5 Can’t-Miss Cowboy Symposium Performances

Written By Katherine White

September 01, 2016


There’s nothing Lubbock loves more than live music and its Western heritage, so when the two come together during the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration each September, you get a whole weekend full of can’t-miss performances.

For the last 28 years, the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration has been honoring, preserving and passing along all the best that cowboy culture has to offer, and this year is no different. From September 9 – 11, more than 80 performers and presenters, including cowboy and cowgirl poets, musical acts, storytellers and special presenters will draw a crowd from all over the state and nation to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. While the event schedule is chock full of talent, here are just a few of the nationally recognized artists that you can expect to see.

Dave Stamey, Musician
This acclaimed Western performer has been everything from tried-and-true cowboy to a dude wrangler. He now entertains through song and can add six-time Entertainer of the Year, six-time Male Performer of the Year and five-time Songwriter of the Year recipient from the Western Music Association to his list of accolades.

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Dave Stamey | image via cowboy.org

Mike Beck, Musician
With six albums under his belt, Mike Beck is a veteran when it comes to folk, rock and Americana Music. A regular at the National Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering you won’t want to miss his acoustic Lubbock performance.

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Mike Beck | image via cowboy.org

Craig Carter, Musician
Craig Carter is Texas born and bred, and he’s spent a career bringing the sounds of the Southwest all across the nation and overseas.

Chris Isaacs, Cowboy Poet
If you’ve never heard a cowboy poet practice their craft, you’re missing out. During this year’s National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, make plans to see one of the best in action. Chris Isaacs is a three-time winner of the Academy of Western Artists “Will Rogers Award” and speaks his poetry from a point of view and with a humor that only a cowboy could.

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Chris Isaacs | image via cowboy.org

Ross Knox, Cowboy Poet
Should you find you have a love for cowboy poetry, be sure to add Ross Knox to your “must-see” list. With more than 30 years of experience and over 100 poems committed to memory, he’s sure to delight and entertain.

Regardless of how you spend your time at this year’s National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, it’s always fun for the whole family. While you’re out celebrating the West, share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter (@Visit_Lubbock) and Instagram (@visitlubbock) using #LiveLoveLubbock. Happy exploring!


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