As is every year in September, The Filene Center will go into hibernation until May, with the exception of the International Children's Festival this weekend, the Wolf Trap Ball on the 20th, and the Holiday Sing-A-Long on December 7. In the blink of an eye, 90 concerts are already part of the Filene Center's enduring 38 year history. In the wake of our summer season, we hope you enjoyed our program options and are pleased that 2008 came in as our highest grossing season in Wolf Trap's existence Indeed, it was a summer rich with diverse talent from our debut presentation of Les Miserables, to folk-legend James Taylor, to pop-piano virtuoso Ben Folds.
Despite a successful season, I wanted to give you all the opportunity to chime in with your overall opinions of our 2008 programming, and offer your preferences for shows you would like to see for 2009. Booking is handled by our programming office, so I will certainly pass on your feedback.
I'll start...I'd love to see (in no particular order):
Wilco - opened for Natalie Merchant in 2000, but keeping my fingers crossed for an eventual headlining performance
My Morning Jacket
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - has performed at the Filene Center multiple times, but I've never seen them here and am also a huge fan of saxophonist Jeff Coffin, who incidentally replaced Leroi Moore on this summer's Dave Matthews Band tour after Moore tragically passed away from complications stemming from an ATV accident.
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
The Avett Brothers - has played the Barns, but I think they're ready for the big stage :)
While I'm on the topic of suggesting shows, you should all take 10-15 minutes to peruse http://www.eventful.com/. It gives you the opportunity to DEMAND events in your city. Careful though, it's easy to get lost in there for hours at a time :)
Have a great weekend,