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The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering brought together musicians old and new last week to celebrate Western style music and storytelling. But what exactly is Western music anyway?

Noah Glick

The 33rd annual National Cowboy Poetry Gathering wrapped up in Elko Saturday. Western music, art and stories filled the day, while dance and drink ignited the night.

Check out our photo gallery to see a day in the life of America's original cowboy gathering.

Noah Glick

For many cities, an influx of a few thousand people for an event might not be a big deal. But for Elko, it can take a lot of planning for something like the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, which wrapped up this weekend.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick looks into the logistics of putting together a large-scale national event in rural Nevada.

Photos: Biggest Little Festival Debuts At UNR

Sep 11, 2016
Yama Rongomas

The University of Nevada, Reno hosted its first music festival on Saturday. Reno Public Radio's Yama Rongomas was there and has more.

The Biggest Little Festival was sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada and was held at the intramural fields on campus.

Casandra Hurdle is the director of programming for ASUN. She says getting the festival together has been a long time in the making.

Noah Glick

An Innovations High School graduate is the first recipient of a new scholarship, after winning an international music competition. Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick has more.

Artown Executive Director Beth Macmillan speaks for the "Creative Buzz" lecture series in downtown Reno's The Basement market.
Natalie Van Hoozer

In just a few weeks, organizers will kick off the 21st annual Artown festival. The organization anticipates 300,000 people will attend events throughout the month of July.

These estimates mark a large growth for the non-profit; when Artown started in 1996, attendance was 30,000 people.

The festival’s Executive Director Beth Macmillan said the growth of Artown reaches beyond the humanities.

Hundreds of ukulele enthusiasts camped out in Sparks over weekend for the 8th annual Reno Ukulele Festival. Our reporter Noah Glick was there to capture their unique sound.

“My name is Moses Kamai and I am the President of the Northern Virginia Ukulele Society out on the East Coast.”

“My name is Frances O’Keefe and I’m from Sunnyvale, California.”

That’s the two of them playing the song Honey Baby, just one example of people being brought together through the common language of ukulele.

Drinking With Clowns

Baldo Bobadilla is more than a local musician; he’s an emerging leader in the Reno arts community. Along with organizing last fall’s Off Beat Music Festival, which drew thousands of concert-goers downtown, Bobadilla runs a nonprofit that provides art education to local kids.

Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick sat down with Bobadilla to hear his story.

As lead singer and guitarist of Drinking With Clowns, Baldo Bobadilla brings a funky Latin sound to the Reno music scene. And when it comes to music, he says anything goes.

Amid Rising Rents, Midtown Music Hall Secures A Future

Nov 13, 2015
Julia Ritchey

  Reno’s only all-ages music venue, The Holland Project, has just wrapped up a fundraising campaign to buy its building near Midtown. As Reno Public Radio’s Julia Ritchey reports, the money will ensure they can stay put in a part of town that’s experiencing growing pains.

Back before Midtown Reno was one of the trendiest neighborhoods in town, it was a collection of empty buildings looking for startups with a do-it-yourself attitude.

ICYMI: Relive Reno's Off Beat Music Festival

Nov 9, 2015
Gabriella Benavidez

Over the weekend, dozens of artists, both local and non-local, came to the Biggest Little City to perform in a crawl-style music extravaganza called the Off Beat Arts & Music Festival. Here are a few highlights from one of the busy venues: Cargo Concert Hall at Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno.