Garner: Community

The Steel Wheels coming in concert

The Town of Garner and Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department announced that the Americana group The Steel Wheels will play Garner Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at 742 W. Garner Road. The concert is part of the It’s Showtime series.

The band’s four members — lead singer/guitarist/banjo player Trent Wagler, standup bass player Brian Dickel, fiddler Eric Brubaker and mandolin player Jay Lapp — create music that combines the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers.

The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their mix of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound.

The band has been a festival favorite at Merlefest and Stagecoach and has won accolades from The Independent Music Awards and the American Music Association. They have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” and have even created their own roots music festival in Virgina called the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, which takes place in Mount Solon, Va., every July.

No Depression magazine said of The Steel Wheels: “These men don’t rely on clichés, but they do have their feet steady in the firmament of sophisticated folk music. Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams would be proud of their word play, their ambitious, colorful language in their story. ... The Steel Wheels should be enjoyed because they sound like no one else in roots music.”

Get your tickets early at or by calling the box office at 919-661-4602, Monday-Friday between 1:30 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door.