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Ticketed Shows

Ticketed Shows and Events

These are the hottest performances at the Gathering and 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 11 rows of seating the most expensive. There's not a bad seat in the house at this intimate venue! A new feature for our 33rd Gathering, January 30-February 4, 2017,for Western Folklife Center Members only, was premium seating in the G3Bar Theater!

The following ticketed shows were seen January 30 - February 4, 2017:

Monday, January 30

 Real Stories. Straight Up.

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

We kick off this year's theme with an evening of stories. Hear of heroes, horses and high times from Nevada's high desert, the Texas-Oklahoma border region and the Australian outback. The cast of characters includes Carolyn Dufurrena, Kent Rollins and Jack Sammon. This evening's performance is dedicated to the memory of Jack & Irene Walther, beloved Elko County ranchers whose stories delighted many over the years. Jack's nephew, Tom Walther, will share a rememberance as part of the evening.

Tuesday, January 31

Winter Blues Be Gone

Jan 31, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
$20 / G Three Bar Theater

Montana songwriter-poet DW Groethe teams up with North Dakota neighbor and poet Rodney Nelson for a rollicking evening of humor and rascalry. Members of Cowboy Celtic bring music and Canadian civility to the party.

Wednesday, February 1

Kicking Up Dust *

Feb 1, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
$35 / $30 / $25 / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

From Cody, Wyoming to Nashville, Tennessee. And from the mountains of West Texas to Austin. A change of scenery has only enhanced the songs of Luke Bell and Doug Moreland—two musical front men who draw sounds from across regions and across eras, while remaining true to their ranch-hand roots. Enjoy Luke Bell’s savvy honky-tonk played with what Rolling Stone calls “a wink and a yodel that summons the sleeping ghosts of country,” alongside the unique Western swing-soaked music of Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos, who give a “light-hearted take on the seriousness of life.” Tipping their hats to cowboy roots, while braving the waters with fresh songwriting and danceable rhythms, these bands know what’s what.
Sponsored by Stockmen's Casino & Ramada Elko Hotel.

Thursday, February 2

Keynote Address with Andy Wilkinson

Feb 2, 9:30am – 10:30am
Free with 3-day Deluxe or Day Pass / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

Drawing on his experience as songwriter, poet and scholar, Andy Wilkinson launches the 33rd Gathering with an exploration of the valued role of story in the ever-evolving narrative of the American West. True stories from the past and present provide inspiration for many of Andy's poems and songs. He is Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University's Southwest Collection. Sponsored by Nevada Humanities.

Member's Show #1: Fresh Pasture

Feb 2, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
$40 / Free to members with ticket / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

This group testifies to the power and diversity of voices coming out of today's ranch country. From northern Arizona comes prose and poetry writer Amy Hale Auker. Representing Wyoming is its past poet laureate Patricia Frolander. Hailing from Utah is writer and storyteller Teresa Jordan. Songwriter Martha Scanlan & her partner Jon Neufeld sing praises to her Montana home.

Cowboy Classics Old and New *

Feb 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater

What do songsters Don Edwards, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Andy Hedges consider classics in their saddlebag of songs? Which favorites stand the tests of time and the road? Check it out—you might be surprised.

An Evening with Ian Tyson

Feb 2, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium

Welcome back to the one and only Ian Tyson. Over his decades-long career, Ian has weathered many changes. But one unchanging constant is the caliber of his songwriting. Don't miss a chance to enjoy his music and his magic. Utah songwriter Brenn Hill will kick off the evening.
Sponsored by Blach Distributing.

The Universe According to Paul Zarzyski

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

Rodeo Poet extraordinaire Paul Zarzyski 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-planet-earth (and otherwise!) poems."

Friday, February 3

Members’ Show #2: A Day in the Life

Feb 3, 11:00am – 12:30pm
$40 / Free to members with ticket / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

From birdsong at daybreak to fireflies at dusk, these artists evoke a day in the life on their ranch. Everyone sees life on the range a bit differently. Yet, the cycle of sun-up to sun-down marks the rhythms of daily life and is paid tribute to in stories, songs and verse of folks living life from dawn to dusk and back again. Join DW Groethe and friends Doris Daley, Joel Nelson, Jack Sammon and Trinity Seely, as they sing and lilt you from coffee to nightcap.

Whiskey Row to Hollywood

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

Hear the backstories of "Tying the Knots in the Devil's Tail," the "Strawberry Roan" and other poetic encounters where Hollywood meets working cowboys, in an evening dedicated to poets Gail I. Gardner and Curley Fletcher featuring an ensemble cast including Don Edwards, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Andy Hedges, Vess Quinlan, Sourdough Slim, Gail Steiger and other special guests.

