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, Cal Everett, Ed O’Connell, and Caz Gardiner, plus many more stellar guitarists, drummers, horn players, and keyboardists.

 Great reserved seats are available at:

http://www.wolftrap.org/tickets/calendar/performance/1617barns/0311show17.aspx

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!

 

SET 1

LEAD PERFORMERS

FASHION   (with Lucy & Dustin of Bowen McCauley Dance ) Desson Thomson, Flo Anito, Steve Houk, Steve & Annie Sidley
TVC-15 CAL EVERETT
LIFE ON MARS BETSY WRIGHT
SOUL LOVE DAVID KITCHEN
WILD IS THE WIND AKUA ALLRICH
JEAN GENIE   (with Lucy & Susanna of Bowen McCauley Dance ) DESSON THOMSON + JOHNNY BOMBAY & THE REACTIONS
REBEL REBEL MARTHA HULL + JOHNNY BOMBAY & THE REACTIONS
SPACE ODDITY FLO ANITO
ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS THE SIDLEYS
STARMAN THE SIDLEYS
YOU WILL SET THE WORLD ON FIRE MARGOT MacDONALD
ZIGGY STARDUST BILLY COULTER
ASHES TO ASHES STEVE HOUK
CHINA GIRL JOHNNY FANTASTIC
HEROES JOHNNY FANTASTIC
LETS DANCE  (with Lucy & Dustin of Bowen McCauley Dance) DESSON THOMSON

Intermission

 SET 2

             LEAD PERFORMERS
UNDER PRESSURE THE SIDLEYS
MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD FLO ANITO
SUFFRAGETTE CITY DAVID KITCHEN & DESSON THOMSON
VALENTINES DAY MARTHA HULL
GOLDEN YEARS BETSY WRIGHT
FAME AKUA ALLRICH
ROCK & ROLL SUICIDE YOUNG RAPIDS
LAZARUS  (with Lucy & Dustin & Susanna of Bowen McCauley Dance ) YOUNG RAPIDS
ALL THE YOUNG DUDES BILLY COULTER
BLUE JEAN STEVE HOUK
CHANGES CAL EVERETT
MODERN LOVE JOHNNY FANTASTIC
STAY DAVID KITCHEN
YOUNG AMERICANS MARGOT MacDONALD + Entire Cast

 

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 Performances By:

Margot MacDonald

Young Rapids

Johnny Bombay & The Reactions

Martha Hull

Johnny Fantastic

The Sidleys

Cal Everett

David Kitchen

Desson Thomson

Flo Anito

Akua Allrich

Betsy Wright (Ex Hex)

Billy Coulter

Steve Houk

 

 

And Featuring:

Gary Grainger

Chris Fischer

Kristie DiLascio

Bill Craig

Mike Mills

Trevor Specht

Wayne Sulc

Joe Brotherton

Julia Kasdorf

Frank Young

Gantt Kushner

Josh Howell

Greg Hardin

Paul Pisciotta

Spencer Hoopes

Ronnie Newmyer

Chuck Sullivan

Danny Schwartz

Gina Cocco

Jim Clatterbuck

 Thanks to so many inspired performances by

The Nighthawks, The Grandsons, The Sweater Set,

Cravin’ Dogs, Ruthie & the Wranglers, Jeff Watson,

The Dixie Power Trio, Flo Anito, Edward O’Connell,

Peter Nissen, Jonathan Goldstein,

Bill Holland, Bill Baker, Mike & Tom Cotter,

Bruce Swaim, Zack Smith, Chris Watling,

Dan Haverstock, and as always

our BHG Production Team Players.

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