BandHouse Gigs Presents All-Star Tribute to Elvis Costello, March 11, 2017 at The Barns at Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA.
(BETHESDA, MD September 7, 2016) Edgy and prolific singer and songwriter Elvis Costello exploded on the music scene in the 70’s and defied definition as he challenged conventional approaches to lyrics – and became a seminal voice in popular music as he progressed from punk fave to universally acclamed artist.
On March 11th The Barns At Wolf Trap will present a BandHouse Gigs tribute to this incredible artist, focusing heavily on his early work with his whip-smart band, The Attractions, and touching on the entire arc of his remarkable career. From well-known favorites Alison to Pump It Up to Veronica to Radio Radio, Costello wrote about relationships as well as social issues, introducing us to wonderfully quirky characters, while using his songs to rail against injustice and hypocracy. As his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2003) bio recalls after he had recruited The Attractions in 1977: “His persona would be henceforth described with such adjectives as ‘coiled’ and ‘angry’. He would, in a rare early interview, allow that his principal songwriting motivations were ‘revenge and guilt’.” Initially described as New Wave, he rebelled against all labels, and after 40 years of writing songs in almost every style and genre, he has amassed a treasured wealth of some of the best pop/rock songs in music history.
This Bandhouse Gigs tribute spotlights an all-star cast including some of the Washington area’s most celebrated singers and musicians performing inspired selections from Costello’s extensive catalog, from classic hits to hidden gems.
Among the 30-plus performers scheduled to appear are such renowned local and national artists as Johnny Fantastic, David Kitchen, Desson Thomson, Todd Wright, Brian Simms, Ed O’Connell, and Caz Gardiner, plus many more stellar guitarists, drummers, horn players, and keyboardists.
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About BandHouse Gigs
BandHouse Gigs, founded in 2004 by local Bethesda musicians and producers Ronnie Newmyer, Chuck Sullivan, Danny Schwartz, David Sless, and Greg Hardin, is the DC area’s premier producer of one-of-a-kind tribute concerts, bringing together scores of acclaimed local and regional acts to perform works drawn from iconic artists and influential musical movements. Past concerts have included tributes to Nils Lofgren, Joni Mitchell, Woodstock, the British Invasion, George Harrison and David Bowie, among others, all resulting in standing ovations. These tributes also serve to shine a light on the area’s diverse and richly talented musicians, putting them on top-notch concert stages in front of attentive audiences. This collaboration also includes sound engineers, lighting designers, videographers, photographers, graphic artists, writers, make-up artists, and marketing professionals.
BandHouse Gigs is a not-for-profit entity and a contributor to Hungry For Music, a non-profit that provides musical instruments to underprivileged children, as well as a supporter of Hope Line Inc, a non-profit initiative that helps chemically dependent people get treatment.
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Thanks to Linda Parker for this fine finale shot!