International Music by Polish Saxophonist Maciej Obara, the Legendary Peter Asher and Albert Lee – Stateside Sounds by Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart, Judith Hill, plus A Tribute to the Music of Mary J, Fantasia and Erykah Badu

Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart, Judith Hill, A Tribute to Mary J, Fantasia, and Erykah Badu, Peter Asher and Albert Lee at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/20) Saxophonist and composer Maciej Obara burst onto the international jazz scene after winning the Bielska Zadymka Jazz Contest in 2006 for his album, Message from Oyaho. His International Quartet features Polish countryman Dominik Wania on piano alongside two of Norway’s most in–demand jazz players, bassist Ole Morten Vagan and drummer Gard Nilssen. Reviewing a London performance by the group for The Guardian, John Fordham wrote, “Obara displayed an inventiveness and stamina that re­minded me of the veteran improv master Lee Konitz… Obara’s is by inclination a free–jazz group, but it’s one with discipline and a sense of narrative shape.” This event is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York. Additional support provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC and Culture.pl. The concert begins at 8pm.

Tuesday (6/21) Nineties music fans and fans of great pop-singer/songwriter performance, join us for Lisa Loeb, live and in person! Loeb emerged from the New York coffeehouse and club circuits with her trademark Grammy-nominated hit “Stay (I Missed You).” She was, and still is the only artist to ever have a number one Billboard pop single while not signed to a recording contract. Since then, she has been busy with projects including performing children’s music and creating her own line of eyewear. The multi-talented singer/songwriter, inspired to work with co-producer Chad Gilbert, guitarist and founding member of rockers New Found Glory, stirs up a glorious pop/punk rock sound over the course of 12 tracks that are both coolly contemporary yet rough around the edges on her latest musical declaration, No Fairy Tale. Her show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (6/23) If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from the blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. And for a deeper metaphor on the emotional and spiritual level, you might say it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning. No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over forty years Stuart, a Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, and historian, has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in twenty-three tracks. Come out and let Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives entertain you with a mix of Stuart originals, classic covers, and traditional hymns – trading off sawdust and sermon along the way. The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (6/24) Please welcome Los Angeles native Judith Hill! Judith Hill has been a background singer for such legends as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr, and the late Michael Jackson, serving as the latter’s duet partner on the classic ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” which became a highlight of Jackson’s posthumously released film, This Is It. She appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of several acclaimed background singers, and she also appeared on The Voice, where she began to cement her identity as a knockout solo artist. After hearing her original songs and watching Hill sing live, the legendary Prince knew he was in the presence of a genuine talent, just as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and other starts realized before him. He went on to play on and produce Hill’s debut solo album, Back in Time. Offered as a free download for two days in March on LiveNation.com, the album quickly attracted 200,000 downloads. Come experience the brilliance for yourself! The Judith Hill concert will start at 8pm.

Saturday (6/25) Brencore Entertainment Presents “A Tribute to the Music of Mary J, Fantasia and Erykah Badu! Performing the songs of these three incredible performers will be R&B Recording Artist Halima Peru and the Faycez U Know Music Group. The Miami-born Halima Peru’s high-energy performance is second to none – Close your eyes and you will feel the presence of Mary J Blige, Fantasia, and Erykah as Halima channels her talents to deliver on-point performances honoring these artists. Faycez U Know is an American soul and funk band straight from the DMV. This hometown group has the drive of the DC Go-Go swing that will get you groovin’. They have a relentless showmanship that has been compared to the likes of the Rolling Stones, and the versatility of a P-Funk party! This phenomenal tribute gets started at 8pm.

Sunday (6/26) Two music legends from England are about to take over – Peter Asher and Albert Lee! Whether you’re a connoisseur of rock, folk, music of the 60s and 70s, or simply a fan of the well-crafted song, you won’t want to miss this excellent show. As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher’s voice soared through Carnegie Hall while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by none other than the great Eric Clapton. We first came to know Peter Asher via Peter & Gordon’s “A World Without Love,” which 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. 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. Lee also had had a 25-year run as Music Director of The Everly Brothers. Asher & Lee will perform “I Go To Pieces,” “The Highwayman,” “Handyman,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Bye Bye Love,” and many other beloved tunes. Their WAMMY Award-winning special guests, The Kennedys, are an acoustic pop act with deep roots in the DC area with influences ranging from the British Invasion to California Country-Rock. They’ll kick off the show at 8pm.

Upcoming Shows: Dave Damiani & No Vacancy Orchestra Present the one-and-only Bobby Rydell, the all-female “sensual crank” DC Go-Go band, Be’la Dona, Newmyer Flyer Presents A Southern Soul Tribute, and much more! Check out our Music Calendar for all the latest info.

