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Ticketed Shows

Ticketed Shows and Events
January 27 - February 1, 2020

These are the hottest performances at the Gathering: curated sessions showcasing a combination of poets, bands, singer-songwriters that you won’t see in daily sessions.

When purchasing tickets, please note that if a show is not on the sales list, it is sold out.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Carol Heuchan, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Carol Heuchan, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

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Ready, Set, . . . GO!

Jan 27, 2020 7:00 - 8:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$20

The excellence of early week shows in Elko is a not-very-well-kept secret. A stellar group of artists arrives in town before the bigger crowds to teach workshops and visit local schools. And Monday night is your first night to catch them on stage. Join Carol Heuchan, fresh off the plane from down under, Brigid Reedy, stretching her legs after her long car ride from Montana, and plenty more, for a first peek at the poetry, music, and extraordinary talent in Elko-town for all the live-long week!


Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Pipp Gillette and Waddie Mitchell, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Pipp Gillette and Waddie Mitchell, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Cowboy Stew

Jan 28, 2020 7:00 – 8:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$20

This show is sure to be an early week treat! Take one multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalist Texas institution (don’t remove the ten gallon hat). Combine with one Nevada icon (garnished with mustache and wild rag). Add a returning favorite from Arizona (horseshoes optional, but be generous with the meter). All ingredients should be well seasoned, with friendships and collaborations developed over the years. Top with equal parts poetry and music, to taste. Turn on high for an hour and a half. There you have it –a surefire recipe for a sweet cowboy concoction featuring Pipp Gillette, Chris Isaacs, and Waddie Mitchell.


Wednesday, JANUary 29, 2020

R.W. Hampton, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

R.W. Hampton, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Western Vernacular

Jan 29, 2020 7:00 – 8:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium

$40 / $30 / $25
Next Generation
Discount Available!

In grand tradition, the Auditorium stage opens with a Wednesday night music fest that kicks the Gathering into high gear. Tickle your ears with the baritone tenor of R.W. Hampton, the blood harmonies of The Munsick Boys, and the cowboy vernacular of Wylie and The Wild West. Now that’s some western entertainment!


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Keynote Address

Jan 30, 2020 9:30 – 10:30am
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
Free with 3-day Deluxe or Day Pass

When mechanized modes of transportation replaced horses in the first half of the 20th Century, urbanites imagined a future with cleaner cities while their rural counterparts hoped for a more prosperous future as they replaced animals with tractors and other work-saving machines. Some wondered about the fate of the unemployed equines. What purpose could horses possibly serve beyond industries such as ranching and entertainment? In this year's keynote session, our speakers explore the value and growing relevance of horses in contemporary society and how we might regain the important connection horses once represented between rural and urban communities.
Sponsored by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Michael Stevens, photo courtesy artist

Michael Stevens, photo courtesy artist

Members' Show #1:
Cowboy Classics

Jan 30, 2020 12:00 – 1:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$40 / Free to members with ticket (must show ticket)

Fortify yourself: this show will have a healthy dose of tradition! Expert reciter, traveling horseman, and Montana legend Randy Rieman infuses vitality, inflection, and life into the cowboy poetry canon. Master poet Jay Snider shares his Oklahoma wisdom, reflecting the experiences of cowboys and rodeo riders of the past and present. And cowboy and master luthier Michael Stevens will be making his Elko debut, bringing his special brand of Texas style to Nevada. They brush the dust off any metaphorical bruises, shake out any symbolic wrinkles, adjust their wild rags, and move on down the trail.


DW Groethe, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

DW Groethe, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

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That Seventies Show

Jan 30, 2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
- Show is Sold Out -

This totally groovy show will prove that with age comes wisdom...and a sense of humor, with a side of aches and pains. Join DW Groethe, Carol Heuchan, Waddie Mitchell, Rodney Nelson and Vess Quinlan as they circle up and swap poems about the things they’ve learned along the way to being a septagenarian.


Milo Marks, photo from artist.

Milo Marks, photo from artist.

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California Dreaming

Jan 30, 2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$40 / $30 / $25
Next Generation
Discount Available!

