Thursday November 8, 2012

BELLOWS FALLS -- Vermont Festivals and Flying Under The Radar presents the Steel Wheels, an electrifying Americana band, with special guest Brian Webb, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at the Bellows Falls Opera House.

The Steel Wheels take the traditional and reinvents it, and they’re coming back to Bellows Falls for an unprecedented fourth show in three years. From their first two packed-house shows to their barn-burning mainstage appearance at the 2012 Roots on the River festival, the Steel Wheels have built an enthusiastic local following.

For their Magnetic Revival tour, The Steel Wheels are choosing a school in each community where they perform to receive a donation to their music program based on ticket sales at the concert. For their upcoming show at Flying Under Radar, they have chosen Central Elementary in Bellows Falls.

On the road and in the studio, The Steel Wheels are tapping into Americana traditions and creating fresh-sounding acoustic music. The band’s new album, "Lay Down Lay Low," succeeds in capturing the fire-in-the-belly spirit of the band’s live shows wile fine-tuning carefully crafted lyrical stories that surprise the ear and linger in the heart. Acoustic instrumentation escorts the listener, while lead vocals from Trent Wagler soar and find the complement in supporting vocals from mandolin player Jay Lapp, with bass player Brian Dickel and fiddler Eric Brubaker joining in. "Americana music at its very best," said Larry Groce of Mountain Stage.

For more on the band, check out www.thesteelwheels.com.

Advance tickets to the Nov. 15 show are $18 general, $25 for priority seating and $16 for balcony. General admission is $24 at door. There is a special category for those who have seen the Steel Wheels and know how good they are and wish to spread the word: 5-tickets-for-the-price-of-4 priority seats for $99.

For tickets, visit www.brattleborotix.com. Tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers and Fat Franks in Bellows Falls, Turn it Up! in Brattleboro and Misty Valley Books in Chester. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, call 802-463-9595 or visit www.vermontfestivalsllc.com.