The Way Down Wanderers to Perform at the Astra

The Way Down Wanderers

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In what could be one of the final events at the historic Astra Theatre before it shuts down for a major infrastructure and external face lift, nationally-touring artists The Way Down Wanderers will bring their unique harmony-laced brand of Americana, follk, and bluegrass to the Jim and Pat Thyen Performance Stage on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The box office will open at 5:30 p.m., doors at 6 p.m., Brother, Son will perform at 7 p.m., and The Way Down Wanderers will take the stage at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $12.95 for general admission seats and $25.95 for VIP.  The VIP ticket package includes a pre-show meet and greet with The Way Down Wanderers at Brew (free finger foods, cash bar), reserved VIP parking at the Matrix Integration lot, reserved VIP seating closest to the stage, and a free drink voucher good for Pepsi products or beer at the Astra.

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The March 18 Astra performance will be the third Dubois County appearance in as many years by the band.  They performed on the Ferdinand Folk Festival’s Main Stage in 2015 and returned in March of 2016 to play in front of a sold out crowd for the Folk Festival’s annual “Halfway to the Folk Fest” event.

All net proceeds from the performance will benefit Next Act’s continued effort to raise necessary funds to begin and complete interior renovations to the facility that include, but aren’t limited to: opening the balcony, restroom expansion and installation on the second floor, installing an accessible restroom on the first floor, renovation and installation of the Bob Luegers Coat Garage, renovation and installation of the Circle A Concessions Area, as well as installation of the Kimball Electronics Sound & Light Booth.

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, a five-piece alternative folk band, The Way Down Wanderers (Chicago, IL) not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality, but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story.  Banjo player Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player Collin Krause are half brothers who met each other for the first time six years ago.  The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were each drawn to the same genres.  In addition to their unexpected brotherly collaboration, the other band member’s dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical, and rap music blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics, and standout melodies.  For additional information about the band, visit

In 2014, they were named “Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist” by Deli magazine and have since racked up multiple songwriting and performance honors and acclaim.  Their March 18th performance at the Astra will be on the heels of a run of dates which will see the band opening for International Bluegrass Music Association award-winners The Infamous Stringdusters.