The Steel Wheels
|Time & Place|
|Saturday, April 2, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
|Seniors, Military & Students w/ID||$15|
|Children 7–17 w/paying adult||1/2 price|
|Children under 7||free|
The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin' fiddle tunes. They are subtle innovators who respect the past but whistle their own tunes, layering in rich textures and decidedly modern energy to forge a new sound.
The four-piece band is based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where multi-instrumentalist Jay Lapp was born and took inspiration from church hymns and folk fests, and where Trent Wagler has been a scene staple for nearly a decade. Lapp was touring with several successful Midwest bands when he and Wagler crossed paths in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and a musical partnership began. The two are joined by upright bassist Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker to form the Steel Wheels. The band shines exceptionally in their live shows, and their palpable chemistry translates easily to Red Wing. Just listen to the exceptional four-part harmonies that support and accentuate Wagler's scratchy tenor, which has been compared to that of Darrel Scott. Brubaker's fiddle, both lively and evocative, suits the band exactly, and Dickel's upright bass grounds the outfit. Jay Lapp's signature mandolin style is remarkable and unmistakable.
The Steel Wheels have built a following from the East Coast to the Midwest and beyond, appearing at Americana and Folk festivals such as the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Floydfest, Ocrafolk, Oak Grove, Folk Alliance, and Appalachian Uprising among others. The latest release "Red Wing" climbed all the way to #15 on the Americana Music Association radio chart and spent many months in the top 40.
Trent Wagler – Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar — Jay Lapp – Harmony Vocals / Mandolin / Guitar — Brian Dickel – Harmony Vocals / Upright Bass — Eric Brubaker – Harmony Vocals / Fiddle — Frequent Guest: Nate Butler – Vintage Snare Drum
Opening: Nicole Belanus
Nicole Belanus is a singer-songwriter in the folk/rock genre. Her debut CD Notes on Paper was released in October 2009 and features 10 of Nicole's songs accompanied by a full band including drums, bass, synths and electric guitars. It received high praise from local music reporter Sam McDonald of The Daily Press and has been played frequently on favorite local radio programs "Out of the Box", "Hunter at Sunrise", and "Acoustic Highway". Nicole appears live all over the Hampton Roads area at coffee shops, local festivals, and restaurants. She also appears on occasion with her friends, the "Renewal Artists", a Tidewater-based group of singer-songwriters. She is currently living in the Williamsburg area and is working on an upcoming release called Broken Things. Notes on Paper is available at CD Baby, Amazon, and iTunes.