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Live from the Lawn: Rare Essence

Wednesday, August 14, 2019, 7pm

Live from the Lawn
Rare Essence

Over four decades, this DC institution has built a multi-generational fanbase that goes wild for the band’s high-energy go-go performances. More than 30 musicians have been associated with the ensemble over the years, but the act’s legendary shows are consistently top-notch, inspiring rap pioneer and Rare Essence collaborator Doug E. Fresh to nickname them “The Wickedest Band Alive.” Nobody today does go-go better than Rare Essence! Partying with Rare Essence will do wonders for your spirit and soul.

Free! No tickets needed. Check out the full Live from the Lawn free summer outdoor concert lineup.

Rare Essence

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PARKING $5.20 in Metro garage, payable with credit or SmarTrip card.

For Strathmore Members at the 2 Star level and above, or persons with disabilities, present your VIP passes or disability tags for free parking in the Mansion lot on a space-available basis before 7pm.

DINING Enjoy summer favorites like barbecue, tacos, and sangria from Ridgewells’ Tempo Tent starting at 5:30pm. Food service ends at 7:30pm. Picnics are also welcome, but please note that that due to Montgomery County law, all alcohol must be purchased on site.  


SEATING Low-rise chairs and small coolers welcome outside only. No pets, please.

WEATHER If inclement weather is predicted by mid-afternoon, concerts are moved indoors. Check Strathmore’s Facebook page or back here at for up-to-date information.

Strathmore is a smoke-free campus.

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