Sunday, May 22, 2016

Strathmore's Free Summer Outdoor Concerts Liven Up Hump Days Starting in July

Tuelo visits Strathmore, July 6th

From our friends at Strathmore...

Strathmore's Free Summer Outdoor Concerts

Summer staple gets DC area through Hump Day with bluegrass, jazz, mariachi, and more

Strathmore’s Free Summer Outdoor Concerts liven up Wednesdays this summer with a slate of toe-tappin’ bands whose influences span the globe, bringing a mix of Old Time bluegrass, jazz, mariachi, Afro-Brazilian, and more to Strathmore’s rolling lawn in North Bethesda beginning Wednesday, July 6, 2016 with rock ’n’ roll, African fusion band Tuelo. Helmed by Strathmore Artist in Residence alum Brad Kolodner, Charm City Junction presents bluegrass beats with an Old-time feel. The Wild Reeds will leave listeners mesmerized by their beautiful harmonies and folk tunes accented with driving rock rhythms, followed by Aztec Sun, with a get-up-and-dance mix of funk, soul, and old school R&B. Singer-songwriter Cissa Paz harnesses the jubilant spirit of Afro-Brazilian music with a hip-hop bent, while all-female band Mariachi Flor de Toloache pays homage to traditional Mexican music with spunk. Strathmore has been a longtime champion of the small but mighty ukulele, and its hallmark Uke Fest concert brings the country’s sharpest players together for a feel-good salute to summer. Big, joyful jazz band Sammy Miller & The Congregation wraps up Strathmore’s Free Summer Outdoor Concerts with a bang... and a clang, crash, and boom.

Performances are at Strathmore’s Gudelsky Gazebo. Picnic blankets, low beach chairs, and small coolers are welcome. Food provided by Ridgewells Catering will be available for purchase. In case of inclement weather, concerts will move indoors to the Music Center.

Parking is available in the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro garage for $5.10 payable with credit card or SmarTrip card. Free parking is provided in the Mansion lot on a space-available basis until 7 p.m. for vehicles with disability tags; enter at 10701 Rockville Pike.

More information is available by calling (301) 581-5100 or at

Events in the Free Summer Outdoor Concerts series are:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 
7 PM

Tuelo is a New York City band with a love for music that rocks the soul. Formed by singer/songwriter Tuelo Minah, the band continually plays to packed houses at some of New York’s most famed institutions, including The Apollo Music Cafe and Lincoln Center. Tuelo’s unique take on rock ’n’ roll combines driving beats and catchy hooks with African Tswana-Bushmen rhythms (Botswana) to tell dreamlike tales of struggle and triumph. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 
7 PM 

World-renowned hammered dulcimer player Ken Kolodner is joined by his son, acclaimed old-time clawhammer banjo picker and Strathmore Artist in Residence alum Brad Kolodner, and acoustic roots quartet Charm City Junction. These gifted musicians offer an adventurous new take on roots music, blending fast-picking bluegrass, foot stomping Irish rhythms, and Celtic melodies, honoring tradition while pushing it boundlessly in new directions. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 
7 PM 

This Los Angeles trio is all about harmony. The vocals of Kinsey Lee, Mackenzie Howe, and Sharon Silva blend effortlessly together, creating sweeping, ethereal folk that tugs at the heartstrings. The full band is a force to be seen live, with rock rhythms punching up the melodies and a touch of country twang. They bring their summer release, Best Wishes, to Strathmore. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 
7 PM 

With a fiery hot beat that echoes neo-soul and just enough grit to keep audiences hip thrustin’ and toe tappin’, DC’s Aztec Sun electrifies the stage. The band’s music is as eclectic as its 8-piece lineup, drawing from a rainbow of influences that include old school R&B, funk, and pop. 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 

Captivating Brazilian singer-songwriter Cissa Paz dazzles with smoldering tunes that meld the rich traditions of Afro-Brazilian music with Luso-African (Portuguese-African) concepts. Since moving to the U.S. from Rio de Janeiro, she has integrated R&B, soul, and hip-hop into her sound. Paz pumps up her audiences with her urban samba, and shares stories about the eclectic genres she explores. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 
7 PM 

Latin Grammy nominee Mariachi Flor de Toloache is the first and only established all-female mariachi band founded in New York. With raw emotion, superb musicianship, and spunky swagger, Flor de Toloache puts an unabashed and powerful spin on traditional Mexican music. It’s no wonder The Wall Street Journal called them a “mariachi band with cosmopolitan edge.” 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 
7 PM

The most charming and cheery little stringed instrument gets the spotlight at Strathmore’s annual UkeFest, a summertime strum featuring Denmark’s Tobias Elof, Hawaii’s Jeff Peterson, beloved duo Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and a grand finale by the Strathmore Ukulele Orchestra - demonstrating just how vast the influence of the ukulele truly is.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 
7 PM

Sammy Miller and The Congregation are on a mission to “put the generosity back into jazz” with exuberant music that entertains, enriches, and uplifts. A native of Los Angeles, bandleader, singer, and drummer Miller is known for his dedication to making music that “feels good.” Together with The Congregation, Miller strives to create globally conscious music and to share the power of community through his work.

Mansion at Strathmore (Gudelsky Outdoor Concert Gazebo) 
10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD 20852

Additional information is available at or (301) 581-5100.

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 organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 250-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts, the Artist in Residence and Strathmore Summer Intensive programs, and its Spring Break @ Strathmore camp.