ELKO – On May 4, the Western Folklife Center will present Cowboy Poetry Gathering favorite Andy Hedges in concert.
The evening’s activities, including local youth poets, is free of charge as a thank you to the many volunteers and sponsors contributing to the success of the most recent National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Hedges is a self-taught songster, reciter and storyteller on tour with his family from Texas. He will be sharing selections from his diverse repertoire of obscure cowboy songs, dust bowl ballads, blues and classic cowboy poetry recitations, accompanied with banjo and guitar.
The Western Folklife Center has teamed up with the Northeastern Nevada Museum to offer a full evening of activities, including the museum’s annual Halleck Bar Party.
Both organizations look forward to celebrate the “wild and wooly” history and culture of northeastern Nevada through a progressive party at both locations.
- The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the Northeastern Nevada Museum for “the best cocktail party in Elko for the past 40-plus years!” The Halleck Bar Party was established to honor the acquisition of the antique bar and back bar from a saloon in the nearby town of Halleck. This event has become an annual fundraiser for the museum, and the $20 admission opens the door to spirits, light refreshments, art and yellow duck sales, live piano music, and a brief appearance by Andy Hedges. Old West attire is encouraged.
- Meanwhile, down the street at the Western Folklife Center, a younger generation of poets from the Mori and Wright ranching families will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Andy Hedges will begin performing at 8 p.m.
- The Western Folklife Center’s historic Pioneer Saloon will be open to the public all evening featuring special “poetry inspired” cocktails and other spirits, including its famous sarsarparilla.
The concert is family friendly and free to the public. Donations will be appreciated and contribute to the presentation of the center’s year-round concert series.