As always, thanks for your support and for sharing the love of great music! We’ll look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

 

Father’s Day Weekend with Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Fest and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jazzy R&B Queen Miki Howard, Jazz-Pop-Indie Group
The Becca Stevens Band

Sandra Dean w/ Dart Club and US, The Jam w/ Gary Grainger and Friends, The Becca Stevens Band, Miki Howard, Joe Clair and Friends: Poppa Don’t Take No Mess Comedy Fest, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/13) One of the DC area’s finest female rock vocalists, Sandra Dean, returns by popular demand burn the stage down once again with her powerful, sultry, and soulful voice. There is simply no cooling her – Whether it’s an uptempo rocker or a soft and slow ballad, the intensity and emotion put into her vocals generates enough heat to blow the thermostat! Show host and boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage per guest). Special guests Dart Club and US.  The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/14) It’s time to show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends!  Musicians and singers: Come on out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (6/15) North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Come out and see for yourself! Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions. She’s fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, with pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals. Stevens has toured the world with her band and has collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Not to be missed! The Becca Stevens Band plays at 8pm.

Friday (6/17) Grammy-nominated Miki Howard has a stunning catalog of wide-ranging music to her credit – from the breezy “Come Share My Love” and the steamy funk of “Ain’t Nobody Like You” to her soul-stirring signature song, “Love Under New Management,” the jazzy “Imagination,” and the inferno that is “That’s What Love Is,” a duet with the late, great Gerald Levert. She’s got a lot happening right now – a new live and studio-recorded 5-song EP, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues, and a brand new movie about her life and career just out on TV One: Love Under New Management – The Miki Howard Story. Come out on and enjoy a Friday night concert by jazzy, R&B Queen Miki Howard! The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/18) Poppa Don’t Take No Mess! Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! This time around he’s got two big shows especially for Father’s Day Weekend, and the featured comedians are Ray Grady, Ashley Mayo, Kyle Grooms! #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Sunday (6/19) Happy Father’s Day! Take a trip back in the day and celebrate Father’s Day with one of the great, soulful vocal groups, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were formed by Melvin in Philadelphia in 1954. In 1960 under the Valley Vue label, they went onto record their first hit to reach the R&B charts with the single, “My Hero.” In 1970, it was the apparently unassuming addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer that set off a series of pivotal events that led to the group’s jump into national prominence. They collaborated with producers/songwriters Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble and signed with their Philadelphia International label. With Pendergrass in his new role and Gamble & Huff s influence, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes reeled off a series of hits including “If You Don t Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost” which reached No. 3 and No. 7 on the Billboard pop charts, respectively. Come enjoy the Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes of today – still going strong with all the hits and more. Doors open for Father’s Day Brunch at 10:30am for the 12:30 show. Doors open at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm show.

Other upcoming shows include the Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives, Judith Hill, Peter Asher & Albert Lee, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, and The Yardbirds! Keep up with us on our Music Calendar.

Thanks so much for all you do to help keep great music alive and well. We look forward to seeing you at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club soon!

 

Rick Brown

Grammy Award-Winning Bluegrass Artists The SteelDrivers, A Celebration of Prince on his Birthday, and a Week of “Feel Good Music” with Secret Society,
76 Degrees West, Shadz of Soul & Nu-Era

Diana Quinn, Prince Birthday Celebration of Life, Mycah Chevalier, Secret Society, The SteelDrivers, 76 Degrees West w/ Sugar Bear, Shadz of Soul & Nu Era Tribute The Emotions & The Temptations at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/6) Diana Quinn will bring us her own brand of 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll, done up in a way only she can! She has entertained audiences all over the DC area and around the country for decades with her fun, campy humor and great music, with period attire to match. She is the lead vocalist of The Fabulettes (rock ‘n’ roll and soul) as well as Honky Tonk Confidential (classic Country). Show host Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. It’ll be a Dance Night with ½ off select bottles of wine and NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage). The show starts at 7:30pm. Come ready to party!

Tuesday (6/7) It’s Prince’s birthday! The loss of this great artist in April was tragic and a shock to fans around the world. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince Rogers Nelson. His music showed remarkable diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures and genres. Please join us in celebration of his life and music with a handful of the DMV’s finest musicians and special guest Mike Scott (Prince guitarist) as they cut through Prince’s hits and demonstrate just how powerful and versatile his compositions were and always will be. The tribute begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (6/8) Get in on The Mycah Chevalier Experience! Blessed with an irresistible and soulful voice, Mycah Chevalier is in a class all her own. She has shared the stage with artists such as El DeBarge, Regina Belle, Lyfe Jennings, The Whispers, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, JaRule, Arturo Sandoval, & Maysa Leak to name a few. She is lead female vocalist for the group guiltypleasures, who’s debut single “Anticipation (The Remix)” has been in steady rotation on WHUR 96.3FM’s Original Quiet Storm since April 2010, and has been deemed a “new classic” by many. In 2012, Mycah released her single and re-make of the Duke Ellington/John Coltrane jazz classic “In A Sentimental Mood.” Her recent single, “Genie,” has been played worldwide and landed Mycah’s 2nd Grammy consideration in 5 categories for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. This phenomenal show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (6/9) 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 Society” is that breath of fresh air. The combination of talent, experience, and a host of influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James, and others gives this band a great sound and identity all its own. To assign a genre-style to this group would be difficult considering the intermixture of music displayed. The group calls it “Feel Good Music,” and that is exactly what it is they have to offer. Bandleader and saxophonist Mills also performs with DC’s legendary Chuck Brown “The Godfather of Go-Go” Band. With Wayne Thomas on drums, vocalist Mike Madison, Robbie McDonald on lead guitar, bassist David Dyson, and Patrick Cooper on keyboards, this recipe of musicians is sure to please the taste buds of the avid music fan! Their feel-good show gets started at 8pm.

