If you've ever attended one of our Swamp Romp performances, you've without a doubt seen many Wolf Trap staff members among the fans enjoying the festive food and music that the "Romp" has to offer—many of whom make it a point to attend regularly. But don't take my word for it, take theirs! We asked a few of our staff members what they enjoy most about Swamp Romp so you can get an idea of what you're in for this Sunday.
Heather Flynn, Assistant Director, Advertising Sales & Business Development
My husband and I went to Swamp Romp last year for the first time and had a blast. The festive vibe at the Filene Center that day reminded us of Jazz Fest in New Orleans – complete with a second line parade and Cajun two step dancing in the aisles! Our favorite performance that day was put on by Trombone Shorty – amazing! We had such a great time, we’re planning on going again this year and very much looking forward to hearing all of the bands, especially Dirty Dozen Brass Band. We’ve seen them a few times (once in New Orleans) and they never disappoint.
Mark Summers, Assistant Director, Ticket Services
Perhaps more than any other event, the Louisiana Swamp Romp serves as Wolf Trap’s most festive “experience.” The great music and abundance of food and drink combine with an enthusiastic audience to create a playful(and slightly mischievous) environment for people of all ages to enjoy. Who wouldn’t want to spend an afternoon eating, drinking and dancing? It also makes for great people watching. Plus there are beads. Did I mention drinking?
Kip Edmonds, Office Manager, Communications & Marketing
One of my favorite parts of Swamp Romp is the crowd. There are a lot of different kinds of concerts out there that yield a lot of different crowds, but Swamp Romp is definitely one of the most fun. Everyone’s gathered to eat great food, listen to great music, and definitely to dance. People walk into the Filene Center knowing they’re going to have a great time, and they’re never disappointed. If anything, the only thing the crowd gets disappointed with is when the music stops!
Jackie Dolan, Program Coordinator, Special Events
Three words: crawfish and cornbread. In addition to the swinging tunes of New Orleans style funk and jazz and some fabulous people watching, my taste buds were mighty happy with a basket full of steaming creole inspired crawfish and a heaping portion of delicious cornbread. It’s an event not to miss!
Oh, and doesn't everyone love a few good visuals?