Country western, swing legends Asleep at the Wheel will be in concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Now in their 46th year, the band continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation. Asleep at the Wheel all started when Ray Benson, Floyd Domino, and Lucky Oceans, along with a Vermont farm boy named Leroy Preston; Virginian Chris O’Connell; and Gene Dobkin, a bass player and fellow classmate of Benson’s joined forces. They began with a simple goal: to play and help revive American roots music. Their big break came when Van Morrison mentioned them in an interview with Rolling Stone.
The musicianship of Asleep at the Wheel has become the stuff of legends. Reuter’s pegged the Wheel as “one of the best live acts in the business”. Taking a page from Bob Wills’ book, the band has constantly toured at a national level throughout its’ history; with anywhere from seven to 15 of the finest players Ray Benson could talk in to jumping in the bus to play a string of dates. 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.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.