Tuesday (7/12) DC-area icon Johnny Castle is the bad boy every mother warned their daughters about and the teenage boy’s definition of cool. He is the bassist, vocalist, and bandleader of The Thrillbillys as well as a member of the famed blues band, The Nighthawks. Over the last 40 years he has worked with top area bands including Bill Kirchen’s Too Much Fun, Switchblade, Tex Rubinowitz & The Bad Boys, and many others. Well-versed in American Roots music, he has played Blues, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Swing, Texas Swing, Rockabilly, R&B, Rock ’n’ Roll, and Funk. Johnny was a recipient, along with his fellow Nighthawks, of the 2011 Blues Foundation award for acoustic CD of the year. Show host and piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. The show starts at 8pm.
Wednesday (7/13) Formed in 1994, the members of Suttle Thoughts have made a name for the band coast to coast over the last 23 years. They have performed in Dallas Texas, Miami, Florida, Cancun, Puerto Rico and all across the DMV. They’ve opened for national recording artists including The Isley Brothers at DAR Constitution Hall, and they’ve backed Jay Holiday, Anthony David and a host of others. Locally, they are regular performers at the annual H Street Festival and they were requested to perform at the historical Howard Theatre at a tribute for the legendary Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. The band has been playing at the Historical Takoma Station every Friday for the last ten years, the longest tenure for any Go-Go band at any area venue. In the beginning of 2016, “Suttle Thoughts” became “Suttle.” Look out for a new music release this summer! This show will get the party started at 8pm.
Thursday (7/14) Come one, come all, come check out the great Peter Erskine! Peter Erskine is one of the most recorded drummers in history. He has been performing professionally since the age of six and is the only drummer ever to play in the group Weather Report. The two-time Grammy winner has recorded with Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Randy & Michael Brecker, Kate Bush, Maynard Ferguson, Gordon Goodwin, Joe Henderson, Stan Kenton, Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Andrea Bocelli, Stanley Jordan, and Rod Stewart just to name a few. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra is in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. This summer, they have been accompanying a series of amazing artists and making Thursdays swing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Showtime is 8pm.
Friday (7/15) The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Chopteeth’s sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of fourteen Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (for the last eight years in a row).This 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra explores the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. Catch the groove at 8pm.
Saturday (7/16) Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! If you know him from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show or if you’ve ever seen his live show, you know #thefunnydontstop! He’s got two big shows in store, so get ready, Bethesda! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.
Upcoming shows: America’s Got Talent winner Landau Murphy, Jr. sings in support of West Virginia flood relief, virtuoso drummer Cindy Blackman Santana performs, and 80’s film star, now singer Molly Ringwald teams up with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra for a night of wonderful jazz. Check our Music Calendar for these and many more excellent events!
Big thanks to every one of you for coming out and supporting great performances here in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!
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