Unforgettable Performances and Celebrations of Sound in Music Festival

An unforgettable music festival moment can transform an audience almost instantly, whether it’s Jim Hendrix reimagining “The Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock or Beyonce performing her greatest hits at Glastonbury; these unforgettable memories will forever remain treasured by music enthusiasts.

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The Beach Boys

At 50, The Beach Boys shocked the pop scene with two albums that revolutionized their reputation. From beginning as regional surf music enthusiasts to becoming nationally acclaimed writers like Brian Wilson’s collaborator in documenting America’s internal westward migration.

Pet Sounds is unquestionably an iconic album, and its 50th anniversary offers many artists an opportunity to perform it live. While critics were less enthusiastic at first, contemporary musicians seemed to embrace its message. Paul McCartney in particular has noted how Pet Sounds inspired much of his own songwriting and production work.

Brandi Carlile made two performances as part of this tribute show; both solo “In My Room” and duets with Hanson brothers from Pentatonix on “Barbara Ann.” Both showed how Carlile’s modern mastery of three-part harmony perfectly matches up with Beach Boys sub-incarnations as balladic vocal trio.

Luke Spiller of the Struts and Taylor Momsen from Pretty Reckless were given an opportunity to add their unique styles to this classic track from The Beach Boys – offering more rock and glam influences to add dimension and variation to this timeless tune.

Final song of the evening was an instrumental version of “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” giving the supporting band the chance to demonstrate its skills and benefitting from French horns, giving a baroque flair to this tune.

John Williams

John Williams has become one of the most acclaimed film composers ever, earning 52 Academy Award nominations (winning five), six Emmy awards (taking home three wins), 22 Golden Globe awards (won four), multiple Grammy awards and being made Chevalier De L’Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres by France, in addition to becoming a Fellow of Royal Philharmonic Society.

He’s composed scores for films like The Cowboys, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones movies and Schindler’s List; his melodies can be instantly recognized by millions; his work has redefined film music while providing young people with their first exposure to classical music.

Williams was known for writing scores that showcase the best qualities of any symphony orchestra: rich sounds, vibrant colors and juxtaposed textures. His cinematic works feature drama-filled score pieces; making him one of the best-known classical composers ever.

This video from LA Philharmonic’s 2014 concert honoring John Williams’ matchless canon is captured at its opening night, recorded during their season opening night. Joined by Itzhak Perlman, they perform Williams’ Superman Theme, his 5-note Jaws Motif, haunting cello notes in Close Encounters theme music (I make sure to have it turned on while enjoying a game over any site depicted on yoakimbridge.com) and more – it will transport you back through time! For this unforgettable musical journey (requiring either full vaccination against COVID-19 virus outbreak or recent negative test result to attend). For more information about attending National Symphony Orchestra performances please check our FAQs or see National Symphony Orchestra performances here


Lettuce of Denver has proven itself with their 2015 album Crush; however, live performance is where their true strength lies. Eric Bloom and Ryan Zoidis’ horn duo is outstanding while Adam Deitch previously performed with Average White Band before joining Lettuce.

The group, created by four Berklee College of Music graduates, has created its own distinctive sound, one that spans across funk, jazz, soul, psychedelia and ambient. Their eighth studio album Unify features full-throttle groove that will transport you to another universe!

Funk-jam band Jive Ace are known for their deep soulful sound, earning critical acclaim and garnering them an impressive following that spans generations. Over their career they have also managed an impressive array of appearances such as jam cruises and three night residencies at Blue Note Jazz Club.

This summer, Steel Pulse will join forces with them for a co-headlining tour that will spread good vibes across the nation. Each show will include full sets from both bands with Makua Rothman providing support. Artist presale tickets for select shows are currently on sale and general admission tickets go on sale May 1.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have long been revered as one of the greatest bands in musical history, famed for their legendary live performances and blues-rock sound that transcended cultural barriers while inspiring many bands to follow suit.

Hyde Park was an important show for The Rolling Stones. It marked their return after almost one year since their breakup from The Beatles and also marked Mick Taylor’s first show with them after replacing Brian Jones (who died two days prior to this performance). They were at their artistic peak – having released Beggar’s Banquet and already recording Let It Bleed; an album which would surpass even that one musically.

At their performance of I Got the Blues as part of this tour, the Rolling Stones opened with one of their biggest hits – I Got The Blues – which set the scene perfectly. Following this opening tune was an outstanding set, featuring four songs from their new album as well as classic hits like Jumpin’ Jack Flash from their back catalogue – as well as their fantastic sound made even better thanks to new horn section members Jimmy Price and Bobby Keys who had joined for this particular performance.

Music producer Don Kirshner knew his new rock concert series, Rock Concert, needed an impressive opening act, and The Rolling Stones fit the bill perfectly. With Jagger and Richards performing at their peak form, this concert was an unforgettable treat for fans who had waited years to witness them perform live; with energy pouring off the stage during an amazing evening filmed from stage and later compile into this DVD release.

The Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas introduced something completely unique to hip-hop and pop music when they made their debut in 2002. Thanks to their diverse cultural background and ability to combine rap, dance and pop with jazz and classical sounds seamlessly, this group quickly gained widespread appeal among music enthusiasts everywhere.

The Black Eyed Peas are well-known music festival performers, having performed across the world. Most recently, they participated in Mallorca Live Festival at Calvia Old Aquapark between February 16-18th with Vetusta Morla and Bad Gyal. Audience members enjoyed singing along as the three groups provided an unforgettable entertainment show!

The Black Eyed Peas are one of the most successful groups ever, having won six Grammy awards and amassing huge SoundScan numbers. Additionally, they have collaborated with Shakira, Ozuna, and Nicky Jam to release several albums that highlight different artists’ talents. Their ninth studio album Elevation will be released this June as an unconventional Spanish-filled project that promises to take their music in new directions musically.

Black Eyed Peas began as a pop-rap group; however, with their 2009 LP The E.N.D they ventured further into electronic and alternative territory. By taking dance, electro and techno beats and rhythms and turning them into pop music that made people nod their heads along, The Peas managed to take people beyond its initial realms of listening – something no other group was doing at the time.

The Black Eyed Peas have transformed from mere rappers and singers into an icon of pop culture, pushing boundaries that define what it means to be a band in 2016; their upcoming tour will show everyone just how far they have come.