Friday (6/10) Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award-Winners, The SteelDrivers, will treat us to a truly soulful, rootsy performance. Though their 2016 Grammy-winning album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, may sound like something historic “from the vault,” it is fully from this moment. This fourth SteelDrivers studio album is made up of all-new material and recorded in Muscle Shoals at the legendary NuttHouse Recording Studio. Much of the inspiration came from Muscle Shoals, an area of exultation and experimentation, and home to the SteelDrivers’ lead vocalist, writer, and lead singer Gary Nichols. The group continues its rich musical progression, conjuring music drenched in soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Can a new album be a classic album? If the “blend of soul and slink, blues and country, mountain coal and red dirt,” as Peter Cooper characterized their sound, is timeless, then the SteelDrivers have delivered another new classic. As this band’s sound reaches deeper into musical roots, each new recording and live shoe is another spectacular step forward. The SteelDrivers concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/11) It’s 76 Degrees West with special guest Sugar Bear! 76 Degrees West is the longitude for the East Coast in the Western Hemisphere – precisely, Washington, DC. This rising band has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, and Angela Johnson. The jazz/funk sound of 76 Degrees West has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. Back by popular demand! The show kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (6/12) Shadz of Soul & Nu-Era brings the Sounds of The Emotions & The Temptations! Soulful and smooth, the female R&B group Shadz of Soul hails from the Washington, DC area. The group formed in the early 90’s and consists of Anissa Hargrove, Shawn Allen, and Farnetta Baker. The group is often compared to The Emotions, EnVogue, and The Jones Girls. Known for their intricate harmonies and limitless vocal ability, they have individually and collectively provided vocal assistance to artists including Patti Labelle, Chanté Moore, Mike Howard, Jean Carn, and Gloria Gaynor. Nu-Era consists of five singing brothers: Isaac “Ike,” Solomon “Sonny,” Samuel “Sam,” Jacob “Jake,” and Jeremy “JP” Marsh. They have performed with the Whispers, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Blue Magic, Jerry Butler, The Orioles, Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels, along with other greats. They have opened for Gerald Levert, The O’Jays, and Patti LaBelle and have shared the stage with The Stylistics, The Delfonics and the Dramatics. This soulful performance starts at 8pm.

Coming Soon: Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Be’la Dona, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, Jeff Bradshaw, and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar for tickets and info.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

Classic Sounds by Gary Grainger,Geno Marriott, DC Highlife Stars, Ronnie Laws, Beatlemania Now

Gary Grainger,Geno Marriott, DC Highlife Stars, Ronnie Laws, Beatlemania Now

Tuesday (5/31) Show ‘em What You Got…Turn Out and Turn it Up with  The Jam Featuring Gary Grainger and Friends. The Grainger Brothers kick-off the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in the Maryland / Northern Virginia region. Come witness history at the highly anticipated return of the Nation’s most talented musicians and performers led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) The show begins at 8pm.

Wed (6/1) Come out and hear Geno & The Spirit of Jazz. Geno’s polished fusion of contemporary smooth jazz, funk, classic rock and gospel has helped the soprano saxophonist become one of the most popular contemporary jazz performers in The Washington DC area and East Coast. Geno opened up for the CD release concert of Gospel Great, Byron Cage in 2012, performed at corporate events, social functions, Lake Anna Winery, community events and has played at many venues and private functions on the East Coast and is proud to be a part of Hampton/Va. Beach Jazz Circuit and has music on played on WHOV – Jazz radio and other stations.  In 2014 he recorded is first CD, “The Spirit of Jazz”, with Producer Carlos Redmond on Independent label, “GmusicEntertainment. Geno is also a member of the popular DC Jazz/Fusion/Latin Group “Geno and Friends”. Please rest your ears and enjoy this Debut CD by, Geno Marriott featuring the song “Tahiti”. The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (6/2) Don’t miss DC Highlife Stars, they have been lighting up dance floors across Maryland and DC with their infectious blend of hip-shaking music from West Africa, along with original compositions that bring the party into the here-and-now. Bandleaders Eme Awa (Eme & Heteru) and Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band) have assembled a choice crew from among the DMV’s deep African music community to explore this stripped down, guitar Highlife sound. The result is five world-class groove masters — from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and the US — slinging deep-pocket bass, soaring double-helix guitars and earthy harmonies all so you can forget your troubles and dance! The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (6/3) Don’t miss this rare appearance by Ronnie Laws! Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of Jazz with the broader reaching strains of Soul and Pop music. Throughout his career, which includes early-’70s gigs with Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire and his brother, Hubert Laws. He is often listed on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. The show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (6/5) You don’t want to miss this show…. Whether young or old this show appeals to all ages… It’s a must-see event…”BEATLEMANIA NOW” successfully recaptures the mood and frantic intensity of that by-gone era. The performers skillfully and effectively recreate the sights and sounds that were and still are…The Beatles!!! The show starts at 7pm.

