Cigar-Box Guitar Workshop and Concert with Muddy Boots and the Porch Pounders

Muddy Boots & th Porch poundCigar-Box Guitar Workshop and Concert with Muddy Boots and the Porch PoundersdOn Saturday, October 28, the Western Folklife Center and host Matt Downs of Elko band Muddy Boots and the Porch Pounders, will present a workshop on how to build and play a cigar-box guitar. That evening, Matt and his band will perform a concert at the Western Folklife Center. Workshop participants get a 50% discount on the price of the concert. Continue reading

Tickets to the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering on Sale to the General Public October 5

34th Event Features “Basques & Buckaroos:
Herding Cultures of Basin, Range and Beyond”

The 34th National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is January 29-February 3, 2018, in Elko. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Thursday, October 5 and can be purchased at nationalcowboypoetrygathering.org or by calling 888-880-5885. Produced by the Western Folklife Center, the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the nation’s original cowboy poetry and music festival. The 2018 Gathering will honor contemporary culture and heritage of Basques and buckaroos in the Great Basin.

Many Basques came to the American West to work on sheep and cattle ranches as herders and buckaroos. Continue reading