Great Tributes to James Brown, Donny Hathaway, and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Daryl Davis, Josh Christina, Gary Grainger, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Ronnie Laws, Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience, Tribute to Donny Hathaway at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Monday (11/23) TONIGHT! Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified. This young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer is barely in his 20’s and is a force of nature who must be seen to be believed. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries on the tradition and does it proud. Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! – Don’t miss him! Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. There is no cover charge and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) On Tuesdays, we host THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends. Players & singers, come out and perform with some of the best! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. We also offer free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/25) Performing together since 1974, The Fabulous Hubcaps show no signs of slowing down. Doo-wop harmony, classic rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, Motown, and R&B is the name of their game. The seven-piece band captivates audiences with high energy tributes to artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and many more. The group has even had the honor of performing on the South Lawn of The White House and in 2013, was inducted into The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best nostalgic show bands in the country. They start at 8pm.

Friday (11/27) We are happy to present the amazing Ronnie Laws. His first hit, “Always There,” was one of the most popular, sax-driven, cross-over hits of the 70’s Jazz-Funk Fusion era. Laws ushered in a sensual approach to the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems including “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Having worked with highly esteemed artists like Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His concert will begin at 8pm.

Saturday (11/28) Stay on the scene this Saturday night and groove to the sounds of Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience! This all-star ensemble faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. Drummer Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006, leads this outstanding band. Thompson was born and raised in Washington, DC, and he has also performed with other renowned musical artists including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, Rufus Thomas, and Peaches & Herb. After the passing of James Brown, Thompson assembled a stellar group of talented local musicians to perform in tribute to a great musical legacy. Come out and celebrate to “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “Cold Sweat,” “I Got The Feelin’,” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and many, many more. Remember there’s free parking on weekends at Cheltenham Garage, and the funk party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (11/29) We’ve got another great tribute – this time to the music of the infinitely soulful Donny Hathaway. In a ruefully short life, singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist Donny Hathaway made one of the most timeless contributions to soul music. On this evening, two equally talented artists, Sam Prather and Brandon Combs, will pay tribute to this legendary singer-songwriter’s body of work. Sam Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He’s equally comfortable in jazz, funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, neo-soul, and R&B. He has worked on keyboards and/or drums with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, Fred Yonnet, J-Hayden, Pharoh Saunders, Greg Osby, Heidi Martin, Warren Wolf, Antonio Parker, and Joey Omicil. Cincinnati native Brandon Combs began to develop his captivating talent while taking in Donny Hathaway and Richard Pryor albums throughout his formative years. He has worked with the likes of Kurt Elling, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Harris, and The Eddie Love Big Band. You’ll love this performance; it starts at 7:30pm.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week. Thanks so much for keeping great live music performance alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Swingin’ Jazz, R&B, Fusion, & The Fall Funk Summit – It’s a Party this week at BBJ!

Dave Damiani, Maiya Sykes, & The No Vacancy Orchestra, Phaze II, Michael Muse & Shawn Allen, Chopteeth & Be'la Dona, Michal Urbaniak at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/18) We’ve got some swingin’ entertainment for you! The No Vacancy Orchestra is the hottest young orchestra on either coast. Bandleader and vocalist Dave Damiani gives a knock-out performance with the 9-piece jazz ensemble, and this time, the sounds will be kicked up a notch by Ms. Maiya Sykes, of The Voice fame! This band has performed with and backed up George Benson, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Renee Olstead, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Dave Koz, James Torme, Spencer Day, and many more. Musicality, style, and good looks will be the order of the evening. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/19) It’s Ladies Night and Dance Night combined! Get ready to shake it to the sounds Phaze II. Were you lucky enough to catch El DeBarge at one of the two sold out shows at BBJ? Whether you were there and had a blast or if you missed out, here’s your chance to check out the great band who backed up El DeBarge on both nights. No cover for the ladies and we’ve got ½ off select bottles of wine, too. Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 8pm.

Friday (11/20) Come experience Michael Muse and Shawn Allen… Back Together Again! Michael Muse embodies the best traditions of R&B/Soul music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. The son of the legendary New York Jazz Musician Chuck Henley, he started his professional career as the lead vocalist for Rare Essence at the ripe old age of 16, and penned their second single, “Back Up Against The Wall,” in 1983. Also known in the DC music community as the most prolific vocalist in GoGo history, he paved the way for most vocalists in GoGo today. Cleveland native Shawn Allen is the former lead vocalist of the national recording and performing group, Pure Soul, who brought you the Top 20 Billboard charting song, “We Must Be In Love.” With Pure Soul, Shawn has appeared on popular television and talk shows including The Today Show and Soul Train. Catch the show starting at 8pm.

