Thursday, Jan. 16, through Jan. 19, Green Center Auditorium, Colorado School of Mines, 923 15th St., Golden; American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St., Golden; free-$100; 1-303-500-8720, coloradocowboygathering.com
If you've ever thought about trading your keyboard for spurs, your minivan for a horse or your cubicle for a ranch, then the Colorado Cowboy Gathering is for you. The four-day event offers cowboy poetry, concerts and food, and for the past 25 years has entertained the thousands who flock to the doors.
Cowboy poetry is just one of the many exciting events during the gathering, and well-known poet Baxter Black will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Colorado State University alum reads his work at the Green Center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.
Cowboy poetry is an art form that has been around since the days of the cattle drive, says Liz Masterson, event spokesperson. "Cowboys would sit around the fire and talk about the day's events. The way to remember it was to put it in song or poetry."
If cowboy poetry doesn't sound like any fun, one of the other 18 performers from around the globe surely will. Carol Heuchan, from New South Wales, Australia, blends comedy as well as heartwarming stories, and her writing has resulted in being named Australian Champion and Laureate winner twice. "She's very funny, can bring you to your knees and she is very easy to understand. She speaks slowly so we can catch it, and people don't have to worry about her dialect," Masterson says.
Don't think that you have an ounce of cowboy in you? Fear not.
"If you don't have any cowboy in your blood, you'll realize that you probably do," Masterson says. We have a lot of people that grew up in the city but feel like in another life they did this, or always wanted to."
Angelo Stambene, firstname.lastname@example.org, 636-0114
Chuck Pyle - Presented by Black Rose Acoustic Society, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, Black Forest Community Center , 12530 Black Forest Road, $5-$10; 495-3217, blackrose acoustic.org.
"Swing and Blues" - Presented by Front Range Swing and Blues, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, International Dance Club, 2422 Busch Ave., $5-$10; 633-0195, international danceclub.com.