Last month, Chloe and the Steel Strings had their busiest weekend since the band’s formation a year ago. From Thursday May 17th to Saturday May 19th, four shows and over 10 hours of music were played between Chloe, Connor, Anna, Pete and Andre. In the words of bassist and vocalist Connor Ward, the weekend was both “exciting and exhausting,” and rightfully so. Until that weekend, Chloe and the Steel Strings had never performed four shows in a 3-day period.
On Thursday May 17th at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop in Toledo, the band kicked off the weekend with a laid-back set on the outdoor patio. Vocalist Chloe Wagenhauser remarked on kicking off the weekend at Fuzzy’s: “Playing at Fuzzy’s is the perfect way to ease into a weekend of shows. Connor and I take turns singing on some of our songs to save my voice if we have a busy schedule.”
The night at Fuzzy’s rolled on as the acoustic duo played a mix of covers and originals to the delight of customers. It was a good warm-up for the challenge up ahead: on Saturday they would be playing two shows, one at the Fremont Fishing and Outdoor Festival, and the other at Bierstube in Toledo. However first, Chloe and the Steel Strings were off to Ye Olde Durty Bird on Friday night for their monthly show at one of Toledo’s best live music venues.
The performance at Ye Olde Durty Bird was smooth sailing as Connor picked, and Chloe once again split vocal time in preparation for Saturday’s festival in Fremont. Anna played keys, with Pete on electric guitar, and Andre keeping rhythm on the drums. A night of good vibes and delicious food made for a vibrant spring evening for customers. One regular customer in particular complimented the band on their synchronicity when playing, “I’ve seen Chloe and the Steel Strings play here for the past few months, and they really seemed dialed-in tonight”.
As Friday quickly turned into Saturday, it was time to head to Fremont for the second annual Fishing and Outdoor Festival and cross the finish line of the band’s musical marathon. Festival goers strolled by as the band continued to play and some generous fans stopped by to provide tips and applause. Keyboardist and manager, Anna Wagenhauser provide her thoughts on playing at the festival: “Though playing three hours of music can be tiring, when we’re up there, the music never seems like work. We get in our zone, and always have fun.” The fun could be seen from their smiles as they decided to set-up on a busy street corner in downtown Fremont, where they could be closer to festival-goers. Chloe remarked on her perspective on being close to the audience stating:
“Our style of music is more intimate – we like to connect with our audience on a personal level, so playing on the street corner was perfect for this show.”
After the festival, Chloe and Connor capped the weekend off by performing at Bierstube in Toledo for an hour of acoustic original music. With the support of one another and the sheer enjoyment of spreading positive vibes through music, Chloe and Connor came home that evening satisfied from a job well done. “We feel lucky to be able to share our passion for music with others,” Connor said. Chloe and the Steel Strings will be sprinting to their next music marathon soon, as they gear up for more busy weekends in mid-June.
Be sure to see Chloe and the Steel Strings’ next big festivals at the Crosby Arts Festival in Toledo on June 23rd, and Waterloo Arts Festival in Lakewood, Ohio on June 30th.
Check out their full list of shows here.