Entertainment From Around the World! Morris Day & The Time, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul, Colombian Comedian Piter Albeiro, and Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink

Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink, Piter Albierto, Morris Day and The Time, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Wednesday (10/12) Join us as Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink! Miriamm Wright sings with power and passion and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business including Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, India.Arie and Will Downing. You may also know her from her touring as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo, Peaches & Herb. A woman with vision, Miriamm founded and serves as Chair of the Board for the non-profit organization the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (EPW), raising thousands of dollars annually to provide support services to families facing breast cancer, as well as to provide education and screening to underserved communities. Please come out to a great show for a great cause. The event begins at 8pm.

Thursday (10/13) Colombian comedian Piter Albeiro has traveled the world performing in over 14 countries and 70 cities. He came to prominence in the late 1990s, and in 2000 he began his time as an on-air personality on Olímpica Stereo Bucaramanga. He is noted for a 40-hour stint of telling jokes on Radio Uno in 2004, and in 2006 he wrote his name into the history books as the first human being to tell jokes for 101 hours straight! Tickets are available for this Spanish language event through Tickeri.com. The show starts at 9pm.

Friday (10/14) What Time Is It? Time for two amazing performances by Morris Day & The Time! Born in Minneapolis, Morris Day went to school with Prince Rogers Nelson and sang in Prince’s first band, Grand Central. The Time was originally created as Prince’s alter-ego to be seen as the cool, street-wise funk band contrasting Prince’s more soulful, R&B sound. International fame came along when Morris Day and The Time were cast in Purple Rain, which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak. The group first burst onto the public scene with the self-titled album, The Time, which included “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” They went on to record three more albums, including What Time Is It? (featuring the hits “777-9311,” “Wild and Loose,” “Walk,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”) and Ice Cream Castle, (which included the hit “Jungle Love”). After three albums, Morris Day launched his solo career, releasing The Color of Success, Daydreaming, and Guaranteed. Morris Day & The Time are back on the road with a great live show in store! They start at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (10/16) We are pleased to present Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band plus JaneliaSoul! Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the group’s sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. The Washington Post says,” A storming powerhouse of big-band African funk, Chopteeth is smart, tight and relentlessly driving: a definite don’t-miss.” Sharing the stage will be Nigerian-American singer-songwriter JaneliaSoul, who charms listeners with her soulful take on the reggae and world genres, echoing artists as diverse as Sade, Etta James, and Ziggy Marley. Back in West Africa, JaneliaSoul boasts a collection of popular hits in the afro-pop genre, including “Sexy Nana” and “Love Song in Yoruba.” She is now on a quest to take over the USA with her latest single “Love-Hate.” The music starts at 7:30pm.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Chad & Jeremy, The Blackbyrds, A Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant, a special Halloween “Freaks Come Out at Night” show by Clones of Funk, Kevin, Whalum, Dwele, and Maggie Rose & The Morrison Brothers. Stop by our Music Calendar for more.

We love bringing you the best and most diverse mix of music, comedy, and special events in the DMV! We look forward to welcoming you to dinner and a show here in downtown Bethesda.

 

Rick Brown

Classic Alternative, Sensual Soul, and Amazing Prodigy Jazz: This Week at BBJ with Midge Ure + Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, and Joey Alexander

Midge Ure with Special Guest Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, Joey Alexander at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Tuesday (10/4) By the time Midge Ure’s single “If I Was” went to #1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career. Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, and Ultravox had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation. He was at the helm for a series of all-star charity rock concerts: The Prince’s Trust, Wicked Women for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and of course the famous Band Aid. He sang in honor of Nelson Mandela, won a Lord Provost Award for services to Scottish music, and produced for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others. His iconic video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others adds to the long resume of this great artist. Joining Ure will be special guest Richard Lloyd, who in addition to his solo work performed with the seminal underground band Television, Rocket from the Tombs, Matthew Sweet, and others. The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (10/5) Get a taste of some sensual soul with guiltypleasures! Best known for the WHUR-FM Quiet Storm classic, “Anticipation (The Remix),” DC’s own 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 resulting in multiple Washington Area Music Association Award nominations and Soul Tracks Readers Choice Awards. Bassist Rick White, is the band’s principal writer, arranger and producer and serves as guiltypleasures’ musical director. Vocalists Kal El Gross, Mycah Chevalier, Bléz and Jerrica White  have performed with  artists such as El DeBarge, Ledisi, Maysa, Eric Benét, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michelle, Vivian Green and Kem. The guiltypleasures concert starts at 8pm.

