From rock, jazz and blues, to indie, country and classical, The Barns at Wolf Trap presents acclaimed artists in uniquely intimate setting

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From rock, jazz and blues, to indie, country and classical, The Barns at Wolf Trap presents acclaimed artists in uniquely intimate setting

  • Singer-Songwriter Brandi Carlile Opens Season October 6 and 7 with New, All-Acoustic Set
  • Indie Rocker Sam Amidon Makes Wolf Trap Debut Performing with Legendary Guitarist Bill Frissell
  • Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues Returns with Guitarist Mike Dawes
  • Grammy Award-Winner James Cotton Plays the Blues
  • Renowned Pianist Simone Dinnerstein Opens Chamber Music at The Barns
  • World Music Offerings Include An Evening of Indian Dance and Ghazal Singer Vatsala Mehra

Dozens more performances added in Fall 2014; members purchasing early, public on-sale Saturday, August 9

Vienna, VA (August 5, 2014) – Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts today announced the first 37 artists featured in the 2014-2015 season at The Barns at Wolf Trap, its historic and intimate 382-seat indoor venue. Ticket information is below, and a print-ready version of this release as well as high-resolution images are available in Wolf Trap’s online newsroom.

With its informal setting and stunning architecture, The Barns at Wolf Trap is a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Comprised of two 18th-century barns made of hand-hewn wood beams and panels, the space is noted for its acoustic excellence and historic charm.

“Where else in the metro-D.C. area can you hear great music in a 300 year old barn? The Barns gives many artists the freedom to honor their musical roots and connect with fans in a warm, intimate space,” commented Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of Wolf Trap Foundation.

The Barns season kicks off in October with two nights featuring singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile in a brand new, all-acoustic set. Among the initial slate of 37 acts in the 2014-2015 season, James Cotton brings his iconic blues harmonica stylings to the stage, and Kathy Mattea offers her chart-topping country cool. Highlights also include jazz trio The Bad Plus, whose new album Inevitable Western is out later this month, and indie rocker Sam Amidon in his Wolf Trap debut, performing with legendary guitarist Bill Frisell.

Chamber Music at the Barns [hyperlink to standalone release] begins in October with renowned pianist Simone Dinnerstein. Formerly known as the Discovery Series, the eight-concert series features both established classical artists and new young talents.

The Barns also features a collection of world music, including a spotlight on India with An Evening of Indian Dance, presented in collaboration with the Indian Dance Educators Association, and the Wolf Trap debut of Indian Ghazal singer Vatsala Mehra. Additional programming includes Hawaiian and Celtic favorites.

In keeping with Wolf Trap’s mission, The Barns’ schedule is developed to highlight artistic exploration and accessibility to a broad range of music lovers. Artists span musical genres, from rock, jazz, blues, country, classical and world music, and most tickets are $35 or less.

Wolf Trap members (donors of $75 and above) are invited to purchase their tickets beginning on Wednesday, August 6, in advance of public on-sale. Tickets go on sale to the public Saturday, August 9.


Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally.

High-resolution images are available on Wolf Trap’s Press Room.


The Barns at Wolf Trap 2014-2015 Season Calendar

Publish date: August 5, 2014

Dozens of additional performances will be added in Fall 2014.

The most up-to-date information on artists, performances and ticket availability may be found on Wolf Trap’s website,

Tickets for The Barns at Wolf Trap’s 2014-2015 Season:  Online:      By phone: 1.877.WOLFTRAP

October 2014

Brandi Carlile                                                                                    Last appeared at Filene Center (FC) in 2013

Monday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m.                                                                Tickets $75-$80

Tuesday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Lose yourself in the passionate vocals of the rootsy folk rock powerhouse who gave us “The Story” in this special “unplugged” performance.


Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan                                                                 Last appeared at FC in 2011

Wednesday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m.                                         Tickets $25-$30

Banjo pioneer and Punch Brother band member Noam Pikelny teams up with the Nashville Bluegrass Band’s finest fiddler, Stuart Duncan, for a masterful acoustic showcase.


Loudon Wainwright III                                                                 Last appeared at FC in 2012

Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 p.m.                                              Tickets $25-$30

Classic blues melodies, honest lyrics and piercing wit from a veteran musician.


Simone Dinnerstein, piano                                                         Wolf Trap Debut

Chamber Music at The Barns                                                      $40

Friday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m.

