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Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

 

Mark your calendar from February 2 – 4 for the annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering. Here, you can help celebrate Southern Arizona’s western ranch heritage with renowned cowboy poets, musicians and performers taking over three stages. Free mini-concerts take place throughout the day while story-tellers entertain between sets. Learn more about the folklore and history of the Arizona Territory. Hosted by the Buena Performing Arts Center in Sierra Vista, just southeast of Tucson, it’s an event that can’t be missed.

In 2018 there is Barn Dance and Western Swing to enjoy, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn a few new moves at the Buena High School. Barn dances are traditionally happy, joyful get togethers with a 500+ year old history. Founded by European immigrants who brought traditional dances to the U.S., these social gatherings had to take place in barns because it was the only space large enough to cater to such a crowd.

A Darn Good Time

Originally, barn dances included Scottish dances, Gaelic Irish moves, English Country dances and Flemish wedding dances. However, as times changed, so did the dances and music. Square dancing became popular, followed by Texas-style line dancing. Today, country and western, bluegrass, and southern rock set the stage for a day of dancing.

You’ll find western swing dancing in between the 50-minute poetry sessions. The jam sessions happen on all three days, so don’t miss out on any of the excitement during this long weekend of country fun. (Don’t worry, dance lessons are included!)

 

 

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