Saturday (10/8), Sunday (10/9) Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis.  At age 10, Joey was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and he won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 jazz professionals from 17 countries. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo, and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. On May 12, 2015, he released his highly anticipated debut album, My Favorite Things, on the Grammy-winning Harlem-based label Motema Music. His new album, Countdown, is out now. Joey Alexander will perform three shows: Saturday at 7pm and 9:15pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm.

We are looking forward to so much great music: Morris Day and The Time, Kwam 1 + Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul, Mike Phillips, The BlackByrds, Spyro Gyra, Anissa Hargrove, Kevin Whalum, and Miriamm Wright’s concert in support of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, to name only a few! Check our Music Calendar for the 411, and get your tickets!

We’re always so glad to see our friends and fans coming out to support great music and entertainment in downtown Bethesda. Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

Rick Brown

Classic & Contemporary Jazz and R&B! The Count Basie Orchestra, Melba Moore, Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, a Tribute to Luther Vandross, plus Joe Clair Comedy

Count Basie Orchestra, Steve Oliver, Luther Re-Lives, Sarah Dash, Joe Clair and Friends, Melba Moore at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Sept – Oct 2016Tuesday (9/27) The legendary Count Basie Orchestra really needs no introduction! This is one of the most thriving big bands in history. All the musicians have grown up with the Kansas City Swing style of Count Basie and they each add their own voice to the band. With 19 performers, 17 sidemen (plus 17 Grammys to match!), 1 vocalist, and 1 bandleader, they’ve become the premier jazz band and they put on a not-to-miss performance. Since Basie’s passing in 1984, Thad Jones, Frank Foster, Grover Mitchell, Bill Hughes, Dennis Mackrel, and now Scotty Barnhart, have led The Count Basie Orchestra and have maintained it as one of the elite performing organizations in jazz. The concert begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (9/28) You’re going to love Steve Oliver! Steve Oliver brings a fresh combination of smooth jazz and soft adult contemporary music to his performances. He is renowned throughout the contemporary jazz world for his charismatic, one-on-one relationship with the audience, soulful lead vocals, snappy guitar lines, vocal percussion, wonderworking with the synth guitar, and a few full-on pop/R&B vocal tunes on every album. His latest recording, the John Mayer, Sting, and Steely Dan-influenced Pictures and Frames features the exotic soundscaping of Steve Reid (The Rippingtons) and the allstar rhythm section of bassist Lee Sklar (James Taylor, Phil Collins, Linda Ronstadt) and legendary jazz/rock drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Sting, Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock). The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/29) They called him “The Velvet Voice.” With hits like “Power of Love/Love Power,” “Never Too Much,” “Here and Now,” and “Any Love,” the late R&B legend Luther Vandross captivated a generation. Come out to this fantastic performance and you’ll be transported on a romantic journey through Vandross’ iconic catalog. Luther Re-Lives, featuring William “Smooth” Wardlaw, pays tribute to the original with love, respect, and faithful accuracy. This is a must see performance for any Vandross fan. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/30) Vocal talent sensation Sarah Dash has recorded and performed live with some of the greatest names in the industry including The Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper, Laura Nyro, The O’Jays, Wilson Pickett, and Bo Diddley. While still in high school, Sarah formed a group called the Del Capris. She asked another Trenton girl, Nona Hendryx, to join. Shortly thereafter, Sarah and Nona joined forces with The Ordettes, Patti Labelle and Cindy Birdsong, to become the Bluebelles and had their first hit “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.” Shortly after that, they became Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. After years of success, Cindy Birdsong left to join the Supremes in 1967. In 1970, they morphed into Labelle, best known for the classic monster hit “Lady Marmalade.” Sarah Dash’s solo dance music classics are “Sinner Man” and “Low Down Dirty Rhythm.” Currently, she performs her autobiographical musical, Sarah, One Woman. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (10/1) Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, Joe Clair keeps a busy schedule. Don’t miss him as he returns to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for two silly shows featuring comedians Jay Phillips, Henry Welch, and Laughin’ Lenny! The house band will be Sound of the City. Joe Clair first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. He held down the spot for six consecutive years and gave the world hip-hop the way it was supposed to be. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. So get ready to ROFL, Bethesda! The evening’s two big shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (10/2) Melba Moore is a four-time Grammy nominee and the winner of the 1970 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Lutiebelle in Purlie, in which her performance of “I Got Love” shot her to stardom. Moore was born Beatrice Melba Hill to the popular R&B singer known as Bonnie Davis (originally named Gertrude Melba Smith) and saxophonist Teddy Hill, who managed the influential Harlem jazz club Minton’s Playhouse in its heyday. Her mother had a #1 R&B hit, “Don’t Stop Now,” in 1943, before Melba was born. Melba Moore got her big break in original cast of Hair as the character named Dionne, and after several months she replaced Diane Keaton in the role of Sheila, becoming the first African-American actress to replace a white actress in a lead role on Broadway. With a total of eleven top ten U.S. hits on the Billboard charts over the past 40 years, Moore continues into the 21st century as one of pop music’s most enduring artists. The concert starts at 8pm.