“They” may say that California isn’t country. But this trio of songwriters testifies to the country sensibilities found in those California vibes. Miko Marks’ soulful voice calls up country music’s roots and its branches. Beloved by the Oakland Black Cowboys Association, Miko’s brand of musical storytelling— from her 2005 “Freeway Bound” debut to her recent inspiration on the roller rinks—calls to mind vaquero propensities for traveling West, taking risks, falling hard, and helping each other up. Mike Beck’s songs resonate deeply with the lessons he learned from his many years in the Golden State. And Dave Stamey’s incisive, illustrious, homegrown and free-and-easy style is surely influenced by the salt-tinged breezes of California. Join these musical mavens as they push the boundaries of country to the Pacific Ocean and beyond…


Dylan Clough, photo by Marla Aufmuth.

Dylan Clough, photo by Marla Aufmuth.

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Blazing Trails

Jan 30, 2020 8:00 – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater

- Show is Sold Out -

This is going to be an evening that’s so full of musical grit, the grains will be stuck in your ears for weeks (metaphorically, of course). Forrest Van Tuyl spends his summers with a pack string in Eastern Oregon and his winters unpacking poetic Western music with his band An American Forrest. Cat Clifford rides hard from Lakota Country around the country, working leather, making music, and sweeping rodeos with his bold brand of country rock. A self-professed rambler and folklore enthusiast, Utah singer-songwriter Dylan Clough creates music at a western pace. A musical evening of guts, glory, guitar-slinging, and grabbing life by its… horns. Bring your bandana!


Friday, January 31, 2020

Randi Johnson, photo from artist.

Randi Johnson, photo from artist.

Members’ Show #2:
What Can’t a Ranch Woman Do?

Jan 31, 2020 11:00am – 12:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium

$40 / Free to members with ticket (must show ticket)

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Roles know no gender on the ranch when there’s work to be done. And ranch women conform to no stereotype. Join Doris Daley, Carolyn Dufurrena, Patricia Frolander, and newcomer Randi Johnson: strong, distinct female voices, for poetry about everything that ranch women do, straight from the source. As recipients of the Della Johns scholarship, these women continue the legacy of Della, who was herself a ranch woman, career nurse, and all-around inspirational female figure. With one foot on the ranch and one foot in town, these women of the world provide a glimpse of their everyday lives through their stories and verse.


Joel Nelson and Gail Steiger, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Joel Nelson and Gail Steiger, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

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The Sound of Horses

Jan 31, 2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
- Show is Sold Out -

All-around ranch kid Marinna Mori, renowned reciter and writer Joel Nelson, profound picker Gail Steiger, and soothing songstress Trinity Seely all know a thing or two about horses. A good horse can keep a cowboy safe. And also teach one a thing or two. And, most good horses eventually find their way into a cowboy’s verse, whether as the star of the story or as a more subtle muse. With the fine ears of buckaroos attuned to their four-legged friends, these artists interpret life a-horseback. Listen in as the long-standing companionship between horse and human comes alive in this evening’s verse and song.


Ned LeDoux, photo by Charlie Ekburg.

Ned LeDoux, photo by Charlie Ekburg.

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Better Part of Living

Jan 31, 2020 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$40 / $30 / $25
Next Generation
Discount Available!

An evening of sonic indulgence, Great Plains inflections, and ramblers’ observations infused with a love of home and a penchant for verse. Hailing from Kansas by way of Wyoming, country music heir Ned LeDoux honors his father’s legacy while blazing his own lyrical trail. From the prairies of Nebraska, poet Jake Riley writes and recites with a philosophy of life—in all its ordinary ups and downs—that’s all his own. And, from the badlands of North Dakota, Jessie Veeder—songwriter, photographer, columnist, speaker, rancher, mother, road warrior—joins with her father to spin their own folk music sound. Sustained by the wind, wheat, wide highways, and whirling hawks of the open grasslands, these performers exemplify a road-tested, home-rooted, rising generation coming into their own.


Don Edwards, photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller.

Don Edwards, photo by Kevin Martini-Fuller.

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Tribute to Don Edwards

Jan 31, 2020 8:00 – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
- Show is Sold Out -

A mesmerizing voice of character and depth. A songlike yodel. An effortless skill with a guitar. A presence that exudes gravitas and warmth. All of these describe consummate and irreplicable cowboy balladeer Don Edwards, a man who has devoted his life and career to carrying forward a multitude of cowboy musical traditions. Dom Flemons, Andy Hedges, Dave Stamey and a host of other performers deeply influenced by the music Don has kept alive and kicking will take the stage to pay tribute to this living legend. With almost 50 years of crooning, yipping, and picking under his belt, Don Edwards is no “vanishing minstrel of the range.” His legacy is visible, vital, and revitalizing, as evidenced by this stirring homage.


Geno Delafose, photo by David Gaar.

