The world-renowned Western swing band, Asleep at the Wheel, has constantly toured at a national level throughout its history. Now in their 46th year, the band founded by Ray Benson continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation. They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music.
Ray Benson fell in love with western swing because of its unique combination of elements of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling but also for its demanding musical chops. Western swing is what Benson calls “jazz with a cowboy hat,” and is a thrill to hear live, and thanks in large part to the Wheel’s 40-plus years of promotion, is a living and creative genre of music today.
A quick scan of awards, such as “Touring Band of the Year” (CMAs, 1976) and “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” (Americana Music Awards 2009), not to mention near dominance of the GRAMMY “Country Instrumental” category over the years, reflects the reputation of the band’s musicianship. The band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard Country charts.
Asleep at the Wheel brings a fresh look and sound with a newfound energy and their own unique style. Between those Texas Twin Fiddles and Boogie Piano, you can bet you’ll be dancin’ down the aisles and swingin’ all night long when the Wheel rolls into town!
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL (WESTERN SWING BAND) - Friday, April 20 - 8pm
Opera House Box Office Hours:
& 2-hrs prior to showtime
Opera House Summer Hours:
& 1-hr prior to showtime
(June 18 - Sept. 5)
Performance & Arts Center:
Historic Theater & Box Office
Rochester City Hall
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester NH, 03867
Performance & Arts Center
32 North Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867
Opera House Box Office: (603) 335-1992
Opera House Business: (603) 332-2211
Performance & Arts Center: (603) 948-1099