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JUL 28 | Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine

JUL 28 | 7:30 PM

Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler, and songwriter Andrew Bird is joined by Iron & Wine for a night of eclectic and imaginative indie-rock during their Outside Problems Tour. Singer/songwriter and DC native Meshell Ndegeocello makes her Wolf Trap debut to open the show.


ABOUT ANDREW BIRD

Andrew Bird is an internationally acclaimed, Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, whistler, and songwriter, who picked up his first violin at the age of four and spent his formative years soaking up classical repertoire completely by ear. Since beginning his recording career in 1997, Bird has released 17 albums and performed extensively across the globe. He has recorded with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, appeared as “Dr. Stringz” on Jack’s Big Music Show, and headlined concerts at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and festivals worldwide.

Bird performed ”The Whistling Caruso” in Disney’s The Muppets movie, scored the FX series Baskets, and collaborated with inventor Ian Schneller on Sonic Arboretum, an installation that exhibited at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, Boston’s ICA, and the MCA Chicago. Bird has been a featured TED Talks presenter, a guest at The New Yorker Festival, and an op-ed contributor for The New York Times.

More recently, Bird released a series of site-specific improvisational short films and recordings called Echolocations, recorded in remote and acoustically interesting spaces: a Utah canyon, an abandoned seaside bunker, the middle of the Los Angeles River, and a reverberant stone-covered aqueduct in Lisbon. Additionally, Bird hosts an ongoing series of live-streamed performances called Live from the Great Room, putting the creative process on display for fans as he collaborates and converses with friends in a candid, intimate setting.

Shortly after his album My Finest Work Yet (2019) received a 2020 Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, Bird made his professional acting debut in the cast of Fargo’s fourth season and released These 13 (2021)—an album entirely co-written and recorded with his longtime friend and former Squirrel Nut Zippers collaborator, Jimbo Mathus. In 2022, Bird released his latest project Inside Problems. The album is a collection of 11 original songs that “transport listeners to a lush musical world” (NPR Music), in an exploration of the complex thoughts, questions, and middle-of-the-night obsessions swirling around in each of us.

Biography provided by artist management.

ABOUT IRON & WINE

Iron & Wine is the musical project of singer/songwriter Sam Beam. Born and raised in South Carolina, Beam was teaching film when his home-recorded debut The Creek Drank the Cradle was released on Sub Pop records in 2002. Garnering both critical and popular acclaim, Beam was vaulted into the spotlight of the burgeoning indie-folk and Americana scenes.

Now entering their 20th year, Iron & Wine have released seven full-length albums, numerous EPs/singles, and collaborations with Calexico, Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), and Jesca Hoop, all on their way to becoming four-time Grammy nominees.

Iron & Wine’s music has captured the emotion and imagination of listeners with their distinctly cinematic songs; in particular they’ve become synonymous with the movies Twilight and Garden State, and their music continues to find homes in films, TV shows, and streaming playlists. As the world continues to spin, Iron & Wine continue on their path of releasing new music and touring.

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ABOUT MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO

Meshell Ndegeocello has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musical trends for musical truths. Fans have come to expect the unexpected and follow her on sojourns into soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and rock, all bound by the search for love, justice, respect, and resolution. Those sonic investigations have defied and redefined the expectations for women, for queer artists, and for black music for over 30 years, and she remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.

A bass player above all else, Ndegeocello brings her warm and melodic groove to everything she does. She has earned a Grammy award along with numerous nominations and has played alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits Sting, Jaco Pastorius, Family Man Barrett, and Stevie Wonder.

Ndegeocello is always grateful for the opportunity to share the stage and believes music is a fellowship. She looks to spread that gospel with every creation and collaboration.

Biography provided by artist management.


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SPECIAL THANKS TO
Dan and Gayle D’Aniello,
Wolf Trap 2022 Season Underwriters