Geno Delafose, photo by David Gaar.

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Battle of the Bands

Jan 31, 2020 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$40 / $30 / $25
Next Generation
Discount Available!

What beats a powerhouse band with a compelling frontman and a catalog of perfectly crafted, hard hitting songs? Three of ’em! Hailing from big sky country, Wylie and The Wild West bring moves and musicianship that will have you yodeling with delight. From bayou country, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie break it down with rubboard, accordion, and irresistible zydeco charm. And, wild rose country’s Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans match them nose-to-nose with western wit and devil-may-care dash. Each putting their unique stamp on Western music, these outfits and their frontmen manage to be both utterly contemporary and cool-ly traditional. Exuding a catchiness that comes from cutting horses and cutting hay, they’ll cut up the concert stage with an ease that is sure to please. Like a rogue rough country cow or a side-of-the-road honky tonk, this three-fer is so wild it hurts. Hurts so good.


Dancing at the Gathering, photo by Kier Atherton.

Dancing at the Gathering, photo by Kier Atherton.

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Friday Night Dance

Jan 31, 2020 9:00pm - Midnight
Elko Convention Center - Turquoise
$20

We’re kicking the dance off early this year! From 9 to 10, get ready to do-si-do with Alex MacLeod and Rattlesnail, warming up your legs in time for Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie to hit the stage at 10. When he’s not harvesting 200 acres of grass, Geno is coaxing couples to the dance floor with his low-slung accordion and killer backing band. From grass-cutting to rug-cutting, these Creole cowboys know how to pass a good time. With their red-hot rhythms and nouveau zydeco style, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie bring you bayou-soaked boogie beats all the way from Louisiana. Melding Cajun and blues with a good dash of soul and country & western, this band is sure to spice up your two-steps, waltzes, and swing. Just bring your best boogie spirit to the floor—your feet will follow!


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Trinity Seely, photo by Marla Aufmuth.

Trinity Seely, photo by Marla Aufmuth.

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Cowboy Caffeine,
Extra Strong

Feb 1, 2020 11:00am - 12:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$40 / $30 / $25

A Saturday morning session of singer-songwriter sensibilities – subtle, but with a splash of showmanship. These three cowboys-with-guitars will start your day off like a cup of strong cowboy coffee. Cowgirl chanteuse Trinity Seely, sagebrush storyteller Ned LeDoux, and ranchhand entertainer R.W. Hampton ease you into your Saturday with their special blend. It’s a smooth, warm, comforting pick-me-up!


Andy Hedges, Dom Flemons and Pipp Gillette. Photo by Charlie Ekburg.

Andy Hedges, Dom Flemons and Pipp Gillette. Photo by Charlie Ekburg.

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Blues on the Range

Feb 1, 2020 2:30 - 4:00 pm
G Three Bar Theater
- Show is Sold Out -

From Charley Willis to Lead Belly to Lil Nas X, African-Americans have always had an impact on Western culture and music. Fresh off his acclaimed Black Cowboys album release, Dom Flemons brings traditional ditties and original ballads that share deep stories of cowboy history. Pipp Gillette & Lloyd Wright shake the cowboy music repertoire down to the bones. And Andy Hedges adds to the chronicling with lore in the form of poetry and song. These singing knowledge-holders (and friends) speak to the historical and contemporary impact of Black cowboys as they swap songs. Join them and some special guests for an afternoon of musical chemistry, camaraderie, and compositions born where the blues meet the grass.


The Reedy Family and Brigid tuning up, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

The Reedy Family and Brigid tuning up,
photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Ranch Family Show

Feb 1, 2020 3:00 – 4:15pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$30 / Free to ranch families with ticket

Celebrate family ranching and family music-making with these three father-led family units in an afternoon of shared experience, shared genes, and shared songs. Four-man Wyoming operation The Munsick Boys bring fiddling, guitar-playing, songwriting, and Western living to their broad-ranging Western music. Montana trio Brigid Reedy and her father, John, and brother, Johnny “Guitar,” Reedy, yodel, recite, write, sing, and swing with an artistry that grows from their shared bonds. And, from the family ranch in western North Dakota, folk and country music singer Jessie Veeder performs with the man who taught her what she knows—her father, Gene Veeder. These dads show off their impressive broods, proving that the family band is not a lost artform. And neither is family ranching.


