Asleep at the Wheel is widely known as one of the greatest bands in the history of Western Swing music. Ray Benson and the band have been carrying the torch of the genre for 42 years now, and show no signs of stopping anytime soon. And now, the legendary group is joining with the Abilene ISD Orchestra and the nationally recognized Abilene ISD fiddle group, Revolution, for a concert at the Abilene Civic Center December 13th. This concert is a fundraiser to help provide educational opportunities for the Abilene ISD orchestra students including the Revolution trip to China in June 2013. Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 8th.


The Show

Asleep at the Wheel, with the Abilene ISD Orchestra

Date and Time

Thursday, December 13th at 7:30pm



Cost: Adults $17.00, Students $12.00

On Sale at the Abilene Civic Center Box Office (8:30am-5:00pm), or online at

Contact Info

Website: City Of Abilene Civic Center
Phone: (325) 672-6211

Asleep at the Wheel

Over the last 42 years, Asleep at the Wheel has boldly defied the fickle lures of the mainstream & thrived by sticking to their cause of keeping Western Swing alive and kicking. For their efforts, they’ve earned nine Grammy awards.  Any band that spends upwards of 250 days on the road each year is more than likely to have seen its fair share of dives, gin joints, biker bars, clubs, auditoriums, dance halls and the like. The Wheel is no exception. Another place Wheel fans have more recently discovered the music has been in symphony halls. Originally debuted in collaboration with the Austin Symphony, the Wheel has since gone on to present their pops program in select performances across the country, and even released a CD in 2006 of their performance with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

Here's Asleep at the Wheel performing their classic, 'House of Blue Lights':