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Paducahs Wheelhouse Rousters Kick Off Clemens Fine Arts Centers Backstage Pass Series

Paducah, KY (October 10, 2016) The Clemens Fine Arts Center at West Kentucky Community and Technical College kicks off this seasons Backstage Pass concert series October 22 with the Paducah band, The Wheelhouse Rousters.

The Backstage Pass audience gets an up-close view of the band with a listening-room, intimate concert setting, said Brian Heller, Clemens Fine Arts Center director. Our audiences really enjoy this series because they actually sit on stage with the performers.

The Wheelhouse Rousters draw their name and musical style from the river and its industry, focusing on long forgotten river songs gathered by Paducah musicologist Mary Wheeler.

Times of Uncertainty, the groups newest CD release, features 16 tracks recorded live in Paducahs historic Hotel Metropolitan, and includes traditional and original numbers and includes special guest appearances by Chris Black, Brey McCoy and Otto Sharp. Recorded over three days in January 2016, the album echoes with the energy of those who have traversed the waterways of America and passed through the halls of the Hotel Metropolitan.

The Wheelhouse Rousters have performed with various artists upon notable boats such as the Delta Queen, Queen of the Mississippi, River Barge Explorer, Belle of Louisville and the Spirit of Peoria the members of the Wheelhouse Rousters have also opened for such acts as Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, Shooter Jennings, JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers, and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.

New this year, a season pass is available for all four events in the series, for $20. Tickets for individual shows are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets and stay up to date on all Clemens Fine Arts Center events visit or call the box office at 270-534-3212.