Event Detail

2024 IWMA Convention

Albuquerque, New Mexico

November 13, 2024 - November 17, 2024

Make hotel reservations at The Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town here or call 505-843-6300 and use Code 2411IWMAG  -  TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ON LINE

WEDNESDAY, November 13

10:00 am–8:00 pm                   
Member Registration & Ticket Sales

10:00 am-6:00 pm                    
Performers CD Check-In

12:00-1:30 pm                          
OPENING LUNCH with Special Guest Speaker Washtub Jerry

1:45-5:00 pm                           
SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES: Mike Booth, Cisco Jim, Nathan Jacques, Gary Kirkman, Ed Meyer, Mountain Saddle Band, Randy Palmer, Joel White

12:00-6:00 pm       
Western Wear Consignment Boutique

7:00-10:00 pm                          
SWING DANCE: With Syd Masters & The Swing Riders

10:30 pm                                 

THURSDAY, November 14

8:00 am–7:00 pm                     
Member Registration & Ticket Sales

8:00 am-5:00 pm                      
Western Wear Consignment Boutique; CD Mercantile; Vendor Area

Coffee with the DJs – Peter Bruce
Join with DJs and performers to discuss how to get maximum airplay for Western Music and Cowboy Poetry.

Grant Writing – Sue McWilliams
Sue has been a professional grant writer and consultant for 20 years. In this session, she will guide you through the steps of finding grants, writing the grant proposal, and what to do once you receive the grant including grant reporting and thanking your Grantor. If you are looking for an additional opportunity to financially support your Gathering, you won’t want to miss this session.

9:45-10:45am - The Birth & History of Western Swing hosted by Mike Markwardt
This film chronicles the quintessential story of America’s most joyous music. Western Swing got its start “Where the West Begins” in a ramshackle dancehall in Fort Worth, Texas during the depths of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. It evolved with a spongelike ability to absorb a myriad of ethnic and cultural styles from Black, White, Brown, Rural and Urban influences to create an intoxicating musical gumbo. This groundbreaking documentary traces its origins, development and legacy utilizing original and contemporary voices from a cast of legendary stars and respected historians.

Badger Clark: Poet Among the Pines
With interviews, captivating imagery, and heartfelt readings of his timeless verses, this film paints a vivid portrait of a man who immortalized the spirit of the Old West through his poetic legacy.

The Roaring 20s Told Through Songs & Stories –Michael & Judy Muldawer
The 1920s are brought to life through the songs and stories of that era.

The MLC...Do You Know What This Is and How It Works for You?? presented by Patty Clayton
How the Music Modernization Act of 2018 pays you 100% of your self-administered Publishing Rights for your original compositions on today's streaming platforms.

Open Range Cowboy Music & Poetry – Steve Cormier
Traditional cowboy music came from the work of ranch hands on the open range and early fenced ranch years. The period is from post-civil war to roughly the l920s. Working cowboys, mostly anonymous, composed poetry and songs about horses, cattle, love, hate, longing, success, and failure, religion, and death. The music was an expression of their lives and is the foundation of modern western music. We will cover the development of this music from the trail songs of the l870s to the l920s “Tyin’ Knots in the Devil's Tail” and “Little Joe the Wrangler.

10:00 am-4:00 pm                    
SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES: Allen & Jill, Vic Anderson, Lori Beth Brooke, Ron Christopher, Jack George, Bodhi Linde, John Lowell, Carol Markstrom, Dan McCorison, Miska Paget, Ramblin’ Rangers, Tom Swearingen, Scott T, Phoebe White, Yampa Valley Steve

5:00-6:30 pm               

6:30-9:00 pm               
IWMA BENEFIT DINNER & CONCERT with The Kristyn Harris Band

9:30 pm-??                                    
AFTER HOURS MUSIC: Fireplace Jam, Chapter Showcases

FRIDAY, November 15

7:30 am–6:00 pm                     
Member Registration & Ticket Sales

8:00 am-6:00 pm
Western Wear Consignment Boutique, CD Mercantile, Vendor Area

8:00 am-9:30 am                      

8:30 am-4:00 pm                      
Stage Craft
presented by Kerry Grombacher
This workshop will talk about the stage, checking sound, tuning or switching instruments, and, most importantly, how to introduce a song or poem.

