CHESTER - The Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club is hosting the Steel Wheels at 7:30 p.m. p.m. Wednesday at the Oak Glen High School Little Theatre as part of its Mountaineer Freedom Concert Series.
Additionally, two other shows, Caravan of Thieves on March 7 and SHEL March 27, also will be part of the concert series. Each show will begin at 6:45 p.m., with the headline act to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for each show will be $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $30 for all three shows.
Back by popular demand, the Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their distinct brand of soulful mountain music and deep commitment to roots and community. The four-piece string band put on a memorable show at Oak Glen in November 2012 and has a large number of followers in the Tri-State Area.
The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler's unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies, complimented by Eric Brubaker's fiddle, Brian Dickel's upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band's own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing.
Opening at 6:30 p.m. will be the the Valley Singers, followed by Crawford & Son and finally, solo jazz guitarist Mark Miller.
Crawford & Son is comprised of Bill Crawford on guitar and vocals and his oldest son Jordan on bass. Bill starting playing guitar and singing late in life as a way to spend quality time with Jordan, who had become an accomplish bassist. They produced and recorded a collection of original songs on a father-son road trip to Woodstock in the summer of 2012 and will perform two of those tracks.
Toronto resident Miller, an accomplished jazz guitarist, has spent the last 10 years playing solo jazz guitar at clubs, restaurants, private parties, festivals, wakes, weddings and everything in between in the Ohio Valley and Pittsburgh. He also frequently performs duo and trio jazz gigs with Pittsburgh jazz artists. Miller also plays the occasional acoustic gig with his Pittsburgh-based trio, the Pepperjacks, as well as writing, recording and playing all the instruments for the "virtual" progressive rock/electronica band Dreamcrush. Miller is a teaching legend in the Ohio Valley, with a reputation for turning novices into gigging guitarists and bass players.
Tickets can be purchased at Oak Glen Middle School during regular school hours; by sending a check and self-addressed stamped envelope to Mountaineer Freedom Concert Series, 116 1st St., Chester, WV 26034; or by calling (304) 374-7474. Checks should payable to the OGMS Culture Club.