The 2012 summer season is complete and our last batch of announced shows goes on sale tomorrow, Saturday, May 5 at 10 am! This summer will feature 92 performances in 108 days with 26 headlining artists making their Wolf Trap debut. Here's the latest:
Wednesday, June 20
This San Francisco-born band first graced our stage for a sold-out show in 2010. The audience should expect to hear their hits "Mr. Jones," "Around Here," "Rain King," as well as songs from their April-released album of covers, Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation). The audience should also expect this show to sell out as well. You've been warned.
Hot Chelle Rae
Sunday, June 24
You may not remember Demi Lovato's starring role in Camp Rock or her supporting role as Joe Jonas's in-real-life girlfriend, but you will undoubtedly recognize her voice from non-stop rotation on pop radio in hits like "Give Your Heart a Break" and "Skyscraper." Demi will be joined by Hot Chelle Rae, the pop-rock band behind "Tonight, Tonight" and "I Like It Like That."
Sunday, July 8
Looking for your fix of roots, rock and reggae? Look no further. His given name is Matthew Paul Miller, but he adopted the Hebrew Matisyahu when he adopted Hasidic Judaism. He no longer wears the long beard he became famous in, but he still delivers a high-energy combination of reggae dancehall, hip hop and rock with English, Yiddish and Hebrew lyrics. Matisyahu will be joined by SoCal natives the Dirty Heads and their Sublime-esque mix of rock, reggae, and hip-hop.
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 17 & 18
How do we top the 2-hour set at their sold-out 2009 Wolf Trap performance? Easy. With not just one show, but two! Wilco's tour is one of the most anticipated of the summer so we're delighted they are going to hang out for two nights. The Washington Post calls this a "hot ticket." That may prove to be the understatement of the summer.
Monday, July 23
Jackson Browne by the numbers: 17 million albums sold in the U.S. alone, five decades of music making, two previous Wolf Trap appearances. But who's counting? Browne will be joined by singer and fiddler Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek fame. At the risk of sounding like a broken record- this show is highly likely to sell out.
Tuesday, July 24
The son of folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudoun Wainwright III (appearing as special guest to Mary Chapin Carpenter in August), Rufus Wainwright went into the family business, playing piano at 6 and touring at 13. His most recent record, Out of the Game, is only days old, released on May 1, and the LA Times calls it "one of the catchiest and most immediately accessible albums Wainwright has made." Appearing with Rufus will be Ingrid Michaelson who has gained attention with countless song placements in Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Army Wives and Old Navy commericals.
Monday, August 13
He has been a member of three successful bands, the James Gang, Barnstorm, and the Eagles; he is a noted session musician playing with the likes of B.B. King and Dan Folgelberg; but when Joe Walsh makes his Wolf Trap debut in August it will be as a solo artist touring in support of a yet-to-be released album titled Analog Man. Don't miss it.
Tuesday, August 14
We consider Lyle Lovett to be a Wolf Trap favorite for many reasons. He first graced The Barns stage in 1987, moving to the Filene Center shortly after as a special guest to the likes of Merge Haggard, Reba McEntire, and Bonnie Raitt. This summer marks his 21st appearance at the Filene Center and he continues to draw a loyal following for his shows that often feature sets pushing 2 1/2 hours.
Wednesday, August 15
John Prine and Emmylou Harris both appeared on the Wolf Trap season in 2011, and the two duetted on Prine's 1999 album, In Spite of Ourselves, but they have never appeared on a co-bill here before. Take the gravelly voice of one of the most influential songwriters of his generation and add the pure, clear vocals of a Virginia native and the sum will be greater than its parts for this night.
With Special Guests Mat Kearney and Andy Grammer
Tuesday, August 21
If Train's "Hey, Soul Sister" was last summer's jam then their new single "Drive By" is sure to take its place in summer 2012. With hits like "Meet Virginia," "Drops of Jupiter," and "Cab," there is no telling which song will be stuck in your head at the end of the night. Fortunately, you are more than welcome to sing along with the rest of the 7,000 patrons in the audience.
Speaking of sold-out shows.....
The following performances are lawn only:
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor - Saturday, May 26
YANNI - Friday, June 8
Diana Krall - Thursday, June 21
Crosby, Stills & Nash - Tuesday, July 3
IL DIVO - Thursday, August 9
Alan Jackson - Sunday, August 19
The following performances are sold out:
Bonnie Raitt - Thursday, June 21
Norah Jones - Wednesday, June 27
Don't forget: The Box Office opens on Saturday at 10 am!