Paul Zarzyski, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Paul Zarzyski, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

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Straight-Chutin’ Champions

Feb 1, 2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$35 - $75 pre-seat for Members only

These rodeo pros steer an evening of massive entertainment from the chute to the dirt, bringing you stories and spirits of far-flung arenas and the roads in between. The roster includes Pine Ridge’s five-time Indian National Finals Rodeo qualifier and high-flying musician Cat Clifford; rodeo- and radio-crowd pleaser, past Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo touring musician, and country singer Miko Marks; pro language-twirler, record setter, saddle bronc rider and bucking horse raiser, Crow Country’s Henry Real Bird; and bareback verse Montana rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski. From rodeo woes to rodeo wins, these four eschew playin’ it safe, bulldoggin’ big songs and relaying rounds of rousing words as only real roughstock rodeo crew can do.


Rodney Nelson and Yvonne Hollenbeck, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Rodney Nelson and Yvonne Hollenbeck, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

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I Just Wanna Be
a Comic Cowboy

Feb 1, 2020 6:00 – 7:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium

$40 / $30 / $25
Next Generation
Discount Available!

From subtle deliveries to outlandish turns of phrase, these punchy poets promise an evening of giggles and guffaws. Traversing the stylistic ground of humor, this line-up rolls fun-loving chemistry, expansive repertoire, and off-the-cuff poetic dexterity into a bundle of entertainment. Alberta’s siren of sass Doris Daley, South Dakota’s non-stop wit-wielder Yvonne Hollenbeck, North Dakota’s stealthily riotous Jarle Kvale and deadpan doozy-dropper Rodney Nelson, and Nebraska’s seam-busting jokester R.P. Smith are a crew that’s sure to have you in stitches. You’ll wonder if they’re poets or comedians. And, really, it’s half dozen of one, six of the other.


Photo by Charlie Ekburg.

Photo by Charlie Ekburg.

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Highlights of the Open Mic

Feb 1, 2020 8:00 – 9:30pm
G Three Bar Theater
$35

Every year poets, musicians, and storytellers overcome time, travel, and cost to sign up for the Gathering’s Open Mic sessions. From inspirational newcomers to impressive old hands, amateurs to professionals, the stirring voices of the Open Mic speak to the spirit of the Gathering — the spirit of self-expression. Expression of life and land. Expression of the people. The Open Mics draw dedicated wordslingers and tunesmiths who share their voices with us during three days of camaraderie and creativity. These performers demonstrate the value of process and participation, underscore the vitality of the tradition, and produce moments of sheer delight and enlightenment. As that magic moves to the GIII Theater stage for the evening, you can expect highlights that are raw and polished, entertaining and thought-provoking. The people will be heard.


Whit Smith, Elana James and Dom Flemons. Photo by Natasha Dongond.

Whit Smith, Elana James and Dom Flemons. Photo by Natasha Dongond.

Stay a Little Longer

Feb 1, 2020 8:00 – 9:30pm
Elko Convention Center Auditorium
$40 / $30 / $25
Next Generation
Discount Available!

By nourishing their musical roots, the two acts that share this bill grow new musical life full of substance and pizzazz. Hot Club of Cowtown is a classic western swing combo with a beyond-classic sound, melding the strains of Elana James’ stellar fiddling, Whit Smith’s virtuosic guitar playing, and Jake Erwin’s timeless bass slapping into a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. And Dom Flemons blends folk mastery, blues prowess, and country dexterity into a compound beyond compare. The chemistry of this hard-swinging trio and hard-singing songster is undeniable.


Dancing to Wylie & The Wild West at the Gathering, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Dancing to Wylie & The Wild West at the Gathering, photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland.

Saturday Night Dance

Feb 1, 2020 9:00pm - Midnight
Elko Convention Center - Turquoise
$20

Give your boots the old spit and shine and get ready to slide across the floor. From 9 to 10, find a partner and circle up for some more square dancing with Alex MacLeod and Rattlesnail. But don’t tire yourself out, at 10, Wylie and 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.


Midnight dancers to Corb Lund and the Hurtin Albertans, photo by Steve Green.

Midnight dancers to Corb Lund and the Hurtin Albertans, photo by Steve Green.

Midnight Dance

Feb 1, 2020 Midnight - 2:00am
G Three Bar Theater
$20

Don’t pack your bags yet! Give your boots one last shine and your mustache one last wax. After a week of hard work and hard play, it’s time for the last stroll around the dancefloor. Make some memories (or shake some memories) at the midnight dance. Corb Lund & the Hurtin’ Albertans are going to be bringing the Gathering home.

 

 

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