Asleep at the Wheel
Emporia Granada Theatre
807 Commercial St, Emporia, KS, 66801
The Emporia Granada Theatre is proud to present Western Swing Legends, Asleep At The Wheel, on Saturday June 23rd at 8pm. Tickets range in price from $15-$45 and go on sale to 2018 Friends of the Granada on Wednesday April 11th @ 10am, and to the General Public on Friday, April 13th at 10am.
Since the early '70s, Asleep at the Wheel have been the most important force in keeping the sound of Western swing alive. In reviving the freewheeling, eclectic sensibility of Western swing godfather Bob Wills, the Wheel have earned enthusiastic critical praise throughout their lengthy career; they have not only preserved classic sounds that had all but disappeared from country music, but have also been able to update the music, keeping it a living, breathing art form. Typically featuring eight to 11 musicians, the group has gone through myriad personnel changes (at last count, over 80 members had passed through their ranks), but 6'7" frontman Ray Benson has held it together for four decades, keeping Asleep at the Wheel a viable recording and touring concern and maintaining their devotion to classic-style Western swing.