I don’t think you’d damage the wheels once done, it’s just that they need a little time to swell and be really tight. You might discuss that matter with your wheel guy. Even though more expensive, I’ve always used Calimers for wood wheels, and know he has a special drying room that gets the wood very dry, and the 1.5% moisture is what I remember him telling me. I would assume all wheelwrights do the same, but don’t know that for a fact.
I’d hate for my semi-educated comments to be the reason you missed shows! David Coco Winchester Va.