“Live on the BBJ Stage” 4/4 – 4/8

Wednesday (4/4)Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band. The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalists whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Earth, Wind and Fire. Selling out venues globally, the Grammy-award winning band continues to record and perform for an endearing fan base still going strong for over four decades. The EWF Tribute Band is based in Maryland and actively supports its local community, performing at fundraisers, church events, and local historic venues.

Friday (4/6)Billy Price Band w/Special Guest Johnny Rawls: Soul Blues Summit. 2016 Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Live Stock. Since then, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 15 albums, CDs, and DVDs. Johnny Rawls began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, and the Sweet Inspirations. In 2008, Johnny released Red Cadillac which charted at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart.

Saturday (4/7)Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show. Host Comedian Joe Clair, radio personality and on-air veteran is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. the native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show. Joe Clair & Friends Comedy show brings a line up that is backed with certified funny folks featuring Comedians, Isiah Kelly, Tiana Douglas, Gerald Kelly and House Band Sound of the City.

Sunday (4/8 BRUNCH)Swing For Spring Brunch with Svetlana & The Delancey Five. Svetlana is a critically acclaimed “outstanding” (Wall Street Journal) jazz vocalist from NYC – and her “NYC Darlings” swing band, the Delancey Five (Time Out NY) bring “exuberant foot-stomping party” (WPIX11 News) from “jazz age to the 21st century” (PopDust). Established in NYC underground Speakeasies, and featuring some of the most exciting NYC talents, the band has headlined sold out shows in clubs and Performing Arts Centers, and festivals in the US and internationally.

Sunday (4/8)Nothing But the Sax. National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late legend George Howard. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings. Recording Artist Tony Exum, Jr. saxophone style brings to mind the sultriness of Grover Washington, Jr., the soulfulness of David Sanborn, the silky smoothness of George Howard, and the tender passion of Ronnie Laws. Most artists who put a “Doc” in their name do it out of cleverness, for marketing reasons, or as a crafty way to express their mastery of their instrument or vibe. Since the release of his 2003 debut Saxappeal, Phillip “Doc” Martin has all that down pat, wowing audiences everywhere.

“Live on the BBJ Stage” 3/28 – 4/1

Wednesday(3/28) – Brubeck Bros. Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966– nearly a half century ago. Although the band’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues, and world music. The group’s creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Read More

Thursday(3/29) – Corcoran Holt CD Release Concert. Corcoran Holt, a son of Washington, DC, began playing djembe and other West African percussion at the age of 4 as a member of Wose Dance Company under the tutelage of Baba Aidoo Holmes & Mahiri Edwards. Corcoran leads his own group and is the regular bassist in the Kenny Garrett Quintet, which received a GRAMMY nomination for the 2013 recording. Corcoran performs regularly at many of the top music festivals and venues around the world. Some have included The North Sea Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival. Read More

Friday(3/30) – Algebra Blessett. On Recovery, her Purpose Music Group/eOne Music debut and second full-length album, the soulful songstress known as Algebra Blessett delivers a consistently sublime set that showcases the remarkable vocal and songwriting gifts that have already established the versatile, charismatic artist as one of R&B’s hottest rising performers. Having already won widespread acclaim with her solo debut Purpose, Algebra offers a fresh, expansive creative vision on Recovery, on which she worked with three of today’s hottest urban producers: Bryan-Michael Cox, Kwamé Holland and Shannon Sanders. Read More

Saturday(3/31) – Prince Tribute Show feat. Junie Henderson. Special tribute concert to one of the greatest musical artists of our time with the two year anniversary of his passing upcoming. This concert will feature outstanding lead singer Junie Henderson performing as Prince with dazzling vocals and commanding stage presence that captures the spirit of Prince’s electrifying performances. Henderson will cover the most popular and enduring songs from Prince’s cherished music catalog including his biggest hits “Purple Rain”, Let’s Go Crazy”, “When Doves Cry”, “Kiss”, “1999” and many more! Read More

Sunday(4/1) – Landau Murphy Jr. Over 100 sold out concerts across three continents, from Caesars Palace to the Apollo Theater and all points in between. After his life-changing experience on America’s Got Talent, Landau went on to release his Columbia Records debut album, “That’s Life.” The CD hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart. His second album, “Christmas Made for Two” is a best-selling fundraising vehicle for the Children’s Home Society charity. He recorded his self-entitled third album, “Landau,” at the famed Capitol Records Studio “B.” This album really showcases his versatility as an artist. Read More

“Live on the BBJ Stage” 3/21 – 3/25

Wednesday (3/21) – Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute Band. The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalists whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Earth, Wind and Fire. The EWF Tribute Band is based in Maryland and pays homage to one of the greatest bands of its era, bringing to life the magical R&B, funk and Jazz sounds that continue to inspire and influence even the contemporary entertainers of today. Read More

