Baltimore rapper Rye Rye opens Strathmore’s Friday Night Eclectic series March 7

February 26, 2014

Strathmore's Friday Night Eclectic series has established the performing arts venue as one of the best places in Montgomery County to hear top local bands as well as bold-face names. The happy hour is stellar; the venue -- the Mansion at Strathmore -- is coolly vintage.

Rapper Rye Rye. (Photo by Rick Craft) Rapper Rye Rye. (Photo by Rick Craft)

The series, which launched in 2010 with a focus on local indie music, expanded into new genres last year, including comedy and opera. This season's lineup might take the cake when it opens March 7 with hyped Baltimore rapper Rye Rye, an M.I.A. protege who caught national attention when she was still a teenager. Get tickets here.

Rye Rye still hasn't seen the kind of rap-world acceptance as say, Nicki Minaj, but it's not for lack of talent. Pitchfork gave her manic major-label debut, 2012's "Go! Pop! Bang!", a very respectable 7.0 rating. Her appearance is a coup for the series: Rye Rye, known for her unmistakably chirpy voice, has hit the touring circuit with Robyn and Katy Perry in recent years.

 

The full Friday Night Eclectic schedule:

Rye Rye
March 7 at 9 p.m., doors 8 p.m. $15.

Julia Brown with Us and Us Only
March 14 at 9 p.m., doors 8 p.m.  $12.

Stone Kawala Presents: The Art of Song Featuring Juneau Sky and Paul Pfau
March 21 at 9 p.m., doors 8 p.m. $12.

Nils Frahm with Douglas Dare
March 28 at 9 p.m., doors 8 p.m. $15 (seated show).

Ploy and Beyond Modern
April 4 at 9 p.m., doors at 8 p.m. $12.

Atomic Yacht Fax
April 11 at 9 p.m., doors at 8 p.m. $12.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.
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