WASHINGTON – Spring has officially arrived, so that means more options for great outdoor concerts.
The Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va. is offering a wide variety of performances this year, including soul, rock, comedy and full-fledged theater productions.
The venue is partially covered, with less expensive ticket prices for lawn seating.
Read on for a list of highlights from this year’s schedule at the Filene Center.
The popular musical “Rock of Ages” is scheduled for June 8 and June 9. The production features popular ’80s rock hits, and is one of the longest running shows on Broadway.
All-female ’80s pop sensation the Go-Go’s take the stage June 13. The Psychedelic Furs open the night.
Legendary comedian Bill Cosby performs June 15.
On June 22, “Sing-Along Grease” features the classic movie projected onto giant screens. Audience members can dress up as their favorite characters from the movie and sing along with the flick.
1960s bubblegum takes over Wolf Trap June 23. The “Happy Together Tour” features the Turtles, Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Mark Lindsay and Gary Lewis & the Raiders.
Steve Martin has had a successful comedy and film career, but on June 24 he is scheduled to show off his banjo chops with a performance with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Eight-time Grammy winner Anita Baker brings her R&B vocal skills to the Filene Center June 29.
Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys bring a double dose of Latin-influenced rock and roll to the stage July 9. Both bands have won Grammy awards.
She & Him is a musical collaboration between television sitcom star Zooey Deschanel and alt-pop songwriter M. Ward. Check them out July 11.
The National Symphony Orchestra’s “Video Games Live!” concert is scheduled for July 13. This is a multimedia performance, complete with live action video game characters to go along with visuals and music from games such as Zelda, Halo and Tron.
In honor of Verdi’s bicentennial birthday, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Wolf Trap Opera Company are presenting a brand new production of “La traviata.” The three-hour opera will be sung in Italian with English subtitles.
Canadian songwriter Gordon Lightfoot comes to Wolf Trap July 25. Lightfoot has been performing for nearly 50 years, and continues to inspire and entertain audiences with his distinctive baritone.
On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony” will feature a live orchestra playing along with classic Looney Tunes cartoons. The show has been praised as a fun experience for all ages.
Songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter got her start in the D.C. area in the late