Music Park: Switchfoot @ Wolf Trap — 8/11/15

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“Dark Horses”

On a pleasant evening at Wolf Trap, Switchfoot gave the waiting multitudes camped out on the lawn and seated in the orchestra sections their money’s worth.

This show marked the first time that Switchfoot was not the headliner. They ceded that distinction to NEEDTOBREATHE, as part of what was dubbed, Tour de Compadres. Also playing were Colony House and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. More on that later.

The forecast said rain, but there was palpable relief it didn’t live up to the prediction. So instead, we got an almost perfect night to sit outside on the lawn or grab a seat close to the stage.

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Music Park: Culture Club @ Wolf Trap — 8/10/15

Culture Club 2 - 2014 credit Dean Stockings
Culture Club (Photo by Dean Stockings)

Boy George strode onto stage in an elaborate helmet and a black cloak.

The sparkling gold headpiece looked as if he might have nicked it from an expensive Hollywood production of the story of Cleopatra. He grinned mischievously at the audience at Wolf Trap.

“I had to wrestle Lady Gaga for this,” he said of the headpiece. “She lost. She’s backstage, crying, right now.”

With that, the cheeky singer set off into a performance of “Victims,” a show-stopping tune from his band Culture Club.

And it was absolutely thrilling. When the beat dropped in the song, as it famously does shortly after the 2-minute mark, the audience was completely enraptured by the ode to being a thrall to love. You could feel goosebumps.

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Don’t Miss: Switchfoot (Opening for Needtobreathe) @ Wolf Trap, 8/11/15

Switchfoot
Switchfoot (Photo courtesy of BB Gun Press)

Switchfoot, eponymous surfers, comes to the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Tuesday, August 11.

They are among three bands opening for NEEDTOBREATHE. The other openers are Colony House and Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors.

Switchfoot, hailing from San Diego, achieved fame with their 2003 single “Meant to Live”. Largely marketed as a Christian rock band early in their career, they have released nine full-length albums to date. Their most recent is 2014’s album, Fading West.

Formed in 1996, Switchfoot’s name comesĀ from the act of a surfer switching their feet to change directions.

Their other major hit, “Dare You to Move”, was featured in the film, A Walk to Remember.

Jon Foreman (lead vocals) also has a solo project coming out this year, called The Wonderlands. It consists of four EPs, titled Sunlight, Shadows, Darkness and Dawn respectively and each released throughout the year. Sunlight and Shadows have already been released and are available for purchase.

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Tickets are still available! Get yours here.

Switchfoot (opening for NEEDTOBREATHE)
w/ Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Colony House
Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Tuesday, August 11
Gates @ 7:00pm
$25-45
All ages

Don’t Miss: Culture Club @ Wolf Trap, 8/10/15

Culture Club 1 - 2014 credit Dean Stockings
Culture Club (Photo by Dean Stockings)

Boy George has got the band back together, and Culture Club are touring the United States in support of a new album, Tribes, due next year! On this tour, Culture Club will perform at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Monday, August 10.

Mr. George himself stopped by the Conan O’Brien show Monday night to promote the tour, and performed an unusual number. Boy George teamed up with Jack Black and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger in a cover of “Hello, I Love You.”

Watch Boy George and Jack Black sing “Hello, I Love You” with Robby Krieger on CONAN on TBS:

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The appearance by Boy George on CONAN was only the latest salvo in Culture Club’s recent media blitz. They appeared on the Today Show on July 2 in the program’s Throwback Thursday Edition of the Toyota Summer Concert Series.

On the Today Show, Culture Club performed “Karma Chameleon”, “Miss Me Blind” and “Do you Really Want To Hurt Me.”

Watch Matt Lauer recap the history of the band and then the performance of the three songs by Culture Club:

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And don’t miss Culture Club at Wolf Trap on Monday, August 10. Tickets are available online.

Culture Club
Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Monday, August 10
Show @8pm
$30-60
All ages