Don’t Miss: Haley Bonar @ Black Cat, 9/14/16

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Haley Bonar (Photo courtesy Clarion Call)

The prolific Haley Bonar has covered a lot of ground in the 15 years she has been releasing records, starting out with some absorbing folk rock and now moving into power pop.

Her latest record Impossible Dream, released August 5 via Gndwire Records, follows up on themes from her last, 2014’s Last War. Haley is touring to promote the new album with a stop at the Black Cat on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

Said Evan Rytlewski on Pitchfork: “After several albums of personable if not always especially distinguished indie folk, Last War dialed up the tempos and the volume and set fire to whatever lingering idealism she’d been clinging to. Impossible Dream is a true sequel, another brisk half-hour of barbed power-pop tunes that sting so sweetly that it’s only after the fact you consider you might need a tetanus shot.”

Haley depicts the fight to hold on to lost dreams literally in a new video for her single “Kismet Kill,” where a Prom Queen realizes she has missed the boat. Watch the official music video for “Kismet Kill” by Haley Bonar on YouTube:

In this song and others from the new album, Haley still has a recognizably sweet voice that carries a bit of a breathy folk twang. The results produce a unique sound, and I’m curious to see if her live performance is as equally appealing!

Banjo-inspired indie rockers Luray from Richmond, Virginia, open for Haley. Tickets are available online.

Haley Bonar
w/ Luray
Black Cat
Wednesday, Sept. 14
Doors @7:30pm
$12
All ages

Music Park: Dolly Parton @ Wolf Trap — 6/8/16

Dolly Parton 01 Dolly Parton performs at Wolf Trap National Park on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Dolly Parton famously grew up poor in the Tennessee Smokey Mountains, and her late father worked hard to provide for her large family.

At one point, her father traveled to Detroit for work in an effort to improve their finances. After missing his home and family, he returned.

In tribute to his dedication, Dolly wrote a song “Smokey Mountain Memories,” which appeared on a live album Heartsongs: Live from Home, recorded at Dollywood in 1994.

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Interview: Cyndi Lauper @ Wolf Trap — 6/1/16

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Cyndi Lauper and Boy George (Photo courtesy True Colors Fund)

Cyndi Lauper performed in a sold-out show Wednesday at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap, at times fiery and at times sentimental but always irrepressible!

Nominally, she was touring in support of her new album Detour, a collection of country music covers released last month on Sire Records. But the concert sold out in part because it was the last of seven dates where she shared the spotlight with another ‘80s icon, Boy George.

In performance, Cyndi and George sang three songs together — at the end of George’s set, they covered “Bang a Gong” by T. Rex, a favorite of George. And at the end of Cyndi’s set, they performed “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly,” originally by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, and covered on Cyndi’s new album with Vince Gill. Afterward, Cyndi and George joined forces for “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!”

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Don’t Miss: Dolly Parton @ Wolf Trap, 6/8/16

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Dolly Parton (Photo courtesy Webster Public Relations)

In a few short weeks, country music legend Dolly Parton will launch her largest North American tour in 25 years, making an early stop locally at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Dolly’s Pure & Simple Tour, which includes a total of 16 dates, coincides with her summertime release of a double-disc album Pure & Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits. The collection features her most popular singles as well as a few new songs. During the tour, she will perform the new songs as well as old favorites, some of which have not been heard live for many years.

Watch the official music video for “Home” by Dolly Parton on YouTube:

Dolly has been quite busy lately with a very well-received performance at the ACM Awards in early April, followed by the DVD release of her successful TV movie, “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors,” on May 3. The movie became the most-watched movie on network television in three years with 15.8 million viewers, sparking demand for the DVD release.

Of course, Dolly has received quite a few other accolades in her career, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, winning seven Grammys, and receiving many other honors for her hit songs, including “Jolene,” “9 to 5,” and “I Will Always Love You,” making her the most honored female country music artist of all time.

Tickets are available online.

Dolly Parton
Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Wednesday, June 8
Show @8pm
$45-$150
All ages

Contest: Win Dinner w/ Cyndi Lauper @ Wolf Trap, 6/1/16

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Cyndi Lauper and Boy George (Photo courtesy the artists)

Fans of Cyndi Lauper know the alt-diva released a new album of country covers, titled Detour, last Friday. And they may know she’s on tour now and coming to Wolf Trap on Wednesday, June 1. (Read our Parklife DC transcript of a press roundtable about the album and tour with Cyndi!)

