Music Heard Around the World: St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Band of Roses and Madz Johnson, and a Tribute to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

Band of Roses and Madz Johnson, St. Patrick's Day with O'Malley's March, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Wednesday (3/15) We’re excited to present this wonderful, woman-powered midweek double bill – Band of Roses and Madz Johnson! The Band of Roses are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to gospel, jazz, rock, funk and R&B. The sound is cultivated by smooth, yet powerful vocals paired with fierce and dynamic musicianship from some of the DMV area’s most gifted, skilled and talented female instrumentalists. The band and its members have performed locally and toured nationally and internationally with legendary musical talent including Patti LaBelle, Musiq Soulchild, Parliament Funkadelic’s  Original “Sir Nose,”  and Carolyn Malachi, to name a few. Madz Johnson is a Filipina-American singer, songwriter, arranger of her own music from Virginia. She considers herself a soul funk jazz artist and set out to introduce this unique kind of music to the Philippines as well as invade the US market with her talent. She holds three world tours under her belt as an esteemed Alumnus of the Chorus UPCC (University of the Philippines Concert Chorus). She released her first original song, “Smile,” in 2015. The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (3/17) BBJ is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day! Jared Denhard, Jim Eagan, Sean McComiskey, Pete Miller, Mac Walter, Jamie Wilson and Martin O’Malley are O’Malley’s March. You could call it Celtic Rock – but it is so much more. Leading the charge on vocals, guitar, bodhran and tin whistle, Martin O’Malley has brought together these six musicians – some born and raised in the traditions of Irish music, some classically trained, some lifelong students of blues, rock, and jazz. Many of them are all of the above-and all students of the experience that can only be gained by standing on stage and putting ones heart and soul into a performance, while making the audience feel that they are a part of the dynamic chemistry. Mixing the hauntingly beautiful, soulful and rousing music of Irish tradition with the music that was created out of the Irish Diaspora with original compositions by O’Malley and Denhard, they continue to grow, to listen, to go beyond what they know, and to share their intimate connection with the music they have learned, the music they have written, and the music that has written them. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/19) After two years of envisioning, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band has become a reality! It has quickly become one of the most respected Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly tribute bands in the nation. We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band replicates the look, sound and feelings of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 70’s soul group. This eight-piece band, with each of its unique members, provides amazing chemistry. Led by nationally recording drummer ElWarren “Spoon” Weatherspoon and featuring lead vocalist Paul Bumbry, who has the amazing voice range and movement of his lifelong idol Frankie Beverly, the group highlights the early years of Maze and the transition to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. Get ready to hear the his songs you know and love including “Back in Stride,” “Too Many Games,” “Can’t Get Over You,” “Before I Let Go,” “Running Away,” and many more. The tribute begins at 7:30pm.

We’ve got a lot coming up at BBJ! Check out our Music Calendar for details on shows by Valerie Simpson, The Joe Clair and Friends Comedy Show, Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, The Rat Pack Together Again, Gino Vannelli, and other great events.

Thanks as always for being part of a great music and entertainment scene in downtown Bethesda. We’d love to see you soon for dinner and a show!

 

All the best,

Rick Brown

Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux Kick Off the Week, then DC Favorites EU, Be’la Dona, Secret Society with a Tribute to Notorious B.I.G. and a Drag Salute to Dreamgirls

Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux, Notorious B.I.G. Tribute, EU - Experience Unlimited, Be’la Dona, Drag Salute to Dreamgirls Twisted at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Tuesday (3/7) Come out to a great singer-songwriter double bill – Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux! Two-time GRAMMY winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona with over 15 critically-acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention, with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances. She’ll be joined by Peyroux, who got her start as an American musician on the streets of Paris. A precocious teenager living abroad with her mother, Madeleine quickly became entranced with local buskers, spending much of her time accompanying a regular band on the sidewalks of the Latin Quarter with her distinctive voice, and, by 15, had dropped out of school to join a touring blues and jazz band. Following the whirlwind release and promotion of the critically acclaimed Dreamland in 1996, the 22-year old Peyroux disappeared from the limelight, just as the buzz surrounding the singer was at its peak. Her latest is Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/9) Join Secret Society as they celebrate one of the greatest of all time — Notorious B.I.G. Biggie is still one of the music industry’s most admired hip-hop artists. His musical style has been emulated by countless up-and-coming artists. This homage by Secret Society will be a night to remember. DJ Eclipse will be on the 1’s & 2’s and the band will perform songs from Biggie’s catalog and Bad Boy Entertainment. Don’t miss this epic event! The tribute kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (3/10) Get ready for a true Washington, DC’s treasure – EU (Experience Unlimited)! This group is one of the original DC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended DC’s Ballou High School. The band chose the name Experience due to their respect for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Unlimited because they did not want to limit the range of their music. Their early regional hits included “EU Freeze,” “Lock Your Butt,” and “Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray.” Although they are best known for their GRAMMY-nominated, worldwide hit “Da-Butt” from Spike Lee’s School Daze soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (“Shake Your Thang”), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (“Party Time”), and on their own with “Buck Wild” and “Taste of Your Love.” EU will get the party started at 8pm.

