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The 2013-2014 Concert Series presents...

The Steel Wheels

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Matinée Concert 4:00 pm
at Appalachian Brewing Company

“The Steel Wheels Live in Harrisburg on April 6th!” »
...on Jess’s blog (link opens in a new window)

“The Steel Wheels is not your average folk Mennonite band” » the York Daily Record (link opens in a new window)

This concert will be recorded for broadcast on WITF-FM's "Center Stage" radio program.

The Steel Wheels

photo: Dylan Duvall

With support from Your Name In Lights Sponsor Beth Phillips.

Presented in collaboration with Greenbelt Events.

National Public Radio picked the Steel Wheels' Rain in the Valley as their Song of the Day for May 10, 2012. Reviewer Claire Marie Balustein says, "[the lyric] passes from voice to voice, in waves of overlapping defiance and fear, drenching the whole song in sound". Hear the song and read the full article on

The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound, generating a truly magnetic revival.

"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

The band has enjoyed tremendous radio success, with two of their albums spending weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 Chart. Celebrated as the darlings of Merlefest 2012, the band looks forward to further accolades during a phenomenal festival line-up.

"The Steel Wheels are certainly going places... on the line between old timey folk and something raw, new and bluegrassy. Catch Trent and company on their way to fame and glory." —Cover Lay Down

Commitment to roots, community and family runs deep with this band. Even their merchandise represents a web of connections to local people and businesses. 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 year's tour spanned 11 days, 550 miles, 10 shows and multiple charity rides. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.

Stop by our Raffle Table!

Drop some bucks in the raffle bin for your chance to see (with a friend) the traditional African-American string band The Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Strand-Capitol Theater in York on April 17 at 8pm. Thanks to the Strand-Capitol for their generous support!

Abbey Bar
Appalachian Brewing Company

50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Directions & Venue Info

Free parking behind the building.
This is a sit-down concert in a listening room environment.

Matinée Concert: 4:00pm

  • $22 General Admission

  • $18 SFMS Members

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  • $10 Students

    — ages 3 to 22
  • Young people are welcome — the ABC's 21+ age rule does not apply to this concert.
  • Advance Tickets


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Funding Acknowledgments

logos: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Cultural Alliance of York County logo: Cultural Enrichment Fund

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) is supported by our members and many generous organizations.

Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County.

logo: National Endowment for the Arts logo: Pennsylvania Council on the Arts logo: CUltural Alliance of York County logo: CUltural Enrichment Fund