Thursday (3/22) – Ronnie Laws. Ronnie Laws CD Release Party will be performing his new single “Settle Down”. In Ronnie Laws began his solo career with the album Pressure Sensitive, which yielded his most famous instrumental song, “Always There.” The song became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists. Laws has also recorded with numerous other artists, including Arthur Adams, Howard Hewett and Brian Culbertson. He co-produced and sang backup on his sister’s hit song, “Very Special.” Read More

Friday (3/23) – Soul Crackers & The Texas Chainsaw Horns feat. Stone Soul Picnic. Soul Crackers have been a popular fixture on the scene for more than 30 years and feature Washington Hall of Fame vocalist Tommy Lepson along with the Too Much Sisters (Caz Gardiner & Anita King), the Dancing Horns, and a rock solid rhythm section. The Texas Chainsaw Horns are made up of some of the DMV’s finest musicians and feature a stunning 5 horn attack as well as and the combined talents of 2 dynamic lead singers, Jeff Watson and Rena Rae. Read More

Saturday (3/24) – Be’la Dona’s Spring Jam. Be’la Dona is so unique in theirmusical presentation that they have branded their style as “Sensual Crank”. This unique style commands an impressive drawing power, attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. They have the ability to play any music genre from Rock, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Jazz and of course their hometown music Go-Go. Be’la Dona captivates their audience and delivers the best performance each and every time. Read More

Sunday (3/25) – Norman Connors is a GRAMMY Award Winning Legendary American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who have led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He has also achieved great known big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. Norman Connors is possibly best known for the 1976 hit, “You Are My Starship” on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson. Read More

“Live on the BBJ Stage” 3/15 – 3/18

Thursday (3/15) – Jane Bunnett & Maqueque. Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards and Maqueque’s new CD Oddara earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz CD. “Her band Maqueue, featuring five Cuban women jazz musicians, is the latest example of her extraordinary cross-cultural investigations.” – The New Yorker 
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Friday (3/16) – Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front. Tony Craddock, Jr. is an emerging jazz saxophonist/recording artist whose music uplifts people, just as a cold front lifts warm air. He is the bandleader and musical director of Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front. Tony is set to release his third studio album titled  H2O, featuring GRAMMY Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and chart-topping jazz  guitarist Ken Navarro. The album is also produced by Ken Navarro.  Read More

Saturday (3/17) – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “O’Malley’s March.” Celebrate the “High Holy Day” – St. Patrick’s Day with the region’s favorite Celtic rockers for a rollicking evening of traditional and original songs, high octane fiddle, and box pipe tunes, anchored by the ancient sound of the Celtic harp with Martin O’Malley’s March – 7 piece Irish band.  Read More

Sunday (3/18) – Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Movers feat. Curtis Pope & Winfield Parker. The Midnight Movers are a powerhouse of authentic soul music featuring the dynamic trumpeter and singer Curtis Pope as well as talented lead singer Winfield Parker. The band if most famous for its decades long collaboration with “Wicked” Wilson Pickett, and they also toured and recorded with other legendary artist including Issac Hayes, Sam and Dave, The Isley Brothers, The O’Jays and B.B. King.  Read More

This Week! Celebrate Bethesda Blues 5th Anniversary w/ Billy Ocean, Joe Clair and Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes

Wednesday – Thursday (2/28 & 3/1) – Bethesda Blues & Jazz 5th Anniversary Celebration with GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist and Legend Billy Ocean and Hosted by Comedian Joe Clair. It will be two evenings of celebration with an iconic artist, commemorating five years of outstanding entertainment in down Bethesda. Billy will be performing all the hits such as Caribbean Queen, Get Out of My Dreams, Suddenly and more.   8:00pm Use promo code   BBJSC and save 25% off Wednesday’s (2/28) Concert!
Friday (3/2) – The 2018 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Concert is a night of fun live music as the 2018 Awards finalist perform their original songs. One songwriter will win a $10,000.00 Grand Prize and 25 hours of complimentary recording studio time at Innovation Station Music. One Young songwriter will win a $2,500.00 prize. The winners will be announced at the end of the show. 8:00pm
Saturday (3/3) – Host Comedian Joe Clair, radio personality and on-air veteran is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C,. The native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show. Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show brings a line up that is backed with certified funny folks feat. Comedians Kleon, Leonard Ouzts, Alex Scott and House band Sound of the City. 7:00/10:00pm
Sunday, (2/25) –    Harold Melvin’s Bluesnotes were formed by Melvin in Phildelphia in 1954. In 1960, they had their first R&B hit “My Hero.” In 1970, the addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer led to the group’s and work with Gamble and Huff in 1972 that led to national prominence. Their hits include “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “The Love I lost,” and “Wake Up Everybody.” 2:00/7:30pm  Use promo code BBJSC and save 25% off the 7:30 concert!

