Asleep At The Wheel Ap­pears In Con­cert At Bankhead

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LIVERMORE — Of­ten called the “Kings of Western Swing,” Grammy Award-win­ning band Asleep at the Wheel will roll into Livermore on Mon­day, Aug. 20, at 7:30 p.m.

Mak­ing a wel­come fifth ap­pear­ance at the Bankhead The­ater, Asleep at the Wheel brings a unique and ir­re­sistible swing style that front­man and founder Ray Ben­son has de­scribed as “jazz with a cow­boy hat.” Their show falls just ahead of the re­lease of “New Routes,” their first al­bum in more than a decade fea­tur­ing new ma­te­rial.

Tick­ets are sell­ing fast for the show. While the $20 reg­u­lar ticket level is al­ready sold out, dis­counted tick­ets for stu­dents and ac­tive mil­i­tary per­son­nel are still avail­able at that price. All re­main­ing seats start at just $30. Call 925-373-6800 or visit­ for tick­ets.

One of the long­est-run­ning acts in coun­try western mu­sic, Asleep at the Wheel has kept western swing mu­sic in the hearts and minds of fans for nearly 50 years, earn­ing 10 Grammy Awards. Ben­son launched the band in Austin, Texas in the early 1970s, in­spired by the mu­sic of western swing pi­o­neer Bob Wills. Asleep at the Wheel de­vel­oped their own style with rich har­monies and toe tap­ping rhythms that are a nat­u­ral melt­ing pot of Amer­i­can mu­sic, from cow­boy fid­dle tunes and coun­try blue­grass, to blues and tra­di­tional big band.

Hon­ored with the Amer­i­cana Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award in 2009, Asleep at the Wheel never fails to de­liver the sat­is­fy­ing swing style they are known for, while con­tin­u­ing to evolve and rein­vent them­selves. Their new al­bum rep­re­sents a new chap­ter in the band’s his­tory, with Ben­son joined by a fresh group of mu­si­cians whose mu­si­cal styles in­still a new­found en­ergy into the mu­sic, while pre­serv­ing its unique sound.


Grammy Award-win­ning band Asleep at the Wheel will be on stage in Livermore on Mon­day, Aug. 20 with tick­ets still avail­able for the 7:30 p.m. show.

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