Opera House at Boothbay Harbor

Alison Brown Band and Steel Wheels Band: July 15-16

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    With summer finally heating up on the coast of Maine, the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor is following suit and warming up with the with the arrival of Grammy winning musician, composer and producer Alison Brown on Friday, July 15 and the mountain music of The Steel Wheels on Saturday, July 16.

    In the instrumental food chain, the five-string banjo is one of the more dominant beasts: loud, brash and very hard to tame. In 1945, Earl Scruggs made the biggest leap in harnessing its raw power, bringing a revolutionary precision of touch and depth of tone. Thousands of three-finger style banjo players have since made their marks, but none has cut such a path or moved so far along it as has Alison Brown. She’s acclaimed as one of today’s finest progressive banjo players, but you rarely find her in a conventional bluegrass setting. Instead, she’s known for leading an ensemble that successfully marries a broad array of roots-influenced music: folk, jazz, Celtic and Latin.

    “Like James Taylors voice or BB King’s guitar, Alison Brown’s banjo is an instrument possessed on a unique sonic signature and inescapable beauty,” say’s Billboard Magazine while Rolling Stone says “banjo great Alison Brown has pushed the boundaries of folk and bluegrass.” Advance tickets for Alison Brown and her band are $30. Regular tickets are $35.

    Simultaneously familiar and fresh, The Steel Wheels bring a singular energy to every note they play and sparkling craft to each song. This potent combination has made the veteran band hands-down favorites of fans and peers alike. From their base in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Steel Wheels have played the most prestigious festivals, listening rooms, and clubs in the world, earning a reputation as one of the top independent bands on the scene today.

    While 2017s’ stunning studio album, Wild As We Came Here, was still ringing in the air, the band shone a light on their concerts with the release of two EPs of live music; Volume 1: Live at the Station Inn, and Volume 2: Live at The Jefferson Theatre. Ever ambitious and not content to let moss grow under their feet, the Wheels returned to the studio-retreat of Sam Kassirer, producer of Wild, to record another studio album released in 2019.

    In keeping with their relentless growth, the Steel Wheels quartet, has become a quintet with the permanent addition of percussionist Kevin Garcia to the longtime lineup of Brian Dickel, Trent Wagler, Jay Lapp, and Eric Brubaker. Advance discounted tickets for this show are $25, while regular tickets are $30.

    Advance discounted tickets are on sale now through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, or by calling 633-5159. The box office is open Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are also available online at boothbayoperahouse.com. Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors for seating opening at 7.

    Event Date: 

    Fri, 07/15/2022 - 7:30pm


    86 Townsend Avenue
    Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
    United States