But you may not know you have a chance to win tickets to the show and dinner with Cyndi Lauper and to meet her tourmate –- the one and only Boy George!

You can win this amazing prize by donating to Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund. In addition to dinner with Cyndi backstage at the Wolf Trap show, you can win other prizes:

  • Meet and Greet with Cyndi Lauper and Boy George backstage
  • Eat dinner with Cyndi and the crew and go to soundcheck
  • Get a backstage tour and a photo with Cyndi and Boy George
  • Watch the show from VIP seats
  • Airfare and 4-star hotel
  • Click here to place a bid (auction ends May 13)

You read that correctly: The auction ends in only two days -– on May 13.

The True Colors Fund, an organization co-founded by Cyndi, works to end homelessness among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. To donate and enter for chances to win exclusives, click here.

Additional packages include:

  • Digital Thank You Card from Cyndi and Boy George + 250 entries ($25 donation)
  • Double-Sided Coin (featuring Cyndi Lauper art) + 500 entries ($50 donation)
  • Be Un-YOU-sual T-Shirt (featuring exclusive design inspired by Lauper’s 1983 album) + 1,000 entries ($100 donation)
  • Cyndi Silhouette T-Shirt (featuring Lauper’s iconic pink hairdo) + 1,000 entries ($100 donation)
  • Signed Music Sheet for “True Colors” + 3,000 entries ($300 donation)
  • Social Shoutout from Cyndi herself + 5,000 entries to win ($500 donation)
  • Autographed Iconic Cyndi Outfit (worn on The Celebrity Apprentice) + 25,000 entries ($2,500)
  • Signed Microphone + Autographed Music Sheet for “True Colors” + 50,000 entries ($5,000 donation)

Regular seating for the concert is sold out, but you now have this once in a lifetime opportunity to go in style. Donate and win today!

Cyndi Lauper and Boy George
Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Wednesday, June 1
Show @8pm
Contest open!
All ages

Interview: Cyndi Lauper (@ Wolf Trap, 6/1/16)

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Cyndi Lauper (Photo by Chapman Baehler)

The inimitable Cyndi Lauper will soon launch a tour in support of her new album, Detour, a collection of covers of country songs, due out this Friday, May 6, via Sire Records.

For seven dates on that tour, including a stop at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., on Wednesday, June 1, Cyndi will share a stage with another icon of pop music in the 1980s — Boy George, lead singer of Culture Club.

Earlier this week, Cyndi held a telephone press conference with several music and arts reporters to chat about her new album and the tour. The following transcript has been edited for brevity and focus.

Q: Can you tell us how you came to record an album of country classics?

Cyndi Lauper: These covers and this time in country music are very closely linked to R&B, which is very closely linked to the birth of rock and roll. So it’s the foundation of everything I sing. When I was a kid, these songs were pop songs — Patsy Cline was on the radio, Loretta Lynn was on the radio. We had three radio stations! They were on the radio.

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Don’t Miss: Cyndi Lauper @ Wolf Trap, 6/1/16

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Cyndi Lauper (Photo by Chapman Baehler)

We collectively remember Ms. Cyndi Lauper for reminding us that “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” but the fiesty pop chanteuse has been busy with a diverse range of projects lately.

As you may know, she wrote lyrics for a popular Broadway play, Kinky Boots, which will tour locally at the Kennedy Center for a month of dates in June-July. But Cyndi herself will be visiting us at Wolf Trap on June 1 as part of a 19-date tour she will launch soon in support of her new album, Detour.

Detour, scheduled for release May 6 via Sire Records, delivers 12 tracks of classic country covers in Cyndi’s unique style. When she announced the album earlier this year, she released her cover of Harlan Howard’s “Heartaches by the Number,” and she followed that up with her cover of Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love.”

Watch the official music video for “Funnel of Love” by Cyndi Lauper on YouTube:

Cyndi’s live Detour show also will feature two classic Patsy Cline songs, “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall To Pieces.” Other fun songs on the album include a cover of Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas” and Willie Nelson’s “Night Life,” a track on which he actually guest stars on the album. I’m sure Cyndi will also treat us to a classic track or two from her days on the charts in the ‘80s if we ask her kindly.

As if that weren’t appealing enough, Cyndi is appearing at Wolf Trap in a double bill with Boy George, who visited us last year with his band Culture Club. And now the bad news: the show is sold out! Perhaps you can scour official resale sites for your chance to go locally, or check out Cyndi’s full tour schedule to see if there is another show near you.

Cyndi Lauper and Boy George
Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Wednesday, June 1
Show @8pm
Sold out
All ages