Here’s just a taste of what’s coming up this fall at BBJ: 13-year old piano genius Joey Alexander, Morris Day & The Time, Spyro Gyra, Kevin Whalum, Larry Carlton, Rare Essence, and on Veterans Day, The Shirelles Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Salute to the Troops with Leonard, Coleman & Blunt. Read all about it and get your tickets through our Music Calendar.

Thanks as always for keeping great music alive and well in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

A Super-Eclectic Week of Excellence with Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials
+ Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers in The Thrilla in Vanilla,
The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, and Banda Magda

Lil’ Ed and his Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson feat. Phillip “Doc” Martin, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers, Voices for Autism feat. The B Street Band, Banda Magda at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/21) Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.” Sharing the stage will be Guy Davis, whose much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice, and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s barely rested since then, taking his music to television, radio, and performing at theaters and festivals. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Thursday (9/22) Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month. His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media, and accolades across the music industry. He is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the DIY music world. Marcus has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Contemporary Jazz CDs, which consisted of three distinct albums, all charting Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously. Joining him onstage will be saxophonist (and dentist!) Phillip “Doc” Martin. The music starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/23) It’s The Thrilla in Vanilla!! In the soul showdown of the century, this hotly anticipated bout features two of DC’s most beloved bands, King Soul and Soul Crackers, as they square off for the undisputed heavyweight horn band title! World famous sports reporter Thom Loverro will be on hand as emcee/referee and to make sure it’s legit. King Soul is bringing the excitement of real Southern Soul to new audiences. Featuring original songs, gritty vocals, a slamming horn section, and driving rhythms, the allstar lineup includes members of the Slickee Boys, The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, The Recliners, The Grandsons, The Hula Monsters, The Thangs, and The J Street Jumpers. The Soul Crackers play some of the greatest party music ever made from the Memphis and Motown sounds like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, and Wilson Pickett. After the show, only one of these groups will be able to claim they are the palest and the baddest band in DC! This musical battle royale begins at 8pm.

Saturday (9/24) The Original Springsteen tribute, The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, whose mission it is to raise money, awareness and acceptance of individuals and families affected by autism. In addition to raising awareness, the group hopes to promote the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people living with autism. 100% of money raised will be donated to Autism Speaks. Now in it’s 10th year, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. This event begins at 7pm.

Sunday (9/25) Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show). Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by an unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Coming up at BBJ: Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, Luther Re-Lives – A tribute to Luther Vandross, Melba Moore, Midge Ure, The Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show and so much more. Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra will be back to ring in 2017, so get your New Year’s Eve tickets early! You can always find out more and purchase tickets through our Music Calendar.

Happy Autumn, everyone. Thanks as always for your support, and we look forward to seeing you for dinner and a show.

 

Rick Brown

Trouble Funk, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and The Wine & Jazz Series Begins with Nick Colionne