Don’t forget about our Father’s Day performances by Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes! Also coming up: Our own Prince Birthday Celebration of Life, Secret Society, 76 Degrees West Band and much more. Please visit our Music Calendar to find out more about our exciting and diverse upcoming events. Thanks as always for helping us keep great music alive in Bethesda!

 

Eric Benét R&B, a 70s Soirée with Clones of Funk & DJ Julian, and Community Jazz

Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble, B-CC HS Jazz Ensemble + Paul Carr's Jazz Academy of Music, Chris Grasso: The Vocal Workshop, Eric Benet, Foxtrappe 70s Summer Soiree feat. Clones of Funk & DJ Julian at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/23) Join the award-winning Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble for an evening of music that is sure get your soul swingin’. They’ll be performing works you’ll love by Jazz greats including Clark Terry, Sammy Nestico, Dave Brubeck, Stevie Wonder, Gordon Goodwin, and Pat Metheny. Under the direction of Terry S. Alvey, the Whitman Jazz Ensemble has performed at NIH, the French Embassy, and Carnegie Hall. Between 1998 and 2011 the Whitman Jazz Ensemble captured first place titles at the prestigious Chantilly Jazz Festival eight times and was a finalist three times. Also two-time winners of the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, this ensemble performs with maturity beyond the students’ years. The concert begins at 7pm.

Tuesday (5/24) Come out and hear more great up-and-coming talent! The BCC Jazz Ensemble is part of the Grammy-award winning signature school music program of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. The jazz band participates in local and national competitions and most recently performed in Boston and at the mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville.  The BBC Jazz Ensemble performs of variety of styles including swing, Latin, rock, and ballads. The Ensemble will be joined by Paul Carr’s Jazz Academy of Music Orchestra. Over the past 12 years JAM has provided music education opportunities to over 2,000 kids. The Orchestra has performed at the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland with Javon Jackson, the National Jazz Education Network Conference in Atlanta with Brian Lynch, and the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival with Delfeayo Marsalis. They are 3-time winners of the Silver Spring Jazz Festival High School Competition. The show begins at 7pm.

Wed (5/25) Don’t miss the next performance of Chris Grasso’s Vocal Workshop Showcase! The singers will be performing some great music at this special event, and the featured vocalists are Joan Yonkler, Jack Feder, Olga Naidenko, Krista Cowan, Don Dillingham and Nell Rumbaugh. They will be accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Romeir Mendez on bass, and David McDonald on drums. Your admission fee is good for either or both sets, so you are welcome to come early, enjoy dinner, and stay for both performances at 7pm and 9pm with no additional cover charge.

Friday (5/27) We’ve got an incredible evening in store… two performances by R&B singer/songwriter Eric Benét. The soulful crooner is the artist behind “You’re The Only One,” which spent 4 weeks straight at #1 on Urban AC radio and was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Performance, “Sometimes I Cry,” which reached # 1 on the Hot Adult R&B Songs Chart, plus fan favorites like “Chocolate Legs.” After the success in the US with his sixth album, The One, the four-time Grammy-nominated artist released his latest offering, entitled The Other One, exclusively for his international fan base. The Other One is an alternative approach to the 2012 album The One – a remixed version with Drum’n’Bass influences, ambient atmospherics, and sublime vocals. His latest single is “Sunshine.” Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30pm for the 10pm show.

Sunday (5/29) It’s a Foxtrappe 70s Summer Soiree with Clones of Funk & DJ Julian! The historic nightclub Foxtrappe presents a very special evening of music from the 1970s to kick off the summer season! This party will take you back in the day with a live performance of classic tunes by Clones of Funk and classic dance music from the 70s by DJ Julian. The dance floor will be open for dancing all night. Dressing up is optional, but you might want to be ready for the Best 70s Attire Contest! Clones of Funk is a multi-talented ensemble of charismatic lead singers, a tight rhythm section, and dynamic horns playing funk anthems by Parliament-Funkadelic, James Brown, and Sly & the Family Stone. DJ Julian has been a premier DJ in the region for years at high profile events such as the Congressional Black Caucus and CIAA Tournament. He is also the featured DJ for the “Grown Folks Dance Party” on Magic 95.9 in Baltimore every Friday night. Get on up and get down Sunday night starting at 8pm!

