Preview: 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, ANGEL OLSEN, AND JULIEN BAKER (Photo by Alysse Gafkjen)

One of the most exciting tours of the summer is the Wild Hearts Tour, featuring Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, and Julien Baker!

Catch the Wild Hearts Tour at Wolf Trap on Thursday, July 21.

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Live Review: The Black Crowes w/ Howlin’ Rain @ Wolf Trap — 6/23/22

Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes perform at Wolf Trap on June 23, 2022. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson)

Originally released in 1990, The Black Crowes debut album Shake Your Money Maker was an out of the blue hit rock record in an era of Vanilla Ice, Wilson Phillips, and Mariah Carey. It’s also the band’s strongest album and the band would tour the world on the back of these songs for decades. Last week’s show at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap was a part of a Covid-delayed 30th anniversary tour of that album.

This version of the band only features two original members, the brothers Robinson, but they’re the ones that count. Flanked by lead singer Chris and guitarist Rich were drummer Brian Griffin, keyboardist Joel Robinow, guitarists Isaiah Mitchell and Charlie Starr, and bassist Sven Pipien, who has been in and out of the band since 1997.

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Preview: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers @ Wolf Trap, 6/30/22

Bruce HornsbyBruce Hornsby (second from left) and his band (Photo by Jeff Fasano)

Editor’s Note: Bruce Hornsby has canceled this show due to a case of COVID-19 in his band or crew.

Bruce Hornsby mines his vast catalog, performing beloved songs alongside tracks from his latest album, ‘Flicted. Catch him and his band the Noisemakers at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Thursday, June 30!

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Live Review: Sheryl Crow and Jason Isbell w/ Waxahatchee @ Wolf Trap — 6/16/22

Jason IsbellJason Isbell performs at Wolf Trap on June 16, 2022. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mark Engelson)

In the new documentary about Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell credits the singer-songwriter as an inspiration, not only as a musician, but as a person. The two shared a bill in twin nights at Wolf Trap recently in a celebration of generations of rock and roots music.

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Live Review: Trombone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown @ Wolf Trap — 6/18/22

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Trombone Shorty headlines Voodoo Threauxdown 2022 at Wolf Trap, June 18, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Fresh off the recent release of Lifted, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Anderson’s second album for Blue Note Records, his traveling mini-festival of funk that is Voodoo Threauxdown made its way to Northern Virginia for a nearly four-hour show at Wolf Trap. The recent performance headlined by Trombone Shorty included four bands whose members span the history and the future of New Orleans music.

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Live Review: Bonnie Raitt w/ Lucinda Williams @ Wolf Trap — 6/10/22

Bonnie Raitt (Photo by Susan Weiand)

I don’t normally begin a show review by talking about an opener rather than the headliner, but I’m going to break from precedent and start this blog by talking about Lucinda Williams’s opening set for Bonnie Raitt at Wolf Trap on Friday.

In the evening’s most emotional moment — and it was an evening full of emotional moments — the crowd rose and gave her a standing ovation when she explained she wasn’t playing guitar because she had survived a stroke late last year. Her band included an additional guitarist to cover those parts, and she had some assistance with with taking and leaving the stage, but she stood, strong and proud, for the entirety of her roughly hour-long set.

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Around Town: Legacy New Wave/ Post-Punk Acts Performing Around DC Metro in 2022

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MTV Moon Man (Photo courtesy MTV)

Your editor came to truly love music as an MTV Kid, riding the UK new wave acts that fueled the Gen X imagination with their pop hooks and colorful music videos.

The breadth of legacy new wave/ post-punk acts performing around the DC metro area in 2022 is unprecedented.

While Parklife DC won’t cover all of these shows, we are excited that these performers who started in the ’70s and ’80s are enjoying so much demand at present.

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