Trouble Funk, Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and A Drag Salute to the Divas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/14) All aboard the Trouble Funk Express… We’re headed for Hump Day with Trouble Funk! Trouble Funk was born on the streets of Washington, DC, and is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion driven, best seen live, experience the party, audience participatory, grassroots, homegrown music called Go-Go. As the worldwide ambassadors of Go-Go, an older cousin of Hip-Hop, Trouble Funk has taken their sound from the gritty streets of DC to the clubs of the nation and the festivals around the world for the past 30 plus years. Their anthems include “Drop the Bomb,” “Pump Me Up,”  “Let’s Get Small,” “Trouble Funk Express,” “So Early in the Morning,” “Saturday Night Live From Washington, DC, Parts 1 & 2,” “Say What?” and two R&B/ Hip-Hop Billboard charting tracks, “Still Smokin'” and “Good to Go.” The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/15) Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues, and soulful, seductive vocals. Over the years, the charismatic, inspirationally fashionable (courtesy of designer Stacy Adams) Chicago based guitarist’s album titles have kept everyone in the loop as to where his musical heart is. He has mastered the art of Keepin´ It Cool (2006), pushed musical boundaries to a place where there are No Limits (2008), urged us to Feel The Heat (2011) and later explored some of his deepest Influences (2014). Nick has received numerous accolades throughout his multi-faceted career, including the 2007 International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year for Jazz Trax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011. The Nick Colionne concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (9/16) This is going to be a fun night! The Beat Hotel is a 10-piece band with a 3-piece horn section playing New Orleans Swamp Funk music. The band captures the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul, and blues with a wonderful groove sensibility that is creative and fresh. The band was formed after musical director and lead guitarist Bruce Blaylock returned to his hometown of Bethesda after having moved to New Orleans for college and law school at Tulane University. With the roots of its music deep in the Bayou (The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Meters, Alan Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Jon Cleary, Henry Butler, etc.), The Beat Hotel has well-crafted melodies, a kicking horn section, rich vocal harmonies, and deep grooves that consistently energize music festivals and clubs wherever they play. Sharing the stage with The Beat Hotel will be original roots rock band The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (9/18) Enter the magical world of illusion with A Drag Salute to the Divas! Your favorite divas will dazzle right before your eyes! Tina Turner, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, Liza Minelli, Jill Scott, Marvin Gaye, Fantasia, and Whitney Houston will be replicated by DC’s top illusionists so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club & VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel and marks a milestone in history as the first female impersonation show at our venue. Creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Ugly Betty, reality shows DCTV’s Drag City: DC and TV One’s R&B Divas. The glitz, glamour, and spectacularly duplicated performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away. The Divas take the stage at 8pm.

This week’s Nick Colionne show kicks off a string of very special evenings – The Bethesda Wine & Jazz Series. This eclectic mix of jazz artists also includes Steve Oliver, 13-year-old Joey Alexander, Mike Phillips, Cécile McLorant Salvant, and Kevin Whalum. Select wines such as True Myth Chard, Montefresco Pinot Grigio, Alamos Malbec, and Bogle Merlot will be featured at 50% off. Find out more about our Wine & Jazz Series, and don’t forget about the band that needs no introduction… The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra on Tuesday, 9/27. Keep up with all our upcoming events on our Music Calendar.

Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to seeing you and bringing great music and entertainment your way this fall!

Rick Brown

 

Soul Man Rahsaan Patterson, Rocker Mike Peters of The Alarm (A 50% Off Event!), A Tribute to Amy Winehouse with Elise Testone, Coco Montoya, Joe Clair Comedy, and The Jam with Gary Grainger

The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Amy Winehouse Tribute by American Idol Finalist Elise Testone, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Rahsaan Patterson, Joe Clair and Friends, Coco Montoya + Cathy Ponton King at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Tuesday (9/6) It’s time once again for the 1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! This monthly event gives YOU the chance to jam and sing with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. It’s always a great time whether you join in with the band or just come out, have some food and drinks, and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (9/7) Join us as American Idol Finalist Elise Testone brings an all-star line-up to BBJ for Thankful For Amy: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse. The performance features songs from the Grammy Award-winning and multi-million selling Back To Black album, and Testone will also be performing her originals. Elise Testone is a powerhouse vocalist with incredible stage presence and vocal maturity, the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone’s range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits. The band will include Natalie Cressman (trombone, Trey Anastasio Band), Jay Rodriguez (saxophone, Groove Collective), Clynt Yerkes (trumpet, Charles Bradley), Adam Fallen (guitar, Skylar Grey), Trey Cooper (keyboard), Jed Lingat (bass, Timothy Bloom), Sydney Driver (drums, Rhythm & Stealth), and Sami Stevens (vocals). Thankful for Amy starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/8) Formed by Mike Peters in 1981, The Alarm featured a daring mix of amped up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash.” The sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide. For this solo performance, Mike brings his Spirit of 86 Tour to Bethesda with Alarm hits including “The Stand,” “Sixty Eight Guns,” “Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke,” as well as songs from his solo career. See the show for 50% OFF when you use Discount Code MPBBJ! The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/9) Longtime fans have watched Rahsaan Patterson grow from the skinny, wide-eyed boy with the big eyes and bigger voice on the classic children’s show, Kids Incorporated, to one of the most influential yet underrated soul men on the planet. He’s sported blonde-streaked hair and cutting edge fashions while strolling through European-set music videos, and sung in clubs and concert halls around the globe. He’s worked with Brandy, Van Hunt, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, and others, and icons including Chaka Khan have ushered him into the hall of the greats. He’ll perform two great shows, at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (9/10) Our #1 Comedian, Host, and DC’s Finest will be back for more! Come out for a hilarious night – The Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show will make sure you ROFL! This time, Joe’s featured comedians are Brooklyn Mike, Queen Aishah, & A. G. White. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, he keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. So get ready, Bethesda! The laughs will be nonstop starting at 7pm and again at 10pm.

