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.
with Special Guest:
Friday, July 20, 2012 at 8 pm
$45 in-house, $25 lawn
The current holder of the Guinness World Record for “Longest stay by an album on a music chart” with the album Johnny’s Greatest Hits for a consecutive nine years on the Billboard 200, Johnny Mathis has broken his fair share of records. Last at Wolf Trap in 2009, Mathis continues to tour behind Let It Be Me – Mathis in Nashville (2010), his first venture into country music. Mathis released his first No. 1 single ,“Chances Are,” in 1957, followed by his third album, Warm, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboardcharts later that year. Throughout his career, Mathis boasts several thrilling accomplishments including two inductions into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and 35 Billboard Hot 100 hits.
Video: Johnny Mathis - I'm Coming Home
Past winner of the stand-up competition in the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, comedian Brad Upton opens for Johnny Mathis. In the business of laughter for more than 26 years, Upton has appeared in concert with several legends of both comedy and music, including Joan Rivers, Tim Allen, and Dolly Parton.
Video: Brad Upton
An Evening with
John Tesh: Big Band LIVE!
Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 8pm
$42 in-house, $25 lawn
The multi-faceted new age composer John Tesh returns to Wolf Trap 10 years after his last appearance in 2002, this time with his 12-piece Big Band Orchestra as part of a new show called “John Tesh: Big Band LIVE!” featuring covers of hits, including “The Way You Look Tonight” and “I've Got The World On A String.” Starting his career as a reporter, Tesh served as the host forEntertainment Tonight for 10 years. After he won the anonymous composition contest for the NBC sports theme song, Tesh left his job at ET and began recording and performing. Tesh has experienced much success as both a journalist—winning an Associated Press award for investigative journalism—and as a composer, selling over eight million records and securing two EMMY Awards for his Pan American Games and Tour de France theme songs.
Wolf Trap is metro accessible! Our environmentally friendly Wolf Trap Express Bus travels from the West Falls Church metro stop every 20 minutes starting two hours prior to show time. For more information, please visit,http://www.wolftrap.org/Plan_Your_Visit/Access_by_Metro.aspx