“She compels the listener to follow her in a journey of discovery filled with unscheduled detours…She’s actively listening to every note she plays, and the result is a wonderfully expressive interpretation.” —NPR


Newmyer Flyer Tribute to The Everly Brothers   Newmyer Flyer Tributes last appeared at The Barns in 2014

Saturday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m.                                             Tickets $25-$27

Relive the ’50s and ’60s glory days of country-influenced rock ’n’ roll as one of the finest tribute groups memorializes the legendary Everly Brothers.


Sam Amidon with Bill Frisell                                                      Sam Ambidon: Debut, Bill Frissell: The Barns 2013

Thursday, October 16 at 8:00 p.m.                                            Tickets $25-$27

Revolutionary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell teams up with rising folk artist Sam Amidon for a showcase of timeless Americana.


Masters of Hawaiian Music                                                        Wolf Trap Debut

Friday, October 17 at 8:00 p.m.                                                  Tickets $25-$30

Melodic island music with uncommon tunings and finger picking by Hawaii’s finest players.


An Evening of Indian Dance                                                        Wolf Trap Debut

Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m.                                             $20-$25

Enjoy a rich cultural experience of beautiful and emotionally engaging classical and folk Indian dance and music, presented in collaboration with the Indian Dance Educators Association.


Paula Cole                                                                                          Last appeared at The Barns in 2013

Sunday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.                                                Tickets $25-$27

“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” (Rolling Stone) who gave us the hits “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” and “I Don’t Want to Wait.”


Kathy Mattea                                                                                    Last appeared at The Barns in 2011

Wednesday, October 22 at 8:00 p.m.                                      Tickets $35

Thursday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Country and bluegrass infused with Celtic folk flavors by a seasoned star with a “haunting, soulful voice.” (AllMusic)


Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano                                                   Last appeared at The Barns in 2009

Kim Pensinger Witman, pianist                                                                Tickets $35

Chamber Music at The Barns

Friday, October 24 at 8:00 p.m.

Wolf Trap Opera alumna Jamie Barton returns to The Barns after winning the Marian Anderson Award, Opera International’s Young Artist Award and the Cardiff Singer of the World competition.


Marcia Ball                                                                                         Last appeared at FC in 2013

Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.                                             Tickets $35-$40

This Grammy-nominated pianist and singer/songwriter blends Louisiana swamp rock and classic Texas blues into an “irresistible” musical cocktail. (Boston Globe)


The Bad Plus                                                                                      Last appeared at The Barns in 2010

Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m.                                                Tickets $30-$32

Jazz trio combines audacious and pop-centric melodies with “funky new-millennium rhythms and succulent harmonic flights.”  (Entertainment Weekly)


Jim Brickman                                                                                     Last appeared at The Barns in 2012

The Platinum Tour                                                                               Tickets $35-$40

Wednesday, October 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.

Soothing, piano-driven melodies by inspiring singer/songwriter and celebrated radio show host who has collaborated with Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, and Donny Osmond, among others.

November 2014

Eddie Money                                                                                     Wolf Trap Debut

Saturday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.                                          Tickets $45-$50

Saturday, November 1 at 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy the best of classic rock with catchy, upbeat tunes from the star who gave us ’80s hits such as “Take Me Home Tonight” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”


Justin Hayward                                                                                 Last appeared at FC with The Moody Blues in 2007

special guest                                                                                     Tickets $75

Mike Dawes

Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Friday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m.

Legendary guitarist of The Moody Blues, takes fans back with outstanding acoustic versions of his old and new songs.


James Cotton                                                                                    Last appeared at The Barns in 2008

Thursday, November 20 at 8:00 p.m.                                       Tickets $25

Widely regarded as one of the best harmonica players of all time, this powerful instrumentalist and blues legend has made his mark on music history.


Chris Smither & The Motivators                                               Last appeared at The Barns in 2011

special guest                                                                                         Tickets $30-$35

Rusty Belle

Friday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The fingerstyle guitar wizard showcases his gritty but gorgeous songcraft and unmatched performing chops.


John Eaton                                                                                          Last appeared at The Barns in 2014

Friday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m.                                             Tickets $25-$27

Renowned pianist, vocalist, musicologist and humorist delivers renditions of cherished American songs.


Stephen Kellogg                                                                              Wolf Trap Debut

Saturday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m.                                       Tickets $25

This lively performer and talented everyman combines soulful songwriting and passionate guitar for a classic rock ’n’ roll sound.


December 2014

Over The Rhine                                                                                Wolf Trap Debut

Friday, December 5 at 8:00 p.m.                                                                Tickets $25-$28

Uplifting Midwestern Americana duo whose “soul-nourishing music” (L.A. Times) will transport you to “The Edge of the World.”


January 2015

The Ying Quartet                                                                             Last appeared at The Barns in 2006

Chamber Music at The Barns                                                      Tickets $35

Friday, January 9 at 8:00 p.m.

The Ying Quartet excels in performances “as close to the ideal as possible, delivering chamber music of astonishing, refreshing exaltation and exhilaration.” (L.A. Times)


Dave Mason                                                                                       Last appeared at The Barns in 2013

Wednesday, January 21 at 8:00 p.m.                                       Tickets $45

Thursday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m.

This prolific guitarist and former frontman of the legendary English band Traffic has rocked out with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison and more throughout his illustrious career.


Canellakis-Brown Duo                                                                   Wolf Trap Debut

Chamber Music at The Barns                                                      Tickets $35

Friday, January 23 at 8:00 p.m.

Hailed as “a pair of adventurous young talents” (Time Out New York), the Canellakis-Brown Duo has been captivating audiences with its superb musicianship and thrilling performances.


February 2015

The Montrose Trio                                                                          Wolf Trap Debut

Chamber Music at The Barns                                                      Tickets $35

Friday, February 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Accomplished soloists and chamber musicians Jon Kimura Parker, Martin Beaver and Clive Greensmith join forces to create a new piano trio.


Solas                                                                                                     Last appeared at The Barns in 2014

Friday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m.                                                 Tickets $25-$28

Saturday, February 14 at 8:00 p.m.

Hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the world’s finest Celtic-folk ensembles,” this quintet’s diverse repertoire includes innovative original songs as well as Irish classics.


HAPA                                                                                                    Last appeared at The Barns in 2014

Friday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m.                                                 Tickets $25-$30

Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.

With songs ranging from ancient chants to contemporary Hawaiian tunes, it’s no wonder L.A. Times calls HAPA’s music “beautiful, fragile, spiritual and powerful” all at once.


March 2015

Altan                                                                                                     Last appeared at The Barns in 2012

Friday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.                                                        Tickets $25

One of Ireland’s most respected traditional Celtic music acts blends lively strings and ethereal vocals to transport listeners to the heart of the Emerald Isle.


Vatsala Mehra                                                                                  Wolf Trap Debut

Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.                                                   Tickets $50

Known as the “Ghazal Queen,” this celebrated Indian singer has been honored by her home country for her valuable contributions to India’s musical tradition.


Enter The Haggis                                                                              Last appeared at The Barns in 2013

Friday, March 20 at 8:00 p.m.                                                      Tickets $28

Experimental roots-rock stalwarts push the boundaries of Celtic music with vigorous performances and inventive albums.


Cantus                                                                                                  Wolf Trap Debut

Chamber Music at The Barns                                                      Tickets $35

Friday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m.

“The premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) makes its Barns debut in this program which explores when and why people sing together.


April 2015

Tom Paxton                                                                                        Last appeared at The Barns in 2014

Friday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m.                                                            Tickets $24-$28

Unstoppable ’60s folk icon performs a mix of thoughtful ballads like “The Last Thing on my Mind” and topical tunes like “I Am Changing My Name to Fannie Mae.”


Jane Monheit                                                                                    Last appeared at The Barns in 2004

Thursday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m.                                                      Tickets $30-$35

With the spirit of jazz and the swagger of cabaret, this talented songstress takes audiences on journeys from Brazil to Beatles-era Britain.


Poulenc Trio                                                                                      Wolf Trap Debut

Chamber Music at The Barns                                                      Tickets $35

Friday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m.

“The Poulenc Trio brought an intriguing and beautifully played program to the [National Gallery of Art’s] West Garden Court. […] The Poulenc Trio does its namesake proud.”—Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post


Eileen Ivers                                                                                        Last appeared at The Barns in 2012

Friday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m.                                                          Tickets $27-$30

This virtuoso’s award-winning skill and Irish-inspired playing prove she is “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin.” – The New York Times


John McCutcheon                                                                           Last appeared at The Barns in 2014

Thursday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m.                                                   Tickets $25-$28

Folk maven with a vital, narrative voice performs classics like “Christmas in the Trenches” and “Hail to the Chief.”


Sybarite5                                                                                             Wolf Trap Debut

Debut Artist                                                                                       Tickets $35

Chamber Music at The Barns

Friday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m.

String quintet Sybarite5 blurs boundaries with exacting musicianship and adventurous programming for a transfixing result. “Expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.”—Arizona Daily Star


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