Live Review: Josh Groban @ Wolf Trap — 7/7/19

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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.

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Live Review: Jackson Browne @ Wolf Trap — 7/3/19

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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.

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Heartbreakers: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Wolf Trap — 6/25/19

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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.

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Live Review: Air Supply @ MGM National Harbor — 6/21/19

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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.

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