Saturday (11/21) We’re bringing together two of our favorite bands – Chopteeth and Be’la Dona. We call it The Fall Funk Summit! 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 Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Be’la Dona is an all-female band so unique in their musical presentation that they have branded their own style: “Sensual Crank,” a mix of rock, R&B, gospel, pop, jazz and of course their D.C. hometown music, Go-Go. Be’la Dona captivates their audience and delivers the best performance each and every time. With both acts together, this is a Summit not to be missed! 8pm showtime.

Sunday (11/22) Please join us for an evening of virtuosity with composer, arranger, violinist, sax player, and multi-instrumentalist Michal Urbaniak. The boy prodigy who started out playing violin with philharmonic orchestras fell in love with jazz and the rest is history! Michal Urbaniak combined the music of his youth with all his experiences of jazz, rock, funk, and then hip-hop to form unique sounds in Fusion, Acid Jazz, and beyond. A Michal Urbaniak performance is always a brilliant experience that blends, bends, and defies categories. The concert begins at 8pm.

Monday (11/23) Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified! Barely in his 20’s, this young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer pounds the keys like nobody’s business. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries the tradition into the future with enthusiasm and authenticity. Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson and apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. There’s no cover charge; the show and the dancing kick off at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) Once again it’s time for THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! Players & singers, come out and show us what ya got! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) The jam starts at 8pm.

Thanks so much for helping to keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

An R&B Favorite, Classic Folk, Cajun Blues… & the Super Sexy Hot Mess Burlesque!

El DeBarge, The Brothers Four, Hot Mess Burlesque, and Tab Benoit at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/11) THANK YOU to all the enthusiastic El DeBarge fans out there… Tonight’s show is SOLD OUT! The R&B legend lent his signature falsetto to 16 Top 10 hits, both solo (“Rhythm of the Night,” “Who’s Holding Donna Now”) and with the family group, DeBarge (“All This Love,” “I Like It,” “Time Will Reveal”). Whether or not you were lucky enough to get a ticket for tonight’s show, you can look forward to something new; El is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to his Grammy nominated album, Second Chance. The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (11/12) Join us for an evening with internationally-acclaimed folk stars, The Brothers Four. Called “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World,” The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz artists, and have even serenaded four U.S. Presidents at the White House over the course of a five-decade career. Their soul-stirring performance will include classics like “Greenfields,” “Yellow Bird,” “Try to Remember,” “Across the Wide Missouri,” and “The Green Leaves of Summer.” We’ll see you at the show! It starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (11/13) You’re in for a good time with the Hot Mess Burlesque! It’ll be a sexy, grown-up night with performers Miss Bliss, Porcelain, Bitsy Buttons, Puppie Buffe, Casey Jones, Marie L’Ennui, Miss V, Lauren Loves, Patsi Cake, and for a little beefcake… Big Bad Brett! The Bottom Drawer Lingerie Models will also take the stage, sure to tantalize. Playing some hot dance music and backing up the whole crazy fun night of classic burlesque, aerialists, strip tease, and comedy will be The Texas Chainsaw Horns. Mark Slomski will MC. With a show like this in store, it’s clear you can get pretty lucky on Friday the 13th. Don’t miss it! Adults only, 8pm.

Sunday (11/15) it’s the great Tab Benoit plus The Cathy Ponton King Band. Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues! As a teenager and budding guitar player, he hung out at The Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Sitting in and jamming in that perfect environment, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living legends. Nightly impromptu gigs at The Blues Box inspired Benoit to put together his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took the show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since. DC native Cathy Ponton King plays a Telecaster and kicks out a distinctive mix of blues, jazzy blues, Nawlins music, swing, rock ‘n’ roll, and sweet ballads. Come out for both acts and enjoy a night of real, down-home sounds. The show starts at 8pm.

More great shows coming up: Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra featuring Maiya Sykes from The Voice (11/18), Michael Muse & Shawn Allen Back Together Again (11/20), The Fall Funk Summit with Chopteeth & Be’la Dona (11/21), The Fabulous Hubcaps (11/25), Mousey Thompson & the James Brown Experience (11/28), Shayna Steele (12/3), and don’t forget to get your tickets early for the big Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Celebration featuring Landau Murphy, Jr. on Saturday, 12/12!  Check our Music Calendar for our upcoming holiday events and all the latest show updates.