Hardcore Cowboy *

Feb 3, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
$35 / $30 / $25 / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

Fresh, raw and tastefully presented, you could call this the sashimi of cowboy music. But these guys would probably just call it a darn good evening of entertainment. Daron Little, Dave Stamey and Rod Taylor are working cowboys repping for the future of Western music.
Sponsored by Newmont Mining Corporation.

Pouring 'Em Kinda Strong: Corb, Martha & Mike *

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

Established award-winner and fan favorite on the Western music scene, Canadian songwriter Corb Lund returns to the Gathering, sharing the stage with friends and musical luminaries Mike Beck and Martha Scanlan & Jon Neufeld. We'd say this show can't be undone... or outdone!
Sponsored by Barrick Gold of North America.

Purely Don Edwards

Feb 3, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater

Gifted troubadour and consummate professional, Don Edwards delights with his expansive command of Western music. Sharing the stage with his guitar, he sings the stories of the West, the ballads of the day-to-day and the blues of the cowboy.

Friday Night Dance

Feb 3, 9:30pm - Midnight

Shine up your boots, warm up your moves, and get ready to fly. Don't wait until Saturday to hit the dance floor—trust us, you'll want to do this twice! Swing, waltz and two-step the night away with friends new and old to the sweet refrains of Luke Bell and his honky-tonk band. Tune up your twists and turns at our dance workshops earlier in the day.
Sponsored by NV Energy.

Saturday, February 4

The Roots of Cowboy Music

Feb 4, 11:00am – 12:15pm
$25 / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

Scholars and historians all, Cowboy Celtic, Dom Flemons and Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong dig deep into their stores of cowboy music knowledge. Tracing connections back to the Celtic Isles, the recesses of American history and who knows where else, these singing savants don't just nod to their roots, they have a full conversation with them. Join these stars of song for an anything-but-boring musical schooling on the sources of your favorite sounds.

Ranch Family Show

Feb 4, 2:30pm – 3:45pm
$30 / Free to ranch families with ticket / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

Bring the whole family to enjoy a dose of musical medicine. Stave off the winter doldrums and revive your crew with the melodies of young songstress (and yodeler!) Kristyn Harris and the genuine, heartfelt odes to cowboy life of Brenn Hill and Randy Rieman.
Sponsored by NV Energy.

Ian Tyson at the G Three Bar

Feb 4, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater

Share an intimate songful and soulful evening with Canadian national treasure Ian Tyson. Whether your first time or your 30th, Ian’s classic story songs and poetic, timeless lyrics prove as inexhaustible as his performances are unforgettable.

Corb Lund at the G Three Bar

Feb 4, 8:00pm – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater

Carrying the flame for the younger generation of Western music, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Corb Lund brings his song-shaping and melody-crafting ways to the G Three Bar Theater. Enjoy Corb's wry observations, darkly biting tales, rural balladry and keen storytelling as you follow him into musically and thematically new terrain.

The Ties that Bind:
The Moth in Elko *

Feb 4, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
$35 / $30 / $25 / Elko Convention Center Auditorium

Join us for The Moth's inaugural Mainstage in Nevada! The Moth is an acclaimed literary organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. The Moth has presented more than 17,000 stories, told live and without notes, by people from all walks of life to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Renowned on National Public Radio, The Moth hits the road to come to Nevada for the first time at the 2017 Gathering, getting back in touch with its rural roots. A dance between documentary and theater, storytelling and performance, everyday people and entertainment, The Moth brings personal stories to the mainstage in this, its flagship program. The show features five carefully selected storytellers who develop and shape their stories with The Moth’s directors. Past shows have featured stories by an astronaut, a pickpocket, a hot-dog eating champion and hundreds more. Join us in welcoming The Moth to Elko and take part in this exciting opportunity to share the storytelling arts with this national literary powerhouse. For more information, visit
Sponsored by the Elko Convention and Visitor's Authority
and KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting.

Saturday Night Dance

Feb 4, 10:00pm - Midnight

If armadillos can fly, you can dance! Doug Moreland and the Flying Armadillos will give a jitter to your bug and add a bit of honky to your tonk, with their unique Western swing sound. Shy about your moves? Sign up for our dance workshops on Friday and Saturday.
Sponsored by NV Energy.

Midnight Dance

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

Don't leave Elko without the final hurrah—after listening attentively to poets, thoughtfully considering the panel issues, and sitting in your seat while listening to music, it's time to shake off and get down. Join us on the dance floor to get loose and keep the party going into the wee hours. Put a twist in your pretzel, a shuffle in your swing, or just a plain ol’ groove in your step to the shimmy-inducing sounds of Luke Bell and his band.

Please note, other than the dances, most performances are 90 minutes.


Banner image: Charlie Ekburg
Performance images: Jessica Brandi Lifland, Luke Bell, Larry Angier, Jack Sammon, Charlie Ekburg