon request.