OneRepublic & More on Tap for Wolf Trap
OneRepublic brings unforgettable pop hooks, funky soulful interludes, and piano-driven rock to their Filene Center debut. They first gained popularity with their 2006 single "Apologize," which at one point was the most popular digital download in United States history; the band received a Grammy nomination for the song. Their second album, Waking Up (2009), peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 with a series of multiplatinum hits in "All the Right Moves," "Secrets," and "Good Life." In March the quintet released their third album, Native, which features standout singles like "Feel Again" and "Counting Stars," and has hit No. 4 on the Billboard 200.
Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7 pm
Performances by Los Angeles-based Mayer Hawthorne interplay retro soul and cutting-edge technology, a nod to his admiration for Detroit's Motown legacy and his experience as a hip-hop DJ. Highlighted by the singer's signature falsetto, How Do You Do (2011) reached No. 8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart with hit songs like "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out" and "The Walk." In July he released, Where Does This Door Go, which broadens his sound again, drawing from influences such as Steely Dan to Iron Maiden for an eclectic album he says "is truly me."
Under the Sun
featuring Smash Mouth
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 7 pm
Originally considered ska rock mavericks, Smash Mouth will debut at the Filene Center with a signature mix of bright pop/rock anthems and incredibly lively performances. Originating from San Jose, California, the band released their debut album in 1997, which immediately put them on the map with hits like "Walkin' on the Sun" and a cover of "Why Can't We Be Friends?" Their next project, Astro Lounge (1999), hit No. 6 in the Billboard 200 and produced the monster hit "All Star." This, and the band's cover of "I'm a Believer" for the Shrek (2001) soundtrack, cemented their reign atop the summer band landscape. Five studio albums later, their hits have continued to smash records, including 2012's Magic, an "effortlessly effervescent" party collection.
Orange County-based Sugar Ray comes to the Filene Center under the helm of charismatic lead singer Mark McGrath. After starting out as an alternative heavy metal band named Shrinky Dinx, the group renamed themselves Sugar Ray and recorded their debut album, Lemonade and Brownies, in 1995. The group's popularity skyrocketed when they changed direction and captured the essence of summer rock in the lighter pop-rock single "Fly" (Floored, 1997). Their follow-up album went triple-platinum and included the chart-topping hits "Someday" and "Every Morning." After a five-year hiatus, the group returned with Music for Cougars (2009), an album highlighted by the buoyant single "Boardwalk."
Video: Sugar Ray - "Someday"
The Gin Blossoms are ready to showcase the skillful combination of pop and late '80s punk influences that helped make them an alternative-rock favorite in the early 1990s. The group's 1992 singles "Hey Jealousy" and "Found Out About You" cast them into the mainstream rock spotlight. In 1995 their song "Til I Hear It From You" was featured in the movie Empire Records and received heavy radio play. The group broke up in 1997 but reunited four years later for a New Year's Eve concert. Since then they have performed a series of tours and released two more original albums, with a third set to come out this year.