Live Review: Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak @ Wolf Trap — 8/6/22

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Chris Isaak performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 6, 2022. (Photos by Marc Shea)

I didn’t have any any idea of the Easter egg that Chris Isaak was going to include in his recent 90-minute set at the Wolf Trap, when he and Lyle Lovett appeared as co-headliners.

Playing bass for Chris was Rowland Salley, who wrote “Killing The Blues,” a song that has been covered by John Prine and Allison Krauss and Robert Plant, to name just a few. The audience got to watch Salley perform his song, after which Chris said some lovely words about seeing a song performed by the writer.

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Live Review: Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine @ Wolf Trap — 7/28/22

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When he introduced “Evening On The Ground” at Wolf Trap recently, Sam Beam, who performs under the moniker Iron & Wine, went off on a tangent about the mythical figure Lilith. She was, he explained, Adam’s first wife, but “he kicked her to the curb because she wanted to fuck on top.” And it only got weirder from there.

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Preview: Elvis Costello & The Imposters w/ Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets @ Wolf Trap, 8/18/22

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Elvis Costello (Photo by Mark Seliger)

Elvis Costello & The Imposters celebrate the release of their widely acclaimed new album, The Boy Named If, with summer tour titled The Boy Named If & Other Favourites. The band appear at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Thursday, Aug. 18.

The show includes an opening set by Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, marking the first time since 1989 that Elvis and Nick have toured together.

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Live Review: Wild Hearts Tour: Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, and Julien Baker w/ Quinn Christopherson @ Wolf Trap — 7/21/22

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Sharon Van Etten performs at Wolf Trap on July 21, 2022. (Photos by Ari Strauss)

Toward the beginning of her set at Wolf Trap Thursday evening, Angel Olsen told the audience, “I know it’s hot, but we love you.”

Later, she remarked, “This heat makes me feel out of tune.” Even though it had rained earlier, the evening of July 21 was still uncomfortably warm at Wolf Trap even as the sun was setting. For those of us in the audience, it wasn’t so bad — though you definitely needed a good amount of water to make it through the show — but I can only imagine what it was like on stage, underneath the bright, intense lights.

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Live Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band w/ Los Lobos @ Wolf Trap — 7/19/22

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi perform at Wolf Trap on July 19, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Tedeschi Trucks Band is all about family: It’s fronted by the married duo of guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks and vocalist-guitarist Susan Tedeschi. Their annual Wheels of Soul Tour is a highlight of the summer season every year at Wolf Trap, and this year’s event, which also featured East LA rockers Los Lobos and Tedeschi Trucks keyboardist Gabe Dixon in an opening slot was all about family. Over the course of three sets and four hours, fans got to see these first-class musicians play with each other in a joyous, celebratory atmosphere.

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Preview: Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine @ Wolf Trap, 7/28/22

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Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler, and songwriter Andrew Bird is joined by Iron & Wine for a night of eclectic and imaginative indie-rock during their Outside Problems Tour at Wolf Trap on Thursday, July 28.

Singer-songwriter and DC native Meshell Ndegeocello makes her Wolf Trap debut to open the show.

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