So Masterson had to hurry and lasso a new venue: the Ranum Auditorium Theater, at 2401 West 80th Avenue. The facility is great, she says. We are really excited. Theres a 1,000-seat hall, a beautiful theater. But right now it seems huge. Masterson has had no trouble filling the space with an assortment of entertainers, however: At 7:30 p.m. tonight, Riders in the Sky and Masterson herself will perform; tomorrow nights concert features Waddie Mitchell, poet Doris Daley and Jon Chandler, among others. And during the day tomorrow, there will be assorted seminars on cowboy culture you can mosey from room to room, Masterson promises as well as a chuckwagon feast.
The community support for this has really been wonderful, she adds. Cowboy poetry gatherings are the Nutcracker Ballet for rural folks, and city folks need a chance to find out what the ranching tradition is about.
For its part, the Arvada Center plans to continue offering cowboy poetry but at another time of year, tentatively during OpryColorado in June, when it doesnt have to compete with the National Western Stock Show. Our commitment is to growing that audience, says Gene Sobczak, executive director of the Arvada Center.
But nows the time to rope yourself some tickets for the original Cowboy Gathering at www.coloradocowboygathering.com, or 1-866-464-2626.
Jan. 21-22, 2011