**This Week at Bethesda Blues! Rock, Funk, GoGo and R&B**

Thursday (2/22) –  Daryl Davis Presents The Magical Mystery Girls The Magical Mystery Girls are an acclaimed all-female Beatles tribute band based in the Baltimore/Washington area.  Formed in 2017, each band member is an accomplished musician and vocalist that brings multiple talents to the band. Each show is a jubilant and memorable experience and a splendid time is guaranteed for all! 8:00pm
Friday (2/23) – Tribute To Funk Legends featuring The Craig Alston Syndicate. This band knows how to party and will be performing your favorite hit songs by the greatest funk legends including James Brown, George Clinton, Prince, Rick James and DC’s own Chuck Brown. If you love the FUNK then tell everyone you know that we are going to have a FUNKY good time! 8:00pm
Sunday (2/25)- Be’la Dona Brunch –  All Female Band, Be’la Dona is so unique in their musical presentation that they have branded their style as “Sensual Crank”. This unique style commands an impressive drawing power, attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. Versatility is the group’s main attribute. They have the ability to play any music genre from Rock, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Jazz and of course their hometown music Go-Go. 1:00pm
Sunday, (2/25) – Band of Roses –  Originally assembled in 2012 for a one-time performance; by overwhelming demand, revamped and reintroduced as a viable, formidable unit in 2015, the Band Of Roses quickly and continues to establish themselves as one of the DMV’s most reputable, sought after all-female Jazz, Soul, Funk and R&B bands, and are rapidly gaining recognition locally and abroad. 7:30pm

**This Week at Bethesda Blues! Soul, Reggae, Jazz, Rock, 70’s and 80’s Music Brunch**

Monday (2/5) – Daryl Davis Presents a Black History Month concert that
presents some of the most legendary and soulful music artist in the
world who were born and /or lived in the Washington “Chocolate City,”
DC area. Critically acclaimed vocalist Cecily Bumbray will perform songs
by Chocolate City dwellers such as Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye,
Eva Cassidy, Ruth Brown, Patsy Cline, Roberta Flack, Gil Scott Heron
and more. 7:30pm

Tuesday (2/6) – Hail Up! And Fasten your seatbelts. Prepare for an
electrifying journey to the Caribbean. I&I Riddim is Washington DC’s
Three Time award winning reggae band! The name captures the spirit
of this band’s music: “riddim” is reggae’s irresistable upbeat dance
rhythm, and “I&I” expresses Bob Marley’s “One Love” equality for all
people. Come out and enjoy a true Caribbean party experience
and celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday. 8:00pm

Thursday (2/8) – Thad Wilson’s music is best described in one word:
Authenic. He was was born in Fort Dix, New Jersey, however his musical
life started as a child living in Montgomery, Alabama. At the age of 12
neighbors could see and hear him on his front lawn practicing his
trumpet. Thad has toured the world and played with some of the
best in the business. He is a composer and teaches Jazz Studies at
George Washington University. Russell Malone is one of the
most signature guitar players of our time. 8:00pm

Friday, (2/9) – Daryl Davis Presents: Thanks For The Memories
2017. A Tribute to the musicians we lost in 2017 and a celebration
of their music. With each passing year, we mark the passing of
musicians whose music has touched our souls. 2017 was an especially
sad year as many more legendary icons played their swan songs
than in years past. We bid farewell to Al Jarreau, Tom Petty, Chuck
Berry. Walter Becker, Gregg Allman to name a few. 8:00pm.

Sunday, (2/11) Brunch – Join WPFW’s Ida Campbell and Bethesda Blues
for a Pre-Valentine Brunch…featuring Live Musical Tribute to the sounds
of the 70’s & 80’s. $65.00 for Food and Show. 1:00pm

Sunday, (2/11) – Keith “Showtime” Busey and Bethesda Blues present
3 of the DMV’s most talented acts. DJ Fresh, The exciting and
soulful sounds of J’Dore and the dynamic vocals of Michael Muse.
7:30pm

 

This Week at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!***Jazz, Rock and Motown Soul***

