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6 things to know about AMP, Strathmore’s new music venue in North Bethesda

Lena Seikaly performed at one of the preview concerts at AMP, the new intimate music venue in North Bethesda. (Photo by Dakota Fine)
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Six questions about the Washington area’s newest music venue, AMP by Strathmore, which is opening (weather permitting) this weekend with Jay Farrar shows on Friday and Saturday. This post has been updated.

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How big is this new venue?

At just under 3,900 square feet, it’s intimate. The capacity for shows is 240 seated or 350 standing, not much more than, say, the back room at the Black Cat. Compare this with the Fillmore Silver Spring, which has room for 2,000.

How will I know if my show is seated?

According to a Strathmore spokesman, seated shows will be the most common format at AMP. But some shows will be a mix of seated and standing tickets, and some may be standing room only. Look for the fine print on each show for more details.

So, the seats are reserved, then?

No. Arrive at the venue early to ensure your choice of seats.

Do I have to pay the usual Ticketmaster fees or service charges?

No. There are no additional fees on tickets. Yes, according to the venue, a $4 charge is applied to most tickets ordered online at or by phone at 301-581-5100. If you purchase your tickets in person at the box office, however, you won't be charged the fee.

Will there be food?

Yes, and not the usual terrible music-venue hot dogs. Food will be provided by Neighborhood Restaurant Group, best known for fried things (Birch & Barley), doughnuts (GBD) and excellent sausages and sandwiches (Red Apron Butchery). So our hopes are high. Service will begin before a show and you can order food and drinks during performances.

Is there parking?

Inexpensive parking is available at the Old Georgetown Road garage (11580 Old Georgetown Rd.). But the garage is shared with Pike & Rose’s restaurants and movie theater, so space may be limited. The closest Metro is White Flint (Red Line), across the street from the venue.

AMP by Strathmore

11810 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

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