Saturday (3/11) Washington, DC is also the birthplace of the exciting and diverse all-female band known as Be’la Dona! The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on their stage is the selling point of this local group of unsung heroes. The Be’la Dona sound is a unique style of funk, jazz, R&B and rock, commanding an impressive drawing power and attracting many beloved fans. Individually, each band member has toured with national artist such as Nile Rodgers (Chic), Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John and many others. The award-winning Be’la Dona will turn it up at 8pm.

Sunday (3/12) This show is fierce! Don’t miss this special lip-synced theatrical rendition of Dreamgirls Twisted presented by Shi-Queeta-Lee & VanHook Productions, LLC in honor of Salute to the Divas. Female impersonation at its best, Salute to the Divas is a revue featuring the world’s top legends. The audience enters the magical world of illusion as their favorite divas grace the Bethesda Blues & Jazz stage with all the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas show. Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, Dreamgirls follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called The Dreams who become music superstars. The musical opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006. You’ve got two chances to catch Dreamgirls Twisted, at 3pm and 8pm.

Welcome to March! Other upcoming shows this month include Band of Roses & Madz Johnson, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s on St. Patrick’s Day with his band O’Malley’s March, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band honoring Maze, Valerie Simpson, and Newmyer Flyer Presents: Dream Discs – Layla and Other Assorted Eric Clapton. Check out our Music Calendar for more details and all our upcoming events.

Thanks for all you do to support great music in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Celebrate Four Years of Great Music at BBJ with Dionne Warwick in Concert! Celebrate Women’s Voices with The Wonder Women Blues Festival
and Sweet Honey In The Rock!

Dionne Warwick at BBJ 4th Anniversary, Daryl Davis Presents Wonder Women of Blues, and Sweet Honey in the Rock at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Feb-March 2017Tuesday – Wednesday (2/28 – 3/1) We are pleased to have the great Dionne Warwick here to help us celebrate four years of sharing music and entertainment in Bethesda! Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describes the familiar and legendary voice of five-time GRAMMY Award winning music legend Dionne Warwick, a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. During Warwick’s renowned 50-year career she has established herself as an international music icon and live act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs, making her the second most charted female of all time, and sold over 100 million records worldwide. She began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by a young songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Her first hit “Don’t Make Me Over” came in 1962, which was immediately followed by a decade of more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles. Ms. Warwick’s classic cover of “That’s What Friends are For” in 1985 became one of her most lauded hits and since then she continues to awe audiences with her distinctive voice. The concerts begin at 8pm each evening.

Saturday (3/4) Join Daryl Davis as he celebrates, honors, and pays tribute to the first and most influential form of American music, the blues. This time, special honors go to female artists at the Wonder Women Blues Festival! The Blues was the foundation and platform for jazz, country, gospel, rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly, zydeco, swing, R&B, and just about every other form of American music. In the early days of the blues, female singers outnumbered male blues singers. It is said, “Behind every good man, is a good woman.”  We proudly tip our hat to these phenomenal females, putting them up front and center, with the good men behind them providing musical support. Featured artists at the Wonder Women of Blues Festival will be Mama Moon, Angela Hill, Deletta Gillespie, Gayle Harrod, Patty Reese, Sandra Dean, and Hayley Fahey. Bandleader Daryl Davis has worked extensively with Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band (formerly The Muddy Waters Blues Band), Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Sam Moore, Percy Sledge, Hubert Sumlin, Trudy Lynn, Mavis John, and many others. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/5) Come out and hear the amazing Sweet Honey In The Rock®! This phenomenal group remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today, both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Sweet Honey In The Rock currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress (who continues the group’s distinct and long-standing commitment to the deaf community), and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360 degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year. This internationally renowned GRAMMY-nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service. They have created positive, loving, and socially conscious message music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification, and have consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live. The concert begins at 7pm.

Thank you so much for showing up for great music and entertainment over these past four years. We hope you’ll join in the celebrations! Of course, we’ve got other great events coming up – Just Announced shows include EU (Experience Unlimited), Be’la Dona, ConFunkShun, and Nick Colionne. We’ve got upcoming special events for St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more. As always, you can find all the latest on our Music Calendar.

See you soon!