Sunday (9/11) Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.” From his early days as a drummer with Albert Collins to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work. When British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session, he was blown away and recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers. Montoya spent the next 10 years in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. The rest is history! His special guest for the evening will be the great Cathy Ponton King. The show starts at 8pm.

Of course, there’s so much more coming right up! Grab your tickets now for Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Midge Ure, Morris Day & The Time, The Texas Chainsaw Horns present Hot Mess Burlesque, and more! Check our Music Calendar anytime for up-to-date info.

Thanks so much for coming out for great music and comedy in Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you here soon!

Rick Brown

 

A Week of Sweet Jazz & Rockin’ Blues with Jeff Bradshaw, Popa Chubby, M3, Marianna Previti + a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute!

Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert, Daryl Davis Presents Marianna Previti, M3- Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson, Popa Chubby, The Jeff Bradshaw and Friends Birthday Celebration w/ Frank McComb and Maysa at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Aug-Sept 2016Monday (8/29) Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson! The King of Pop would have been 58 years old on this day. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and as varied. Join Bethesda Blues & Jazz as we celebrate this music with a handful of the DMV’s finest musicians cutting through the hits of Michael Jackson and demonstrating just how beloved the music of this amazing performer was and always will be. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Tuesday (8/30) Daryl Davis Presents An Evening with Marianna Previti! There are plenty of singers who are jacks of all genres and an abundance of great singers specializing in certain genres.  But every once in a blue moon, there comes a vocalist versatile enough to be a master of all. Marianna Previti is such a rarity. Trained as a classical instrumentalist on the trumpet, she has successfully conveyed that talent to her voice and is recognized as one of the finest singers in the Washington, DC area. This award-winning vocalist is equally comfortable in jazz, blues, rock, and country. She is critically acclaimed for her musical dynamics and phrasing. Show host and piano player Daryl Davis, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. This concert begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (8/31) M3 is Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson. Marcus Mitchell is not only an established saxophone artist in jazz, he is also CEO and President of 24th Music, a division of MHM Entertainment Group – a multi-faceted entertainment company based out of Maryland. Marcus Young delivers pure soulful melodic and inspirational songs infused with jazz rhythms, or “Groove Jazz,” as he calls it. Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award-winning musician with an abundance of career-defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo album, Style Meets Substance, the critically-acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is one to watch. Use Discount Code M3BBJ for half off the ticket price and enjoy the show by these great musicians who go by the name of Marcus! M3 starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/2) For over 25 years, Popa Chubby (born Ted Horowitz) has been rockin’ the blues. Since 1994, he has been heralded as a force to be reckoned with on guitar. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee, and a style he calls “The Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is one of the genre’s most popular figures. Steeped in a mix of punk rock and deeply authentic blues, Chubby says, “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too.” Use Discount Code PCBBJ for 50% off your ticket to the show! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday (9/3 – 9/4) Soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso Jeff Bradshaw was born in North Philadelphia. His father was a minister so his formative musical experiences were in church, where brass bands were a staple. In 1994, Bradshaw began to meet musicians, singers and producers on the Philly scene who went on to become the architect of the neo-soul revolution: Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter of the Roots, James Poyser, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, Ivan Barrios, Carvin Higgons, and many others. These friendships led to Bradshaw recording his trombone sounds with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry, Darius Ricker, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Roots, Musiq Soulchild, and more. In 2002, he had the opportunity to record his first album as a leader, Bone Deep. That acclaimed first album led to busy years of touring, more recordings, and session work with a wide array of hip-hop, R & B and jazz artists. Come out and help Jeff celebrate his birthday along with very special guests Frank McComb and Maysa. The Saturday night and Sunday night concerts both begin at 8pm.

