31st Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous
Thursday, August 11 - Sunday, August 14, 2016
Day Headquarters at Fergus High School, 1001 Casino Creek Road, Lewistown
Directions: South on 1st Avenue to Brassey, then right to High School
2nd Oldest Gathering in the Country
2015 Inductee to the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame!
Welcome everyone to the 31st Annual Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and Western Music Rendezvous, a signature event held in August in Lewistown, Montana. We’re glad you’re here! Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering is the 2nd oldest cowboy poetry gathering in the country, just one year behind the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada! The mission of Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering is: “…to preserve and celebrate the history, heritage and values of the American cowboy in the upper Rocky Mountain west.”
For the 2016 Gathering, we are proud to announce the headlining performers, Riders In The Sky. For thirty-five years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!”
In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ol’ Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation’s Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. No less important than their two Grammy wins, Riders have been the Western Music Association’s “Entertainers Of the Year” six times, and won “Traditional Group of the Year” and “Traditional Album of the Year” multiple times. The Academy of Western Artists has named them “Western Music Group of the Year” twice in 5 years, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has bestowed Riders with their Wrangler Award statuette three times. It comes as no surprise then that Billboard magazine’s Jim Bessman counts them as one of “the most significant acts in the history of American music.”
Tickets for these legendary entertainers will go on sale Friday, November 27, 2015. We look forward to seeing you in Lewistown, and thank you for joining all of us for this joyous time of listening, humming along, honoring those who came before us and taking inspiration from them into our daily lives! We hope you enjoy every minute of your “Keepin’ It Cowboy,” Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering experience.