Rick Brown

 

Soul Music Star Angie Stone, Classic Rock with Bruce in the USA and the best in DC-Area Artists: The Jonathan Sloane Band, The Patty Reese Band, Alan Scott,
The Rosslyn Mountain Boys, and Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass

Johnathan Sloane Band, Alan Scott, Angie Stone, Bruce in the USA, Rosslyn Mountain Boys at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2017Tuesday (2/21) We’ve got two great DC area bands for you – The Jonathan Sloane Band and also The Patty Reese Band, who will be celebrating the release of their new CD, Let In The Sun! Jonathan Sloane is a multi-talented, lifelong musician, instructor, guitarist, and lyricist based in Rockville, Maryland. His compositions, tone, and lyrical lead guitar playing are deeply rooted in the blues – expanding into R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, and soul. The Jonathan Sloane Band has played to sold out crowds at both the local and national level. Sloane also performs and writes songs for Jamison and Double-O-Soul, Wayward Dog and the Jonathan Sloane Trio. Patty Reese has been a favorite of critics and fans in the Mid-Atlantic Region for many years. Her work has been recognized by the Washington Area Music Association which has awarded her 17 WAMMIES, including Artist of the Year, Songwriter and Album of the year, and Roots Rock Band & Vocalist. The new recording, Let In The Sun, “just keeps delivering song after song with clever, timely subjects and solid musical prowess.” The show begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/22) Join us for Alan Scott, a singer-songwriter from Washington, DC. His earliest musical experiences begin with a vocal performance at Constitution Hall at age 10. His early teens became guitar-intensive, reconciling the guitar work of Curtis Mayfield with Eddie Van Halen, as he took in the bombast of Hendrix and Jeff Beck and the precision of Earth, Wind & Fire. Today, his sound is driving, danceable rock combined with time-honored, blues, funk and Brit Pop influences. Over the past two decades, Alan has shared the bill with James Brown, Cheap Trick, Hot Tuna, Vertical Horizon, Everclear, The Tom Tom Club, and many more. His songs have been played on 98 Rock, DC 101, and featured on the MTV series Celebrity: Undercover. His newest CD, Wake Up Your Stereo, is available on iTunes. Alan is proudest of his opportunity to share the stage with amazing musicians. Mike Echols, Russell Hayward III, Scott Ambush, Sean Rickman, and many others add their unique genius to this original artist. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (2/23) GRAMMY-nominated singer Angie Stone is an artist with the Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. We are proud to have her here at BBJ for two shows! In the 1970s, it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records as a member of the first recorded female rap group, Sequence. Their hit, “Funk You Up,” is a classic that gets folks moving to this day. Fast forward to the early 2000s when music industry A&R icon Clive Davis tapped Stone’s classic sound when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label. This in-demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she’s starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. She will perform at 7pm and 10pm.

Friday (2/24) Get ready for the best of The Boss! Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute…This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show. Matt Ryan has performed the “Springsteen” character as a cast member of the “World Famous” Legends In Concert since the year 2000. For more than a decade, Matt has worked as a professional live performance artist in full scale production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the world. After years of perfecting his craft in thousands of shows, Matt has evolved the “Springsteen” character into the national touring show it has become today. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians, from such acts as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash, and others. This high end, powerhouse band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the world’s #1 tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy. The band starts rockin’ at 8pm.

Sunday (2/26) DC’s premier real country and roots rock/rockabilly band, The Rosslyn Mountain Boys, formed in the 1970s. During the wave of country rock that proliferated during that period, the Boys established themselves as the band to emulate in DC, not only for their country and rockabilly proficiency, but also their many distinctive originals. Since 1978, The Rosslyn Mountain Boys have been: Joe Triplett (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Tommy Hannum (pedal steel guitar/vocals/6-string), Peter “Tex Luigi” Bonta (piano/6–string/vocals), Bob Berberich (drums/vocals) and Rico Petruccelli (bass/vocals). The band was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association WAMA Hall of Fame in 2010. Joining The Rosslyn Mountain Boys will be Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass. Don’t miss this countrified, roots rockin’, dance night!

Next week will be an exciting one as we celebrate our 4th Anniversary with two nights of great performances by the one-and-only Dionne Warwick! Other celebratory events include Daryl Davis Presents: The Wonder Women Blues Festival, a tribute to Notorious B.I.G. featuring Secret Society, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Mother’s Day with After 7, and Father’s Day with Lenny Williams. We’re also gearing up for these upcoming shows: Roy Ayers, Soul Crackers, Valerie Simpson, Eric Roberson, and smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows. Check our Music Calendar for details.

Thanks so much for supporting our music scene, and we can’t wait to see you here for dinner and show!

 

Rick Brown

 

 

 

Valentine’s Date Nights All Week Long with The Spinners, Bob Baldwin & Nils, The School of Seduction, Joe Clair & Friends, The Bar-Kays & Brick

The Spinners, Bob Baldwin and Nils, School of Seduction, Joe Clair, The Bar-Kays and Brick at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2017Monday & Tuesday (2/13 & 2/14) Most often thought of as a Motown recording act, the classic group sound of legendary R&B recording artists The Spinners has never lost its universal appeal. Throughout the years they have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts. Today, original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck. A soul-infused 5-piece band, led by Keith Ferguson, backs them up. Just a few of the group’s many hits and fan favorites are “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and  “Could It Be.” The Spinners have six GRAMMY nominations, have also been awarded the Rythym and Blues Foundation Award, and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. What better way to spend a Valentines dinner date than with the passionate and memorable music of The Spinners! The group performs at 8pm each night.

