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

Happy New Year! Sonny Landreth, 76 Degrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie & George Michael this Weekend

Sonny Landreth, 76 Dregrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie and George Michael, Jan 2017 at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper ClubFriday (1/6) We welcome the great Sonny Landreth to our stage! The Mississippi native recorded his first solo album, Blues Attack, in 1981. Four years later, his influential “Congo Square,” named for the slave auction block in old New Orleans, appeared on Down In Louisiana. Although that album fanned the flames of his reputation as an emerging force in roots music, Landreth kept a parallel career going as a celebrated sideman and session player. Over the years he performed and recorded with many artists including songwriter John Hiatt and British blues innovator John Mayall and toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He also collaborated with Eric Clapton and has performed at all of Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festivals since 2004. Sonny Landreth’s latest album is Bound By the Blues. Sharing the stage with Landreth will be Americana rock ‘n’ roll artists Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (1/7) Get ready for 76 Degrees West Band! Based out of the DMV, the jazz-funk band has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. The group has worked with numerous national acts such as “Jamaica Funk” Tom Brown, Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, Rahsaan Patterson, and Raheem De Vaughn. The band’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. Their name was inspired by the longitude in the Western Hemisphere that covers the Washington DC area. Joining 76 Degrees West Band will be special guest Sugar Bear, and the show will be hosted by WHUR’s own Tony Richards. The performance starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/8) Please join us with DJ Jaafar Ouardi as we celebrate the music of two great artists we lost in 2016. Last January 8th, David Bowie turned 69 years old, released the powerfully innovative, Black Star, and then left us 2 days later. His artistic legacy is one of boundary-pushing, invention, and reinvention, with artistic highlights including Heroes, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Station to Station, and Let’s Dance, among many other notable recordings. George Michael burst onto the music scene as a member of Wham! In the 1980s. He was one to challenge convention and sometimes censorship of the day. His many hits include “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and “Freedom.” He is a 2017 nominee for the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. DJ Jaafar Ouardi has worked in the hospitality for over 9 years, with the last 7 of those years being exclusively in the hippest bars and nightclubs in the area. He plays and loves all kinds of music from Top 40, Hip Hop, R&B, Latin, Arab, Persian and French. You will be in good hands as he explores and honors the music of David Bowie and George Michael. The tribute begins at 7:30pm.

Happy 2017! We are excited about the new year and have lots of great performances in store. In addition to remembering David Bowie and George Michael this Sunday on what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday, we have Junior Marvin’s Wailers coming up who will lead us in celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday, and Denny Laine will be here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wings Over America! So as you can see, New Year’s Day may be over, but at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, the celebrations show no signs of stopping. Check our Music Calendar for these shows, upcoming Valentine’s Day events, and our full list of performances.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

It’s Almost 2017! Celebrate All Week with Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow, Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, Deanna Bogart, and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra

Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow Band, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Deanna Bogart, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/27) Saxophonist Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His extraordinary career features high points including early-’70s gigs with Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws. His name is a common sight often on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. His first hit, “Always There,” (credited as Ronnie Laws and Pressure on the original 45) was one of the most popular, sax-driven, crossover hits of the 1970s jazz-funk fusion era. His playing ushered in the sensualization of the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems such as “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Come out for this evening performance and you will “just love” the sensual and star-power sounds of Ronnie Laws. The show begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/28) Let It Flow is a collective of some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their blend of R&B, neo-soul and contemporary jazz with a generous helping of homegrown DC go-go is what makes them fantastically unique. The band has shared the stage with many notables including The Dazz Band, Sybil, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Kid from Kid ‘n Play, and the late, great Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. Let It Flow performs concerts, club dates, outdoor events, private parties, fraternity and sorority galas, and wedding receptions. Their music is infectious and will get you moving on the dance floor. Get ready for Let It Flow! The concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/29) Auld TWANG Syne features two of the hottest, funnest, dancin’est, roots rockin’est bands the DC area has to offer: Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys! They’ll be twangin’ ‘tween the holidays and giving you a great big reason to rock. Ruthie & the Wranglers are known for their high energy Americana Country, rockabilly, roots rock and a splash of surf. The Thrillbillys are made up of a who’s who of veterans of the DC area music scene: Leader Johnny Castle (Nighthawks, and formerly with Bill Kirchen and Switchblade), rock ‘n’ roll/pop rock master David Kitchen, roots rock and country guitar slinger Andy Rutherford, and Jack O’Dell on drums. Get yourself to this show and go home with raised spirits and a big dose of TWANG! The band kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (12/30) The fans of award-winning multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart really value the diversity of her genre-free zone. As a bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist, and sax player, Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she calls “blusion.” Her fusion of blusion — spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless, and fun — has garnered her three Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009, and 2010 and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won 22 Wammies, the music awards for our hotly contested DC region. Deanna Bogart’s dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals, and cut-above songwriting will win your heart. Don’t miss this one! The show starts at 8pm.

