Open-Air Concert Series Ramps Up with Artists on the Rise

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Series Continues with Oliver Wood, Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez and Amythyst Kiah

Mona Rock
Director of Communications
(301) 581-5193

(North Bethesda, MD) – Music fans are relishing the opportunity to experience live music together at the Strathmore as it continues to welcome guests to its 120-seat Patio Stage. The covered, open-air space, located on the Music Center’s Trawick Terrace, has kicked off with sold-out performances by Mark G. Meadows and Matt Haimovitz and Laura Colgate.

The Patio Stage was designed to offer a safe and comfortable opportunity to see some of music’s brightest names in an exclusive yet spacious setting. There are multiple shows each week though the end of September, including the following artistic highlights:

  • Oliver Wood - Wood is best known as the vocalist and guitarist for The Wood Brothers. The Grammy-nominated duo is celebrated for blurring the lines between blues, country, and gospel—a genre-bending tradition Wood continues in his solo work.
  • Alsarah and the Nubatones - Inspired by Nubian music’s pentatonic scales, the Brooklyn-based combo blends original material and traditional music of central Sudan with Nubian songs of return, a diasporic form created by Southern Egyptians.
  • Nella - Nella rose to fame after a video of her performing “La Negra Atilia” went viral. The vocalist was soon discovered by composer and producer Javier Limón who penned several tunes just for her.
  • Watkins Family Hour - Following the release of their self-titled debut, the duo and their Largo house band hit the road with a set of inventive covers. Now, for the first-time ever, the siblings present a collection of co-written originals.
  • Emmet Cohen Trio - A recognized prodigy, Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age 3, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept.
  • Sofia Rei - Rei has carried diverse Latin American traditions from her native Buenos Aires to the multi-cultural mecca of New York City, where she fused those sounds with jazz, classical, pop, and electronic music influences.
  • Alfredo Rodriguez/Pedrito Martinez - Pianist Alfredo Rodríguez and percussionist/vocalist Pedrito Martinez pay homage to their Cuban roots with Latin infusions. From sacred Santería rhythms to a rumba rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
  • Amythyst Kiah – A controlled voice that’s unfettered, Tennessee-bred singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah expands on the artistry she most recently revealed as part of Our Native Daughters, an all-women-of-color supergroup.

“It’s been a tough 15-months for the entire arts industry,” said Joi Brown, Strathmore Vice President Programming/Artistic Director. “We continue to be heartened by our supporters and friends who have joined us so far this season. It took a village to lift this project and we’re excited to offer this diverse series of such amazing and talented artists to our patrons and guests!”

The venue has a roof overhead to provide protection from the elements and open sides allow fresh air to circulate.

To ensure all attendees are comfortable during their visit, Strathmore continues to maintain seating distance and keep an appropriate low capacity. Two concerts are offered for most performances, each 60–70 minutes long and without intermission.

Learn more about how Strathmore is managing these safe events at

Learn more about the venue and view the full Patio Stage lineup at

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