Fri 5/18 @ 7:30PM
Youthful Americana group the Way Down Wanderers originated in Peoria, Illinois, but migrated to the livelier music market of Chicago, where they’re based now. The quintet has been together only four years but their high-energy, open-ended shows and their willingness to pull out their instruments and perform just about anywhere have already earned them a lot of praise and a strong fan base.
They showcased their rock/pop/folk/blues mix on their 2016 self-titled debut album, produced by Avett Brothers/former Dashboard Confessional drummer Mike Mars. And hard-touring band has already been through northeast Ohio this year when they played Cuyahoga Valley National Park’s Happy Days Lodge in March. They’re returning for a show at Oberlin’s Riverdog Retreat where they played last summer, for the season’s first show in the barn.
Lorain County singer/songwriter/guitarist Emily Keener, who has quite a following of her own out that way, opens the show. Lorenzo’s Pizza will be onsite again with $9 pies, although this is Riverdog — you’re always welcome to bring your cooler and picnic basket. It’s $17 donation at the gate, $5 or students. It’s wise to call (440-935-2248) or contact them through the website to make a reservation to ensure your spot.