Legends Play Cole Field House

Fieldhouse Rock

Elvis Presley at Cole Field HouseElvis Presley played to an almost sold out show at the Cole Field House on September 28, 1974. He played to an audience consisting of students and residents. Elvis was 38 years old at the time of the concert and in a Washington Post article, some concert attendees who were students referred to him as “old” and compared him to Frank Sinatra. In order to appease all his fans, the article also reported that Elvis requested tickets not exceed $10.

The Queen of Soul

Aretha Franklin at Cole Field HouseOn August 11, 1973, Aretha Franklin played the Cole Field House. A review of her performance in the Washington Star-News noted, “Cole Field House is built for sprinters rather than singers. But Miss Franklin soared over the building’s acoustical barriers . . . ”

Motown Legend

Stevie Wonder concert poster“Stevie Wonder and 18,000 Friends” was the headline for a concert review in the Diamondback on March 30, 1973. Just three days before, Stevie Wonder, The Persuasions, and Earth, Wind and Fire wowed the audience at the Cole Field House with a six-hour show. The finale of the concert was Stevie Wonder’s most popular new single at the time entitled, “Superstition.”

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  • Trescott, J. (1973, August 13). Lady Soul is gospel plus. The Washington Star-News, p.D1.