The Steel Wheels

The Hamilton Live

Washington, DC

Doors: 6:30PM | Show: 8:00PM

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For any wheelchair or ADA needs, please contact the Box Office in advance of the performance at (202)-769-0122.

All tickets are general admission (GA). Seats cannot be reserved in advance. We recommend that you arrive early to secure your favorite seats within your section. You may hold one (1) seat for a friend arriving later. Every guest requires a ticket. 

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The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels have long been at home in the creative space between tradition and innovation,informed by the familiar sounds of the Virginia mountains where the band was formed, butalways moving forward with insightful lyrics and an evolving sound. In 2005, Jay Lapp (vocals,guitars, mandolin) and Eric Brubaker (vocals, fiddle) joined lead singer Trent Wagler (guitar,banjo) in forming the band as a vehicle for Wagler’s songwriting. They released several albumsunder Wagler’s moniker, before officially adopting the The Steel Wheels name with the 2010release of Red Wing.Quickly staking their claim as independent upstarts in the burgeoning Americana scene, TheSteel Wheels followed up this release with three more self-produced albums in the next fiveyears, before joining forces with producer Sam Kassirer for Wild As We Came Here (2017) andOver The Trees (2019). Kevin Garcia (drums, percussion, keyboards) joined in 2017, bringing anew level of sonic depth and polish to the outfit. Having gained the experience of thousands ofshows, festivals and many miles on the road, the fiercely independent band has formed deepbonds with each other and the audience that sustains them.The Steel Wheels responded to the time of isolation and loss formed by the pandemic by seekingto connect with their audience in new ways. In 2020, unable to perform their brand of Americanafor crowds in live settings, the musicians turned their creative powers to crafting songs forindividuals. Produced in isolation in the band’s home studios, mixed and mastered by Kevin, theEveryone a Song albums are part of an ongoing project to collect the personal experiences offans and forge them into that most enduring, yet ephemeral format we call “song.” Anaccompanying podcast, We Made You a Song, explores the stories behind these songs, and thesongwriting process itself. While each song was commissioned to honor a specific relationship orevent—a birth, a wedding, a memory of home—the emotions evoked are universal.Nowhere is this shared humanity more evident than at the band’s own Red Wing Roots MusicFestival, a weekend-long celebration of music and community, set in the beautiful ShenandoahValley. Hosted by The Steel Wheels every summer, the festival provides a space for the band toshine, from their high energy Saturday night main stage set to their afternoon showcase withyoung Red Wing Academy students. At Sunday’s gospel hour you are as likely to hear SteelWheels originals as you are covers and traditional gospel fare. The weekend is rounded out bythe beloved tribute set in which the band collaborates with a cadre of fellow artists to honor aninfluential figure or band, past tributes included Dolly Parton, Tom Petty, John Prine and TheBeatles.Whether at a joyous summer festival, during one of their many concerts, or in the studio, TheSteel Wheels continue their mission set out over a decade ago: shaking up traditions to see whatsticks, telling stories, and joining communities through song.

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The Hamilton Live

600 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005

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The Steel Wheels