Tuesday (1/23) – “Igor Butman…may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be a Russian.” – Bill Clinton
World famous saxophone player, bandleader and producer Igor Butman enjoys one of the most successful and flamboyant careers in the history of modern jazz. Over the years the band has evolved into Russia’s best touring hardcore jazz unit.  8:00pm
Thursday (1/25) – The Ron Holloway Band is a 7-piece sexy, funky machine out of Washington, DC. Combining sax driven jams along with soaring female vocals, intensely emotive guitar, and hard hitting grooves to deliver a full on funk . Revelator Hill is a versatile band from Washington, DC with a class guitarist and an awesome lead vocalist. Join them for the Live By The Creek Album release concert at BBJ.  8:00pm
Friday (1/26) – For Tom Petty, the simplicity of rock and roll was its very sanctity. It was the most effective way for this golden haired, snaggle toothed kid from Gainsville to evoke the purest feelings in life. Over one evening of music selected from virtually every corner of Petty’s songbook, you will see and hear the deep talent and diversity of Washington -based musicians whose lives were touched by this quintessentially American musician.  8:00pm
Sunday, (1/28) – Sixx is the lead vocalist of the Smokey Tribute Show. His abilities to mimic the souful voice of Smokey gave birth to the projects inception. This new project keeps the sounds of Motown alive honoring the great Smokey Robinson. The band will have your guests full attention with their beautiful harmonies and amazing musicianship. 7:30pm

This Week at BBJ! Elvis, T.K. Blue, Alan Scott, 76 West Band, The VI-Kings! Leonard, Coleman, Blunt to celebrate MLK’s Birthday!!

Monday (1/8) – Jesse Garron  possesses the voice, looks and charisma that made Elvis a superstar and draws audiences in from the minute he walks on stage. Jesse, backed by live musicians and female vocalist, performs songs that cross three generations of rock, pop, gospel and oldies music, so the act has universal appeal. The Vegas-style rendition is a consistent fan favorite that has earned a reputation for professionalism as well as countless standing ovations.  8:00pm
Wednesday (1/10) – The T.K. Quintet will be joined by Special Guests, Vocalist Aisha Kahli l from Sweet Honey in the Rock and star vibraphonist Warren Wolf. T.K. is a musician of the highest caliber who is at the peak of his creative output. Mr. Blues artistry is found on over eighty recordings and has performed with a long list of great international artist.
 8:00pm
Thursday (1/11) – Alan Scott‘s sound is a combination of driving, danceable Rock combined with time-honored Blues, Funk and Brit Pop influences.  His songs have been played on Voice of America, 98 Rick, DC 101 and featured on MTV Series “Celebrity: Undercover”. His newest CD ” Wake Up Your Stereo” is available on iTunes. Covered with Jam is DC’s all-star theme show jam band collective and is known for their heavy funk grooves, swooping dynamics and amazing collaborations. 8 :00pm
Friday (1/12) – Get ready for the DMV-based jazz-funk of 76 Degrees West Band! The group has worked with acts such as “Jamaica Funk” Tom Brown, Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, GRAMMY Award-Winner Gordan Chambers, Eric Darius, Raheem DeVaughn and more. The bands’s 1st single was an instrumental remake of AWB’s “School Boy Crush,” which made it onto Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart and was a radio request worldwide.8:00pm
Saturday (1/13) – The VI-Kings “Voices of a Generation Show.” Dylan, McCartney, Lennon, Aretha, Slick, Fogarty, Davies, Petula, Jagger, Carole, Pickett…the list is endless. The music of the 1960’s is the soundtrack of our lives. Over the course of a couple of hours, you’ll hear over 45 three minute masterpieces, painstakingly assembled by The VI-Kings and featuring six leader singers covering all styles of this fabulous era. 8:00pm
Sunday (1/14) – Come Celebrate Martin Luther’s King’s Birthday with Three former leader singers from three of the World’s renowned vocal groups…which collectively have sold over 100 million records.”The Temptations”, “The Platters”, and “The Drifters” have come together to create the ultimate musical experience, “Leonard, Coleman and Blunt.” – 7:30pm

***Don’t Miss Live Music & Comedy at Bethesda Blues in 2018!***

Friday (1/5) – Mary Ann Redmond, winner of 24 Washington Area Music Awards, teams up with renowned upright bassist, Paul Langosch who played with Tony Bennett for 20 years and stellar arranger and pianist, Jay Cooley, as well as drummer to the stars, Dave Mattacks, who has played with Paul McCartney, Richard Thompson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Armatrading, Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention and More.  This show is a fundraiser for Cancer Can Rock. 8:00pm
Saturday (1/6) – Host Comedian Joe Clair, radio personality and on-air veteran is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. The native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show. Joe Clair & Friends Comedy show brings a line up that is backed with certified funny folks featuring Comedians Oral Henery, Melanie Comarcho, Antoine Scott along with house-band Sound of The City. 7:00/10:00pm
Sunday (1/7) – Please join The Sidley’s, Tresoul The Artist, Eddie Montalvo and Trevor Specht and Bethesda Blues as we celebrate the music of David Bowie. His artistic legacy includes Heroes, The Rise ad Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and Let’s Dance.  David Bowie was the man who elevated his music to what can be only described as an art form. 7:30pm