Musical march in Wildey

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EDWARDSVILLE — Four classic rock artists — plus a mix of blues, heavy metal and country music — highlight a busy March schedule at the Wildey Theatre.

The month kicks off Friday, March 4 with Dueling Pianos. The show was originally scheduled for February 17 but postponed by the weather.

“Mike Sonderegger is very popular here and he’s teaming up with Cameron Brown for Dueling Pianos,” Wildey manager Al Canal said. “They did a concert last year with songs from the 1980s and people loved it, but they barely heard a third of the songs they wanted to play. It’s really a kind of show with audience participation .


“As a side note, this will be our first show since the governor canceled the mask mandate,” Canal said. “But we still want people to feel comfortable and safe.”

Wishbone Ash returns to the Wildey on March 5 and 6 for its 50th Late to the Party! tour originally scheduled for 2019.

Pioneers in the use of two-wire guitars, Wishbone Ash and Andy Powell jumped on board the burgeoning progressive rock scene in 1969 and produced a distinctive brand of melodic rock, such as “Helpless”, “Runaway”, ” Lorelei” and “You Rescue Me”. ”.

The band’s current lineup includes founding member Powell on guitar and vocals, along with Bob Skeat (bass, backing vocals), Mark Abrahams (guitar), and Mike Truscott (drums). There are limited places left for March 6th.

“They’re another one of the bands that have become Wildey Theater regulars and they still sell out,” Canal said.

On March 10, Jeremiah Johnson returns for an evening of blues with special guest Soulful Femme.

Johnson is a five-time Billboard Top 10 blues artist. His latest album, “Unemployed Highly Annoyed”, was nominated at the 2022 Blues Music Awards for Blues Rock Album of the Year.

Soulful Femme, a two-woman blues, funk and jazz duo from Pittsburgh: Stevee Wellons on vocals and Cheryl Rinovato on guitars, makes its Wildey Theater debut.

The Four Horsemen – The Album-Quality Metallica Tribute” debuts at Wildey on March 12.

“If you like Metallica and you like heavy metal, you have to see the Four Horsemen,” Canal said. “They pride themselves on doing all Metallica songs exactly as they are played on the albums. The lead singer has a really low voice and they put on a great show.

The Wildey changes musical beats on March 18 for an intimate evening with country singer-songwriter David Nail, a Grammy-nominated country music artist making his Wildey debut. He has charted several times, including a No. 1 single “Let It Rain” and the No. 1 double-platinum selling hit “Whatever She’s Got”. He will also perform his latest song, “St. Louis.”

“David Nail is from Kennett, Missouri, and is an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan,” Canal said. “The Wildey is known as the birthplace of classic rock and we’re becoming the birthplace of blues music, but we wouldn’t mind becoming the birthplace of country music as well.”

Classic rock returns on March 19 and 20 with two shows by Jim Messina. half of Loggins & Messina, a co-founder of Poco and a key contributor to Buffalo Springfield.

“It’s such an honor to see him again because it’s been five years since he played here,” Canal said. “He could easily play in a bigger venue, but he chose to come back here. He’s bringing a full band and he’ll be doing a retrospective of his entire five-decade career, including all the bands he’s played in as well as his solo work.

The March 19 show is sold out; tickets are still available for the show on March 20.

Pure Prairie League will perform shows on March 24 and 25 as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour. The group is known for hits such as “Amie”, “Two Lane Highway” and “Let Me Love You Tonight”.

Original members Mike Reilly (bass, vocals) and David Cahl (pedal steel) are joined by Donnie Clark (guitar, vocals), Randy Harper (keyboards, vocals) and Scott Thompson (drums, vocals).

The blues is featured on March 26 when Mike Zito and Albert Castiglia team up for the “Blood Brothers” tour. Zito, a St. Louis native, is a five-time Blues Music Award winner, while Castiglia is the 2020 BMA award winner for Blues Rock Album of the Year, “Masterpiece.”

“Mike and Albert have been friends for many years and they’re on the same label (Gulf Coast Records) so it’s only natural for them to tour together,” Canal said. “Each group will play a full set and then they’ll play together, which should be epic in itself.”

Another gig carried over from last year is the return of St. Louis favorites Nektar for four shows: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m. on Friday, April 1, and 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

For over 50 years, Nektar has taken legions of fans on audio-visual journeys to the far reaches of the universe and the depths of the ocean with their immersive blend of sights and sounds. A portion of ticket sales from the March 31 show will be donated to Play It Forward STL, a St. Louis-based program launched in 2006 aimed at ensuring all St. Louis children have the opportunity to discover their musical talents.

Canal said Nektar will play a different set for each show.

“Of course, each set will feature some of their best-known songs, including music from the ‘Back to the Future’ album,” Canal said. “There are tickets available, but don’t wait to get them because some of their big fans are buying tickets for all four shows.”

The Wildey will be offering a special Nektar VIP experience which includes a show ticket, pre-show meet and sound check, personal photo with the band, Nektar tote bag, collectible laminate and lanyard, and poster dedicated.

For more information about events at the Wildey Theater at 252 N. Main St. in Edwardsville, call 618-307-1750 or visit wildeytheatre.com.

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