See you soon at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. Thanks for helping us keep music alive in downtown Bethesda!

Rick Brown

 

Great Jazz, Sweet R&B, and Saturday Night Laughter at Bethesda Blues!

DJ Rico & Michel Wright, PJ Morgan's Geeek Squad, Teedra Moses, Joe Clair, and Phyllis Hyman Tribute at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/04) It’s the Majic 102.3 Wednesday Bash! Come get your R&B party on with DJ Rico, hosted by Michel Wright. DJ Rico started spinning at some of the Metropolitan area’s hottest nightclubs while he was still at Howard University. He took his career to the next level when he became a part-time DJ/Mixer, learning from radio greats. He’s hit full stride at Majic 102.3 and the experience he creates for packed dance floors has caused his followers to deem him “The Noisemaker.” Ms. Michel Wright is top-rate – one of the most popular and familiar voices in the country. There’ll be great music, killer cocktails, and ½ price off select bottles of wine. Don’t miss this party! 7-9pm

Thursday (11/5) Are you ready for the Geeek Squad? PJ Morgan is known as “The Organist’s Organist,” but anyone who really loves music will feel this groove. Exposed to the Hammond organ in the small Pentecostal church where his family served, his big break came when he was asked to fill in for a keyboardist who couldn’t make it to a Ben Tankard concert. He became Tankard’s Music Director in Nashville, and he’s been blazing his own trail ever since in the Gospel and secular genres, earning well deserved accolades as a performer, producer, and teacher. Filling out the Geeek Squad trio is Berklee College of Music alum and teacher Amber Baker on drums and Dywane Thomas, Jr., also known as MonoNeon, on bass. Lately, MonoNeon has been at Paisley Park Studios working with Prince. That’s right…  Prince! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (11/6) Please welcome R&B songstress Teedra Moses! Born and raised in New Orleans to gospel singing mother, Shirley Moses, Teedra worked with her best friend Nonja McKenzie as an assistant wardrobe stylist for artists such as Will Smith, Kelis, R. Kelly, and No Doubt before becoming a recording artist. After the epiphany that led her to make music, she teamed up with producer Paul Poli and signed with the then Number 1 Indie Record Label, TVT Records to release her debut album, Complex Simplicity, in August 2004. Known for “Be Your Girl,” “Backstroke,” and “Take Me,” Teedra Moses has also written songs for artists including Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, and a host of others. Her songs have been showcased in the Logo series Noah’s Arc, in the HBO hit show Entourage, in movies such as Never Die Alone, Beauty Shop, Be Cool, and The Skinny. Come out and experience her phenomenal talent! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (11/7) Saturday night… and The Funny Don’t Stop!  #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 JOE CLAIR MORNING SHOW) gives an audience what they love…a night of LMFAO! This time back at BBJ, Joe Clair & Friends present Jokers Gone Wild! Get ready, Bethesda, to eat, drink, and laugh – and hurry for tickets… These shows always sell out. Two Big Shows: 7pm (seating begins at 5pm) and 10pm (seating at about 9:30pm).

Sunday (11/8) join us for a tribute to the music of Phyllis Hyman, featuring International Recording Artist Shang and the BRENCORE ALLSTARS BAND. Don’t miss the sensational SHANG as she pays respect to one of the greatest singers of all time. Close your eyes and you will hear the spirit and voice of the late great Phyllis Hyman as Shang performs her great hits such as “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Old Friend,” “Meet Me on the Moon,” “You Know How to Love Me,” and more. Make sure you make reservations early before the concert sells out. Remember, there is free parking on Sundays in the Cheltenham Garage. The show starts at 7pm.

Upcoming shows include The Texas Chainsaw Horns & the Hot Mess Burlesque (Friday 11/13), Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra featuring Maiya Sykes from The Voice with A Special Appearance by Landau Murphy Jr. (Wednesday, 11/18), Michal Urbaniak on Sunday, 11/22, and so many more.

 

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here very soon.

Rick Brown

Outstanding Halloween lineup! Shows not to be missed!

