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Thursday, May 11, 2017 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels is a band that marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of four young men who happened to cross paths at a formative moment in each of their lives, reveling in the shared experience of plucking acoustic instruments and blending their voices. But over the years, what began organically evolved into a mission: to fuse the personal with the universal, the deeply rooted past with the joys and sorrows of everyday existence. Smearing the boundaries separating blues, bluegrass, and gospel music, the band's sound has earned them multiple awards and a near-permanent place atop independent music and Americana charts. Lead singer Trent Wagler's powerful, weathered tenor is joined by bell-clear four-part harmonies. Add Eric Brubaker's lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel's grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp's signature mandolin style, and it's no surprise that The Steel Wheels have burst onto the roots music scene, becoming festival favorites and selling out venues across the country.
“Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels…” – NPR's Mountain Stage
“What sets The Steel Wheels apart from many bands is the combination of their stellar instrumentals, accentuated by the one of a kind lead vocal of Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies. Eric Brubaker on fiddle, Jay Lapp on mandolin, and Brian Dickel on bass weave in and out intricately throughout this record, painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate within you.” - Country Standard Time
"Chicago's Sunnyside Up makes the sounds of bluegrass its own. This band can change the way you think about bluegrass. Aficionados and newbies alike love Sunnyside Up's approach to the beloved style of bluegrass." - CBS Chicago, Best of Chicago