The Arvada Center’s 21st Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering |

The Arvada Center’s 21st Colorado Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Photo courtesy of Bill PattersonSkip Gorman and Connie Dover.

Liz Masterson and Diana Raven pulled off a fine celebration of cowboy culture Jan. 14-17. It was a four day roundup with concerts every day and theme sessions for Friday and Saturday.

The concerts featured in the order they appeared, Baxter Black, Micheal Martin Murphey, Sons of the San Joaquin and Wylie and the Wild West. Four or five top entertainers also appeared at each concert.

There were well nigh 40 poets and singers performing during the day sessions. Eli Barsi, Bill Barwick, Bill Brewster, Ken Cook, Doris Daley, Zeb Dennis, Connie Dover, Elizabeth Ebert, Richard Elloyan, Mark Gardner, The Gillette Brothers, Skip Gorman, Carol Heuchan, Jess Howard, Bob Huff, Jim Jones, Ross Knox, Bonnie Krogman, Liz Masterson, Al Mehl, Mike Moutoux, Andy Nelson, John Nelson, Prickly Pair and the Cactus Chorale, Gary Robertson, Jay Snider, Milton Taylor, Miss “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle, Pop Wagner, Barry Ward, Dick Warwick, Joyce Woodson, The Yampa Valley Boys and myself gave audiences a full spectrum of the life of the cowboy and the open West. The sessions each focused on a theme such as: Cowboy and Western Humor, Lawmen and Outlaws, Women of the West, Aging Cowboy, Songwriter’s Circle and of course, Yodeling.

My favorite was Odd Instruments where Mark Gardner and I could present our strange instrument hybrids from the 1880s to the 1920s.

Judging from how each of the evening concerts were sold out and the day sessions were packed with folks standing in the back, the event was well attended and continues to grow more popular with each year. Congratulations to Liz, Diana and the Arvada Center.

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