Elton John (Photo by Ernst Vikne)
Interest in all things Elton John is soaring in 2019, thanks to the recent biopic Rocketman and the rock legend’s ongoing three-year farewell tour.
While it’s no secret that the former Reginald Dwight has lived an amazing musical life – overcoming personal challenges during his six decade-spanning career – you might be surprised to learn these five interesting details about Sir Elton.
Sarah McLachlan (Photo by Kharen Hill)
Backed by her band and the National Symphony Orchestra, Sarah MacLachlan endured a hot night at Wolf Trap recently to repeatedly stun the audience with her amazing vocal performance.
Josh Groban sings at Wolf Trap on July 7, 2019. (Photo by Angel Kim)
For years, I knew of Josh Groban through his biggest hit, “You Raise Me Up,” but I learned more about him when he played Pierre on Broadway in “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.” My inner theatre fan was excited when I then discovered his 2015 album Stages, where he covered a variety of songs from musicals. His newest album is Bridges, which was released last fall. And recently, he played at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. Backed by his band, an orchestra, and a choir, each song that Josh performed couldn’t help but be grand and theatrical.
Jackson Browne performs at Wolf Trap on July 3, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
On the eve preceding July 4, legendary singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jackson Browne played two dynamite sets of his hits and well-chosen covers to an electric, celebratory, sold-out audience.
Josh Groban (Photo by Brian Bowen Smith)
In April Josh Groban released a CD/DVD package, Josh Groban Bridges Live: Madison Square Garden, via Reprise Records. With the release of the package, Josh began the second leg of his Bridges Tour, and it arrives at Wolf Trap on Sunday, July 7.
Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar perform at Wolf Trap on June 25, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)
With 15 Top 40 hits under her belt, Pat Benatar became a platinum-selling artist. But she’s really been in her zone in the past few decades as a touring tour de force with her husband Neil Giraldo, and the two brought their indelible songs and easy chemistry to Wolf Trap recently.
Jackson Browne (Photo courtesy Jensen Communications)
Legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, one of the most influential artists to emerge from the folk-rock era of the ’70s, will perform at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center on Wednesday, July 3.
Air Supply performs at MGM National Harbor on June 21, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)
It’s a tried-and-true formula: One man writes the songs, and one man sings them. But when those two men are Air Supply, the rock duo who took the global charts by storm in the early 1980s, the individual strengths become a powerful whole. Full of grace and gratitude, Air Supply played some of those hits at the Theater at MGM National Harbor recently.
Air Supply (Photo courtesy LUCK Media and Marketing Inc.)
Rock duo Air Supply celebrated the band’s 40th anniversary recently, and the gents continue the celebration tour with a show at MGM National Harbor on Friday, June 21.
Colin Blunstone performs at City Winery in DC on Feb. 7, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)
On the cusp of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Colin Blunstone of The Zombies first turned his dazzling vocal power to City Winery in DC for a perfect evening of song and remembrances recently.