New Year’s Eve, Saturday (12/31) Please join us at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for this extra special performance by Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra as we ring the new year… 2017! Come out and celebrate with a four course dinner, hats, noisemakers, horns, pop out streamers, and the traditional champagne toast at midnight. When Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra step to the stage, the audience is transported to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The group will bring down the house as everything old becomes new again. The 18-piece ensemble swings with manic abandon through the early Great American Songbook, infusing standards with new energy. For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s alive in Washington, DC and around the world. The Washington Post says, “Scantlin is the consummate showman.” An elegant evening will be had by all! Doors open for dinner at 7pm and the party starts at 9pm.

We’ve just added so many new shows to the lineup for 2017. Here are just a few: The Hardway Connection, Sonny Landreth, Joe Clair & Friends, Denny Laine Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Wings over America, Bill Laurence, the annual Buddy Holly Tribute, Jeff Bradshaw, The Spinners, and Annale with Special Guest Shakespeare. Check our Music Calendar for all the recent additions.

We at BBJ hope you’ve been having a magical holiday season. Thank you so much for spending time with us and for celebrating great entertainment with us in 2016. We wish you a very Happy New Year!

 

Rick Brown

Happy Holidays! Welcome Winter with NRBQ, Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, & Soul-Driven Holiday Parties by Secret Society and Soul Crackers

NRBQ, Cassandra Wilson, Secret Society, and Soul Crackers at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/20) NRBQ‘s music is a blend of styles from rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz. They have attracted fans as diverse as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, and Penn and Teller. NRBQ songs have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Dave Edmunds, and many others, and the group even served as the unofficial “house band” for The Simpsons for seasons 10-12. In their 50-year history, NRBQ’s records have been released by many record companies, including Columbia Records, Kama Sutra Records, Mercury Records, Virgin Records, Rounder Records, and more. The band never works with a set list, so fans never know what songs to expect! Come out and enjoy the surprises! The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/21) Join us on the occasion of the winter solstice for a special concert experience by the one-and-only Cassandra Wilson. Celebrated for her rich, husky sound and her improvisational and interpretive gifts, Wilson has expanded jazz singing with her exploration of standards and old blues, country and folk songs, and the music of Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and others. Making her name in the 1980s as a founding member of Steve Coleman’s free-ranging M-Base Collective, Wilson’s breakthrough 1993 album, Blue Light Until Dawn, was a prime collection of originals and songs by Robert Johnson, Mitchell, Hank Williams, and Van Morrison. She won a Grammy for 1996’s New Moon Daughter, and the following year sang on the recording and tour of Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio, Blood on the Fields. Wilson’s singular 2015 recording, Coming Forth By Day, is an original homage to Billie Holiday on the centennial of her birth. We have two chances to see and hear Christmas with Cassandra, at 7pm and 10pm.

Thursday (12/22) Come celebrate the holidays with Secret Society at the 3rd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party! Dance to the soulful sounds of one of DMV’s finest bands, as they perform hits that get you moving all night. DJ Eclipse will be on the 1’s & 2’s. There will be plenty of fun, great food, drinks and holiday cheer. Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “live band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. The combination of talent, experience and influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound. The group calls it “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is they offer. The party starts at 8pm.

Friday (12/23) The Soul Crackers annual Holiday Party is a legendary blowout and a treasured rite of the season for hundreds of music lovers. This will be the band’s third holiday happening at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. Sprinkled in with soul classics from the likes of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & Otis Redding will be a handful of soulful Christmas chestnuts. This show is known for bringing together friends and families of all ages from across the region for informal reunions for a night of great music, dancing and reconnecting. The band features Washington Area Music Association Hall Of Fame vocalist Tommy Lepson, guitarist Keith Grimes, Chuck Sullivan on drums, Spencer Hoopes on keys, saxophonist Wayne Sulc, Chris Hutton on trumpet, and bassist Ronnie Newmyer. To top it off, this performance will feature the stellar backing vocals and dynamic showmanship of the Too Much Sisters aka, Anita King & Caz Gardiner. The music starts at 8pm.

