Editors' pick

Wolf Trap - Filene Center

Wolf Trap - Filene Center photo
Robert Llewellyn - PR Newswire
America's National Park for the Performing Arts offers summer evening performances at the Filene Center and winter concerts in The Barns.

Rodrigo y Gabriela

At the Filene Center.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

At the Filene Center.

Yo-Yo Ma and the National Symphony Orchestra

Led by conductor Thomas Wilkins, Grammy-Award winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma performs with the NSO. At the Filene Center.

Dark Star Orchestra

At the Filene Center.

Pat Metheny Unity Group, Bruce Hornsby

Sure, he's won 20 Grammys, but guitarist Pat Metheny has seldom received the kind of acclaim accorded his Unity ensembles. The group's new album, "Zin," boasts a more expansive scope and vibrantly textured Unity sound. In fact, Metheny has described the transition from quartet to quintet as sonically moving from black-and-white to Technicolor. Fair enough, but whatever the band's configuration, Unity excels at creating music that possesses exceptional energy, beauty and soul. By the way, don't be surprised if at Wolf Trap, Metheny goes out of his way to showcase his wonderfully gifted Washington-bred bassist Ben Williams. At the Filene Center.

Gavin DeGraw, Matt Nathanson

At the Filene Center.

Noche Flamenca

Live music with song and dance reveal the essence of flamenco. At the Filene Center.

Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter

It was 25 years ago at That Pizza Place in Carlsbad, Calif., that an 8-year-old Chris Thile, an 8-year-old Sara Watkins and a 12-year-old Sean Watkins first performed as the string-band trio Nickel Creek. It was seven years ago that they wound up their "Farewell (For Now) Tour." That parenthetical hedge proved prescient, for this year they reunited to record "A Dotted Line," their first studio album in nine years, and to tour. The record's eight original tunes and two borrowed compositions sound much more like the last few Nickel Creek albums than the trio's early bluegrass recordings or the music of their more recent bands: Thile's Punch Brothers or the Watkins siblings' Works Progress Administration. So it's safe to expect that their show at Wolf Trap will deliver that blend of British folk music and hipster chamber-pop, a mix redeemed by its chiming melodies and superlative picking. At the Filene Center.

Boney James, Eric Benet

At the Filene Center.


At the Filene Center.

ABBA -- the concert

At the Filene Center.

Sarah Brightman

At the Filene Center.
8/19 - 8/20

Josh Groban

At the Filene Center.

Robyn, Royksopp

Discovered at 13, Swedish dance-pop diva Robyn Carlsson was groomed for maximum appeal. But she soon took control of her career, and her music, and founded her own label. "Don't care what they say," she avows in "Do It Again," the title track from her new mini-album. Robyn originally worked with Max Martin, who crafted Britney Spears's first hits, but her current collaborator is Norway's Royksopp, the experimental electro duo joining her on this tour. With her reviews better than her sales, Robyn has usually toured as an opening act (notably for Katy Perry and Coldplay). Royksopp has helped give her an edgier sound, and may bring out bigger crowds as well. At the Filene Center.

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band

At the Filene Center.


At the Filene Center.

Pacific Northwest Ballet/Band of Horses/Oregon Ballet Theatre

Contemporary ballet, indie rock and film combine in a "Face of America" production. At the Filene Center.

The Band Perry

At the Filene Center.

Prince Royce

At the Filene Center.

George Benson, Andreas Varady

At the Filene Center.