MarchFourth, Michael Jackson Tribute, Halloween Howl, and The Vi-Kings at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2015

Wednesday (10/28) MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers, and artisans who travel the world year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance. If you have ever been to one of their performances, you know it is all this and more.  8:00pm showtime.

Thursday (10/29) The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Show in the world is returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz! This live concert captures the true essence of Michael Jackson in a unique manner. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the extraordinary talent of Mr. Michael Clark, featuring the Philadelphia sounds of MFSB. Once Michael graces the stage with his interpretation of Michael Jackson, you will witness the only person capable of mesmerizing audiences of every culture. Michael Clark is not an impersonator, but an interpreter of the great Michael Jackson. 8:00pm show time. Get ready to dance!

Friday (10/30) Halloween Howlwith over 12 outstanding artists, is the perfect show to kick off the bewitching season. Part concert, part Halloween party, this fun filled show features the greatest Halloween hits, plus movie screen projections, costumes, and live, full-band performances of classic Halloween songs including “Werewolves Of London,” “Thriller,” “Psycho Killer,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” & many more. Performances by: The Sidleys, Cal Everett, Alan MacEwen, The Crimestoppers, Liz Springer, Cairo Fred, Janine Wilson, The Hummingbyrds, John Trupp, Brandon Ehrgood and more to be announced. There’s a dance contest, costume contest, and prizes, too! 8:00pm showtime.

Saturday (10/31) Bethesda’s hometown band, The Vi-Kings, return for their third engagement at Bethesda Blues and Jazz and the dance floor will be packed! The VI-Kings celebrate and bring alive the music of the 1960’s – This time, expect some special Halloween surprises! The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life. Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. There will be costume contests with prizes, so dress up and come on down! 8:00pm start. Remember, on Saturdays there is free parking in the Cheltenham Garage.

Upcoming artists include: Teedra Moses, A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, El DeBarge, The Brothers Four, Hot Mess Burlesque, Dave Damiani, Maiya Sykes, Landau Murphy, Jr., Be’La Dona, Chopteeth, Michael Urbaniak, Ronnie Laws, The Hubcaps, Mousey Thompson, Larry Carlton, Maggie Rose, New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin, and the Royal Palms Orchestra!

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here soon.

 

Rick Brown

Latin, Blues, and Smooth Jazz at its best this weekend!

Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Maria Muldaur, Robbin Kapsalis, Gary Grainger, and MarchFourth! at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, October 2015Thursday (10/22) We welcome back local saxophone star Art Sherrod, Jr.  Having performed, opened, or co-headline shows with Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Roy Ayres, Natalie Cole, Boney James, Everette Harp, Najee, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, Cuba Gooding & the Main Ingredient, and others, Art always gets the audience going. He was one of only five Americans to perform in the Brazilian-American Jazz Festival in Rio de Janeiro and he always packs the house! 8:00pm showtime.

Friday (10/23) The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage, he walks in his father’s footsteps. Back for his 3rd trip to BBJ, the house will be jumping! 8:00pm showtime.

Sunday (10/25) Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Don’t miss this special appearance at BBJ this Sunday, 7:30 show time.

Monday – Tuesday (10/26, 10/27) Daryl Davis and Gary Grainger Jams continue with great musicians just dropping in! Come and party with Free Admission Mondays and $5 Tuesdays.  ½ price bottles of wine make it a great night!

Wednesday (10/28) Don’t miss this show! MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma. If you have ever been to one of their performances, you know it is all this and more! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (10/29) The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute show in the world is returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. This live concert captures the true essence of Michael Jackson in a unique manner. The concert focuses on the effect his music has had on generations of people throughout our world. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the extraordinary talent of Mr. Michael Clark. Michael has performed as the lead vocalist for record industry notables such as The Funk Brothers and MFSB. He has shared the stage with Billy Preston, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, and the Eagles. Get your dancing shows on for this “Thriller” night! 8:00pm showtime.

Friday (10/30) Come enjoy our Halloween Howl! If you like “Werewolves Of London,” “Thriller,” “Psycho Killer,” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” you’ll love this night featuring 10 outstanding artists! Performances by The Sidleys, Cal Everett, Alan MacEwen, The Crimestoppers, Liz Springer, Cairo Fred, Janine Wilson, The Hummingbyrds, John Trupp, Brandon Ehrgood & more! There’ll even be a Dancing Contest, Costume Contest, & Prizes! 8:00pm showtime.

Saturday (10/31) Bethesda’s hometown band returns for their third engagement at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. The VI-Kings celebrate and bring alive the music of the 1960’s – with special Halloween surprises! The music of The VI-Kings is the sound track of your life. The Beatles , Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. There’s a reason that this wonderful music has endured through the decades. It is joyous, fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. 8:00pm showtime.

 

Smooth & Soulful Shows… and a Chance to Dance Like a Legend!

Paula Atherton & David Bach, The Funk Ark, Bobby Caldwell, The Michael Live Project, Carl's Rare Roast Beef Band, and Donnie at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, October 2015So much is happening at Bethesda Blues & Jazz this week – smooth jazz (Paula Atherton & David Bach), smooth soul (Bobbie Caldwell, Donnie), globe-trotting funk (The Funk Ark), and even a chance to learn to dance like Michael Jackson (The Michael Live Project)! Read on to find out more and get in on the fun!

Wednesday (10/14) Please welcome singer and saxophonist Paula Atherton and keyboardist David Bach! Paula Atherton has her smooth jazz and funky sounds out on a new label (Maurice White’s Kalimba Music), and there are some incredible contributors: one of the coolest guitarists around, Nick Colionne, trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and the wonderfully talented keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Jazz Journalist Jonathan Widran says, “You only have to watch a minute of David Bach’s slamming performance at the 2014 Silver Spring Festival on YouTube to realize he’s an explosive, funky player whose band… is on par with that of any top act on the contemporary jazz scene… I think Maryland’s best kept secret is out.” Don’t miss these talents – The show starts tonight at 8pm!

Thursday (10/15) get on The Funk Ark! DC native Will Rast (Antibalas) has been performing professionally since age 14, and it was his love of vintage funk and soul plus a range of instrumental jazz styles that sparked the group’s formation in 2007. It was Rast’s growing interest in the Afro Beat music of artists like Fela Anikulapo Kuti of Nigeria and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia, plus some legendary Salsa that shifted the Ark’s course toward polyrhythmic funk. Man is a Monster is their latest collection of songs. The genre-fusing groove starts at 8pm.

Friday (10/16) it’s Bobby Caldwell! From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B, and standards, Caldwell’s live performances are always electrifying. He has been featured on The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, The CBS Second Cup Café, BET Jazz Central, and he starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo theatrical production, The Rat Pack Is Back, in Las Vegas. Well known for his hit song, “What You Won’t Do For Love,” Bobby Caldwell is a longstanding favorite of critics as well as his many loyal fans. 8pm showtime.

Saturday (10/17) The #1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world is returning to BBJ! This time, it’s even more exciting – It’s The Michael Live Project Master Dance Class, and you will have the opportunity to learn the legendary dance moves and choreography made famous by The King of Pop himself. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the mesmerizing talent of New Jersey native Michael Clark. He is not an impersonator, but an interpreter of the great Michael Jackson. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for your chance to compete to perform with Michael Clark and the band during his Thriller Thursday concert on October 29. Get up and come out early as a dancer or spectator this Saturday! Dance class starts at 11am.

Saturday night, come party to the sounds of Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band. It’ll be classic rock to the max – your favorite 70’s & 80’s hits by the likes of Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, CSN&Y, Jackson Browne, The Police, Wilson Pickett,  Bad Company and many more. The party kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (10/18) you will love the smooth style of modern day soul singer Donnie. Think India.Arie, Jill Scott, D’angelo, and Maxwell, and you’ve got the right musical universe in mind. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Atlanta, Donnie began directing the church choir at an early age. He soon expanded his musical horizons, beyond The Winans and Mahalia Jackson to soul/R&B masters such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin. The singer’s anticipated full-length debut, The Colored Section, was released in November 2002 and picked up by Motown. Donnie’s latest project, The American Mythology, was released in Spring 2015. 8pm.

Upcoming shows – Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Deletta Gillespie, The Jam with Gary Grainger & Friends, Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Maria Muldaur, Teedra Moses, and so many more.

Keeping great music alive here in Bethesda… Hope to see you here very soon.

Rick Brown

Coming Up at BBJ: Straight-Ahead Jazz, Rockin’ Blues, and then we Make it Funky!