Don’t forget about our Father’s Day performances by Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes! Also coming up: Ronnie Laws, Beatlemania Now, our own Prince Birthday Celebration of Life, and much more. Please visit our Music Calendar to find out more about our exciting and diverse upcoming events. Thanks as always for helping us keep great music alive in Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

All About the Very Best! Legendary Wings Singer-Guitarist Denny Laine performs Band on the Run, inGratitude – A Tribute to Earth, Wind, & Fire,
and Classic Rock Saturday Night

Angela Hill, inGratitude – Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, The Vi-Kings, Denny Laine performs Band on the Run at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club 5/16/16Monday (5/16) At ease equally with Country, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, and Rock ’n’ Roll, stellar vocalist Angela Hill returns to our stage. She is a large package of dynamite in a small frame! She has been compared to Brenda Lee, and she leads two Gospel choirs in Washington Metropolitan churches when she’s not moonlighting on the nightclub and festival concert circuit. Chicago native Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. It’s a Dance Night with ½ off select bottles of wine and NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage). The show starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (5/20) Get into the sounds of one of the most prolific musical ensembles in history! inGratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire will rule the stage with an impressive body of familiar EW&F tunes, emphasizing the classic years from 1973 to 1985. The 13-piece band is led by four exceptional male vocalists and includes talented and established musicians who have performed and recorded with many of the world’s greatest artists such as Nancy Wilson, Teddy Pendergrass, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Bootsy Collins, Phyllis Hyman, John Scofield, and George Clinton. Members of Pockets, the EW&F-produced, Baltimore-based, 80’s band are featured as principal members. This tribute has been selling out area venues including Rams Head on Stage, Maryland Live Casino, The Hamilton, and The Birchmere. inGratitude offers an enthusiastic evening of appreciation of the legendary Maurice White, of the soundtrack of a generation, and of some of the greatest music of our time. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Saturday (5/21) Come out and welcome back Bethesda’s hometown band, The VI-Kings, as they return for their 4th headlining appearance at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club! What’s in store when you go to a Vi-Kings show? You might say their breeze blew through Liverpool, Surrey, and Richmond, out of the Haight, down Sunset Boulevard, up the Mississippi, and along South Michigan Avenue. It blew down Beacon Street, across Washington Park, and into Georgetown. Basically, the music of The VI-Kings is the 1960’s soundtrack of your life. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, Dylan, The Byrds, The Yardbirds, and more… There’s a reason this wonderful music has endured throughout the decades. This will be a joyous celebration of great music and a rockin’ Saturday night! The show begins at 8pm.

Sunday (5/22) Rock royalty Denny Laine will be here to perform a truly classic album! As he celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour, Laine has taken to the road with a live performance of their greatest album, Band on the Run — complete and unabridged! By far the most successful album involving any of The Beatles following their breakup, Band on the Run was created by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine, and Linda McCartney. Band On the Run transcended the era to become an album whose deep cuts such as “Let Me Roll It,” “Picasso’s Last Words,” “Mrs. Vanderbilt,” and “Bluebird” are better remembered-and played more often on classic rock radio-than most hits of the era. Expect other Wings hits such as “Live and Let Die” as well as Denny’s legendary lead vocal on the Moody Blues classic “Go Now” to round out this special anniversary show. We are proud to have this rock legend here to perform these timeless tracks. The concert starts at 8pm.

Of course we’ve got more great shows for you coming right up! We’ll have Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Be’la Dona, The Spinners, The Yardbirds, The Chuck Brown Band, and our very own tribute to a great artist we lost far too soon, Prince. Visit our Music Calendar for more info and tickets to these and all our other events.

Thank you so much for showing up and keeping jazz, blues, plus great classic rock and soul alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Classic Sounds by The S.O.S. Band, Eddie Holman, & “The Doo-Wop Cops,” Cool Jazz by Blake Aaron & Phillip “Doc” Martin, and the Genre-Defying MarchFourth

Keith Grimes, The Grainger Jam, MarchFourth + The Harry Bells, The SOS Band, Philip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Eddie Holman and DC’s Finest at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/9) Come out and enjoy DC’s own legendary guitarist extraordinaire, Keith Grimes. In various configurations, he has played with bandleader Daryl Davis for over 25 years bringing out the best rock ’n’ roll, blues, swing, and R&B as a sideman.  Tonight, Daryl Davis proudly presents this great musician front and center. Be prepared to dance! Daryl Davis 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. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (5/10) Get ready for another Tuesday night jam… The Grainger Jam! Bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their friends, excellent musicians all, are ready to rock the house with you. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/11) MarchFourth simply must be seen to be believed. The group is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment– a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country year-round, stealing the festival wherever they go, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy Brass, and Big Band with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, MarchFourth whips the crowd into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation. Joining them will be special guests from DC, The Harry Bells! The Harry Bells are horn-and-percussion tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. This show will be fun, fun, fun and full of surprises. The show gets started at 8pm.

Thursday (5/12) We’re gonna take you back with The S.O.S. Band! The Sound of Success (S.O.S.) Band formed in the late 1970’s and exploded onto the scene in 1980 with their first mega hit platinum single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. In 1983, the group joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included “Just Be Good to Me,” “High Hopes,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest.” The S.O.S. Band has shared the stage with artists such as James Brown, The Gap Band, The Time, The Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, India.Arie, Dru Hill, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, and others. “Do it right” and grab tickets for this show now! The band will start at 7pm.

Friday (5/13) Nationally-renowned guitarist, producer, and jazz radio host Blake Aaron will make his first East Coast appearance in years when he joins saxophonist and DMV native Phillip “Doc” Martin onstage at BBJ. Together, Phillip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron are “Sax & Strings!” Often referred to as a “genius on guitar,” Blake Aaron heads full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist, and his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated radio show, Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson. The multi-faceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality recently released his highly anticipated 4th CD, Soul Stories. Saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin fully embraces the inspirational factor of being a top-notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington, DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board certified dentist. His latest Innervision Records release, Pocket Love, further establishes his powerful dynamic flow and tight, funky, old school driven alto vibe. This show by two of Cool Jazz’s hottest stars begins at 8pm.

Saturday (5/14) Saturday night will rock at BBJ! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s: Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Police, and lots more. With Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnette on bass, Mike Moore on lead guitar and vocals, Bruce Buchanan on vocals and keys, and Ralph Dweck on drums, the good times are gonna roll. Come out and join the party! Remember to take advantage of the free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage. The band starts at 6pm.

Sunday (5/15) The unforgettable falsetto voice of Eddie Holman and the tune that he popularized is perhaps the most recognizable urban love song in much of the English-speaking world.  “Hey There Lonely Girl” is a beautiful tune that seems to touch every soul as it emanates from airwaves or churns from the turntables of fans. Other classics by Eddie Holman include “This Can’t Be True,” “All In The Game,” and “You Make My Life Complete.” DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops”), are former Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officers who have gone from walking the beats to keeping the beat. This acapella group has entertained Presidents and has performed side-by-side with stars including Chuck Berry, The Dells, and The Drifters. Their repertoire includes classics such as “Come and Go With Me,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Island of Love.” This Sunday evening show starts at 7:30pm.

As always, we appreciate your support! Thanks for being a part of the movement to keep great music alive and well right here in Bethesda. Check our Music Calendar to keep up with our ever-growing roster of excellent artists coming our way.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

A Solid Week of Jazz, Rock, R&B, & Comedy with Snarky Puppy, Estelle, Joe Clair, NRBQ, Los Straitjackets, Grin Again, The Rat Pack, & The Grainger Jam

Snarky Puppy, The Grainger Jam, NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets, Estelle, Newmyer Flyer Presents Grin Again!. Joe Clair and Friends, Mother’s Day Brunch with The Rat Pack at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/2) We’ve got two great shows by the one-and-only Snarky Puppy! The once Texan, now New York-based quasi-collective has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still “underground” in many respects, the band earned its first Grammy Award in early 2014 (for Best R&B Performance) and has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, The Village Voice, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as well as the world’s most respected musicians from Pat Metheny to Prince. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical or the most carefree audience. The band is a convergence of musicians from white and black America who also perform regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Roy Hargrove, and Marcus Miller. Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show, and again at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Tuesday (5/3) Come out on Tuesday night for The Grainger Jam!  Musicians and singers, this is a great opportunity to share the stage with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you want to rock out with the band or just have some great food and beverages while you enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/4) Let’s get ready to rumble… It’s NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets! Two of the greatest live bands in America join forces to bring you the rock & roll event of 2016. There is no Pay-Per-View, and this bout will go the distance. Attendance is mandatory, and everyone will win. The legendary NRBQ released their latest studio album, the critically-acclaimed Brass Tacks, in the summer of 2014. “NRBQ is still liable to play anything. Roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz – you name it.” —Minneapolis Tribune. Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of Ventures, The Shadows, Link Wray, and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world. Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts, and dozens of films and TV shows. This great double bill concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (5/5) We are pleased to welcome British singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, actor, and Grammy Award winner Estelle! In league with other contemporary British female singers like Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Duffy, Estelle is known for her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip-hop, pop, and dance. She has experienced significant mainstream success with the single “American Boy” feat. Kanye West, for her collaboration with David Guetta in “One Love” and also with songs like “1980,” “Free,” “Break My Heart (feat. Rick Ross),”  “Thank You,” and “Conqueror.” Other collaborations include John Legend, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, and will.i.am. Since 2013, Estelle has voiced the character Garnet in the animated TV series, Steven Universe. The concert, with special guests Familiar Faces, begins at 8pm.

