2018 Western Folklife Concert Series begins with Rick and Donna Nestler

Donna and Rick Nestler, Photo by Nancy Daynard

The Western Folklife Center is known for bringing interesting artists to Elko for performances and workshops throughout the year. For our first in 2018, join us on Saturday, March 24th, when we present – with host, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter Rick Nestler of Rick Nestler and Donna “The Banjolele Lady” – a workshop on how to play a ukulele and banjolele. And in the evening, Rick and Donna will perform a concert at the Western Folklife Center: expect some folk, western swing, songs of the silver screen cowboys, and more!

The 2-hour workshop and jam session from 3:00 – 5:00 pm is an opportunity to learn tips, tricks, and more from these two powerhouse performers. The Nestlers are a folk duo committed to bringing together people of all ages to learn and play ukulele and banjolele.  These musicians bring stories and fun to life where music can be celebrated and created by all of us. In that spirit, the workshop will move right on into a special hour-long jam session with any instrument you want to bring along! Also, workshop participants that are interested will have an opportunity to play for a song or two during the concert, and you’ll receive a $5 discount on the price of the evening’s concert.

3 Ukes, Photo by Emma Dusepo – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 (httpscommons.wikimedia)

We have a limited supply of ukuleles at the Western Folklife Center that can be reserved, when you call to pre-register for the workshop; we can also direct you to other local sources for obtaining a ukulele. The deadline to pre-register for the workshop has been extended to Thursday, March 22. To pre-register, contact Amber Adeline at 775-738-7508 x232 or abrown@westernfolklife.org.

In the Concert from 7:00 to 9:00 pm that evening, Rick Nestler will kick off the night playing guitar or tenor banjo performing several folk classics, as well as traditional and contemporary western music. Donna Nestler will play in the second half of the night with even more folk and traditional music adding concertina, harmonica, banjo and banjolele.

Concert Admission is $15.00 at the door and $10 for seniors, students and Western Folklife Center; or with your workshop registration. Kids 12 and under are only $5. Tickets can be purchased from the Western Folklife Center Gift Shop or by calling 775-738-7508. The Pioneer Saloon opens at 6:00 pm. Come early and enjoy a visit to the exhibitions in our Wiegand Gallery!

Rick Nestler, courtesy of the artist

Donna Nestler, courtesy of the artist

This workshop and concert are funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, with generous support by The Red Lion Inn and Casino.

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