SHOSHONE • Cowboy musicians and poets will converge in Shoshone for three days full of performances during the annual Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering.
The event started four years ago and keeps growing every year, said Payson Reese, vice president of Lost N Lava Cowboy Poetry, Inc.
“A group of members throughout the community decided they wanted to have some type of events that feature the cowboys, music and poetry,” he said.
The nonprofit group puts on the event each year to celebrate cowboy and western heritage.
This weekend, 12 performers are coming from throughout the West – including Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Arizona, Utah and Nevada – to perform at Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering.
“We have them coming from pretty much from all directions,” Reese said.
Some of the performers are well known, while others are more under the radar, he said.
Most are “real-time cowboys,” he said, while others travel around the United States performing.
They’ll take the stage for evening concerts tonight and Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. A pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 7 p.m. both nights.
Bryan Dilworth, chairman of the entertainment committee, plans to take the stage during the day shows to recite cowboy poetry.
“I have a lot of the old classics committed to memory,” the Ketchum resident said. “I could recite for hours.”
As for the evening shows, they’ll feature paid performers as well as quite a few talented locals, Dilworth said.
One change during this year’s gathering is that there are only six performers per show. That ensures that each person can have more time on stage.
“It’s hard to really get a rhythm in eight minutes,” Dilworth said.
David Anderson and his daughter, Jenny Lynn, from Roy, Utah will be among the performers.
Dilworth said he loves Anderson’s guitar playing and voice.
Wayne Nelson will also perform during the gathering and is “quite an artist,” Dilworth said, who writes a lot of music and poetry.
There will be free jam sessions after each evening concert at the 2nd Time Around Antique Mall, located at South Rail and Greenwood streets in Shoshone.
Little Wood River VFW Post 3001 will be part of the gathering this year, presenting the colors each night.
Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering will also include free open microphone sessions from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday, as well as 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
Open music and poetry sessions will be inside the Lincoln County Community Center.
All of the day events are open to community members and are family friendly, Reese said.
Displays, food and vendors will be located just outside the community center throughout the three-day event.
A community breakfast is planned for 8-10 a.m. Saturday, cooked by the VFW. Donations will be accepted.
On Sunday morning, there will be cowboy church starting at 9:30 a.m. After that, entertainment runs until 3 p.m.