Check out the video for Webb Wilder's "Human Cannonball," a sizzling track from his 1989 album "Hybrid Vigor."

Webb Wilder to Kick Off Stuart’s Free Summer Concerts

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Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio kicks off their free Summer Concert Series on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. with Webb Wilder & The Beatnecks! Rock ’n’ roll from Nashville formed from Mississippi mud and tinged with British mod and bruised by the blues, this music is baptized by Buck and Chuck, psychiatric psycho-rootsy and sizzling, glistening, uneasy listening.

Born more than 60 years ago in Hattiesburg, Webb Wilder is not mature. He is the last of the full-grown men, and the last of the boarding house people. He is a unique presence among the peasants. He is a force for good, and a friend to animals. His newest album, 2015’s Mississippi Moderne covers the journey that has taken Wilder from the Magnolia State to Music City, with some hazily important, 1970s gestation time spent in Austin. That’s not to say that Mississippi Moderne is only about looking back. Wilder and his fellow musicians spend much of the album weaving future-ready solos and rhythm guitar work, and the singer’s mighty baritone sets every melody in the visceral present. Once again, it comes from Nashville, but it brings a world of swampadelic, Wilderized wisdom, bluster, and mayhem.

On the last Friday of each month from June-September, Stuart’s hosts free music on Nelsonville’s historic Public Square complete with a beer garden! This event takes place during Nelsonville’s Final Fridays on the Square so be sure to come early and check out all the great art openings and more around the square starting at 5:30 p.m., with music starting at 7 p.m. More information is available at (740) 753-1924 or online at