Strathmore announces new outdoor summer concert series


Opening May 30 with jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet, StrathmoreThe new 120-seat Patio Stage will be the perfect place to gather comfortably this summer to listen to live music. The covered outdoor space will be located on the Music Center’s Trawick Terrace. Tickets will be sold in pods, with tables seating one to four people to allow for physical distancing.

The Patio Stage programming will be varied and will include a myriad of genres Strathmore usually present. In addition to Marsalis, the Patio Stage offers a unique opportunity to see some of the brightest names in music in an exclusive setting. The exceptional trio that is The Lone Bellow will perform their earthy harmonies in three parts on June 17th. And Sean and Sara Watkins, the sublimely talented siblings who, along with Chris Thile, are better known as Nickel Creek, will bring their Watkins Family Hour show to the Patio Stage on August 7.

Followers of StrathmoreThe long-established Music in the Mansion series can revel in chamber music concerts by artists like acclaimed cellist Matt Haimovitz and the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet. The brilliant young musicians of StrathmoreThe Artist-in-Residence program will also be featured on the Patio Stage. fans of StrathmoreThe AMP club will notice a few familiar names on the schedule: Latin Grammy winner Nella will take the stage on June 30 and jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan will channel Jimi Hendrix on July 8.

This new outdoor site takes advantage of Strathmoreof the lush campus with views of the park-like setting, and the breath-taking facade of the Music Center serves as the backdrop for a cozy and breezy summer concert season. The space will have a roof over it to provide protection from the elements and the open sides allow cool air to circulate.

Tickets will go on sale in waves to ensure county capacity guidelines are met. Even at full capacity, the venue will feel incredibly intimate.

“Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra typically sell out two nights in the concert hall, or nearly 4,000 seats,” Strathmoreexplains the artistic director of Joi Brown. “On the Patio Stage, these world-class musicians will perform in front of just over 100 spectators at a time. It’s a very special experience.”

While Strathmore continued to support artists, showcase music, and entertain and inspire its fans during these long months of physical distancing, Brown and his colleagues are excited to return to the shared experience of enjoying live music. Artist and audience feed off each other’s energy, and the thrill of the moment is muted when filtered through our screens.

“For centuries, audiences have gathered in shared spaces to experience live music,” says Brown. “I take comfort in knowing that what was disrupted was not flimsy and young but well-established and rooted in our history and culture. This pause ultimately solidified our understanding of this essential space and shared experience.”

To ensure that all attendees are comfortable during their visit, the arts center continues to prioritize the health and well-being of patrons, artists, volunteers, staff and the community. To maintain seating distance and maintain an appropriately low capacity, two concerts will be offered for most performances, each lasting 60-70 minutes and with no intermission. Learn more about how Strathmore manages these events and how you can play your part in to see you again.

The Patio Scene will be in full swing until September! Discover the program on

Tickets for the shows on the patio stage are sold in modules to guarantee enough space for each guest. Each pod comes with four seats, centered around small bistro tables, with at least six feet of space between groups. Ticket buyers can choose to sit all four at each table seat or enjoy more space to sit less.

Opening night headliner Wynton Marsalis. Photo by Piper Ferguson.

Sun May 30: Opening night. Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet
Thu 3 June: A Night of Wonder Celebrate Stevie Wonder with Mark G. Meadows & The Movement
Thu 10 June: Matt Haimovitz, cello and Laura Colgate, violin
Wed 16 June: AIR: Lucas Ashby
Thu 17 June: The lonely bellows
Fri, June 18: Tribute to the album Joni Mitchel and Bob Dylan
Wed 23 June: AIR: Nataly Merezhuk
Thu 24 June: Parker Quartet
Wed 30 June: AIR: Christian Douglas
Sat. July 3: Dar Williams
Wed 7 July: AIR: Jake Blount
Thu 8 July: Stanley Jordan plays Jimi Hendrix
Sat 10 July: The common heart
Sun July 11: Oliver Wood, of the Wood Brothers
Wed 14 July: AIR: Ellington Carthan
Fri 16 July: Ann Hampton Calloway, The Linda Ronstadt Songbook
Wed 21 July: AIR: Sheyda Do’a
Thu 29 July: Alsarah and the Nubatones
Fri, July 30: Nelle
Thu July 22: Dali Quartet
Sat 31 July: Classic Soul Voice
Sun Aug 1: Livingston-Taylor
Wed 4 Aug: AIR: Aaron Feeman
Thu Aug 5: Natalie Cressman and Ian Faquini
Sat Aug 7: Watkins Family Hour
Wed 11 Aug: AIR: Becky Hill
Thu Aug 12: Mike Farris
Fri 20 August: Susan Werner
Thu Aug 26: Alouette & Thurber
Thu September 2: Steppin’ at the junction
Fri 3 Sep: Freddy Jones Band
Wed 8 Sep: AIR: Rui Fu
Thu 9 September: Skerryvore
Fri 10 Sep: Sophie Rey
Fri 17 Sep: The sweet leftovers
Sun Sep 26: Alfredo Rodriguez & Pedrito Martinez
Wed 29 Sep:AIR: Ceylon Mitchell
Thu 30 Sep:Kiah amythyst

On 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 Manor at Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD, half a mile north of the Capital Beltway and immediately adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore station on the metro red line. For more information or tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit


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