Wednesday (2/15) Smooth jazz pianist, composer, producer, arranger, and radio show host Bob Baldwin will take to the stage. Across a two decade career Bob Baldwin has released over 20 CDs. His musical influences include Herbie Hancock, Patrice Rushen, Chick Corea, Earth Wind & Fire, Ramsey Lewis, Stevie Wonder and the late, greats Joe Sample, Miles Davis and George Duke. Baldwin has proven to be one of the most ubiquitous and ingenious chameleons of contemporary jazz – both on his own projects and those he has endeavored upon for others. He honored Michael Jackson with his 2010 release, Never Can Say Goodbye: A Tribute to Michael Jackson and famed songwriter Thom Bell with Betcha By Golly Wow: The Songs of Thom Bell, released in 2012. His latest, The Brazilian-American Soundtrack, released in 2016, is currently riding high on the Smooth Jazz charts. Born into a family of musical excellence, Bob Baldwin’s father, Robert Garfield Baldwin Sr., played piano with legendary Washington, DC bassist Keter Betts who played with Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Nat Adderley, Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, and Art Davis. Bob’s cousin is renowned pianist Larry Willis. Joining Bob Baldwin will be Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame guitarist, Nils. The show starts at 8pm.

Friday (2/17) Fall in love again at The School of Seduction. This ain’t a gospel play! Let The Punany Poets remind you how with this inspiring and hilarious romantic comedy show for lovers and friends. Co-Produced by Theresa tha S.O.N.G.B.I.R.D., the singing poet you may recognize from TV One’s Verses & Flow, this show is an interactive spectacle of love and sex education theater, bringing happiness to your heart and new skill sets to your bed. Open up communication, assume new positions as we demonstrate them. Make new conversations of old memories with love confessions. Redefine your love life with the perfect date night. This steamy show starts at 7pm.

Saturday (2/18) Don’t miss the return of Joe Clair & Friends! Joe will be back at it for two big shows featuring comedians Barry Ribs, Vanessa Fraction, and Tony Woods. The house band, Sound of the City, will add the musical touch. Host, comedian, radio personality and on-air veteran Joe Clair is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. This native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show, taking the morning airwaves by storm and making the drive to work much more enjoyable for listeners across the DMV. He is proud graduate of Morgan State University where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduated as a psychology major but found his passion for comedy, music, and communications. Clair got his start on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam before gaining national notoriety as host of BET’s famed show Rap City, where he introduced the world to hip-hop and rap superstars and was most notably known as the last person to interview hip-hop icon Notorious B.I.G. Catch the Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (2/19) Fire, smoke, vibrant costuming, and even a live, 12-foot python snake are all just part of what’s in store for audiences these days at a typical stage performance by The Bar-Kays! Today’s Bar-kays have boosted their high-energy act into an even higher gear for the new millennium crowd. Beginning as a house band with Stax Records in Memphis in 1966, their potent, dynamic sound carried them to a chart-topping perch the very next year with their first smash single, “Soul Finger.” The Bar-Kays backed soul singer Otis Redding and many other R&B stars, and pioneered funk with their own hits including “Shake Your Rump to the Funk” and “Freakshow on the Dance Floor.” Sharing the show with The Bar-Kays will be R&B and pop crossover hitmakers, Brick. You have two chances to see this great double bill, at 7pm and 10pm.

More great shows we have coming up soon: Angie Stone, Bruce in The USA Tribute Show, a Notorious B.I.G Tribute featuring Secret Society, Sweet Honey In The Rock, Daryl Davis Presents: The Wonder Women Blues Festival, Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux, EU (Experience Unlimited), and our Fourth Anniversary Celebration with the great Dionne Warwick. Visit our Music Calendar for details and tickets.

Thanks as always for your interest and your support of great entertainment in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Rick Brown

 

A Solid Week of Soul, Blues, Jazz & Reggae: Junior Marvin’s Wailers’ Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Syleena Johnson, Billy Price Band & The Nighthawks,
Jeff Bradshaw, Denise Williams & Shirley Jones, and The Spinners

Junior Marvin's Wailers, Deniece Williams and Shirley Jones, Billy Price and The Nighthawks, Syleena Johnson, Jeff Bradshaw, and The Spinners at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, February 2017Tuesday (2/7) Born in Jamaica, Junior Marvin moved to London as a child, where his love of both acting and music was nurtured. He appeared in the Beatles’ film, Help, which was followed by a number of other television appearances. In America, he performed with the likes of blues legend T-Bone Walker and Ike & Tina Turner. Back in England he played with bands such as Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, Blue Ace Unit, and White Rabbit. Exodus was Marvin’s first album with Bob Marley and The Wailers and it was voted Best Album of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. Since Marley’s passing in 1981, Junior Marvin has put out four CDs with The Wailers: ID, Majestic Warriors, Jah Message, and My Friends, continuing on with the message and music as Marley asked him to do. Come to the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, music courtesy of Junior Marvin’s Wailers! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (2/9) We’ve got an amazing double bill with The Sisters of Soul – Deniece Williams and Shirley Jones! Deniece Williams is an American funk and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer who is known for her hits including “Free,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” and “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” as well as for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis. In 1984, she released the album, Let’s Hear It for the Boy. The title track reached Billboard’s #1 and was featured on the soundtrack to Footloose. The song would prove to be the biggest pop hit of her career – and the last. In 1986, she would release her first full-length gospel album, So Glad I Know, for which she won two GRAMMY Awards. In 1979, The Jones Girls’ “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” highlighted the magic touch of famed Philadelphia producers Gamble and Huff. Shirley Jones and her sisters had a string of hits including “I Just Love the Man,” “Dance Turned into a Romance,” and their GRAMMY-nominated classic, “Nights Over Egypt.” As a solo artist, Shirley Jones topped the charts with “Do You Get Enough Love” in 1986, which stayed #1 on the Billboard R&B chart for three weeks. Her latest album is My Time To Shine. This performance begins at 8pm.

Friday (2/10) Billy Price has been entertaining audiences since first performing in Pittsburgh, PA with the Rhythm Kings in the early 1970s. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend. His latest recording, This Time For Real, with recently deceased Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee in the category of Best Soul Blues Album. Price formed The Billy Price Band in 1990. The Nighthawks are America’s seminal roots music band! The Washington, DC-based quartet of Mark Wenner (harmonica/vocals), Paul Bell (guitar/vocals), Johnny Castle (bass/vocals) and Mark Stutso (drums/vocals) touch all bases with excursions into blues, soul, rock ‘n’  roll, roadhouse country and rhythm and blues. This Blues Music Award-winning band can always deliver the goods! This show gets rockin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (2/11) GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and writer Syleena Johnson is one of the greatest singers and performers of her generation. She has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly, and Musiq Soulchild. Syleena’s last album, Couples Therapy, deals with love and relationships. The album opens with the upbeat and lyrically honest song “All This Way for Love.” Leela James accompanies Syleena on the soulful 60’s throwback “Fool’s Gold,” and the incomparable Dave Hollister joins her on the moving and triumphant “Harmony.”  Syleena Johnson is also a popular television personality as one of the original cast members on R&B Divas Atlanta for 3 seasons, among other notable appearances. Her performance begins at 8pm.

Sunday (2/12) As a boy in Philadelphia, Jeff Bradshaw performed with brass bands on Broad Street, just a stone’s throw from the spot where Philadelphia’s most prestigious performing arts center, The Kimmel Center, stands today. He dreamed: Why not bring the crème-de-la-crème of singers and players to The Kimmel for a genre-crossing one-night-only musical event that would replicate the excitement of the classic R&B revues for this generation of fans? Since Bradshaw’s trombone has propelled horn-sections for everyone from Jill Scott to Jay Z and Erykah Badu to Kirk Franklin, this was an easy sell. Bradshaw’s Kimmel Center dream came to fruition on May 28, 2014 and the result was a sold-out success in front of a rapturous, wildly appreciative audience. He has been creating Jeff Bradshaw & Friends happenings since then, and returns again this year for another Valentine’s celebration. The concert begins at 8pm.

Monday & Tuesday (2/13 & 2/14) Most often thought of as a Motown recording act, the classic group sound of legendary R&B recording artists The Spinners has never lost its universal appeal. Throughout the years they have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts. Today, original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck. A soul-infused 5-piece band, led by Keith Ferguson, backs them up. Just a few of the group’s many hits and fan favorites are “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and  “Could It Be.” The Spinners have six GRAMMY nominations, have also been awarded the Rythym and Blues Foundation Award, and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. What better way to spend a Valentines dinner date than with the passionate and memorable music of The Spinners! The group performs at 8pm each night.