Don’t forget to Give the Gift of Music! Now until December 25th, buy 3 tickets and 1 FREE (excludes 12/31, 2/13, and 2/14). Use code BBJ4. We do hope you are enjoying our shows for the season, including all those happening this week plus the upcoming “Auld TWANG Syne” with Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Get the details of these and all our other shows on our Music Calendar.

We wish you the happiest of holidays!

 

Rick Brown

Non-Stop Entertainment featuring Holiday Jazz! The Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show, Redd Christmas, Dionne Farris, Joe Clair, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2, and VMA’s Big Band Christmas

Virginia Music Adventures, Redd Christmas, Dionne Farris, Landau Murphy Jr, Joe Clair, Big NY & the Smooth Jazz All Starts at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Monday (12/12) Kick off your week with Virginia Music Adventures‘ award-winning all-star youth ensembles as they present A Big Band Christmas! Ring in the holiday season with tomorrow’s stars. Now in its 13th year, the Virginia Music Adventures Annual Holiday Show has become a tradition in the DC Metro area. Four youth ensembles plus new a cappella vocal jazz ensemble will perform holiday favorites and some fresh musical choices including movements from Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite,” Bing Crosby’s rendition of “Jingle Bells” with the Andrews Sisters, and Ella Fitzgerald’s “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” among other classic hits.” Virginia Music Adventures (VMA) provides comprehensive jazz music instruction combined with performance and travel opportunities to school age musicians. Through local, national, and international community service and travel, VMA encourages its students to develop empathy and respect toward other cultures. This holiday performance begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (12/14) There may be a lot to be said for a white Christmas, but internationally-known drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd brings us his own take on the season with Redd Christmas! Chuck began recording and touring the globe when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs, and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008 and is a featured soloist annually at The Oregon Festival of American Music, The W.C. Handy Music Festival, The Newport Beach Jazz Party, The West Texas Jazz Party, The North Carolina Jazz Festival, and The Roswell Jazz Festival. Jazz Times has praised Redd’s playing describing his vibes work as “Exquisite!” and The Washington Post admired his “melodic sparkle.” The Redd Christmas show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (12/15) Come out to this fantastic night of music with a soulful sensation! Have you heard this may be the last time you see this artist billed as “Dionne Farris?” Officially speaking, it’s “Dionne.” The Grammy nominated singer you know and love has dropped her last name as an artist. “I’m taking it back to the root,” she says, “to a time before the formalities of “Dionne Farris” when I was simply, Dionne. That’s who created everything the fans love.” Dionne began singing in elementary school and in the early 1990s, she performed as the vocalist on hip hop group Arrested Development’s hit single, “Tennessee.” She rose to fame with the release of her 1994 debut album, Wild Seed – Wild Flower, featuring the single, “I Know.” She was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1996. Revelation, her new 7-song album with 60-page mini book, is a reflection on, dedication to, and a celebration of the late, great music icon, Prince. Dionne was Prince’s muse for The Truth album; he penned the song “Dionne” to her. Use Discount Code DIONNEBBJ for 50% off your tickets! The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (12/16) Join us for the Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show! Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the dreadlocked classic crooner and runaway season six winner of NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent, has toured across the country to sold-out audiences while maintaining his home and roots in his beloved West Virginia. His debut CD, That’s Life, on Columbia Records hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell. Murphy’s follow-up, Christmas Made for Two, was a benefit fundraising vehicle for The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, one of many Mountain State charities Landau has supported generously with his time and talent. His book, From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star, became an Amazon #1 best-seller and Reader’s Favorite Award winner. His Landau Live in Washington DC was actually recorded right here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz! Joining the show will be special guest Maiya Sykes of NBC’s The Voice and music sensation Postmodern Jukebox. The Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (12/17) Don’t miss Joe Clair & Friends! Joe Clair is back with two big shows featuring comedians Jon Laster, Wil Sylvince, and The Fat Doctor. 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. So get ready to laugh, Bethesda! The shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (12/18) Back by popular demand… Big NY and the Smooth Jazz All-Stars will take to the stage to give us A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2! A larger-than-life showman, Christian “Big New York” de Mesones is the creator of “Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Stars”, a uniquely collaborative effort highlighting both the hottest smooth jazz musicians in the DMV as well as Billboard-charting guest artists. Ronald Jackson from smoothjazzride.com wrote, “Witnessing the extraordinary talents of Big New York was as astounding and moving as an earthquake!!!” Guests can always expect a very entertaining performance as Christian combines smooth, sophisticated grooves with flavors of old school R&B and Latin Jazz. This musical combination will be evident in the Smooth & Funky Christmas set lists, which will include new arrangements of holiday favorites, interspersed with hits from the All- Stars, and crowd-pleasing covers. The All-Stars for this event are Willie Bradley on trumpet, David Bach on piano, Drew Davidsen on guitar, Elliot Levine on Hammond organ and synthesizer, the triple-sax attack of Rob Maletick, Eddie Baccus, Jr., and  Danny Kusz; Swiss Chris on drums, and Curtis McCain and Jesus Gonzalez  on percussion. Making her debut at BBJ is guest vocalist Lindsey Webster. This special Christmas performance begins at 7:30pm.

