Wolf Trap kicks off summer season tonight

When does summer really start? Technically, the 2012 summer solstice arrives at 7:09 p.m. on June 20. But some local music fans might argue that it begins tonight at 8 p.m. when Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts kicks off its summer concert season.

Okay, okay. So it’s a Garrison Keillor gig. But there’s still plenty of great music coming to the Trap in the approaching weeks, including performances from folk legends Crosby, Stills & Nash, country icon Alan Jackson, a double bill featuring Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, and on Aug 24., the Reverend Al Green. Maybe he’ll do his Obama impression?

For a full, printable Wolf Trap summer concert schedule, click here.

Crowds on the Lawn at Wolf Trap's Filene Center on July 22, 2011. (Tracy A Woodward/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Chris Richards has been the Post's pop music critic since 2009. He's recently written about the joys of heavy metal drumming, the perils of "poptimism" and six months in the life of D.C. rapper Shy Glizzy.
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