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Asleep at the Wheel returns to Durango

By Charles Leslie
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy CCH Asleep at the Wheel brings its time-tested brand of Western Swing music to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 11.

Photo courtesy CCH
Asleep at the Wheel brings its time-tested brand of Western Swing music to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College on Aug. 11.

Asleep at the Wheel,–the nine-time Grammy award-winning band revered for sustaining Texas-based Western Swing, returns to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Sunday, Aug. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The dance floor will be open.

Since the early 1970s, the Wheel has been the most important force in Western Swing — a mix of big band, country and dance music popularized in the 1930s and 1940s by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Formed out of reverence for Wills’ freewheeling, eclectic sensibility, Asleep at the Wheel and founder Ray Benson are said to have boldly defied the fickle lures of mainstream — and thrived — by keeping the distinctly American art form of Western Swing alive and kicking.

The nine-time Grammy award-winning band has also been named Best Country and Western Band by Rolling Stone, as well as Touring Band of the Year by the Academy of Country Music. Benson received the Texas Medal of the Arts in 2011.

Tickets for Asleep at the Wheel — $24/$34 — are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657. All sales final.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6:30.

On show day, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain, and remain open through intermission. When no intermission is scheduled, ticket sales will continue one hour past curtain. Purchase tickets to three or more Concert Hall productions in one sales transaction and receive 10 percent off each ticket. Discounts cannot be combined, and all sales final.

This story was posted on August 2, 2013.