They’ll perform at Art Works on March 29 and executive director Theresa Gay Rohall is ecstatic about The Wiyos coming to town.
“This is a band that has not been seen in this area before and they’re not playing anywhere else in western Pennsylvania,” Rohall said.
In 2010, the band was featured in the BBC television documentary “Folk America — Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers.” That same year, they also made an appearance on BBC’s “No Sleep ‘Til Yell.”
Last year they released a fan-funded concept album titled “Twist.” The 14-track album is loosely based on “The Wizard of Oz.”
Art Works resident artist and guitar maker Justin Giuffre is responsible for booking the band, and he so he did so with the intention of bringing more people to the arts center to experience true Americana music.
“I’m a big fan of Americana music and they’re just a great Americana band,” he said. “I’m trying to get bigger bands like that through Johnstown so people don’t have to go to Pittsburgh.”
Wiyos members are Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Sauerkraut Seth Travins. Together the band will travel throughout the year in both the United States and the United Kingdom in support of their new musical offerings.
Doors are to open at 6 p.m. Local musician Marc Prave will play a short setlist beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is BYOB and guests are also invited to bring their own snacks. There is an admission fee.
The show is part of Art Works’ popular “An Evening With…” series. This event marks the first of the 2013 “An Evening With…” series, and Rohall said she is happy about that.
“I’m excited to be kicking off the series with such a fantastic band,” she said. “By attending, you’ll have a great evening with wonderful music and be able to support Art Works at the same time.”
For more information about The Wiyos coming to Art Works, call 814-535-2020 or visit www.artworksinjohnstown.org online.
To listen to the band’s music and learn more about The Wiyos, visit their official website at www.thewiyos.com.
Giuffre encouraged community members to attend the show.
“I want people to see what Art Works has to offer,” she said. “It’s intimate; it’s close; you feel a connection. It’s not like going to an arena show.”