I remember the summers of the mini Woodstock-like concerts at Strathmore - especially one of the last which was a tribute to Nils Lofgren. That evening the sidewalks of the Pike were lined with aging hipsters carting lawn chairs and coolers, steadfastly heading towards the hill. (Boy, was it ever hard to park!)
But like all good things, cranky neighbors put the kibosh on big outdoor events. Since then Strathmore has built a truly state of the art theater while still maintaining the historic mansion that gave them their legacy as an arts venue. And Metro has a huge parking lot adjacent to the site.
This Monday Strathmore is holding an open house celebrating the guitar. Things get rolling at 11 a.m., and all events are free including two sets from the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours.
Jake Flack- guitar player for the RTTs puts it this way:
"Attention lovers of rock 'n' roll and presidential remembrance. Combine your two passions and celebrate the President's Day with The RTTs!
We'll be playing not one, but two action packed shows:
The RTTs play 1:15 – 2:00 pm in the Mansion Music Room for kids of all ages.
The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours play 3:15-4:00 in the Music Center Concert Hall for the masses.
It will be like the NSO but without the violins, tuxedos and musical training."
This is a great opportunity to check out an amazing place- perhaps Rockville at its best- if you don't count F. Scott Fitzgerald's grave just down the road.