It’s so exciting to be in the midst of the holiday season with so many great events. We’ve got even more coming up including Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, the 3rd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Show with Secret Society, Soul Crackers Holiday Party, Auld TWANG Syne with Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Visit our Music Calendar for more info and tickets to all our upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you soon for dinner and a holiday show!

 

Rick Brown

Holiday Cheer with Motown & More, A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch,
and Sinatra’s 101st Birthday with Tony Sands

Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration, Golden Era Sahara Dance Salon, Celebration of Frank Sinatra's 101st B-Day by Tony SandsFriday (12/9) Get ready… Here it comes! It’s time for Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration. The word “Motown” evokes sounds and images of a musical era full of great artists, classic songs, smooth choreography and exciting stage shows. For the holidays, Motown & More offers all that, plus those special tunes that bring the season in with style: The Temptations’ “Silent Night” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” and Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” — just to name a few. Vocalists Gene McBride, Vic Frierson, Karen Linette, Deborah Poole-Williams and Micah Smith, each phenomenal in their own right, come together with exquisite harmonies. Led by Musical Director and multi-instrumentalist Gerry Gillespie, the six piece musical ensemble also features saxophonists Art Sherrod, Jr. and Eddie Baccus, Jr. Celebrate the season with this trip down Memory Lane – with old school music, dancing, food, and friends. Doors open at 6pm; the concert starts at 8pm.

Sunday (12/11) Returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz is the wonderful Golden Era Sahara Dance Salon: A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch! Allow yourself to be swept away by the romantic allure of a dance for the ages. From 1,001 Arabian Nights to present day, belly dance (raqs sharqi) continues to captivate audiences with its timeless beauty and elegance. Sahara Dance, Washington DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, is a boutique dance studio dedicated to celebrating the joy and beauty of belly dance. Founded in 2002, Sahara Dance offers over 50 weekly belly dance classes at three locations in DC and Maryland. Seeking to elevate belly dance as a performance art and to create a community for belly dancers, Sahara Dance produces several annual theater productions. This is a great event for the whole family; kids under 12 attend for only $15! Doors open for brunch at 11:30am; the dancing begins at 1pm.

The Sunday evening performance pays homage to Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. It’s the 101st B-day Celebration of Frank Sinatra by Tony Sands! Lifelong Sinatra fans have long been fascinated whenever they hear Tony Sands start to croon. For more than 20 years, Tony Sands has been perfecting his act, and wooing audiences all over the United States. Who better to lead us in celebrating what would have been Sinatra’s 101st birthday? It Was a Very Good Year – A Tribute to Frank Sinatra Starring Tony Sands is a must-see. Sands will be performing such hits as “That’s Life,” “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be A Lady,” “My Way,” “New York, New York,” and many more, accompanied by the fabulous big band sounds of Swingtopia. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind musical tribute. Doors open at 6pm. The concert kicks off at 8pm.

Our holiday shows are underway and we hope to see you at this most wonderful time of the year! Coming right up we’ve got Virginia Music Adventures Presents A Big Band Christmas, Redd Christmas, the Landau Murphy, Jr. Holiday Show, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2 featuring Big NY & The Smooth Jazz All-Stars with Special Guest Lindsey Webster, Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, the Soul Crackers Holiday Party, and so much more. Get your tickets now for the big New Year’s Eve event, as Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra ring in 2017. You can find tickets and info for all our shows on our Music Calendar.

We look forward to seeing you soon for dinner, a show, and some holiday cheer!

 

Rick Brown