Strathmore, Montgomery County, Maryland's world class concert hall, offers free outdoor concerts on Wednesday evenings throughout the summer at the Gudelsky Concert Pavilion Gazebo at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or low beach chairs.
2017 Strathmore Free Concert Schedule
KAREN JONAS - July 12, 2017. Virginia native Karen Jonas first struck out on the Americana scene with her 2014 release Oklahoma Lottery, combining fiddle, guitar, lapsteel, and organ with intensely personal songwriting to deliver country swagger and tenacious storytelling.
Her newest album, Country Songs, speaks volumes through its poetry and nuance, with bright fiddling, soulful vocal stylings, and two-steppin’ basslines. Pre-show music will be performed by Lauren Calve beginning at 6:30 p.m. Calve is an Americana singer-songwriter who knocks out audiences with her powerful vocals and impeccable guitar-playing grit.
LOOK HOMEWARD - July 19, 2017. Look Homeward’s style of song takes listeners on a journey through the American South via the sounds of their home state—North Carolina. This soulful band draws influences from the boisterous bayou to the Appalachians while entertaining with lively bluegrass, foot-stomping folk music, spirit-filling gospel, and a whole lot of Southern charm.
BIG RAY & THE KOOL KATS - July 26, 2017. Trumpeter Ray Caddell leads this band of seasoned musicians, ready to turn on a dime from big band to dance hits to pop and R&B favorites—plus Motown, Sinatra, and so much more.
Big Ray & The Kool Kats can turn a hot summer night into an unforgettable event with a 4-piece rhythm section, four sizzling horn players, and multiple high-power vocalists.
FÉMINA - August 2, 2017. It’s not every day that the Andes Mountains produce reggae, Latin, and hip-hop fusion, but world music trio Fémina have established a unique style by stitching together musical genres from around the world.
Their diverse songbook and eye-catchingly colorful theatrical performances underscore their electrifying on-stage chemistry, dream-like harmonization, and knack for international rhythms. Fémina’s enticing artistry and extraordinary flair leaves listeners captivated by their spirited sounds.
MATUTO - August 9, 2017. Colliding cultures and syncopating sounds are at the centerpiece of Matuto, a 4-piece group known for their infectious dance floor rhythms and cross cultural musicality. Combining accordion, guitars, bass, drums, and triangle, Matuto creates bubbling Brazilian backbeats, Appalachian melodies, and bluesy riffs. From their beginnings playing in the party atmospheres in Brazil to performing at music festivals across the globe, Matuto’s music is a movement that explores humanity and borders through the intermingling of their musical styling.
LINDSAY LOU & THE FLATBELLYS - August 16, 2017. Americana roots take center stage for Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, a string band with a home base in Nashville. Melding soul, folk, and bluegrass, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys serve heart and soul through warm harmonies and lead singer Lindsay Lou’s demandingly smoky vocals. The 4-piece string band has taken virtuosic musicianship and dynamic bluegrass from music festivals around the world to the intimate setting of the dining room, where their latest album, Ionia, was recorded.
UKE FEST - August 23, 2017. Strathmore’s Uke & Guitar Summit celebrates its 7th year with a grand finale featuring Benny Chong, Craig Chee, Sarah Maisel, Sam Marchuk, Maureen Andary, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and the Strathmore Uke Orchestra. Uke Fest is the all-star celebration of the little instrument that brings people together in harmony.
AKUA ALLRICH - August 30, 2017. Soul singer and D.C. native Akua Allrich is no stranger to thrilling the nation’s capital with her charisma, voice, and artistic expression. Blending jazz and African rhythms, Allrich has distinguished herself as one of the area’s most vibrant vocalists, often singing in Portuguese, French, English, Spanish, and more. Her latest release, Soul Singer, has Allrich approaching timeless jazz standards with blues and pan-African influences.
Dining at Strathmore
BBQ ribs, pulled pork, veggie burgers, hot dogs, side dishes, desserts, soda, water and beer and wine are available for purchase from the BBQ Shack (operated by Restaurant Associates) at the Free Summer Outdoor Concert Series starting at 5:30 p.m.
All patrons are encouraged to take Metro to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on the Red Line. For free outdoor concerts, all patrons must park at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage and along Tuckerman Lane. A SmarTrip card is required to exit the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage. Cards can be purchased within the Metro station. Accessible parking is available on-site on a space available basis.
Strathmore is a non-profit arts center in North Bethesda, Maryland that hosts concerts, art exhibitions, family festivals, summer camps, and education classes in dance, music, and arts.Read more about Strathmore Music Center