We have many more great shows for you coming up this fall! Check our Music Calendar for info on upcoming performances by Rahsaan Patterson, Mike Peters of The Alarm, an Amy Winehouse tribute by American Idol finalist Elise Testone, Tab Benoit, Anissa Hargrove w/ a special guest appearance by Gloria Gaynor, Trouble Funk, Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

Thanks as always, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

Get Soulful with Kenny Lattimore, Conya Doss, and Anton & Leadhead…
and Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars!

Anton & Leadhead with Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes, Kenny Lattimore, Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars, Soul Sessions Featuring Conya Doss at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Wednesday (8/24) Don’t miss Anton & Leadhead! Anton Dickerson started the group Leadhead over 30 years ago. He was playing guitar with another group from Washington, DC called The DC Playboys. He had a different sound and a look in mind so he left the Playboys and started Enterprise, which was eventually renamed Leadhead. Leadhead has worked with many of the greats: Earth, Wind and Fire, New Birth, Parliament-Funkadelic, Cameo, The Commodores, Kool and the Gang, and Rare Earth, just to name a few. Leadhead’s current stage show features some of the top songs from the ’70s and ’80s R&B and Funk sound. Their fast-paced and energetic show will bring back memories! Joining them for the evening will be Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes. The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/25) Growing up in Washington, DC, Kenny Lattimore was raised on gospel music and R&B/pop icons like Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. His freshman year at Howard University gave way to Lattimore becoming the lead singer for R&B group Maniquin. Signed to Epic, the group released the single “I Wanna Ride,” produced by the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson. In 1995, he relocated to New York City as a solo act and was signed to Columbia in 1995. Ushering in an R&B resurgence that counted D’Angelo and Maxwell in its ranks, Lattimore released his debut solo album a year later. The self-titled, gold-certified set spun off two top 20 hits: “Never Too Busy” and the romance classic “For You,” which peaked at No. 6 on the R&B charts. Now the “modern soul man” is back with another hit in the making, “Love Me Back.” The simple feel-good track is the lead single from Lattimore’s seventh solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song. Hear him perform this new tune and so much more! He’s here for two shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (8/27) Get down and boogie to the outrageous music of Washington’s favorite ne’er-do-well, Root Boy Slim!  Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars is a must-see rare performance – top shelf musicians representing every band Root Boy Slim toured and recorded with from 1977 until his passing in 1993. The featured musicians include Tommy Lepson, Ron Holloway, Dan Hovey, Marshall Keys, Albert Bashor, Brent Mingle, Torro Gamble, John Zidar, and Ray Tilkens, with the original Rootettes Cherie Grasso & Dick Bangham. You’ll also get a sneak preview of film clips from Boogie Til You Puke: The Legend of Root Boy Slim – the feature length documentary now in production! The party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (8/28) Incredible artist Conya Doss has a voice that sounds like it’s both from the past and the future. She is classical-influenced, blues-influenced, R&B-influenced and rock-influenced, which herein lies the brilliance of how she collectively and seamlessly creates great music. Doss has built a solid reputation over the years as the modern benchmark for any young female artist and her new studio project, Seven, highlights that. With beauty, grace and confidence, the poised songstress has composed a song compilation of warm and personal tracks that are full of soul with huge melodies. The skillful arrangement of horns, strings and piano riffs suit her finely crafted lyrics about love, life, and pursuing one’s dreams. Listen in for the new songs, as well as standouts “Just Me” and “Where Do We Go From Here” from her last recording, Pocketful of Purpose. All of Doss’ album titles are authentically steeped in the spirit of growth and change, and Seven is no different. At this live performance treat, you’ll hear the songbird’s breezy voice twisting through candid sentiments of a young woman who is comfortable in her own skin. The concert begins at 8pm.

We’ve got more great stuff coming right up at BBJ! The Michael Jackson Tribute Birthday Concert, M3 (Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, and Marcus Anderson), Popa Chubby, Jeff Bradshaw, First Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger & Friends, an Amy Winehouse Tribute by American Idol Finalist Elise Testone… and there’s more where that came from! Visit our Music Calendar for more information and more upcoming events.