Friday (5/6) Come out and celebrate great songwriting and performance with Grin Again, a full-band tribute to Bethesda’s own Nils Lofgren’s legendary early 70’s band, Grin. Grin Again will perform the entire classic first album, Grin (“Like Rain,” “See What Love Can Do,” “18 Faced Lover”), along with 14 more best-of classics from the entire Grin catalogue including “White Lies,” “Moon Tears,” “Love Or Else,” “End Unkind,” “Beggars Day,” “You’re The Weight,” and more. Grin Again will let listeners experience the unforgettable songs Nils wrote for one of the early 70’s finest & most versatile bands. Showtime is 8pm.

Saturday (5/7) Bethesda loves Joe Clair & Friends! Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show) brings in the spring with what we love…a night of LMFAO! This time, it’s the Mother’s Day Weekend Edition – the I’ll Always Love My Momma Comedy Show! The other laugh-out-loud featured comedians will be Kareem Green, Hadiyah Robinson, and Omar Thompson. You know what time it is! Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show, and again at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Sunday (5/8) It’s The Rat Pack – Together Again!  Relive the days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. and their big band as they appeared in Las Vegas at the Sands Hotel Copa Room. This is the only Vegas-based show with national touring companies and an award from the Congress of the United States – now in its 17th smash year with over 5,000 performances in over 40 states, 3 foreign countries, and over one and a half million tickets sold. You’ve got two great opportunities to enjoy – the Mother’s Day Brunch show – Doors open at 11:30am for the 12:15pm show, and the evening performance – Doors open at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm show.

More upcoming events: The SOS Band, inGratitude: A Tribute to Earth Wind & Fire, Ronnie Laws, PJ Morton, Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Judith Hill, and so much more! Stay up to date with our Music Calendar.

Thanks for your friendship and support. We look forward to seeing you here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz for some great music or comedy soon!

 

Rick Brown

Rockabilly, Classic Pop, and Sensual Soul! A Week of Great Music featuring
Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, The Rock-A-Sonics, & The Soul Crackers

Gail Harrod, Gary Grainger, The Rock-A-Sonics, Chante Moore, The Soul Crackers, and Steve Tyrell at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April-May 2016Monday (4/25) IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! It was one year ago this week that we started the Daryl Davis Presents: Monday Night Concert Series. To party it up right, we’ve got blues, rock, and soul singer Gayle Harrod in the house. Gayle has been making a name for herself in the DMV – She invokes the spirit of divas like Koko Taylor, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton, all in her own soulful way. Bring your dancing shoes or sit back and listen. Our host, boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis 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. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. The party starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/26) It’s time once again for our perennial favorite Tuesday night event… The Grainger Jam! This is a great opportunity for singers and musicians to jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (4/27) The Rock-A-Sonics are a rockabilly band straight from the DMV! They first got together with no name and just intending to play a single show – a Buddy Holly tribute in early 2014. The ad hoc band members bonded instantly over their common enthusiasm for rockabilly, country, and early rock ‘n’ roll. The Rock-A-Sonics were born! Notable appearances include MusikFest, Night Of 100 Elvises, Hot Rod Rumble, Barns of WolfTrap, Rockabilly Rumble, Gypsy Sally’s, Rock and Roll Hotel, Day Of The Book, and they are soon to appear at the 2016 Viva Las Vegas Weekender. The band is currently wrapping up their first long player, so stay tuned! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday – Friday (4/28 and 4/29) We’ve got Chanté Moore, live in concert, two nights in a row! Moore made her recording debut in 1992 with the release of the Gold-selling Precious (“Love’s Taken Over” and “It’s Alright”). A Love Supreme (“Old School Lovin’”) came in 1994, followed by her Grammy-nominated This Moment Is Mine featuring the gold-selling single “Chanté’s Got A Man.” In 2002, Moore had the distinction of winning a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for the song “Contagious,” featuring The Isley Brothers and R. Kelly. In 2004, 20th Century Masters issued a greatest hits collection. With seven albums, twenty charting singles, and collaborations including Prince, R. Kelly, Boyz II Men, El DeBarge, The Isley Brothers, Babyface, and Raphael Saddiq, singer Chanté Moore was destined to sing. This is your chance to hear her for yourself! Her concerts start at 8pm both nights.

Saturday (4/30) Take some of the greatest party music ever made, make sure it’s sung and played by a band that has made a career out of belting out those sweet soul sounds – and you’ve got yourself a real good time. Meet The Soul Crackers! With music focused on the Memphis and Motown sounds, The Soul Crackers perform timeless songs by artists like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, Wilson Pickett, and others. Formed in 1982, the SOUL CRACKERS have headlined shows including the Adams Morgan Day Festival, have performed in clubs like The Bayou and The Wax Museum, and they even gave a command performance at The White House in 1994. Theirs is the kind of music that has the power to bring together all ages and personalities together for an unforgettable dance party. The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (5/1) Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man, and we have him here live! In over four decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. With his breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II, Steve Tyrell reinvented and repopularized classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. With the grit and soul of a lifetime of experiences producing hits for artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross, Steve has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained a passionate following all over the world. His hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” “The Simple Life,” “Crush On You,” and “The Sunny Side of The Street” have launched thousands of weddings and millions of romances. Come hear his magic! The concert starts at 8pm.

