SPRINGVILLE — The Wiyos, which has performed as an opening act for Bob Dylan, will perform roots music at Springville Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
The Wiyos was one of the first old-time influenced bands to emerge on the national scene, in the first wave of acoustic bands, riding a renewed interest in early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. The band toured the United States and Europe and put out several albums and extended plays, which landed it a 28-day summer tour, as the opening act for the 2009 Bob Dylan Show. The Wiyos was also featured in the BBC television documentary, “Folk America – Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers.”
In 2012, The Wiyos released a fan-funded concept album, Twist, a 14-track eclectic musical collage, loosely based on “The Wizard Of Oz. It was recently nominated for an Independent Music Award.
The Wiyos is best known for its amalgamation of “old timey” sounds, but on Twist, the band will let its late 20th century upbringings creep in.
In 2013, Wiyos members Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Sauerkraut Seth Travins return to their roots, leaving some of the electricity of the Twist tours in the studio and reintroducing Farkas’ washboard. Recent performances included a family concert at Carnegie Hall and a United Kingdom tour.
In addition to the feature concert, the Wiyos will be spending time in Springville, rehearsing for the next album and will make a series of public and private appearances. The band will perform a concert for preschoolers on Wednesday, April 24 at 10 a.m. There is a limited capacity. Parents are asked call in advance, to secure a spot.
On Friday, April 26, the Wiyos will lead a series of workshops, focusing on the music business and music composition, at Springville-Griffith Institute High School.
The Wiyos will host an interactive workshop on Saturday, April 27 at 4 p.m., to which participants are invited to bring their instruments. The the focus will be on group playing and dynamics.
The Springville Center for the Arts is located at 37 North Buffalo St. in Springville. Tickets can be purchased online at www.SpringvilleArts.org, by calling 592-9038 or in person at the Box Office at Arts Underground, 66 East Main St., Springville. There is a charge for tickets.