WHEN: TUESDAY March 30, 2014 @ 7 pm-9:30 pm (Doors open at 6 pm)
WHERE: Renaissance Arts Center Theatre COST: $15
Reserved Seat Tickets: Book Now at www.EngageKingsport.com
The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts in partnership with Skyflight Productions presents an evening with The Steel Wheels at 7 pm on Sunday March 30, 2014 at The Renaissance Theater in Kingsport, TN. 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. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.
The Steel Wheels is an amalgamation of hard work and easy rapport. The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Waglers unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubakers lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickels grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapps signature mandolin style, and its no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.
Their breakout album, Red Wing, garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Associations Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. Red Wing ranked 70th out of the top 100 Americana albums of 2010 and second out of all independent releases (Americana Music Association). The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with Nothing You Cant Lose taking top honors as Best Country Song. The Steel Wheels continue to take the Americana scene by storm with their latest album, Lay Down, Lay Low, which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMAs Top 40 Chart. NPR named Rain in the Valley their Song of the Day, marveling that the heavy hymn  is sparse and dense all at once. Already celebrated as the darlings of Merlefest 2012, the band looks forward to further accolades during a phenomenal festival line-up.
As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their music devotion to roots, community, and familyare a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. For the past three years, they have performed an annual SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one gig to another via bicycle and blog about their adventures. Last years tour spanned 11 days, 550 miles, and 10 shows. This years tour included multiple charity rides, such as Lose The Training Wheels, Charity Ride for Kids, and Wheels Up for Cory.
The bands merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created Halfway to Heaven dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now sells a Steel Wheels ESB. The Liverys master brewer rode with the band on their second bike tour and, soon after, created their Steel Wheels Stout. The bands T-shirts are made in downtown Harrisonburg, and a potter who is a childhood friend of Jays makes their mugs. Each business is local for the band, and each product is intimately woven into their narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.
An incredible line up is already set for Kingsport all the way through the summer of 2014 and plans are being set for fall as well.
All Skyflight Production shows feature reserved seating in the beautiful Renaissance Arts Center Theatre, where there is not a bad seat in the house. The Renaissance Arts Center is conveniently located at 1200 East Center Street in Kingsport Tennessee. Visitors may easily access the facility from I-26, by taking exit 51, Wilcox Drive, and proceeding 3.1 miles to Center Street. At Center Street take a left and the facility is on your right as you top the hill.
For complete descriptions of the Skyflight shows and to purchase tickets visit the City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts website: www.EngageKingsport.com or call (423) 392-8414.