Wolf Trap, Jackson Browne, NSO, Ingrid Michaelson, Rufus Wainwright
Wolf Trap welcomes Jackson Browne with special guest Sara Watkins; Indie pop co-bill of Rufus Wainwright and Ingrid Michaelson; the Summerland Tour featuring Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, and Marcy Playground; Three Consecutive NSO @ Wolf Trap Performances; and The Happy Together Tour 2012 featuring The Turtles with Flo & Eddie, Micky Dolenz, and many more. See full details below.
All shows take place at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.
Jackson Browne with Special Guest: Sara Watkins
Monday July 23, 2012 at 8pm
$50 in-house, $30 lawn
Singer/songwriter and activist Jackson Browne returns to Wolf Trap for a special all-acoustic performance. Since his last appearance in 2010 he released the record Love is Strange (2010), a double live album chronicling his 2006 tour with David Lindley. Browne’s career took off in the early ‘70s with his certified gold self-titled debut in 1972, featuring the Top 10 single “Doctor My Eyes.” Browne’s career exploded throughout the mid and latter part of the ‘70s with several of his proceeding albums attaining platinum status. Throughout the ‘80s he began to incorporate political and social messages into his music and is now recognized as one of the foremost environmental activists of his generation.
Bluegrass fiddler Sara Watkins returns to Wolf Trap for a second time this season. She previously appeared as a guest performer in Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion in May. Watkins released her second solo album this year, Sun Midnight Sun, including a mixture of originals and covers featuring guest appearances from Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, and several others.
Rufus Wainwright/Ingrid Michaelson
Tuesday July 24, 2012 at 8 pm
$40 in-house, $30 lawn
“Popera” singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright returns to Wolf Trap for the first time since his last appearance in 2005. His recently released album, Out of the Game (2012), features his most up-tempo and danceable songs to date. Born into a musical family—his parents are singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III and the late folk singer Kate McGarrigle—Wainwright began performing at the age of 14. Gaining critical acclaim early in his career, Wainwright’s self-titled debut in 1998 won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Album and a Juno Award for Best Alternative Album.
Making her debut at Wolf Trap, indie pop singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson arrives with her captivating lyrics and addictive melodies. Michaelson rose to mainstream fame when a few of her songs were featured on the hit television drama Grey’s Anatomy. Her fifth record, Human Again (2012), features a break from her previous musical ventures with a heavy focus on emotionally driven ballads and a more intimate setting. The record peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard indie charts.
Summerland, Featuring: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground
Wednesday July 25, 2012 at 7 pm
$42 in-house, $25 lawn
Grunge-rock band Everclear makes their debut at Wolf Trap as a part of the Summerland tour. Their recently released album, Invisible Stars (2012), marks their first release of original material since 2006’s Welcome to the Drama Club. The band rose to popularity in the mid-90s with the release of their sophomore album, So Much for the Afterglow (1997), which reached platinum status and produced three Top Five hits: “Everything to Everyone,” “Father of Mine,” and “I Will Buy You a New Life.”
Orange County alternative-rock band Sugar Ray makes their debut at Wolf Trap as a part of the Summerland tour. The band’s most recent album, Music for Cougars (2009), marked the end of their five-year hiatus. Getting their start in the mid-‘90s with their debut album, Lemonade and Brownies (1995), Sugar Ray exploded with the 1996 single “Fly.” Their follow-up album, 14:59 (1999), went triple-platinum, and their self-titled 2001 album debuted in the Top 10.
Pop-rock ‘90s favorites the Gin Blossoms make their debut at Wolf Trap on the Summerland tour. Starting off in the late ‘80s on the college-circuit, the band made their leap into the mainstream with the 1993 singles “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You.” Their most recent release, No Chocolate Cake (2010), debuted at No. 73 on the Billboard 200 album chart after selling 7,000 copies in its first week of its release.
The second rock band to come out of Orange County, Lit makes their debut at Wolf Trap on the Summerland tour. Their fifth studio album, The View From the Bottom, was released in June. Popular on the college circuit, the band flew somewhat under the radar until the release of their second album, A Place in the Sun (1999). The album peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard 200 and produced the hit singles "My Own Worst Enemy," which held the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks.