- Kristin Chenoweth (Photo courtesy Chris Ptacek via Flickr)
There are plenty of actors who've had musical careers (Billy Bob Thornton, Drake, Tom Waits, Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, and so on), but Washington this weekend seems overrun with musicians who have spent some time on the small screen. Here are some shows you won't have to consult your TV guide for:
Legends of Hip-Hop: Digital Underground, DJ Kool, Rob Base, young MC, Flavor Flav
Friday, June 8 at Celebrate Fairfax, $9 and up
It saddens me to think that kids today probably know Flavor Flav from his copious reality TV shows rather than Public Enemy. Still, at Public Enemy's appearance at the ATP festival in New Jersey last September, Flavor Flav thanked the crowd for enabling his reality TV career, so maybe it's not a complete joke to him. Flav started his reality career on The Surreal Life, then Strange Love, then Flavor of Love, and after all that, he apparently has found love-- with a woman he didn't meet on a TV show.
Pop singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw's career got a huge boost when his song "I Don't Wanna Be" was used as the theme song for the TV show One Tree Hill, and for the show's 8th season, the theme song was covered by a different artist each week, including Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy, Aimee Mann, Lucero, Against Me, and Tegan and Sara. DeGraw wasn't just on the show behind the scenes, though; he appeared on the show several times as a musical guest, including the series finale this April. Notably, he also flirted with Jennie Garth on an episode of What I Like About You.
Saturday, June 9 at Celebrate Fairfax, $9 and up
No one ever thinks about television when they think about Pat Benatar, but she's dropped in on a ton of TV shows: Family Law, The Young and the Restless, Charmed, That 80s Show, and The Roseanne Show, among others. Oddly, she also performed the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" at an impromptu wedding at an airport in an episode of Dharma & Greg-- what? An impromptu wedding on a TV show? That's a first....
Sunday, June 10 at DAR Constitution Hall, $45-$125
Kristin Chenoweth is most known for her role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, but she also starred in a short-lived NBC sitcom called Kristin in 2001 about a woman who works as a secretary while she looked for work in show business. She's also had recurring roles in The West Wing and Pushing Daisies, made a few guest appearances on Glee, and currently plays the character Carlene Cockburn on the new ABC series GCB.
These and other show listings can be found on ShowListDC.