Other great upcoming shows include the Bethesda Blues and Jazz 4th Anniversary Celebration with Dionne Warwick, Daryl Davis Presents: The Wonder Women Blues Festival, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Mother’s Day with After 7, Father’s Day with Lenny Williams, and The Chi-Lites. Check for details on our Music Calendar, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

Big Fun & Virtuoso Fame: Bill Laurence of Snarky Puppy, Shi-Queeta-Lee’s Drag Tailgate Brunch, a Buddy Holly Tribute, Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers, and The After Party Band

The After Party Band, Lock 7 and the Mighty Peacemakers, Bill Laurance of Snarky Puppy, Buddy Holly Tribute, and Shi-Queeta-Lee's Drag Tailgate at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2106Wednesday (2/1) Are you ready for the “After Party Experience?” The After Party Band plays the best Top 40 dance and party covers of all eras and genres – You’re bound to hear the tunes you know and love! The band keeps the dancing, hyped up, and having fun! A portion of the ticket sales will benefit CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children). CSAAC is a nationally recognized leader in developing state-of-the-art services for people with autism and serves as a model for other agencies developing community-based housing, employment, educational, and early intervention services. To learn more about CSAAC, go to: www.csaac.org. Help support a good cause while you have a crazy fun dance night that you will not forget! The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (2/2) Lock 7 delivers as it guitar-driven rock and blues classics from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, as well as some hard-charging originals. Veteran local musicians Martin McGurn, Ian Davis, and Will Travis have come together to produce a large, full, driving sound – its sum being greater than its individual parts. The Mighty Peacemakers are veteran musicians and longtime staples in the DC music scene. This group delivers a mix of classic rock, blues, and originals behind the lead vocals of Rob Kilgore. TMPM’s song selection is guitar-driven rock, staying connected to the musical roots of bands like The Allman Bros., ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd. Don’t miss the chance to hear two of the hottest groups from the DC area perform some of the coolest rock and blues, both classic and new. The music starts at 8pm.

Friday (2/3) A world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian, Bill Laurance has released four albums to date as a leader and has traveled across the globe and through myriad award-winning musical projects including as a founding member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy. A professional musician since the age of 14, Laurance has performed with an array of musical talents including Morcheeba, David Crosby, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Musiq Soul Child, and the Metropole Orchestra. He is a two time GRAMMY-winning artist, and in 2015 he won the Breakthrough Award at the JazzFM Awards. His latest studio album is Aftersun, a tribute to space exploration and life in the cosmos. November 2016 saw the release of the much anticipated live CD/DVD, Live at the Union Chapel, recorded at the iconic London venue in front of an ecstatic, sold out crowd. The concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (2/4) Please join us for the sixteenth annual all-star Buddy Holly Tribute, on the 58th anniversary of the fateful Winter Dance Party plane crash, featuring the music of rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly and fellow tour stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. The list of fantastic performers who will take part include Ryan Cain, Billy Coulter, Crayfish Sisters, Dede and the Do-Rights, Flea Bops, Grandsons, Jelly Roll Mortals, David Kitchen Band, Rock-A-Sonics, Ruthie and the Wranglers, and other great DMV artists. The show will be emceed by British radio host and music writer Colin Davies. Come on out, enjoy the music, and Rave On! The tribute starts at 8pm.

Sunday (2/5) Before the Super Bowl, come out and tailgate with the Divas! Enter the magical world of illusion at Shi-Queeta-Lee’s Drag Tailgate Brunch as your favorite divas dazzle right before your eyes. See Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, and Liza Minelli replicated by DC’s top illusionists so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel. Creator, Director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Ugly Betty, DCTV’s Drag City: DC, TV One’s R&B Divas, and ViceLand TV.  The glitz and glamour of these performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away. Doors open for brunch at 11am, and the show is at 1pm.

Keep up with the latest info on our shows on our Music Calendar. Just a few of the upcoming events include Junior Marvin’s Wailers Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, the Billy Price Band and The Nighthawks, Syleena Johnson, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends, The Spinners, Bruce in the USA, The Bar-Kays and Brick, Angie Stone, and our 4th Anniversary Celebration featuring Dionne Warwick on February 28th and March 1st.

Come on out for dinner and a show! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

A Week Full of Song & Laughter with Rock Legend Denny Laine, The Chuck Brown Band, Art Sherrod, Jr. + CeCe Peniston, Comedian Joey Vega, guiltypleasures, and a Thanks for the Memories 2016 Tribute

