The Steel Wheels

Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre in Wichita (200 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS)


Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Steel Wheels are familiar with the traditions of folk music and how a string band is supposed to sound. In fact, they’ve been drawing on those steadfast traditions for more than a decade. Yet, their name also evokes a sense of forward motion, which is clearly reflected in their newest 2017 album (May 5 release), Wild As We Came Here. This May 6 Orpheum Theatre show will be their first selling the new CD!

The Steel Wheels recorded their album in rural Maine, where producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter) owns a recording studio inside a renovated farmhouse from the 18th century. All four band members – Trent Wagler (guitar, banjo), Eric Brubaker (fiddle), Brian Dickel (upright bass) and Jay Lapp (mandolin) – hunkered down for a week and a half to create Wild As We Came Here.

The band’s name is a tip of the hat to steam-powered trains, industrial progress and the buggies of their Mennonite lineage. Their musical style weaves through Americana and bluegrass, folk and old-time music, and the acoustic poetry of the finest singer-songwriters. By incorporating percussion and keyboards into their recording sessions for the first time, Wild As We Came Here adds new textures to their catalog, as themes of discovery and perseverance run throughout the collection.

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  • Reserved seating tickets ($29 including tax) are available at, 855.755.7328, and INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office (M-F 10-6 and Saturday 10-3). Additional convenience fees will apply when ordering via phone or on-line.
  • When buying online, BEWARE OF TICKET SCALPING WEBSITES. Make sure you are purchasing tickets via the website and eventually Select-A-Seat. The base ticket price should be $29. Ticket scalpers are buying tickets, paying Google ad money to be the first URL listing when searching for tickets, and marking ticket prices up considerably. Please don’t be fooled by this scheme.
  • Season tickets for the Prairie Window Concert Series (available at a discount through September 2016) include a seat to this show. More details to come about securing a ticket in-hand for this show.

Presented by Dyck Arboretum of the Plains and the Prairie Window Concert Series.