If you cross the beltway for anything, make it for San Fermin at the Barns at Wolf Trap this Friday. Sure, it’s at the end of the orange line in Vienna, Virginia and maybe you have to take a second form of transportation to get from the metro to the theater, but this band is worth it. The brainchild of Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin is a 22-piece ensemble made up of classically trained musicians playing a mix of chamber pop and classical music. While their touring band is made up of a smaller core of musicians, there is no shortage of instruments nor bold instrumentalists on stage.
There’s something for everyone in San Fermin: jazz, pop, classical, electronic. Their eponymous 2013 debut set grandiose pop ballads next to melancholic interludes, yet their upcoming debut promises a change in tone. Jackrabbit, set to be released in April 2015 via Downtown Records, is slated to be a darker and tighter record as the band solidifies and refines its style. Check out two singles off the upcoming record below. History would suggest that San Fermin will be playing other, unreleased tracks at Friday’s show, if you needed more reason to go.