9:45 am-1:45 pm                      
CAMPFIRE STAGE: Hosted by Aspen Black, featuring TJ Casey, Sherl Cederburg, Ron Christoher, Grace Clark & Swingitude, Jeff Davidson, Ray Delgado, Dana Duplan, Rik “Yonder” Goodell, Tom Hawk, Randy Hoyt, Ted Hunt, Carol Markstrom, Ed Meyer, Glenn Moreland & Washtub Jerry, Dale Page, Miska Paget, Ramblin’ Rangers, Francine Robison, George Ray Russell with Bruce Johnson, Lindy Simmons, Annie Tezuka, Bob Thomas, Kevin Tuckfield, Joel White

2:15 pm-4:15 pm                      
OPEN MIC – Sign up on site at the IWMA Registration Desk

10:00 am – 4:00 pm                 
SHOWCASE PERFORMANCES: Valerie Beard, Sherl Cederburg, Jon Chandler, Jeff Davidson, Dana Duplan, Micki Fuhrman, Rik “Yonder” Goodell, Jim Jones, Merna Lewis, Stan Mahler, Mark Munzert, Shantell Ogden, Sarah Pierce, Prairie Moon, LeeLee Robert, The Russellers

Swing Guitar – Grace Clark
Learn the fundamentals that will jump-start you with this exciting and beautiful guitar style.  The course materials provided will allow you to continue learning at home. First, we learn fundamental music theory concepts. Second, we explore the fingerboard knowledge and chord vocabulary that will launch you into a new musical world. Third, we learn the swing guitar strumming style, complete with the “left hand release technique” that puts the exciting “snap” in the rhythm. Fourth - Starting with simple songs, we add “fancy swing chord progressions” one-by-one, until we arrive at fully developed swing-style arrangements of the songs. Bring your guitar!

Yodeling – Lori Beth Brooke
Whether you’re just beginning to yodel or you’re an old hand, this workshop will get you from the basic “how to” through more advanced techniques.

Western Finger Style Guitar – Scott T
Scott T will share his talent, approaches, and insights into Western style fingerpicking guitar at this hands-on workshop. Guitar players of all levels are welcome to learn from this workshop. The goal: to help you learn basic thumb and finger picking patterns, basics of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins style guitar picking, how to use a thumb pick, and how to apply these techniques to your favorite Western songs. You can learn to play your very best through tips on tone production, hand position, fluidity, using your palm for muting, harmonics, and musicality. Bring your guitars tuned to standard tuning and any questions you want to ask!

7:00-9:00 pm               
FRIDAY NIGHT OPRY Hosted by: Roger & Leo Eilts with: 3 Trails West, Allen & Jill, Vic Anderson, Floyd Beard, Aspen Black, Lori Beth Brooke, Allan Chapman & Rodeo Kate, Ron Christopher, DoubleTake, Jack George, Gone With The West, Kristyn Harris, KG & The Ranger, Kacey & Jenna, Bodhi Linde, Stan Mahler, Ernie Martinez, Dan McCorison, Ed Meyer, Miss Devon & The Outlaw, Glenn Moreland & Washtub Jerry, Mark Munzert, Randy Palmer, Sarah Pierce, Prairie Moon, LeeLee Robert, Rusted Spurs West, Tom Swearingen, Carlos Washington, Phoebe White

9:30 pm-??                                    
AFTER HOURS MUSIC: Fireplace Jam, Colorado Chapter Sharing Session, Western Wordsmiths Story Hour, Chapter Showcases                                          

SATURDAY, November 16

7:00-8:30 am                
VETERANS APPRECIATION BREAKFAST Hosted by: Jerry Hall with Darrell Arnold, Floyd Beard, Mike Booth, TJ Casey, Jon Chandler, Patty Clayton, Ray Delgado, Rik “Yonder” Goodell, Kristyn Harris, Jim Jones, Dale Page

8:45-9:45 am                
IWMA MEMBERSHIP MEETING Open to all current and future IWMA members

10:00 am-5:00 pm
Western Wear Consignment Boutique, CD Mercantile, Vendor Area

10:00 am- 6:00 pm       
Registration & Ticket Sales

10:30 am-1:00 pm                    

12:15 pm-1:15 pm                    
IWMA YOUTH CHAPTER SHOWCASE: Venessa Carpenter, Jack George, Kacey & Jenna, Bodhi Linde, Phoebe White

1:30-5:00 pm                           
PERFORMER SHOWCASE: 3 Trails West, Allan Chapman & Rodeo Kate, Patty Clayton, Gone With The West, Kerry Grombacher, Kristyn Harris, KG & The Ranger, Miss Devon & The Outlaw, Hailey Sandoz

1:15 -2:15 pm                          

2:30-3:30 pm                            

3:45-5:00 pm                           

6:30-7:00 pm                           

7:00-10:00 pm                          

10:30 pm-??                                  
AFTER HOURS MUSIC: Fireplace Jam, Chapter Showcases

SUNDAY, November 17

9:00-11:00 am                          
GOSPEL CONCERT Hosted by Belinda Gail with Allen & Jill, Aspen Black, Mike Booth, Sherl Cederburg, Stan Mahler, Ernie Martinez, Miss Devon & The Outlaw, Dale Page, Scott Tonelson, Phoebe White

Times and performers subject to change.