Larry Brown Quintet w/ Sharon Clark, Tom Principato Band, Fred Wesley & the New JB's, and The Jam w/ Gary Grainger, Bethesda Blues & Jazz, October 2015Friday (10/9) This weekend kicks off with The Larry Brown Quintet, who JazzReview.com call “Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well-chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section.” With multiple Wammie Awards for Best Jazz Group, the band members are: Larry Brown on piano, Kent Miller on bass, Greg Holloway on drums, Thad Wilson on trumpet, and Peter Fraize on tenor sax. Special guest vocalist Sharón Clark is a world-touring DC artist whose stellar voice evokes Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. The show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (10/11) come check out the Tom Principato Band! As one of the most unique guitarists around, Tom Principato combines his rich blues background with high-energy rock. The former leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, Tom and his band give their blues-rock a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery that is not to be missed. The Tom Principato Band features the passionate virtuosity of Matt Everhart on bass, Joe Wells on drums, and Josh Howell on congas, percussion, vocals, and harmonica. They tour clubs and festivals extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, so be sure to catch these travelin’ rockers while they’re right here in Bethesda! Parking is free at Cheltenham Garage. Showtime 7:30.

Monday (10/12) We’ve got Fred Wesley & the New JB’s! In the 60’s and 70’s, Wesley’s slippery riffs and pungent, precise solos complemented saxophonist Maceo Parker to give James Brown’s R&B, soul, and funk tunes their instrumental punch. He played on hit recordings – “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” and “Mother Popcorn” to name just a couple, and he stepped up to co-write tunes including “Hot Pants.” Later, he spent several years playing with George Clinton’s various Parliament-Funkadelic projects and joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1978. It would take pages to list all the credits to Fred Wesley’s name – Come out and feel the groove live! The band hits the stage at 8pm.

Tuesday (10/13) Once again we have The JAM featuring Gary Grainger and Friends! Gary Grainger and his brother Greg Grainger lead this popular Tuesday night jam session. Come out, bring a musical instrument, your singing voice, and your love of music…Show ‘em what you got! Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.). The music starts at 8pm.

Coming soon to the BBJ stage: Paula Atherton & David Bach, Bobby Caldwell, The Michael Live Project (Michael Jackson Tribute), Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Teedra Moses, The Texas Chainsaw Horns, and many more great acts.

Thanks for coming out and helping us keep great music alive and well in Bethesda! Hope to see you here soon.

Rick Brown

R&B, Go-Go, Vocals & Vibes – A Great Eclectic Weekend at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!

Miriamm Wright, Chuck Brown Band, Chris Grasso Trio, Lena Seikaly, Chuck Redd, Daryl Davis feat. Sam Miller at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club October 2015Thursday (10/1) R&B singer Miriamm will present a great concert for a great cause. A fantastic vocalist who has shared the stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Will Downing, she is also the founder of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation. The show will be an evening of solid entertainment and a powerful performance to honor breast cancer survivors. Miriamm, who hit the big screen portraying the role of background singer to Etta James (Beyonce’ Knowles) in the feature film Cadillac Records (Sony Music Films) and toured as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo Peaches & Herb, has released 3 CDs. Miriamm…Live! @ Blues Alley was recorded in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness, as well as to celebrate the music of the late R&B singer, Minnie Riperton. Join us for this special event at 8pm.

Friday (10/2) we welcome back The Chuck Brown Band! The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, and by creating new music including three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life. With the addition of Frank Sirius on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band is intact, including Chuck’s daughter KK, the Horny Horns, Kenny “Kwickfoot” Gross, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Sweet Cherie Agurs, and Marcus Young. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck,” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. The party starts at 8pm!

Sunday (10/4) begins a four-concert series hosted by The Chris Grasso Trio and featuring pairings of DC’s top jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Kicking things off in style will be this fabulous combo: featured vocalist Lena Seikaly and renowned vibraphonist Chuck Redd, along with Chris Grasso (piano), Tommy Cecil (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).  Chuck Redd began performing internationally at the age of 21 when he joined the trio of legendary guitarist Charlie Byrd. He’s appeared worldwide on both drums and vibes Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Herb Ellis, and many more greats. Lena Seikaly has quickly joined the ranks of the city’s most in-demand vocalists. She’s been an artist in residence at Strathmore and has performed at the city’s top venues from Blues Alley to The Kennedy Center. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.-based jazz pianist who specializes in working with standout vocalists. Showtime 7:30. Remember there is always free parking on Sundays at Cheltenham garage.