Many thanks for coming out to our venue, sharing dinner and a show, and for supporting great music in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Legends Peter Asher & Albert Lee Kick Off A Week of Classic and New Music with Soulcial Hour, Bruce In The USA, The Nighthawks Film Premiere & More

Peter Asher and Albert Lee plus Naked Blue, Premier of The Nighthawks Down The Blue Highway Documentary, Bruce in the USA, Soulcial Hour and Darrell Hill, Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers, Unit 3 Deep at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/16) Music legends Peter Asher and Albert Lee will take to the BBJ stage! As one half of Peter & Gordon, Asher’s voice soared through Carnegie Hall while Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25-year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and also Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). We came to know Peter Asher via 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose debut “A World Without Love” topped the charts in the US, UK, and over 30 other countries. His days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Asher & Lee will perform “I Go to Pieces,” “The Highwayman,” “Handyman,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Bye Bye Love,” and other beloved tunes. Special guests Naked Blue draw from the Americana tradition, are firmly grounded with a pleasing pop sensibility, and have become a mainstay on the folk/pop scene. The concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/17) Come out for Soulcial Hour! Soulcial Hour is a smooth jazz, R&B, and soul band from the Washington, DC area – as smooth and funky as George Benson and Brian Culbertson, as soulful as the Average White Band, Luther Vandross, and Chaka Kahn, with the pizzazz of Jill Scott and Ledisi and the ingenuity of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also on the bill is Darrell Hill, who auditioned for the Apollo Theater Live and made his debut in 2012. While hanging with rap artist Mob Deep, Darrell received the opportunity to sign with the record label, 25 to Life. He wrote songs for people such as G-Eddie and F MC Shan. Later, he became a member and sang with Bowie, MD-area group, 99 Percent before taking on his own musical career. Some of Darrell’s inspirations are legendary singers such as Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass. Darrell Hill brings plenty of R&B passion to the mic. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/18) Come out and enjoy some great local music with Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers! Lock 7 performs guitar-driven rock and blues classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, as well as some hard-charging originals. Veteran DC-area 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. McGurn leads with a high-energy beat and seasoned, soulful vocals from behind the drum kit. On guitar, Davis delivers a blistering, bluesy performance, while Travis completes the sound from the back row, with a steady bass groove providing depth and structure. The Mighty Peacemakers – veteran musicians and a longtime staple in the DC music scene – deliver a mix of classic rock, blues, and originals behind the lead vocals of Rob Kilgore. TMPM’s song selection is guitar-driven rock like The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd, as well as original songs. Mike Nakamura and Dan Lopez provide a blend and variety of styles with their slide and lead guitars and vocals, the rhythm section is driven by Bruce Allen on drums and vocals and Jim Grice on bass. This rockin’ musical journey gets started at 7:30pm.

Friday (8/19) Don’t miss the DC Metro-area premiere of Nighthawks on the Blue Highway documentary film! The movie will start off the night, followed by the area debut of Chicago’s North Avenue Stompers, featuring Eric Shoutin’ Sheridan. Longtime locals will remember Sheridan as the voice behind The Uptown Rhythm Kings. The Nighthawks will close things out with a killer set! The evening’s festivities start at 7:30pm.

“In this unflinching documentary film, the Washington DC-based Nighthawks struggle to keep their music alive after more than four decades in the brutal music business. Hopeless record deals, weary days on the road, and conflict among the four members threaten to bury them. But the hardest working blues band in America soldiers on, carrying the torch of the blues into the 21st century. Directed by Washington DC native and Johnny Cash biographer Michael Streissguth, the film stars George Thorogood, John Hammond, Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson, and Mark Wenner.”

Saturday (8/20) More than just another tribute… This is Bruce in the USA! This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. Matt Ryan is a veteran of professional live performance artist in full scale production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the world. He has performed the Springsteen character as a cast member of the world famous Legends In Concert since the year 2000. 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. This show has met with critical acclaim from Vegas to large performing arts centers to Bruce’s old stomping ground, The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Sellout crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last! This homage to The Boss starts at 8pm.

Sunday (8/21) Unit 3 Deep is a bold new direction in jazz and R&B featuring three of the industry’s world-class musicians. Super Bassist and Billboard-charting artist David Dyson (Pieces of a Dream, Lalah Hathaway, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Bobby Lyle, Phillip Bailey) joins forces with the dynamic and sultry piano melodies of Billboard-charting artist Patrick Cooper who has performed with the likes of Angela Bofill, Jean Carne, Nick Colionne, Bobby Lyle, to name a few. Wayne Thomas, who has built a solid reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after drummers, adds his prolific skills to this awesome group. The show starts at 8pm.