Denny Laine, guiltypleasures, Joey Vega, The Chuck Brown Band, Thanks for the Memories 2016, and Art Sherrod Jr. feat. CeCe Peniston at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Jan 2017Tuesday (1/24) Denny Laine, who co-founded Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour with a live performance that inspires just as the original tour did in 1976. After the success of Wings’ greatest album, Band on the Run, the stage was set for Wings to invade America just as Paul had with the Beatles and Denny had with the Moody Blues more than a decade before. The Wings Over America tour visited The Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on May 15th and 16th, 1976. From the tour came the film, Rock Show, and the number one triple album set, Wings Over America. At this show, expect to hear favorites including “Live and Let Die,” “Say You Don’t Mind,” “Jet,” “Go Now,” “Time to Hide,” “Band On The Run,” “Picasso’s Last Words,”  “Venus and Mars/Rock Show,” “Spirits of Ancient Egypt,” “Richard Cory” and more. You won’t want to miss this rock legend! The rock show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/25) Hailing from the DC Metro area, guiltypleasures captivates listeners with a mix of infectious grooves, provocative lyrics, and seductive vocals. They are best known for the WHUR-FM Quiet Storm classic, “Anticipation (The Remix).”  guiltypleasures bears a soulful sound reminiscent of Eric Benét, Incognito, and Brand New Heavies. Both their 2009 debut album, lovestories, and their 2015 sophomore release, cautionarytales, received critical acclaim on SoulTracks.com, resulting in multiple Soul Tracks Readers’ Choice Awards and Washington Area Music Association Award nominations. guiltypleasures recently opened for national recording artist Joe at WHUR’s Pre-Winter Soul Concert.  Get a taste of some sensual soul with guiltypleasures! The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/26) Comedian, actor, and writer Joey Vega was born in New York City and in addition to comedy, has used his acting skills in feature films and television. Joey has written stand-up material for Chris Rock, and was a staff writer for George Lopez’ late night talk show, Lopez Tonight. As an actor he has appeared alongside Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Ed Norton, John Tuturro, Matt Damon, and many others. Some of his TV credits include HBO’s documentary, Good Hair, as well as writing for such movies as I Think I Love My Wife, Death At A Funeral, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Joey Vega was also the first Latino to host his own nationally-syndicated variety show, The Latin Connection. Performing stand-up is Joey Vega’s first love and he has been opening for his longtime friend Marc Anthony since 1999. The laughter starts at 8pm!

Friday (1/27) The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and go-go favorites, and by creating new music and bringing on board new fans and followers. With three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life, a new single, “Show Me Love,” and rave reviews from longtime fans and new fans, The Chuck Brown Band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: go-go. With the addition of Frank Sirius on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band is intact, including Chuck’s daughter KK, The Horny Horns, Kenny “Kwickfoot” Gross, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Sweet Cherie Agurs, and Marcus Young.com. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck,” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. Sho Yo’ Right! The band starts crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (1/28) Please join us as Daryl Davis presents our 2nd Annual Thanks for the Memories Tribute Show honoring the great artists we lost in 2016. There were 77 deaths of musicians in 2016, including some of our own local musicians. We will acknowledge and honor each and every musician, by either reading their name aloud or performing a song or songs for them. Some of the honorees for whom we will perform songs include Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Patty Duke, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, Bobby Vee, Holly Dunn, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Ralph Stanley, Buckwheat Zydeco, Charmian Carr, Marni Nixon, Vanity, Otis Clay, Billy Paul, Mose Allison, Debbie Reynolds and others. The great players on our stage for the evening will be Keith Grimes on guitar, Dan Quinn on keys, Wes Crawford on drums, Doug Ross on bass, and Seth Kibel on sax, flute, and clarinet with DMV favorites Tommy Lepson, Tom Principato, Deletta Gillespie, Angela Hill, Patsy Stephens, Hayley Fahey, Liz Springer and more. The stars will be out on Saturday, January 28th, and the tribute begins at 8pm.

Sunday (1/29) Jazz saxophonist Art Sherrod, Jr. is “…a man who loves music, a man who loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart.” Influenced by the likes of David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Kim Waters and other notables, he gained an appreciation for strong melodies, grooves, tone and soulful expressiveness. In 2005, Art released his freshman project, All 4 Love, which features an incredible arrangement of the Hall and Oates mega hit, “Sara Smile.” CeCe Peniston is one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Charts. Her signature dance hit, “Finally,” was #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75, selling millions of copies worldwide. This concert starts at 7:30pm.

We’ve got more great shows coming right up! Join us for Bill Laurance of Snarky Puppy, Shi-Queeta-Lee’s Drag Tailgate Brunch, Junior Marvin’s Wailers celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday, Shirley Jones, Deniece Williams, The Spinners, Annalé, and don’t forget our big 4th Anniversary celebration featuring the one and only Dionne Warwick! It’s now a two-day celebration on Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1st. Find out more on our Music Calendar.

Thanks as always for your love and support of great entertainment in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

Rick Brown

Classic Rock & Soul! See The VI-Kings and Carla Cooke’s Birthday Tribute to Her Father, Sam Cooke – Plus New Jazz Vocalists in The Vocal Workshop Showcase

Vocal Workshop Showcase, The Vi-Kings, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, and a Tribute to Sam Cooke with Carla Cooke at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2017Wednesday (1/18) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Lenny Robinson on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. At 7pm, the featured vocalists will be Joanne Wertz, Marsha Meekins, Molly Pruett, Linda Stone, Art Medici, and Kelly Jerosch. At 9pm, we’ll hear Crista Cueto, Karuna Shinsho, Nomonde Nolutshungu, Jack Feder, Mona Verrico, and Ghada Rihani. Your $10 admission fee is good for either or both sets.

