Today's post is by Joe LaCroix, Wolf Trap's Communications and Marketing Coordinator
While I may be one of the youngest people on staff here at Wolf Trap, the value of the classics is not lost on me. Just like my sports allegiances, my taste in music was (at least initially) inherited. So as my children will grow up listening to more ’90s alt-rock than they’ll be able to stand, I grew up listening to many of the classic rock staples that I’m very excited to highlight in this entry:
Steve Miller Band on July 23rd:
Steve Miller Band holds a special place in my heart, being literally the first band that I can remember listening to as a child. While time might be slipping into the future, I for one am glad that classic acts such as this held steady. Steve Miller’s tried and true, no-frills, blues laden songwriting helped shape my love for rock ‘n’ roll back before I even knew what a midnight toker really was.
If you’re into Steve Miller, you might also be on-board for:
Doobie Brothers on July 6th:
The nostalgia will be palpable on August 9th when the man behind one of the most iconic and enjoyable of American Tunes, Don McLean takes the stage. He’ll be sharing the spotlight under a starry-nights sky with the classically eclectic styling’s of the lovely Judy Collins.
Frankie Valli is one of those classic artists whose songs are so ubiquitously known that they really do take on a life of their own. I was fortunate enough to see Frankie and the Four seasons last time they played at Wolf Trap and was honestly astounded at how many of their songs I not only recognized, but knew nearly every word to.
While my time in elementary school band was fairly short lived, I give full credit to Chicago for helping me realize just how cool a band can sound with a full brass accompaniment. Unfortunately, our band did not play such awesome songs.
This really is just the tip of the iceberg that is Wolf Trap’s classic-rock lineup for 2013. With acts such as Gordon Lightfoot, Huey Lewis & The News and even an awe-inspiring double-bill featuring Peter Frampton and B.B. King, anyone with an affinity for the golden-years of Rock and Roll will find something that pleases.