Big, Bad Wolf Trap Brings Music to the Vienna Masses
There is undoubtedly a lot of intergenerational debate about what constitutes a good band. The father may like Led Zeppelin; the son, Death Cab for Cutie; the mom may favor the Beatles; the daughter, Arcade Fire.
It could go on forever, this fighting over the ears and hearts of the listener via the radio dial. “Are we there yet?” “Shut up, back there!” “Mom, tell Steven to stop hitting me?!”
Oh, the fun of familial relations.
But guess what? There’s one band that everyone can love, and they’ve got a kitschy ’60s TV show to convince you: The Monkees.
Sure, the Monkees began life as a prefab cash-in on the popularity of the Beatles, but as television shows go, it was one of the funnier ones I’ve seen. “The Monkees” was true slapstick and featured solid performances, particularly by the multitalented Micky Dolenz, who looks so goofy that he’s probably funny even when he’s not trying to be.
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
1645 Trap Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182
And yes, while they didn’t play their instruments at first (or weren’t allowed to on recordings at least; they did sing all their tunes), they did later on and managed a pretty good job of creating both pure and avant-pop; they even wrote some good songs themselves.
But back to Wolf Trap…
Most people have likely heard of Wolf Trap, a public/private partnership between the foundation itself and the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. It’s much more than a concert venue, though.
Billing itself as “America’s National Park for the Performing Arts,” Wolf Trap does indeed offer two ways to view a concert or theatrical production, at both the indoor/outdoor Filene Center, which seats 6,800 patrons, and the smaller Barns, two adjacent 18th-century barns that were taken from their home in upstate New York and rebuilt at Wolf Trap; the Barns seat 382 people.
Wolf Trap also offers educational opportunities for all ages, whether you’re a young shaver or adult, a neophyte or someone well-versed in your particular art. Types of classes include dance, African drumming, guitar, piano and voice lessons. The tots get less demanding (but probably more fun) classes of their own.
Music to the Vienna Masses
Apartment renters in Vienna and surrounding environs sure have a lot to be thankful for, not the least of which includes this national treasure.
Come on out one weekend and share a fun day with family listening to some great music. If you decide not to, we’ll send you on the Last Train to Clarksville sans return ticket!
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