Friday (1/20) The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life: Beatles Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. This music endures, and is as fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. In these turbulent times, they have made The Youngbloods’ plea, “C’mon people now, smile on your brother…” the theme for this show. The VI-Kings are Joe Dolan (Beatnik Flies), Stock Wilson (The Loggers), Matthew Maury (Friends of the Family, Center Stage), Bill Craig, and the legendary Bob Berberich. Bob Berberich was the original drummer in The Hangmen, who had a #1 hit with “What a Girl Can’t Do” in 1966. He then went on to be a founding member of Grin with Nils Lofgren. Singer-songwriter Annie Sidley will share the stage. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/21) It’s time to rock! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s by Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, The Police, Wilson Pickett, Bad Company, and others. Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band is Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnettee on bass, guitarist Mike Moore, keyboardist Bruce Buchanan, and Ralph Dweck on drums. The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/22) The legendary Sam Cooke was about music, religion, romance, and history. January 22nd would have been his 86th birthday! Join us as Carla Cooke, the youngest daughter of Sam Cooke, pays tribute. Carla has performed in concert with the Legendary Four Tops, Freda Payne, Sheila Raye Charles, Claudette King, Jeff Pitchell, Rhonda Ross, and Tasha Taylor. She has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the United States. Her personal style is diverse in gospel, Christian, R&B, soul, pop, as well as today’s contemporary sound, and her stage presence commands the environment wherever she performs. Recently Carla signed with Soul South Entertainment and we are pleased that she has made Bethesda Blues a stop on her current East Coast tour. The concert begins at 7:30pm

We’re all looking forward to our big 4th Anniversary event featuring the amazing Dionne Warwick on Wednesday, March 1st! Other great upcoming shows include Gino Vannelli, guiltypleasures, The Chuck Brown Band, Joey Vega, Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux, and Denny Laine will be here at BBJ celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour! Those are just a few of the shows we’ve got planned, so make sure you check out the latest on our Music Calendar. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

Keepin’ the Beat this Week with CL Smooth and Suttle, Comedy by Joe Clair & Friends

CL Smooth Unplugged, Suttle, Joe Clair and Friends at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Jan 2017Wednesday (1/11) CL Smooth (aka Corey Penn) is a hip hop artist from New Rochelle, NY. He is best known as the vocal half of the hip hop duo Pete Rock & CL Smooth. Extolled for incorporating the influences of soul and jazz with apt philosophical lyricism, CL Smooth’s debut, Mecca and the Soul Brother, was released with Pete Rock in 1992. The album included the timeless classic, “T. R. O. Y. – They Reminisce Over You.” His unplugged set is currently wowing audiences; it featuring a live band as the backdrop as CL Smooth performs his classic and new hit music. Use Discount Code CLBBJ and take 50% OFF your tickets to see CL Smooth Unplugged! The show starts at 8pm.

Friday (1/13) DC area band Suttle formed as Suttle Thoughts in 1994. At the beginning of 2016, they became Suttle. Over the last 23 years they have made a name for themselves performing in the DMV and touring through in Dallas, Miami, and Cancun, just to name a few places. Suttle has opened for the iconic Isley Brothers at the DAR Constitution Hall and has performed with national recording artist Algebra Blessett. Suttle has played at the annual H Street Festival for the last four years as well as the Safeway Battle of the Barbeque. The group has had the pleasure of performing on WUSA 9 for a good cause – Autism Awareness Society, and Suttle is very proud to have been requested to play at the tribute to the legendary Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, at the historical Howard Theater. Suttle continues to push forward and shows no signs of letting up! Catch their show at 8pm.

Saturday (1/14) Joe Clair & Friends are back at it for two big shows! The featured comedians this month are the very funny Rallo Boykins, Esau McGraw, and Ali Siddiq. The house band, Sound of the City, will add the musical touch. Host, comedian, radio personality and on-air veteran Joe Clair is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. This native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show, taking the morning airwaves by storm and making the drive to work much more enjoyable for listeners across the DMV. He is proud graduate of Morgan State University where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduated as a psychology major but found his passion for comedy, music and communications. Clair got his start on HBO’s famed Def Comedy Jam before gaining national notoriety as host of BET’s famed show Rap City, where he introduced the world to hip-hop and rap superstars and was most notably known as the last person to interview hip-hop icon Notorious B.I.G. The comedy shows begin at 7pm and 10pm.

Don’t miss our upcoming special events! Valentine’s Day week will bring some wonderful shows our way, to the tune of Deniece Williams, Syleena Johnson, Jeff Bradshaw, and The Spinners. The great Dionne Warwick will sing for us to celebrate the 4th anniversary of Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Wednesday, March 1st. As always, there is much more to explore, so do check out our Music Calendar for more info and to pick up your tickets.

Thanks for your ongoing support of great entertainment in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown