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Review: Aretha Franklin at Wolf Trap

Last night was a miracle of sorts. The heavy rains forecast to wash out the Aretha Franklin concert at The Filene Center of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts didn’t show up. And, contrary to her checkered record of performances over the years, Franklin did show up – more or less on time […]

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Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ With the National Symphony Orchestra with Pianist Yuja Wang, Conducted by Lionel Bringuier at Wolf Trap

It was a stifling hot, totally sticky humid July evening in the DC area. Cooling breezes under the glowing wooden open structure that is Wolf Trap’s Filene Center at first were few and far between even with an 8:15 p.m. performance. Then the evening burst into something way cool. This evening became a dynamic, shimmering […]

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Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at Wolf Trap

Genre-bending artist Lyle Lovett tore up the stage at the Filene Center with his Large Band. It feels like three bands in one – a country band heavy on guitar and fiddle, a blues band with a full horn section, with songs that unite them all for a sound reminiscent of the 20’s big band […]

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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ with Garrison Keillor and Special Guests Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap

The Filene Center launched the summer season at Wolf Trap with another visit by Garrison Keillor and the news from . The United States Navy Band joined Keillor and the usual suspects onstage along Lake Wobegone with guest stars Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan to kick off the Memorial Day weekend with spirit.  Though […]

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Colbie Caillat at Wolf Trap

Three is a Charm for Colbie Caillat at Wolf Trap Wolf Trap got a dazzling bolt of California sunshine last night from Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum songstress Colbie Caillat, as she returned for the third time to cap off its summer concert series. Caillat exuded a palpably positivity and vibrant spirit as she entered the two-tier […]

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Josh Groban at Wolf Trap

Last night, Grammy-nominated, Billboard chart-topper, and actor Josh Groban dazzled a sold out audience with selections from his newest album, All That Echoes, and oldies but goodies from earlier records. The charming musician’s rich voice, backed up by the Wolf Trap Festival Orchestra and some serious percussion, rhythm, and violin, soared across Wolf Trap’s Filene […]

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Rodrigo y Gabriela at Wolf Trap

International guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela greeted a jam-packed concert hall and lawn at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center last night, in a full evening of raw instrumental talent and innovation. Eclectic solo-artist Kishi Bashi served as the opening act of the evening. Originally a classically trained violinist, Kishi Bashi is best described now as a multi-instrumentalist […]

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‘Heart’ at Wolf Trap

Tuesday evening at Wolf Trap was not about female singer diva glitz or the vestiges of 80’s glamour rock. What it weir scintillating harmonies and punchy guitar riffs, these two hard-swinging, kick-butt musicians and songwriters broke down the gender barriers as the first female rockers to front their own band, a swell as write and perform […]

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‘A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey’ With the National Symphony Orchestra, Emil de Cou, conductor, and Woodley Ensemble, Frank Albinder, Music Director

After a week of cramped and un air conditioned Fringey-ness, it was a pleasure to step into the cavernous Filene Center at Wolf Trap last night. The massive open air space, illuminated by starlight and animated by a cool evening breeze, was a perfect host for a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s celestial 2001: A Space […]

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‘Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band’ at Wolf Trap

Talk about adding to your own personal bucket list! Last night at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, a huge audience “got by with a little help from my friends” as Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band got together as one big company of harmony and music. The band’s current lineup featuresmusical luminaries Steve Lukather […]

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‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Wolf Trap

Be our guest, be our guest! After all, this is France and a dinner here is never second best! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, Lumiere, and the sentiment is shared for the show by the packed crowd at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center to see Disney’s musical Beauty and the Beast on tour last night. […]

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‘A Prairie Home Companion’ with Garrison Keillor and Special Guests: Heather Masse & Vince Giordano

“I hear that old piano…”. These famous words open Garrison Keillor’s weekly program every Saturday night throughout the year. Wolf Trap has returned to tradition once again as it premiers its 2014 blockbuster season at the Filene Center with two nights of Prairie Home Companion (PHC) with Garrison Keillor, (from ‘the frozen tundra,’ as he […]

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An Interview with Musician Scott Kurt by Marlene Hall

Scott Kurt is a local musician – make that a hard working local musician – who is on his way up to the big leagues. He has opened for Huey Lewis and the News at Wolf Trap this summer to earning four  nominations from the Washington Area Music Association. He describes his sound as, “a […]

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ZZ Top at Wolf Trap by Christina Frank

For most bands longevity means staying together long enough to put out a second or, if lucky, a third album; but for ZZ Top (lead vocalist and guitarist Billy Gibbons, vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard) it’s forty years of fine tuning. Playing that long together has giving this band of three outstanding cohesion. […]

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