Wolf Trap adds seven new shows to summer lineup

Mike Dranove Around Town, Arts, Music Scene

Wolf Trap has announced that seven new world class acts will join the already packed Wolf Trap summer lineup.  New acts are: Alternative rock groups Big Head Todd and the Monsters plus Toad the Wet Sprocket (6/30), Lionel Richie (7/15), former Grateful Dead pianist Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers plus Amos Lee (7/24), The State Singers (7/26), Herbie Hancock with Kamasi …

Keith On The Town: A Look at What’s Happening in Music, Arts and Theater this Week

Keith Loria Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts

As Jake and Elwood Blues, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd created a duo that was beloved by millions, first on Saturday Night Live and then with the smash movie, The Blues Brothers. The iconic duo, donned in dark sunglasses, skinny ties, and black felt fedoras, is known for its catalogue of songs that include “Soul Man,” “Rubber Biscuit” and “Sweet …

1st Stage Extends A Civil War Christmas Until December 30th

TysonsToday Staff Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts

Tysons, VA— 1st Stage, Tysons Corner’s award-winning professional theatre, announces the extension of their critically-acclaimed production of A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration until December 30. The story takes place in 1864 as Washington, D.C. is settling down to the coldest Christmas Eve in years. Stories of many intertwining lives– spanning from the battlegrounds of Northern Virginia to the halls of …

The Alden, with Its Highly-Anticipated Return Home in January, Offers A Full Slate of Intergenerational Performing Arts Options

TysonsToday Staff Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts

McLean, Va.— After an 18-month renovation, McLean Community Center’s performing arts venue, The Alden, will happily return home in January. In celebration, the theater is offering a wide range of professional performances designed to appeal to all ages. Tickets for all season performances are on sale now at www.aldentheatre.org. “We’re looking forward to being back in the community’s beloved venue,” said …

NextStop Theatre Presents Shrek The Musical

TysonsToday Staff Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts

Some of the area’s top youth actors are part of a special production of Shrek The Musical, playing the NextStop Theatre through Dec. 22. Based on the blockbuster movie, the musical tells the story of everyone’s favorite ogre, who sets off on a hero’s journey through a fairytale kingdom, with a wise-cracking donkey by his side and a Princess in …

Keith On The Town: A Look at What’s Happening in Music, Arts and Theater this Week

Keith Loria Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts, Music Scene

When Funk Meets Roots: Neville Jacobs Coming to DC What do you get when you marry a funkster from the famed New Orleans Neville Family with a Baltimore-based roots bandleader? One listen to the new recording by Ivan Neville and Cris Jacobs—aptly entitled Neville Jacobs—and you’ll understand the result is music magic. This unlikely paid joined forces in a somewhat …

Keith On The Town: A Look at What’s Happening in Music, Arts and Theater this Week

Keith Loria Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts, Music Scene

Jammin Java Presents Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band By Keith Loria It’s been a dozen years since Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton put together his revved-up country blues trio, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and over that time the group has become one of America’s foremost country blues acts. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Rev and his band—which also consists of …

Keith On The Town: A Look at What’s Happening in Music, Arts and Theater this Week

Keith Loria Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts

Wolf Trap Welcomes Chris Smither Looking on the back end of a 50-year mark in the music industry, blues/folk icon Chris Smither continues to be revered for both his guitar prowess and his way with a song lyric. A profound songwriter, in 2018 he released “Call Me Lucky,” his first recording of new material in six years, and his songs are as …