Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Concert Venue AMP Opens This Weekend with Jay Farrar, Toshi Reagon

From our friends at AMP by Strathmore...

AMP Opens This Weekend

Strathmore redefines nightlife on Rockville Pike with opening of new concert venue at Pike & Rose in partnership with Federal Realty Investment Trust, Neighborhood Restaurant Group

Strathmore’s new off-campus concert venue AMP opens this weekend with back-to-back performances by alt-country icon Jay Farrar on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, and a triple bill featuring Toshi Reagon of Big Lovely with jazz drummer Allison Miller and electronic musician Be Steadwell on Sunday, March 8. AMP opens as Strathmore celebrates the 10th anniversary season of its hallmark Music Center, further broadening the organization’s footprint in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region. AMP was created in partnership with real estate developer Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT), with food provided by the tastemakers at 550 Events & Provisions, a division of Neighborhood Restaurant Group. There are currently 44 concerts on sale to the public at AMP through August 2015. For a complete calendar of performances, tickets, and additional information, visit

AMP is great music and great food at Pike & Rose, an urban-minded, Metro-accessible neighborhood at the intersection of Rockville Pike and Montrose Road. AMP puts a premium on authentic live music experiences, bringing new energy beyond the Beltway. Located in the thriving and rapidly changing Pike District in Montgomery County, AMP is the central arts amenity and nexus of live entertainment in the growing Pike & Rose neighborhood. Together with iPic Theaters, Pinstripes bocce and bowling concept, and a roster of restaurants, AMP will foster a vibrant nighttime economy in Montgomery County.

AMP is the culmination of more than three years of planning and construction, and a $250 million investment to make Federal Realty’s new 24-acre mixed-use community Pike & Rose the center of nightlife on Rockville Pike. The 4,000-square-foot venue will increase Strathmore’s programming, with 144 concerts per year for 48 weeks. The music room is anchored by a 12’x24’ stage, with an 8’x14’ LED wall that artists will use to enhance their performances with high-impact visuals. The space will accommodate multiple styles of seating for audiences, however most shows at AMP will be all-seated in a cabaret style, for patrons to dine during concerts. AMP can accommodate 240 patrons in an all-seated concert. AMP is also available for corporate events, weddings, and private parties, with catering by 550 Events & Provisions.

Headed by seasoned chef and cookbook author Jenn Crovato, 550 Events & Provisions offers concert-goers custom, seasonal menus of small plates for both the performances and private events. Acclaimed beverage professionals Brent Kroll, Greg Engert, and Jeff Faile are curating an impressive beverage program that includes 20 wines by the glass, 12 beers on draft, and a selection of creative craft cocktails. Neighborhood Restaurant Group will also open a restaurant and beer garden, its first Maryland location, in Pike & Rose later this year.

AMP’s first live concerts hint at the sonic variety the venue will bring to Rockville Pike. A mix of polished national touring artists and local favorites will keep AMP pulsating with roiling roots rock, the spontaneity of jazz and blues, the intimate atmosphere and informal banter of cabaret, soulful singer-songwriters, the easy swing of folk, experimental world music, edgy comedy, and an amalgam of other genres and music fusion concepts. The complete list of shows booked in AMP’s first two months is below.

Upcoming Concerts at AMP
Jay Farrar
with special guest Anders Parker

Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $30-$45

Toshi Reagon & Allison Miller
with special guest Be Steadwell         

Sunday, March 8, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $35
Lower Dens
with The Walking Sticks

Thursday, March 12, 2015
8:15 p.m.
Tickets $12

Loston Harris Trio
Tribute to Ole Blue Eyes

Friday, March 13, 2105
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $35
Over the Rainbow:
The Songs of Harold Arlen

Saturday, March 14, 2105
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $30

Joe Robinson 
Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:30 p.m.    
Tickets $22
Frédéric Yonnet        
Friday, March 20, 2015
7:30 p.m.    
Tickets $35
The Not-Its!   
Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:00 a.m.    
Tickets $10
Vinicius Cantuária Sings Jobim        
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $30
Thursday, March 26, 2015
7:30 p.m.    
Tickets $20-$27

The 9 Songwriter Series        
Friday, March 27, 2015
7:30 p.m.    
Tickets $20
Yellow Dubmarine
Saturday, March 28, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Tickets $20-$27

Black Masala
Thursday, April 2, 2015
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $20
Bob McDonald Cabaret
Saturday, April 4, 2015
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $25-$33

The Music of Lady Day:
A Tribute to Billie Holiday

Thursday, April 9, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $12-$20

Donal Fox
Friday, April 10, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $30

The Crawdaddies and Tom Principato Band           
Saturday, April 11, 2015
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $20-$28

Lera Lynn      
Thursday, April 16, 2015
7:30 p.m.    
Tickets $18
Soheil Nasseri
Friday, April 17, 2015
8:00 p.m.
Tickets $25

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet          
Saturday, April 18, 2015
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $25-$30

Claire Lynch Band    
Thursday, April 23, 2015
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $30
The Roaring ‘20s Speakeasy: Michael Mwenso and the Shakes      
Friday, April 24, 2015
8:00 p.m.    
Tickets $10-$14

The Barefoot Movement       
Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:30 p.m.    
Tickets $22
About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The hallmark of the arts center is the Music Center at Strathmore, a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. The Music Center at Strathmore, located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, MD is immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on Metro’s Red Line and one half-mile from the Capital Beltway. For those attending a ticketed performance at the Music Center at Strathmore, parking in the Metro garage is complimentary. All Music in the Mansion concerts are held in the Dorothy M. and Maurice C. Shapiro Music Room in the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD. Parking is available on-site for all Mansion performances. For more information, call (310) 581-5100 or visit

About 550 Events & Provisions:
550 Events & Provisions is a full-service and drop-off delivery caterer developed and operated by Neighborhood Restaurant Group in Washington, DC. Led by Chef and Partner Jenn Crovato, 550 Events & Provisions draws on the depth of talent provided by the group’s multitude of award-winning chefs, beverage professionals, and concepts. With a strong commitment to local farms such as Arcadia, Path Valley Farms, and Tuscarora Organic Growers Co-Op, 550 Events & Provisions is able to create one of a kind culinary experience that are both highly stylized and perfectly personalized to fit any occasion. For more information visit

About Pike & Rose:
Pike & Rose is located at the key intersection of Rockville Pike and Montrose Parkway in the heart of Montgomery County, MD. Pike & Rose will be a pedestrian-oriented, urban-minded, mixed-use neighborhood central to the area’s revitalization efforts, and will comprise 1.5 million square feet of commercial space, 1,605 residential units and a 177-room boutique hotel at full build out. It will incorporate the best of what Federal Realty has created at its other mixed-use properties across the country, featuring thoughtfully curated ground-floor retail with apartments, condos, offices, and hotel space above, and all located amidst a carefully orchestrated environment of open plaza parks, creative common areas, events, street festivals, a farmers market, music and more.

About Federal Realty:
Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply.  Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities.  Federal Realty’s 89 properties include over 2,600 tenants, in approximately 20.2 million square feet of retail space, and 1,500 residential units.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased  its dividend rate for 47 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit