Saving Abel to play Wildfire Trails with local bands

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Concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday
By: 

Stephanie Ortiz, Times Herald Correspondent


Members of Saving Abel, from left to right, are Jason Null (backing vocals), Scott Wilson (bass), Scott Austin (lead vocals), Steven Pulley (drums) and Scott Bartlett (rhythm guitar). (Contributed photo)

Take advantage of the warmer nights with an outdoor concert at Wildfire Trails. Four rock bands with Midwestern and Southern sensibilities join for a night of high-energy performances, a chance at a meet-and-greet and good times with friends as the summer months end.

Stryker Records and Main Stage Media present Saving Abel, Jamie Fontaine and the Level, Michael Alexander and Big Whiskey and Fahrenheit 420 at Wildfire Trails in Gillett on Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Saving Abel, a popular Southern rock band, has released four albums to date with particular hits like “Addicted” and “Drowning (Face Down),” and is working on a new album due out next year. The band plans on returning from a successful European tour to hit Wildfire Trails.

“We are excited. The Wisconsin folks are our kind of people — avid rock fans,” bass player Scott Wilson said.

Wilson is familiar with Northeast Wisconsin since last April he held an acoustic performance in Oconto Falls.

“That’s a very different show. We as a band rarely do acoustic performances; however, I go out a couple times a year to play some of my original music and some of the hits from the bands I’ve been a part of, ” Wilson said. “We [Saving Abel] love to play music. So when you come see us, you can expect to see guys doing what they love. We don’t care if it’s 10 or 100,000 people; we just want to play and help people have a great time.”

Local modern alternative rock band Jamie Fontaine and the Level released their debut album in July and have spent the last few months touring Wisconsin. After their performance Friday in Gillett, Saturday the band is scheduled to headline at the Log Jam Saloon in Oconto.

Michael Alexander and Big Whiskey have a more country-rock edge but originate from Madison, calling themselves “middle-western” rock, a blend of Southern, country and outlaw rock. Alexander just finished his fifth studio album, “Sandman,” which was produced with Wilson.

Fahrenheit 420, rock band from Green Bay, are reuniting exclusively for this show after splitting up roughly three years ago.

“A number of years ago, I was hired to produce their record,” Wilson explained. “We made some great music, and me and the guys have remained close ever since. I’m really pumped about seeing the guys again and catching up, but even more excited to see them perform.”

General admission tickets for the show are available at www.strykerrecords.com or at Wildfire Trails for $28. An additional meet-and-greet ticket is available for $50, or get the meet-and-greet plus general admission package for $68. It is an all-ages event.