Tysons’ new venue to host Grammy-winning country actor for two nights
Capital One Hall, a brand new, state-of-the-art 1,600-seat performance venue in Tysons, will host its grand opening this weekend with a Grammy, ACM, CMA and AMA award-winning band Little Big Town in concert on October 2-3.
For over 20 years, Little Big Town has been a staple of the country charts, best known for hits such as “Pontoon”, “Little White Church” and “Better Man”.
Comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, the quartet has been together since 1998, and continues to get along and create great music.
“When Karen and I started this band, I remember talking about how we would probably spend more time with these two guys than we would probably spend with our family sometimes,” Schlapman said. “We wanted to make sure we really gelled and that was something we put a lot of time and heart into to find the right mix.”
This has contributed to the longevity of the group, and its fan base continues to grow year on year.
“The four of us are very different, but we’re each comfortable in our own skin in the squad,” Schlapman said. “We all have our own role in the group and we’re comfortable with who we are. We’ve been through so much together too – the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and we’ve always been there for each other, and that made us a family.
The Capital One Hall concert is a stop on a Little Big Town tour that began in early 2020, performing in historic theaters across the United States, with opening night at Carnegie Hall.
“We played about five weekends at these big places, but then the bottom fell,” Schlapman said. “We’ve been touring together for over 20 years and this was my favorite tour we’ve ever done. But then it stopped because of COVID. “
It was 437 days later that Little Big Town was able to replay live together in front of an audience, picking up where they left off.
“There are a lot of visual elements in the show, not music videos, but some super interesting artistic imagery,” Schlapman said. “And we have our band playing with us and they’re awesome.”
She’s thrilled to be a part of the first group to perform at Capital One Hall and promises something as special as the opening itself.
“We have a surprise to open the show,” Schlapman said. “We’ll play a lot of the music from ‘Nightfall’, which is our last album, and then play our hit songs and the ones everyone wants to sing. It’s a very family-friendly show that is fun and uplifting. We’re just taking the fans on a journey.
Performing in small theaters gives the band the opportunity to provide an intimate musical experience, allowing everyone to hear the fans sing and see them sing, making it a happy atmosphere for everyone involved.
During the pandemic, the quartet spent five months apart, the longest time they had not seen each other since 1998. However, Little Big Town was able to come together for some fun Zoom performances, including one on the theme of Disney where they all sang Disney classics with their kids.
“We also did a few Zoom performances where we were all tested and masked, and got to play in the same place,” Schlapman said. “Of course, we stayed in touch and talked the whole time, but it was strange not being together.”
Having been away from his musical family, Schlapman noted that neither of them would ever consider breaking up or walking away, as there is just too much love involved. And that means a lot more music will be playing.
“I believe we will always be together,” she said. “We like each other, we like to be on the road together and hang out, and of course play music together. Performing live breathes life into our souls and we are so happy to be back.
Little Big Town has managed to complete a new record over the past year, and it will be released in the next few months.
“We have assembled a body of music that we are incredibly proud of,” Schlapman said. “We can’t wait to let the fans know. ”