Sunday, March 20, 2016

Molly Ringwald, Felice Brothers, Tributes to Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles at AMP in April

Molly Ringwald visits AMP by Strathmore April 8th

From our friends at AMP by Strathmore...

April Concerts at AMP

Indie folk-festival favorites the Felice Brothers; perennial pop culture favorite Molly Ringwald; Afro-Cuban jazz alchemist Omar Sosa; tributes to Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles

April at AMP is about old favorites, with tributes to Simon & Garfunkel’s famed reunion in Central Park performed by Lee Lessack and Liza Minnelli pianist Johnny Rodgers; a Beatles tribute by homegrown Liverpool boys The Mersey Beatles and John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird signing copies of her memoir; and ‘80s pop culture favorite Molly Ringwald singing jazz standards. The month also includes folk family band The Felice Brothers as well as Afro-Cuban jazz from Omar Sosa, feel-good urban jam band Secret Society, and a tribute to local guitarist Danny Gatton, who delight audiences with a Delta fusion of rock, jazz, blues, country, and soul.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Upcoming concerts at AMP in April 2016 include:

Friday, April 1, 2016
8 PM

Tickets $30-40

Festival favorites The Felice Brothers blend folk, Americana, and revivalist roots rock into a uniquely earthy sound.  Although brother Simone has parted ways to pursue his solo career, the band continues with Ian and James Felice joined by Greg Farley on fiddle, Josh Rawson on bass, and David Estabrook on drums. This is the lineup behind 2014’s Favorite Waitress, an eclectic album with elements of zydeco, piano balladry, and a heavy nod to The Band. Aubrie Sellers opens the concert.

Friday, April 8, 2016
8 PM

Tickets $35-45

From Brat Pack teen idol to jazz crooner, Molly Ringwald proves she can do it all. Iconic films as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink have made her an enduring figure in American pop culture. Since 2013, this triple-threat actress, author, and musician has been on the road with her quartet supporting her debut album, Except Sometimes. Expect a sultry set of jazz standards plus a nod to her acting days with a jazz rendition of The Breakfast Club classic, “Don’t You (Forget About Me.)”

Saturday, April 9, 2016
8 PM

Tickets $35

The Washington Post called Danny Gatton “the greatest guitar player you’ve never heard.” Gatton was the preeminent artist of a uniquely Washington, D.C. sound - a virtuosic blend of rock, jazz, blues, rockabilly, country, and soul. Gatton said it came from the Anacostia Delta. Celebrate the musical gumbo of Gatton and other D.C. greats such as Roy Buchanan and Link Wray, in a unique multimedia event of live music and film. The evening features clips from the Anacostia Delta documentary and reunites members of Gatton’s bands Redneck Jazz Explosion, Blazing Telecasters (featuring Tom Principato), The Offbeats, and Steve Erwin, one of Gatton’s favorite singer songwriters.

Saturday, April 16, 2016    
8 PM

Tickets $30-40

Since he emigrated from Cuba in 1993, Omar Sosa has forged a distinctive musical path, fusing an array of jazz, world music, hip-hop, and electronic elements with his Afro-Cuban roots.  Omar’s newest recording, Ilé, marks a homecoming for the seven time Grammy-nominated pianist and composer to the Latin Jazz influences of his formative years in late ’80s and early ’90s Havana, which will be the crux of his show at AMP. Ilé means homeland in the Lucumí tradition of Cuba, derived from the Yoruba language of West Africa, and it is to the Latin Jazz roots of his native Cuba that Omar returns for inspiration on this new studio recording.

Joining him are fellow Camagüeyanos Ernesto Simpson and Leandro Saint-Hill, and Mozambican bassist Childo Tomas - collectively known as Quarteto AfroCubano.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
8 PM

Tickets $35-45

In 1981, more than 500,000 music fans gathered in Central Park to witness the now legendary reunion of folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Award-winning recording artist Lee Lessack and singer-pianist (and occasional Liza Minnelli accompanist) Johnny Rodgers recreate that magical night. With dulcet vocals harmonizing over lilting guitar, fans will hear all the beloved poetic masterpieces that made Simon & Garfunkel famous: “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Waters,” “The Sound of Silence,” and more. The evening features Lee Lessack (vocals), Johnny Rodgers (vocals and piano), and Joe Ravo (guitar.)

Friday, April 29, 2016
8 PM

Tickets $25-35

It’s no secret - Secret Society’s appeal lies in prioritizing impeccable live musicianship and pulsing energy over auto-tune and gimmicks. The seven-piece band is led by virtuoso saxophonist Bryan Mills. Cutting his teeth by playing with other notable local musicians including The Marcus Johnson Project, Thievery Corporation, and the legendary Chuck Brown, Mills and Secret Society create a feel-good mix of R&B, hip-hop, and neo-soul as they riff on songs by Stevie Wonder, Biggie Smalls, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, and more, that’ll have fans on their feet.

Saturday, April 30, 2016
8 PM (Meet & greet from 6-7 PM)

Tickets $30-65

This is no ordinary tribute band - these four lads are all natives of The Beatles’ famous hometown, Liverpool, England. They’ll be joined by another famous Scouser: John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird. Baird, an author, philanthropist, teacher, and director of the Cavern Club, will be signing copies of her book Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon. The Mersey Beatles are childhood friends who have performed the music of The Beatles in 20 countries around the world, and this tour marks their U.S. debut. Expect authentic costumes, authentic instruments, and authentic accents!

About AMP, powered by Strathmore:
AMP is great music and food at Pike & Rose, an urban-minded, Metro-accessible neighborhood along Rockville Pike that puts a premium on authentic live music experiences, bringing new energy beyond the Beltway. The live music and dining concept is a collaborative venture of Strathmore, Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT), Neighborhood Restaurant Group and Rogue Fine Catering. Located in the thriving and rapidly changing North Bethesda District in Montgomery County, AMP is the nexus of live entertainment in the growing Pike & Rose neighborhood, and together with iPic Theaters and a roster of restaurants will foster a vibrant nighttime economy in Montgomery County.

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100.