Sister Wilene will be on stage at the Crystal Theatre Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. The performance is part of the theatre’s Gem of a Season offering. (Crystal Theatre photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—The popular country music band Sister Wilene returns to the Crystal Theatre stage Sunday, Aug. 12, at 2 p.m. as part of the theatre’s Gem of a Season.
Hailing from Lower Michigan, Sister Wilene celebrates a repertoire of country/bluegrass/Americana songs that have survived the decades.
The band is named for the only female member of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, accordion player Wilene Forrester.
Sister Wilene’s sound is built around lead singer and rhythm guitar player Mary Sue Wilkinson. Mary Sue comes from the “old wave, new time” bands Iowa Rose and The Pets, bands that have enjoyed local, regional, and national attention.
From Appalachia to Europe and back again, Roger Brown has been singing, playing and writing country music his entire life. An accomplished songwriter, Roger’s songs are a perfect fit with Sister Wilene’s old time country and swing music.
Vocal duets feature Mary Sue and Roger’s tight harmony singing and soulful interpretations.
Completing the line up for Sister Wilene is steel guitarist Joe Wilson, well known for his work with his “home band” of Steppin’ In It, bassist Kevin Gills and drummer Roger Tarczon.
A spokesperson says, “The diverse backgrounds of the members of this “super band” allow them to approach the genre with an attitude that stays true to the music while bringing fresh energy to the stage.”
Advanced tickets for the event are available for $12 at Ben Franklin’s in Crystal Falls, Central Arts and Gifts and the Iron County Chamber Office in Iron River, Steamin’ Joe Coffeehouse in Florence, and the Music Tree in Iron Mountain.
Tickets may also be purchased online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by phoning 875-6867. Admission at the door is $15 for adults and $5 for youths under 18.