Great Pike District/White Flint/North Bethesda events you won’t want to miss

Friends of White Flint Community Meeting featuring updates on the latest news in our neighborhood as well as a presentation on the proposed I-270 and Route 355 monorail. September 24, 7pm, AMP by Strathmore at Pike & Rose

Randolph Civic Association Community Days including a 5K road race, a kids fun run, and an opportunity to enjoy a nice fall day with your neighbors. Food and drink vendors announced soon! Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 9:30 AM – 3 PM Randolph Hills Shopping Center, 4900 Boiling Brook Pkwy.

Find Your Flow Vinyasa Yoga at NoBe Market, Saturdays September 7 to October 5, 8:45 to 9:45 am.

Piketoberfest, everyone’s favorite Pike District festival. Meet-up in the neighborhood with your friends and family. Enjoy everything from live music to a craft beer garden, kids activities, sand castle exhibit at The Beach and more! Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 12 PM – 4 PM (By the way — check out all the many events at Pike & Rose — there’s something for all ages and interests.)

Shows at AMP by Strathmore. There’s a long and diverse line-up of musical talent at AMP this summer. Learn more and get tickets at

NoBe ‘Paw-ty’ and Adoption Event Meet dogs from Lucky Dog Animal Rescue and support their mission of finding loving homes! While you’re there visit our beer garden with bone bar and treats for your pups. Complimentary caricature drawings of you and your pooch, live music, dog vendors, games, and more! Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12 PM – 3 PM at NoBe Market

Fabulous shows at AMP this month

Looking for something fun to do in the Pike District/White Flint area? AMP by Strathmore at Pike & Rose has the entertainment you crave.


Joe Zimmerman got his start as a member of the Southern stand-up group The Beards of Comedy. Although his beard has been kept in check, his career has just kept growing. BuzzFeed described this West Virginia native’s “calming vocalization and inventive writing” as a “thing of magic.” Paste Magazine called him one of “10 Great Comics from the South.” We call him hilarious! You may have seen Zimmerman open for Brian Regan or Ricky Gervais. Or you may have caught his sets on ConanThe Late Late Show, or The Tonight Show. Don’t miss Zimmerman as he headlines AMP’s first comedy night of 2019! Erica Spera opens the show with her sharp, observant, and clever comedy. Named a 2017 TBS Comic to Watch, you may have seen Spera on TLC’s Cake Boss and AXSTV’s Gotham Comedy Live!


James “Blood” Ulmer is a true original. Celebrated by many as an avant-garde innovator, this blues guitarist draws upon the full spectrum of African American music. He began his career playing in funk bands before settling in New York City in 1971. It was in New York that Blood first collaborated with Ornette Coleman, who had a profound effect on his sound. In the decades since he has explored free jazz, soul, be-bop, avant-garde, and rock. Rolling Stoneheralded Blood as “the most original guitarist since Jimi Hendrix,” and Detroit Free Pressgushed that Blood is a “wildly original guitar hero.” His guitar chops are even more stunning when paired with his rich, baritone vocals and powerful lyrics.


It’s time to show some r-e-s-p-e-c-t to the memory of the Queen of Soul. A tribute in the truest sense of the word, tonight’s performance is a celebration of Aretha Franklin’s monumental career. No one artist could possibly capture the full power Franklin brought to the stage, but we have a string of mesmerizing front women who are up to the challenge. Shayna Blass and Ines Nassara share the spotlight, singing “Son of a Preacher Man,” “A Natural Woman,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and other beloved classics Franklin made famous. Only a chain of fools would miss this!


Fink, Marxer & Gleaves combines the talents of Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with those of Appalachian artist Sam Gleaves. The trio forms a powerhouse of vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, and guitar. The Bluegrass Situation called their collaboration “a perfect illustration of cross-generational mind melds—and musical melds… Messages of social justice, feminism, working class empowerment, and activism through music are so viscerally powerful because the trio shows that anyone can connect with each other across the rifts and barriers that many would assume were insurmountable.” Rhiannon Giddens remarks that the trio’s album, Shout and Shine, includes “themes and music for now, more needed than ever.”


The sounds of the steelpan may conjure images of a sunny day in the Caribbean, but this versatile instrument is capable of a wide spectrum of genres and moods. Celebrated steelpan phenoms Victor Provost and Josanne Francis take you on an international journey that explores steelpan music from all hemispheres and the role of the percussive powerhouse in everything from jazz to Hindustani music.

Provost is a dazzling soloist whose improvisational voice and style earned him honors as “Jazz Percussionist of the Year” by Washington City Paper six years running and praise for his most recent album, Bright Eyes. Francis, known for her unique mix of Calypso, jazz, Indian, funk, rock and classical styles, is an alumna of Strathmore’s prestigious Artist in Residence program and has performed at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, and numerous festivals around the world. Together Provost and Francis bring a diverse blend of genres to the AMP stage, rarely seen for the steelpan.

