Wolf Trap Announces Summer Concerts: Wilco and More
Wolf Trap has announced the following upcoming concerts:
with Special Guest:
Lee Ranaldo Band (of Sonic Youth)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 8 pm
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 8 pm
$45 in-house, $35 lawn
Defying musical barriers is something of a specialty for the Chicago-based band Wilco. Returning to Wolf Trap after their last appearance in 2009, their latest album, The Whole Love (2011), is a mixture of intricately crafted indie rock and upbeat pop, an evolution from their alternative country roots. After disbanding the alt-country band Uncle Tupelo in the early ‘90s, Jeff Tweedy and John Stirratt formed Wilco in 1994. The newly formed group released their debut album, A.M., the following year. Throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s Wilco produced four more critically acclaimed albums including the double disc Being There (1996). Wilco is undoubtedly best known for Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, their 2002 indie masterpiece and best-selling album to date, with more than 500,000 copies sold and a No. 13 peak on the Billboard 200.
Video: Wilco - Impossible Germany
Lee Ranaldo Band
Co-founder of the alternative rock band Sonic Youth, Lee Ranaldo makes his debut at Wolf Trap. Ranked No. 33 on list of Greatest Guitarist of All Time by Rolling Stone, Ranaldo and co-founder Thurston Moore made waves with their unconventional, noise-rock guitar playing in the early ‘80s. Ranaldo has made a name for himself not as only as a guitarist with Sonic Youth, but also as a singer, songwriter, producer, and visual artist.
Video: Lee Ranaldo - Angles
Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 8 pm
$42 in-house, $25 lawn
Creators of the dance party staple “Love Shack,” The B-52s return to Wolf Trap after their last appearance in 2010. Recently the group released their first live album, With The Wild Crowd! Live in Athens (2011), documenting a special performance in Athens, Georgia to mark the 34th anniversary of their first gig. Named after the popular hairstyle the bouffant, the band quickly set themselves apart with their over the top pop lyrics and wild fashion style. In 1979 their self-titled debut went platinum and put the group on the mainstream radar. Over a decade later The B-52s struck gold with the record Cosmic Thing (1989). Featuring their most popular singles to date, “Love Shack” and “Roam,” the record went multi-platinum and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
Prominent members of the ‘70s New Wave era, British pop band Squeeze returns to Wolf Trap after their last appearance in 2007. Their first record released in 12 years, 2010’s Spot The Difference consisted entirely of re-releases with some subtle changes designed to excite both new fans and long time supporters alike. Formed in 1974, Squeeze began their career as part of the local music scene in Deptford, London. Their self-titled debut was released in 1978, but it was their second album that gained more widespread attention. Cool Cats (1979) contained two of the band’s highest charting U.K. singles, “Cool Cats” and “Up The Junction.” Squeeze found traction in the U.S. with the release of their fourth record, “East Side Story,” featuring the hit single “Tempted,” which reached No. 49 on the U.S. charts.