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One of the most beloved venues in the DC area, Wolf Trap is America’s only national park for the performing arts. Each summer, the 7,028 capacity Filene Center "shed," split almost evenly between indoor seats and lawn space, is the go-to spot in northern Virginia for music fans who want to hear top-notch artists in a pastoral setting. And now that the organization has announced its first round of shows for the 16-week summer season, it’s time to make plans for nights out under the stars. Among the offerings…

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who, will perform the classic Tommy album in its entirety, with some of the band’s longtime support  players and a local orchestra.Three-time Grammy winner, member of the Country Music Hall of Fame – and the latest Colonel Sanders! - Reba McEntire will be making an appearance, as will other Americana/roots artists like John PrineAlison Krauss (with David Crosby and Friends opening), Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Grammy and Golden Globe-winning singer, rapper, and actress Queen Latifah will make her Wolf Trap debut on a double bill with Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Common. Among other artists coming to Wolf Trap for the first time, there's Indie bands Fitz and the Tantrums and X Ambassadors (another great double bill), rockers Dr. Dog, paired with Manchester Orchestra (yet another!) and kid-friendly pop group KIDZ BOP.

Among the favorites making return visits are Barry ManilowTony Bennett, Barenaked LadiesTedeschi Trucks Band, and Ian Anderson, who will be celebrating the music of Jethro Tull on a 50th Anniversary Tour stop.

For those who like to see radio broadcasts bring recorded live on stage, there’s Live From Here (formerly The Prairie Home Companion) with Chris Thile and NPR’s hilarious news quiz show Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!  Classical music lovers can enjoy the National Symphony Orchestra’s summer residency, as well as Wolf Trap Opera’s presentation of Rigoletto, while dance and theatrical musical fans can enjoy the Wolf Trap debut of The Washington BalletLes Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Motown The Musical and a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. 

You can see Wolf Trap's full lineup- so far (additional shows will be announced March 8)  here