Monday (10/5) It’s Customer Appreciation Night! Every Monday boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis features a different excellent artist – This time we’ll have Sam “Muleman” Miller. Sam Miller is a guitarist and vocalist known for his driving blues and rock ’n’ roll. Formerly with the ‘50s oldies band Big Cam & the Lifters, Sam excites audiences on his own all over the Baltimore/Columbia, MD area. There’s no cover and there’s half off select bottles of wine! 7:30pm.

Tuesday (10/6) and every Tuesday night – Come out for The JAM featuring Gary Grainger and Friends. Gary Grainger and his brother Greg Grainger head up the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in the Maryland/Northern Virginia region. Calling all players and singers… Show up and show ‘em what you got! Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). The music starts at 8pm!

Other upcoming shows include The Tom Principato Band, Fred Wesley & the New JB’s, Bobby Caldwell, Donnie, Art Sherrod Jr., Tito Puente Jr., Maria Muldaur, El DeBarge, Maggie Rose, and many more.

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here soon.

Rick Brown

 

The Best of Southern Soul, Doo-Wop, Afrobeat, and R&B – Beauty and Magic fill our club this weekend!

Orlando Julius, Amel Larrieux, Otis Clay & Billy Price at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2015Thursday (9/24) All-time legend of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, plays classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist and brings his incendiary AfroSoundz to Bethesda Blues and Jazz! Few artists have been more crucial to the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop than Orlando Julius. Working on collaborations with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela, his 1966 effort, Super Afro Soul, made him a national celebrity in Nigeria and influenced music in the United States. 7:30 pm show time!

Friday (9/25) – 7pm & 10pm shows An urban chanteuse by birth, Amel Larrieux grew up in a West Village “artists building” in New York City.  At the age of 18, sure that she wanted to express herself musically, Amel wrote and demoed a song which led to her pairing with Bryce Wilson to form the duo Groove Theory. As lead vocalist and co-writer for the group, she enjoyed success with “Tell Me,” which broke the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on the R&B charts before being certified Gold in October 1995. Flying high with a Best R&B Performance Grammy nomination for her work on Stanley Clarke’s “Where is The Love,” Amel Larrieux stretched her wings in “Bravebird,” her second solo work that was released in 2004. Amel has contributed to soundtracks, writing and singing in such films as Barbershop, Love Jones, Down To Earth, Sunset Park, Takers, and Why Did I Get Married.

Equal to Amel’s vocal and writing talent is her alluring beauty and eclectic style. She has been spotlighted as a style maven in Essence, Honey, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and other magazines.  More recently her vocal talent and beauty have been central to Coca-Cola’s “Keep It Real” campaign in television, radio, and print ads.  2 shows:  7pm & 10pm (Only a few tickets remain.)

Saturday (9/26) we welcome back Billy Price and Otis Clay. Two singers separated by a generation come together in a performance that moves the Southern soul tradition a little bit further up the road. Pittsburgh rhythm and blues singer Billy Price and deep Southern soul/gospel icon Otis Clay worked with masterful guitarist/producer Duke Robillard to create their first full-album collaboration, This Time For Real, released in May, 2015. “Otis Clay has been my mentor and biggest influence as a singer since the first time I had the privilege of singing with him,” says Price. “To have the opportunity to collaborate with him on an entire album has been one of the biggest thrills of my career.” Come see them together for this 8pm show. Remember, there is free parking on Saturdays in the Cheltenham garage.

Sunday (9/27) Washington, DC and Baltimore are just 45 minutes away from each other, and their love of doo-wop music is joined together in this special evening of music of the 1950s and early 1960s. The DC-Baltimore Doo-Wop Revue features some of the best voices from The Swallows, The Velons, The Spaniels, and DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops.”) This is guaranteed to be street corner harmony at its best!  8:00pm show time. There is free parking on Sundays at Cheltenham garage.

Monday (9/28) Daryl Davis welcomes in David Kitchen. Washington Area Music Association winner of such awards as Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Pop Vocalist of the Year, David Kitchen will work his prolific talents and magic on our stage. He has served as the lead vocalist and guitarist with The Thrillbillys, The Cutaways, and Zydeco Crayz. “This is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser whether you want to dance or sit back and enjoy some great covers, obscurities, and originals, all done in David’s own style.”- Daryl Davis On Customer Appreciation Night, there is no cover charge and we offer ½ price bottles of wine.  7:30pm kickoff.

Tuesday (9/29) 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. Just $5 cover 8-11pm, and doors open at 6pm.

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here soon.

Rick Brown