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Ticketed Shows

Ticketed Shows and Events

These hottest performances at the 34th Gathering showcase a combination of western bands, singer-songwriters and poets!

Some of our invited artists only perform on ticketed shows. Asterisks (*) denotes Next Generation discount offers.
Please Note: The Elko Convention Center Auditorium has tiered pricing, with the first 10 rows of seating the most expensive. There's not a bad seat in the house at this intimate venue! Also, other than the dances, most performances are 90 minutes.

Over the coming weeks we will be adding details to some of these shows, adding more special guests to the lineup—including Basque and buckaroo special guests. We also anticipate the full schedule of ticketed shows for our 34th Gathering, January 29 - February 3, 2018, to be published in December 2017.

Monday, January 29

Basques & Buckaroos Kickoff Bash

Jan 29, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$20

Kick off the 34th Gathering with an artful entry into the worlds of Basques and buckaroos. Enjoy the Basque art of bertsolaritza as poets bandy sung-spur-of-the-moment rhymes, and tap your toes to the strains of the trikitixa in this evening of music and poetry featuring David Romtvedt & Caitlin Belem and more. Come early and try out the Pioneer Picon punch! Stay afterward for a glass of wine and a game of mus.


Tuesday, January 30

Pages From an Outback Life

Jan 30, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$20

Enjoy a cowcamp-style evening of entertainment featuring fine music, stories and poetry. Amy Hale Auker's Arizona-crafted prose and poetry evokes the earth and the food that springs from it. Utah songwriter Sand Sheff shares his love of horses, grass and everything real. And Jack Sammon brings it all home with his unique perspective from the outback of Australia. There may be no campfire, but hey, there won't be any dirt in your teeth or smoke in your eyes, either.


Wednesday, JANUary 31

Best of the West *

Jan 31, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium

$35 / $30 / $25

Mixing glitz and grit, this mighty Wednesday night music extravaganza will put you in the Gathering spirit. Texas songstress Kristyn Harris, Montana maestros Wylie & The Wild West, and Nashville legends Riders in the Sky take the stage to yodel, swing and waltz across Wednesday with you.


Thursday, FEbruary 1

Keynote Address

Feb 1, 9:30am – 10:30am
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
Free with 3-day Deluxe or Day Pass

Every year, the keynote address sets the tone for the Gathering, featuring speakers whose words and work embody the substance and creativity of living life in the American West. This year, the keynote will be by ordinary people doing extraordinary things, people whose grit, ingenuity and creativity are helping us all rethink how to "make it" in today's West. The keynote encourages every Gathering-goer to come together, listen and reflect on resonant themes in rural Western life. Think of it as a cultural grange hallyou won't want to miss it! Sponsored by Nevada Humanities and Great Basin College.


Member's Show #1: Breaking up Winter

Feb 1, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$40 / Free to members with ticket

Cowboy Celtic brings a Canadian chinook kick-start to this show of upbeat, warm selections of poetry and music. Join winter veterans Yvonne Hollenbeck, Rodney Nelson and Wylie & The Wild West to chip away your snow-bound blues.


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Fresh Voices: Cowboy Coffeehouse

Feb 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$75 pre-seating for members only / $35

Swap out the beatniks for cowboys and the espressos for a Buckaroo Brew, and you get this cafe'-style evening surveying the range of ranch country entertainment. With sensibilities as sophisticated as they are country, Cody and Willy Braun (of Reckless Kelly fame), poets Maria Lisa Eastman and Patricia Frolander, cowboy crooner Matt Robertson and trailblazing troubadour Sand Sheff unplug, unwind and up the game with fresh takes on Western poetry and music.


Elko National Basque Festival, photo by Meg Glaser

Bizkaia, Boise and Beyond *

Feb 1, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$35 / $30 / $25

From Basque country to buckaroo country comes an evening of surprises. Join champion bertsolariak from both sides of the pond as they engage in the Basque art of improvised, melodic poetry-sparring. Enjoy verse and stories that connect buckaroos to Argentine Basque gauchos to Basque-American ranchers. And, experience the irresistible force of music and dance that spans all these worlds. Gure etxera datorrena, bere etxean dago!


The Universe According to Paul Zarzyski

Feb 1, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$100

A benefit to support new initiatives at the Western Folklife Center

Join Rodeo Poet "Purt-Near"-extraordinaire Paul Zarzyski for an intimate gathering in support of the Western Folklife Center as he choreographs a no-holds-barred, no-stone-left-unturned, no-punches-pulled reading of his work (old and new) across the genres, lariati to literati. Expand your imagination's vistas—your sensibilities of, and sensitivities to, the Western wilds of the mind —with the stories behind, beyond and between the lines of his poems—not so much his cowboy poems as his "human-being-on-the-planet-earth (and otherwise!) poems."


Friday, February 2

Members’ Show #2: The Celebration of the Horse

Feb 2, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium

$40 / Free to members with ticket

Drawing on decades of cowboying, apprenticing with revered horsemen, and leading horsemanship clinics, Mike Beck's experience with horses runs deep, as does his musical repertoire. Mike weaves together original songs and selections from the likes of Ian Tyson and Michael Martin Murphey in this story-filled musical tribute to every cowboy's trustiest companion (cowdogs excluded).


Zarzyski & McRae photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Gathering Friends

Feb 2, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
G Three Bar Theater
$50 pre-seating for members only / $25

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Montana poets and storytellers Wally McRae and Paul Zarzyski razzle-dazzle you with their repertoire and their chemistry. They'll offer intimate glimpses into the poetic encounters that shaped their lives, their work and their friendship. Expect some special guests!


Back to the Future

Feb 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$75 pre-seating to members only / $35

Sit a while under the sweet musical spell of Oregon's roots-steeped Caleb Klauder Country Band and North Carolina's well-versed Dom Flemons & Brian Farrow. Multi-instrumentalists all, the Caleb Klauder Country Band will stir you with their retro-esque originals and forward-looking classics, while Dom and Brian will wow you with their twist on Black cowboy songs and other tunes. The effortless musical stylings of Dom, Brian, Caleb & Co. prove that the simplest pleasures bring the deepest satisfaction.


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The Old Ones: Remembering Our Roots *

Feb 2, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$35 / $30 / $25

Remembering our roots—classic poems and songs from the old days shed special light on the work of beloved poets Bruce Kiskaddon and Henry Herbert Knibbs. Amy Hale Auker, Andy Hedges, Waddie Mitchell and Randy Rieman bring their favorites to the stage under the direction of DW Groethe, with musical interludes by Pipp Gillette. A primer for newcomers to cowboy poetry and a treat for those who savor timeless stories and fine verse.


Pushing West

Feb 2, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater

$75 pre-seating to members only / $35

A group anyone would want to ride with whether on horseback or in the ranch truck, Texan Joel Nelson, Montanan Randy Rieman and Australian Jack Sammon bring you stellar recitations and unbridled rapport, while the "laid back high energy" tunes of New Mexicans Rod Taylor and The Rifters drift in and out tying it all together. The time will pass way too fast with this bunch, but you'll "find the journey's end in every step of the road."


Who You Callin' Americana? *

Feb 2, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$35 / $30 / $25

In true buckaroo fashion, Mike Beck and family trio Muzzie, Willy & Cody Braun play music that has Western roots with individual style. Beck's virtuosic guitar playing and seasoned songwriting will take you "way out West," while Idaho natives and former Gathering young bucks, Cody and Willy Braun and their father Muzzie Braun bring a grounded sensibility and rock-and-roll edge to their country convictions. Their sounds may span genres, but all these fellows are cowboy at heart.


Friday Night Dance

Feb 2, 9:30pm - Midnight
Elko Convention Center - Turquoise
$20

Give your boots the old spit and shine and get ready to careen across the floor. Wylie & The Wild West will rev you up with their rugged yet refined rhythms. A little bit Western swing, a little bit old-school country, a little bit rootsy rock, and a little bit yodel-ay-ay-cool, Wylie and Co. hit all the right notes to choreograph a stellar evening of bootie-scooting. Guaranteed to make you wild on the dance floor. Want to make sure your boots don't slide out from under you? Grab a ticket to one of our dance workshops: they're also a great way to fill your dance card with some new friends. Sponsored by NV Energy.


Saturday, February 3

Michael Martin Murphey by Bob Kisken

Come-A Tai Yai Yippee on the Old Chisholm Trail *

Feb 3, 11:00am – 12:15pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$25

Oh, come along boys and listen to Murph's tale, about buckaroos and drovers on the old Chisholm Trail. Gather 'round cowboys and cowgirls, as Michael Martin Murphey explores the musical legacy of the 150-year-old Chisholm Trail and its branches into the buckaroo West. Guaranteed to be a far-out musical journey down the trail on the proverbial ten-dollar horse and forty-dollar saddle.


Photo by Sydney Martinez, Travel Nevada

Ranch Family Show

Feb 3, 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$30 / Free to ranch families with ticket

In a show especially created for ranch families, this year we celebrate musical families. Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms delight with their classic duo vocals and instrumentals. Young poet and musical powerhouse Brigid Reedy entertains with her father John and her brother Johnny "Guitar." Rita Hosking and Sean Feder sing of rural places and spirit. And, in the family spirit of the Gathering, we honor this year's scholarship recipients and invite a couple of them on stage to share a poem or two.


Songster Line-Up

Feb 3, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater

$75 pre-seating to members only / $35

Songsters like Leadbelly and Robert Johnson were self-accompanied troubadours steeped in the blues tradition but peddling a broad repertoire of songs. Arguably, songster also describes the tradition of many early cowboy singers like Jack Thorp and Carl T. Sprague, strumming their strings and warbling all manner of cowboy, pop and novelty songs. "American Songster" Dom Flemons and "Cowboy Songster" Andy Hedges channel these early human jukeboxes. Joining them is Ramblin' Jack Elliott, himself an icon embodying the spirit of the traveling, one-man show.


Pardners of the Wind

Feb 3, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$75 pre-seating to members only / $35

Old trail pals outline the contours of the Western soundscape with their poetry, music and collaboration. Performing both original and traditional works, Texas songster and multi-instrumentalist Pipp Gillette trades off with quintessential Nevada cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell and prolific Western songman Michael Martin Murphey.


Photo by Larry Angier

Riders in the Sky:
40 Years on the Trail *

Feb 3, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$35 / $30 / $25

A physicist, a wildlife manager and a music historian walk into a theater. . .it's not the start of a joke, it's the origin story of "America's favorite cowboys," Riders in the Sky. Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul and Joey the CowPolka King will share stories and give insight into the secrets of keeping a band together for over 40 years and having fun doing it (Hint: separate hotel rooms!). Western swing charmer Kristyn Harris opens.


Saturday Night Dance

Feb 3, 10:00pm - Midnight
Elko Convention Center - Turquoise
$20

Grab your gal, your guy, your newest Gathering-greenhorn, and get down to the tight harmonies, honky-tonk twang and country-shuffle rhythms of the Caleb Klauder Country Band. Their old-time Western country sound is delivered with a fresh, genuine, dance-inducing trajectory. They'll hit their strings straight and true while you swing, jitterbug and step-two. Brush up on your two-step and your Basque dance moves at the dance workshops, because you can expect a special guest band to join the dance, bringing you sounds both Basque and buckaroo. Sponsored by NV Energy.


Midnight Dance by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Midnight Dance

Feb 4, Midnight - 2:00am
G Three Bar Theater
$20

Send the 34th out with a bang. Kick up some dust as Wylie & The Wild West turn it up a notch at midnight. Their "rockin' rowel," cut-loose country vibes will have you dancing toward dawn.

 

 

Banner image: Charlie Ekburg

Performance images: Larry Angier, Charlie Ekberg, Meg Glaser,
Bob Kisken, Jen Lenos, Jessica Brandi Lifland, Sydney Martinez