The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. They return to Vermont with a show at the Bellows Falls Opera House on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound, generating what they call "a truly magnetic revival." The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.
At this show, The Steel Wheels will support the music program at Bellows Falls’ Central Elementary School. A financial contribution will be made by the band to the school based on the number of tickets sold. The show promoters are pledging to donate their share of the show's "back end" to the school program as well.
The Magnetic Revival Tour amps up the quartet’s message of finding common causes which people with diverse views will value. The Steel Wheels hope that audiences will be inspired by the band’s music – which revitalizes storied traditions with new, original material – to revive personal and community values with fresh ideas that transcend the political.
“The Magnetic Revival Tour’ is for everybody,” said Trent Wagler, lead singer and songwriter of The Steel Wheels. “Even if it’s coming together to just enjoy one evening of music together, well, we feel like that’s something positive. What’s better than singing, dancing, clapping together to feel less alone and part of something that is making a bunch of people feel happy all at the same time?”
Doors are at 7pm with showtime at 7:30pm. Opening the show is Brian Webb, a soulful singer-songwriter from the South, now based out of Boston. Beer and wine service is provided by Pleasant Valley Brewing Co. Tickets are $18 in advance general admission, or $25 for Priority (Best-In-House) seating. Special 5-for-the-price-of-4 Priority seats are available on line, "for folks who have learned how great the Steel Wheels are and want to convince their friends," says Ray Massucco, one of the promoters of the show. $16 tickets are also available. Advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, in Chester at Misty Valley Books, in Brattleboro at Turn It Up!, and on line at brattleborotix.com. For further information, call 802-463-9595 or visit flyingunderradar.com.
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