On Thursday, July 18, acclaimed singer/songwriter Mike Beck will return to Elko at the Western Folklife Center
for a solo acoustic show. He routinely graces the stage at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
, but he is making a special stop in Elko this summer, much to the delight of his local fans and followers.
Known internationally for his guitar wizardry and acclaimed Western songwriting, Beck’s sound combines real cowboy experience with a unique blend of Western, rock and Americana styles. “An accomplished guitarist and distinguished songwriter, he writes some of today’s most transcendent, relevant songs about the West,” writes Margo Metegrano of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry.
Kicking off the evening’s events at 5:30 pm, the Western Folklife Center will be offering a free, guided walking tour of our Portraits of the Gathering
storefront exhibition. Join a tour guide for a brief walk around downtown Elko to learn about some of the great poets who have contributed to the success of the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering
over the years. And do not worry if you can’t make this tour – there will be more dates throughout the summer.
Then at 6 pm, the doors open at the Pioneer Saloon, with refreshing beverages for purchase and delicious, free snacks provided by The Star Hotel. Enjoy a walk through our Wiegand Gallery exhibitions, with more Portraits of the Gathering and a beautiful collection of the iconic cowboy accessory in I’ve Got Spurs. The doors to the G Three Bar Theater open at 6:30 pm, and Mike Beck will take the stage at 7 pm.
Admission is $15; $10 for Western Folklife Center members, seniors and students; and $5 for kids. Tickets are available in advance at the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop or at the door.
For more about Mike Beck, visit his website, www.mikebeck.com
. This event is made possible thanks to generous support from the Nevada Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Star Hotel.
About the Western Folklife Center
The Western Folklife Center is a nonprofit arts organization located in Elko, Nevada, which uses story and cultural expression to connect the American West to the world.