Of course, we’ve got more music coming right up! Check out our Music Calendar for upcoming shows including Kenny Lattimore, Poppa Chubby, Jeff Bradshaw, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Rahsaan Patterson, Marcus Johnson, a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert and much more.

Thanks so much for supporting great music and comedy in downtown Bethesda. We’ll look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

Feel the Beat! Virtuoso Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, R&B Star Jon B,
plus Kandace Springs, Zo!, DC Fusion, & Comedy with Joe Clair

Kandace Springs w/ Lee Mo, Jon B, Zo! + Carmen Rodgers, Cindy Blackman Santana, Joe Clair & Friends, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/9) Kandace Springs and special guest Lee Mo will grace the BBJ stage! Kandace Springs is a Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist who counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes. As evidenced by her sparkling full-length Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. The strength of her 2014 self-titled debut EP, led to TV performances on The Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Lee Mo is one of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, known for her killer vocals, soulful feel, and impressive music sensibilities. Born and raised in Baltimore, she is the musical product of many influences including gospel, jazz, and soul. This not-to-miss concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/10) Songwriter, producer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Jon B. brought a distinctive focus on smooth melodies to contemporary R&B. We are so excited to bring him to you live! Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Jon B. (short for Jonathan Buck) is the son of a professor of music and a concert pianist. Influenced by music found in his grandparents’ record store, he began combining the spirit of ’70s soul with hip-hop-inspired productions on his 1995 debut album, Bonafide. It peaked on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart at number 24, led by the Top Ten R&B single “Someone to Love,” a duet with prime influence Babyface, and went gold.  His second album, 1997’s Cool Relax, continued the emphasis on hip-hop soul and featured two of his biggest singles, “They Don’t Know” and the 2Pac-assisted “Are U Still Down.” Come out and enjoy dinner and a show – The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/11) Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer Zo! is Detroit-area born and raised, Silver Spring, MD based Lorenzo Ferguson. Zo! utilizes multiple layers of thick instrumentation to shape his compositions, as demonstrated on his albums, ManMade and SunStorm. While touring his own material regularly, Zo! can also be seen on stage as the keyboardist and Musical Director for GRAMMY-nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange. In 2014, he completed music work for the Adult Swim animated series, Black Dynamite. Zo! is currently on tour in support of his newest offering, SkyBreak (2016). Special guest Carmen Rodgers writes and produces music with a sound all its own: deep soul, striking arrangements, and blunt but beautiful lyrics that places the challenging, mellow, somber, and exciting highs of life inside melody. Check out the show at 8pm.

Friday (8/12) Cindy Blackman Santana has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through her critically-acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010) and recently released an album and subsequent world tour with Spectrum Road, featuring Jack Bruce (Cream), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood) & Vernon Reid (Living Color). She is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. She is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change, as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. Cindy has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, and Angela Bofill.  From 1993 to 2007, she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band. While substituting for Dennis Chambers at a Santana show, Cindy and Carlos sparked a relationship, on and off the stage. They married in 2010. The Cindy Blackman Santana show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (8/13) Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest is back! This time around, Joe Clair and Friends Present The Crazy Sexy Fool Comedy Show! Featured comedians will be Marvin Dixon, Dawn Boatman, and Eddie Bryant. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, this guy keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. Whether you call him Joe Cleezy, J.C., or Mr. Clair, you know Joe Clair is 100%! We’ve got two big shows in store at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and again at 9:30pm.

Sunday (8/14) DC Fusion has quickly become one of the area’s most in-demand high-energy dance bands, and it’s easy to see why. The band is led by keyboard wizard Benjie Porecki and features dynamic vocalists Tiffany Simone and Uzorije Carter, vocalist/percussionist Marcus Turner, guitarist Randy Morser and saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin. End your weekend right with this live performance! The show kicks off at 7:30pm.

Coming up next week at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club: Peter Asher and Albert Lee plus Naked Blue, Soulcial Hour & Darrell Hill, The Nighthawks, Bruce in the USA, and Unit 3 Deep. Keep an eye out on our Music Calendar for our latest show additions and updates!

We look forward to seeing you soon at BBJ!

Rick Brown