Don’t forget to join us for our upcoming special events – Mother’s Day with “The Rat Pack” and Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes! There is so much more coming your way, and new shows are being added all the time. Check our Music Calendar for the latest!

Thanks for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. See you soon!

 

Rick Brown

Legendary Rocker Terry Reid, Classic R&B Funk with Cameo, former Back Door Slam Frontman Davy Knowles, Not-To-Miss Jazz, & A Li’l Bit O’ Country

Patsy Stephens, The Grainger Jam, Dwayne Adell, Cameo, Davy Knowles plus Goin’ Goin’ Gone, Vuyo Sotashe and Lyle Link with The Chris Grasso Trio, Terry Reid & Cosmic American Derelicts at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April 2016Monday (4/18) Country Music Queen Patsy Stephens is back by popular demand! She returns to our stage singing great classic Country songs the way they were meant to be. Put on your boots, fringe, rhinestones, and Stetsons, and two-step on down here! Piano master Daryl Davis will host the show. Davis tours both nationally and internationally and he has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/19) Come join us for our popular Tuesday night event… The Grainger Jam! If you’re a singer or musician, this is a great opportunity to jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (4/20) DC jazz piano favorite Dwayne Adell will perform! Adell is a recognized figure in the District jazz underground, having played on Quincy Jones’ album, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, and with Lauryn Hill in Chicago. Adell has performed at Blues Alley as well as at iconic Washington club, Bohemian Caverns. Musicians, journalists and fans have been astounded by this artist’s talent for years. Music critic Jerome Wilson wrote of his play during the 2014 Capitol Bop DC Jazz Loft Series, “Adell plays with astonishing speed and dexterity in a style that combines stride bass, classical ornamentation and gravity coming off like some mad cross between Art Tatum and McCoy Tyner…The man’s playing was scary.” The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (4/22) Celebrating 40 years & more than eighteen million albums, Larry Blackmon and Cameo are still larger-than-life in the music industry! Blackmon has blazed trails since his first album release in 1977. He is a music stylist legend, an innovator whose influence on R&B and Urban Music is indisputable. As founder and front man of the R&B funk band, Cameo, Blackmon has lead his group on this journey with a long line of hit recordings including “Word Up,” “Single Life,” and “Candy.” Cameo’s unique signature sound has been copied, imitated, sampled, covered, reproduced, and replayed. Cameo songs today are routinely placed in films, TV, video games, and commercials. Best of all, though, is the live experience! Cameo will perform two great shows for us at BBJ at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (4/23) Former Back Door Slam frontman Davy Knowles is on tour in support of his latest studio album, The Outsider, and we’re thrilled he’s making a stop for us right here in Bethesda! Also on the bill are roots rockers Goin’ Goin’ Gone. Knowles’ musical journey began as he grew up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green, and Mayall in his father’s record collection. At age 19, he arrived in the US with his band Back Door Slam to the sound of rave reviews. In 2014, he served as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture.” Come out and hear some of his new and familiar tunes. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (4/24) The Chris Grasso Trio continues its Sunday Spotlight series, welcoming two special guest artists: vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link. Young South African jazz vocalist Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe is making his mark across the globe, most recently capturing Third Place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the first male vocalist ever to reach the final round. Vuyo moved to New York City in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Masters of Music at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone on to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014 and performed on the festival’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland. Lyle Link is DC-area native who now calls San Francisco home. A versatile musician and sought after sideman, he performs in many musical styles from jazz, blues and R&B to Latin and world beat. He has played with artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy and Ralph Peterson, to name a few. He has also performed with pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and has jammed with Prince. He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and throughout North America. Rounding out the Chris Grasso Trio will be Zack Pride on bass and Ele Rubenstein on drums. This afternoon performance begins at 1pm.

Sunday evening, legendary rocker Terry Reid will grace the stage, with Cosmic American Derelicts. Terry Reid, aka “Superlungs,” is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices to ever come along. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any fan of the greats of British music. The legend is of turning down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, and a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. Aretha Franklin stated that The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968. The legend continues with two world tours opening for The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, and playing at Mick Jagger’s wedding. Then there were the soured record deals and leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago. Despite career setbacks and hiatus, Reid is performing at full force – He returned to Glastonbury in 2009. In 2012, Reid returned to the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971 and toured the UK in 2013 and 2014. With the recent re-mastering and re-release of the albums The River, Rogue Waves, and Seed of Memory, a new generation of fans, and collaborations with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), it’s clear that there is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist and songwriter. 2016 looks set to be another successful year! The concert will begin at 8pm.

Check our Music Calendar for more upcoming concerts, comedy, and special events. We look forward to seeing you at the club very soon.

 

Rick Brown