Usher in Spring at AMP with $10 tickets to select show

Spring sure has been reluctant to arrive this year, hasn’t it? Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers, but this seems a trifle excessive. That’s why we’ve decided to try to move spring along with the positive thinking that comes from a feel-good SALE!

Get $10 off seated and standing tickets to the following shows using promo code SPRINGFLING. We can’t apply the discount to already purchased tickets, but hope you can use the code to visit another time! Don’t delay; this offer expires Monday at midnight.

JOHN LLOYD YOUNG {Jersey Boys star} April 20
WE BANJO 3 {Celtic bluegrass} April 25
JARROD LAWSON {Soul-jazz sensation} April 28
URBANARIAS {A new twist on opera} May 10
CORKY SIEGEL’S CHAMBER BLUES {30 years of blues & strings} May 25

Let the laughing begin!

logo-amp (1)AMP by Strathmore at Pike & Rose launches a comedy series this fall! Five different comedy nights will each feature two nationally known comics from September through December. Comedy Zone is partnering with AMP to book the comics who will hail from Netflix, HBO, and Comedy Central.

Comics Darren “DS” Sanders and Melissa Douty open the series September 29.

You can get your tickets and learn more at

Check Out the Opening Lineup at AMP by Strathmore

AMP by Strathmore recently announced their upcoming opening lineup of concerts, starting on Sunday, March 8, 2015. AMP will be open for concerts and performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. And AMP will have event space available for rent the rest of the week, Sunday thru Wednesday.

You can find the list of performances and more information about the dates and prices here. We excited to check out these concerts and hope to see you there!

Check out the Renderings of the New AMP Music Venue



Yesterday Bethesda Now posted the new renderings of the AMP music venue by Strathmore. Check them out here! AMP is located in the main commerical building in the Phase 1 of Federal Realty’s Pike & Rose and is slated to have 250 seats for music events. It can also be rented for private events!  AMP will open to rentals starting in late winter 2014 and will open for music events in March 2015.

Meet Our Newest Business Member: Strathmore


Last week, I meet with Bill Carey, our newest Board of Directors member to learn more about him and our new business member, Strathmore.

Strathmore is one of the major campuses for the arts in Montgomery County. They present concerts, art exhibitions, family festivals, and even afternoon tea events. The Strathmore campus consists of the Music Center with the Concert Hall and Education Center and The Mansion. The Concert Hall hosts local and national artists about 150 times a year with additional dance and music recitals in their Education Center. In addition, Strathmore has rental opportunities for occasions such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, community events, and business meetings. Strathmore is celebrating their 10th year anniversary of the Music Center this season, which is really exciting.

Bill Carey, the Director of Donor and Community Relations for Strathmore, has strong roots in this county. He has lived in the area for over 45 years and currently lives in Kensington. He is a retired federal government employee and has served as an off-ice official for the National Hockey League (NHL) for the last 40 years. He has been working for Strathmore for 15 years now. His wife was a teacher at Walter Johnson High School so they are very connected and invested in this area.

Strathmore has created a really strong brand for itself so it has gotten to the point where Strathmore needs to expand their reach outside the campus. They started the “Beyond Our Walls” campaign to find new audiences in the county. They started taking their brand to the senior living communities in Montgomery County and presenting the Artists in Residences musicians to these patrons who already know about Strathmore. Currently, Strathmore needs to reach out to patrons outside a 2-mile radius of the Music Center campus.

At the same time, Strathmore felt they needed to plan for the next chapter of growth coming to the county by reaching out to a whole new younger audience. By providing intimate artistic offerings in a more casual and accessible settings, Strathmore will try to attract these future audience members. Bill said that the White Flint sector is a great place to expand Strathmore’s programming. The county needs to accept the demographic changes of the region and plan for it. Young people are moving in and it is their opportunity to change the types of amenities provided throughout the county.

Strathmore is pleased to partner with Federal Realty to curate live musical performances for AMP at Pike & Rose. In addition, Strathmore will oversee and manage rental events, such as weddings and business meetings for the space as well. Their programming will be diverse, with singer-songwriters, intimate jazz, indie rock, folk, bluegrass and contemporary performances as well as a variety of well-established, trend setting touring acts. Strathmore hopes this venue will help itself find a new market of people to introduce their programming towards.

Starting in late Winter 2014, AMP will be available for rentals, which will take place only on Sundays through Wednesdays. Starting in March 2015, AMP will be available for programming events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The design of the room is still in the works but the project is still on schedule for the later winter availability. Check out the AMP website for more information.

In addition, Strathmore wants to consider expanding their signature brand of programming throughout Montgomery County, but don’t want to necessarily compete with themselves for ticketed events. Strathmore is open to providing artists for public events at other locations, but will not program other ticketed events besides those at the Music Center and AMP. They hope to present artists for events taking place at other developments in the community, which have open plazas, stairs, and balconies perfect for these types of outdoor programming.

We look forward to all these wonderful art and cultural opportunities that will come to the region.  And, look forward to a fantastic giveaway courtesy of Strathmore coming this fall!