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The Steel Wheels (Cotton Auditorium)

Sunday, July 10, 7:30 PM PDT

| $15 – $35

From their base in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, roots music collective The Steel Wheels has earned a reputation as one of the top independent bands on the scene today. While 2017’s stunning studio album, Wild As We Came Here, was still ringing in the air, the band released two LPs of live music. Not content to let moss grow under their feet, the Wheels returned to the woods of Maine and the studio-retreat of Sam Kassirer, producer of Wild, to record another studio album, Over The Trees, released in July 2019.

More recently, as many people around the world were isolated from their communities, The Steel Wheels chose to connect with their audience in new ways. Unable to perform their rootsy brand of Americana for crowds of people in live settings, the musicians turned their creative powers to crafting songs for individuals. The result was two albums, Everyone a Song, Volumes 1 and 2, and an accompanying podcast, We Made You a Song, for which songwriter Trent Wagler collected the experiences of fans and forged them into songs. Inevitably, these songs celebrate connection: a specific relationship or event, a birth, a wedding, a memory of home.

Few groups have come as far in such a short period of time as The Steel Wheels.”

- NPR’s Mountain Stage

With strong compositions, stellar musicianship and harmony vocals that are particularly impressive, ‘Everyone a Song’ succeeds beautifully.”

- Country Standard Time

This concert may be attended either in person, or virtually via livestream. When your ticket order includes a livestream ticket, your confirmation email contains a link that opens a browser-based player. For large-screen viewing, access the email via your smart TV’s web browser. “Casting” your device’s screen to a TV may also be an option.

For 2022, the Festival’s main stage is again temporarily transplanted from our signature Tent Concert Hall in Mendocino Headlands State Park to the beautiful, iconic and historic 1938 Cotton Auditorium in nearby Fort Bragg. We’re pleased to also welcome the return of more intimate concerts in Preston Hall, our smaller Mendocino venue. While we’d hoped to be back in the Tent Concert Hall this year, the combination of pandemic-related disruptions in the availability of vital resources (such as labor) and lingering uncertainty about public health conditions this summer would have made that an unacceptably risky proposition. Meanwhile, work is under way toward our 2023 return to our home since 1985, the Tent Concert Hall on the Mendocino Headlands.

Proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination, including at least one booster, is required, and masks must be properly worn at all times while on event premises. Though it might exceed official requirements, this policy is based on current conditions and the results of our most recent audience survey.



Sunday, July 10
7:30 PM PDT
$15 – $35
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Cotton Auditorium
500 N Harold Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437 United States
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