February Heats Up at Strathmore

Gregory Porter At Strathmore
Anaïs Mitchell
That Golden Girls Show Puppet Parody

Shows Celebrate Jazz and Blues Legends and the Golden Girls

Mona Rock
Director of Communications
(301) 581-5193

(NORTH BETHESDA, MD)- This February, Strathmore will offer live performance experiences to satisfy the die-hard jazz aficionado, Broadway enthusiasts, Blues lovers, Afro-Punk connoisseurs, and comedy fans. Shows feature Artist in Residence Langston Hughes II, soulful crooner Gregory Porter, and the puppet adaptation of the beloved TV program The Golden GirlsThat Golden Girls Show!

As part of an important recognition of the legendary impact of the Blues, Strathmore presents a tribute to three Black music/activists icons in Billie Holliday, Bessie Smith and Nina Simone: Pioneering Women in Jazz, Saturday, Feb. 19.

Performances and productions will be live at Strathmore’s Music Center and AMP, at North Bethesda’s Pike and Rose.

Artist in Residence - LANGSTON HUGHES II, Jazz saxophonist
Wed. Feb 9 & 23, 2022 | 8pm
LOCATION: AMP at Pike & Rose

Langston Hughes II’s artistic mission is to develop a voice that has a profound spiritual and emotional impact on his listeners. The young saxophonist, flutist, bandleader, and composer already has many impressive credits and awards to his name. Hughes is currently studying jazz saxophone at Howard University under the tutelage of esteemed professor Charlie Young III.

Sponsored by Daniel and Sarah Gallagher, Richard and Melba Reichard, & Helen Louise Pettis.

ANAÏS MITCHELL + Bonny Light Horseman
Fri. February 11, 2022 | 8PM
LOCATION: The Music Center

Anaïs Mitchell, the esteemed singer-songwriter whose Broadway smash Hadestown won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is joined by Bonny Light Horseman, the folk supergroup trio comprised of Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson (best known for his project Fruit Bats and stints with The Shins), and Josh Kaufman (instrumentalist and producer known for his work with Hiss Golden Messenger, Bob Weir, The National). Bonny Light Horseman performs selections from their Grammy nominated album of traditional folk songs with a contemporary twist before Mitchell takes to the stage to share songs from her forthcoming album and audience-favorites.

Mon. February 14 & Tues. February 15, 2022 | 8pm
LOCATION: The Music Center

Back by popular demand after a sold-out show at Strathmore in February 2019, Porter is beloved for his honeyed baritone and soulful jazz. Porter began singing in church as a young boy, encouraged by his mother, a minister, and has earned comparisons to luminaries like Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. His recent release, Nat King Cole & Me, a loving tribute to Porter’s life-long idol, was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

BESSIE, BILLIE & NINA: Pioneering Women in Jazz
Sat. February 19, 2022 | 4 & 8pm
LOCATION: AMP at Pike & Rose

Bessie Smith was known as the “Empress of the Blues.” Nina Simone was the “The High Priestess of Soul” and Billie Holiday was revered as the great “Lady Day.” Their success was itself an act of defiance, and with their ascent they exposed and challenged racial prejudice, sexism, and institutional poverty. Produced by Grammy-winner Eli Wolf and with arrangements by Carmen Staff, Pioneering Women in Jazz features vocal performance by three rising stars: Charenée Wade, Vanisha Gould, and Tahira Clayton.

Tue. February 22, 2022 | 8pm
LOCATION: The Music Center

From Sophia’s get-rich-quick schemes to Rose’s tales from St. Olaf, Blanche’s insatiable hunt for men and the Fountain of Youth, and Dorothy’s daily struggle to make sense of her life, That Golden Girls Show! parodies classic Golden Girls moments—with puppets! Devoted fans will fondly remember the four girls from Miami, and for the first timers, this will be a joyful introduction to the brilliance of The Golden Girls television series.

Fri. February 25, 2022 | 8pm
LOCATION: AMP at Pike & Rose

This 13-piece Afrofunk orchestra explores the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African beats and American popular music. At the core of Chopteeth’s sound is Afrobeat—a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970s Nigeria that’s a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music, and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms.



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. 

All of Strathmore’s facilities are Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited.

Proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test, and facemasks are required to attend any performance or event inside any of its buildings.

For further information or tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit www.strathmore.org.