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Colorado Celebrates 20 Years of Cowboy Poetry

by Candy Moulton
Encampment, Wyo.
Candy MoultonThe O'Brien Family Band.

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The 20th Annual Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering will be held Wednesday, January 14, through Sunday, January 18, at the Arvada Center featuring Baxter Black, Riders in the Sky, Sons & Brothers, Brenn Hill, New West, Dave Stamey, Doris Daley, Yvonne Hollenbeck, Chuck Larsen, Tim Nolting and dozens of other

performers.

A chili dinner and concert headlined by Riders in the Sky kicks off the events on January 14. Woody Paul, Ranger Doug, and Too Slim are certain to bring their Grammy-winning style to the stage. Also on stage that night will be Liz Masterson and the Cactus Crooners, Denver, Colo.; Doris Daley, Turner Valley, Alberta, Canada, and Bob Huff, Pagosa Springs, Colo. The Chili feed begins at 6 p.m. with the concert to start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $38-$45 with children ages 5-14, $15.

This concert sets the tone for the five days of cowboy poetry and music. Organizers say, “In celebration of our 20th anniversary we’re putting on several shows that will top anything we’ve ever done before. This year’s gathering features an expanded program with more time for entertainment and socializing. The new concert format means audiences will be treated to longer performances by ‘headliner’ acts.

New this year are programs geared specifically for families with children five years and up including children’s shows featuring Pop Wagner (St. Paul, Minn.), Eli Barsi (Rockaway Beach, Mo.), Sid Hausman (Tesuque, N.M.), and Angel Vigil (Denver, Colo.). They will sing, tell stories, do a few rope tricks, and play songs on a variety of instruments. This show is presented January 15 and January 16, at 10 a.m. and again at Noon in the Main Stage Theater, and costs $8.

On Saturday at 1 p.m. Pop Wagner, Eli Barsi, and Angel Vigil will be joined by the O’Brien Family Band for a family friendly matinee concert on the Main Stage Theater. Tickets are $26 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-14.

Other evening concerts are January 15, 7:30 p.m., Brenn Hill (Hooper, Utah), Andy Nelson, (Pinedale, Wyo.), Gwen Peterson, (Big Timber, Mont.), and Jon Chandler and the Wichitones, Commerce City, Colo., and January 16, New West, Tim Nolting (Bushnell, Neb.), Chuck Larsen (Saratoga, Wyo.), and Sweethearts in Carhartts (Jean Prescott, Ovalo, Texas; Yvonne Hollenbeck, Clearfield, S.D.; Liz Masterson, Denver, Colo.; Georgie Sicking, Kaycee, Wyo.; Doris Daley, Turner Valley, Alberta, Canada; Julia Hays, Denver, Colo.). Tickets for these two concerts are $32-38 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-14.

A concert January 17, featuring Baxter Black, Pop Wagner, Jill Jones (Driftwood, Texas), Peggy Godfrey (Moffat, Colo.), and Dave Stamey (Nipomo, Calif.) is already sold out.

Sons & Brothers of Westcliffe, Colo., will perform their blend of Western, bluegrass and gospel music known as WEST-grass Sunday, January 18. The flapjack breakfast brunch & concert will be followed by a farewell reception in the theater gallery. It begins at 11 a.m. and will also have Gary McMahan (Bellvue, Colo.) and Yvonne Hollenbeck (Clearfield, S.D.) on stage. Tickets are $36 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-14.

In addition to the featured concerts, performers also will be reciting and singing throughout the day featuring the songs and stories of ranchers, cattle drives, life in the Australian Outback and the love of the land. The Daytime Theme Sessions include Women of the West, Tall Tales, Multi-cultural Roots, Cowboy Humor, Rodeo Days, Family Life, Cowboy Classics and many more. This brand of entertainment is perfect for families with children over five years old (no strollers please).

Daytime theme performers include all the evening concert performers (except featured headliner acts), plus Bill Barwick, Denver, Colo.; Jerry Brookes (Brooksie), Sevier, Utah; Deb Carpenter-Nolting, Bushnell, Neb.; Jack DeWerff, Mesa, Ariz.; Duane Dickinson, Scobey, Mont.; Elizabeth Ebert, Lemmon, S.D.; Mark Gardner, Cascade, Colo.; Tex Rideout, Conifer, Colo.; Sid Hausman, Tesuque, N.M.; Leslie Keltner, Cody, Wyo.; Al “Doc” Mehl, Boulder, Colo.; Jackie Morgan, Pinedale, Wyo.; John Nelson, Gunnison, Colo.; Chuck Pyle, Palmer Lake, Colo.; Otto Rosfeld, Valentine, Neb.; John Schaffner, Wray, Colo.; Milton Taylor, Hartley, New South Wales, Australia; Diane Tribitt, Hillman, M.N.; Dick Warwick, Oakesdale, Wash.; and Mike Fleming, Santa Clarita, Calif. Tickets for the daytime performances January 15 through January 17, 10 a.m.- 5:15 p.m. are $18 for adults and $12 for children ages 5-4.

Special packages are available for both evening and daytime concerts that provide significant price breaks to attend multiple events. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Arvada Center box office at (720) 898-7200 or visit arvadacenter.org/on-stage.

Food will be available at the center.


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