Mandolin prodigy Chris Thile, country singer Travis Tritt and one-time D.C. resident Laura Burhenn (last seen playing with the Postal Service) are all ahead in the new Strathmore season. Tickets are on sale now, so below, we've picked out a few shows you'll want to know (plus a few videos to get you hyped):
Chris Thile: Virtuoso bluegrass prodigy Thile is no ordinary musician. Last year, the founder of Nickel Creek and current Punch Brother was named a MacArthur "genius," scoring not only a very cool title, but also a big check for his accomplishments. The Punch Brothers have a few tracks on the upcoming Coen brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," and Thile just released a record in which he plays songs by Bach. He'll play Strathmore's Music Center on Oct. 30. Tickets are $26-$36.
Watch Thile getting down with Yo-Yo Ma:
Travis Tritt: Country singer Tritt just released a very sweet duet with his daughter, a cover of Patty Smyth and Don Henley's "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough." Could they be the next Billy Ray/Miley? Tritt performs at the Music Center on Nov. 1. Tickets are $30-$70.
Watch: "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough"
Laura Burhenn: The indie pop singer left D.C. for a big label, Saddle Creek, a few years back. But she's leaving her band, Mynabirds, at home this fall to make her return to Strathmore, where she was once an artist in residence. She'll play the Mansion at Strathmore on Oct. 2. Tickets are $17.
Watch Mynabyrds' "Body of Work":
Michael Bolton: Do you we need to tell you more? The "When a Man Loves a Woman" singer performs at the Music Center on March 2, 2014. Tickets are $39-$81.
Watch: "Jack Sparrow"
Sutton Foster: The one-time belle of Broadway reemerged as a TV actress on the show "Bunheads," but perhaps it's telling that this original singing/dancing/acting triple-threat is booking stage dates this fall. (The show, which wrapped its first season this winter, has yet to be renewed.) Musical fans should make a date to see her at Strathmore's Music Center on Oct. 12. Tickets are $26-$78.