ON THE BBJ STAGE THIS WEEK!!! AN ALL-STAR PRINCE PURPLE PARTY

WEDNESDAY (6/7) – All-Star Purple Party is a special tribute concert celebrating the birthday of Prince, once of the greatest musical artist of our time. An all-star ensemble of accomplished musicians and singers covering Prince’s most popular and enduring songs from his cherished music catalog. The dance floor is open for a memorable evening of music that will inspire the audience to dance and sing along! 8:00pm
 
THURSDAY (6/8)  One of the Delmarva’s areas finest and most popular female Rock vocalist Sandra Dean, returns by popular demand to set the stage on fire once again with her powerful, sultry and hot edged vocals. Sandra will appear as a special guest to Daryl Davis, who is known nationally and internationally for his hard driving Roots, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Boogie Boogie and Blues vocals and piano playing. 7:30pm
FRIDAY (6/9)  –  Wayna is a writer, performer, and GRAMMY-Nominated Singer/Songwriter, who was born in Ethiopia and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. She worked as a writer for the Clinton White House before self-releasing three solo albums, garnering two Billboard-charting singles and a GRAMMY nomination in the R&B Best Urban Alternative category. 8:00pm
SUNDAY (6/4) -Three former lead singers from three of the World’s most renowned vocal groups. Which collectively have sold over 100 million records…”The Temptations”, “The Platters”, and “The Drifters” have come together to create the ultimate musical experience, “Leonard, Coleman and Blunt.” 8:00pm 

ON THE BBJ STAGE THIS WEEK!!! OLDIES REVUE & ROCK-N-ROLL !!

WEDNESDAY (5/31) –  

A ten piece Salsa Orchestra with a 32 year history in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Formerly known as Orquesta La Ramana, on its 30 anniversary, band leader Edwin Ortiz officially changed the name adding La Mafia Del Guaguanco to the name. Their known for it’s hard hitting classic salsa sound and their often compared to the very best salsa players in New York & Puerto Rico. 8:00 pm  
FRIDAY (6/2)  –  Since 1974, The Fabulous Hubcaps have been bringing young and old alike a taste of the American Music Scene from the 50’s through the 70’s. The Hubcap’s flair for capturing the true likeness of the original artist will amaze you. Their costumed impersonations of some of the greatest legends of Rock and Roll will take you on a musical journey you won’t forget. 8:00pm  
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SATURDAY (6/3)  – The WannaBeatles is a GRAMMY-Nominated group that delivers a crowd-pleasing variety styled show and a very different kind of Beatles experience. Using their impressive multi-instrumental skills, they re-create all eras of the Beatles songbook. With showmanship, humor, onstage antics and original material, it’s a complete entertainment package. 8:00pm  
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SUNDAY (6/4) –   
Jesse Garron fills a void for those who never seen an Elvis concert. He uses the name of Elvis’ twin brother who died at birth. Inspired by Elvis at the age of four, Jesse got his first break to sing publicly in a high school talent show. Since his first tribute performance in 1997, Jesse has grown to serve venues across the country with an invitation to perform for the United States Embassy in Algiers. 7:00 pm
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ON STAGE THIS WEEK AT BBJ! ROY AYERS, CONFUNKSHUN & MORE

MONDAY (5/22) –  

Join the award-winning Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble for an evening of incredible music performed by the next generation of jazz musicians. Under the direction of Terry S. Alvey, the Whitman Jazz Ensemble has performed on some of the east coast’s biggest stages, such as Carnegie Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore.  7:30 pm
  

TUESDAY (5/23)  –   

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Ensemble is an award-winning jazz group that performs a wide array of jazz styles. The band frequently performs swings, Latin, Funk, Rock and Ballads. The group plays at their cluster elementary and middle schools, the MCPS Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and surrounding areas.  7:30pm   
WEDNESDAY (5/24)  – The Vocal Workshop Showcase produced by pianist Chris Grasso accompanied by bassist Zack Pride, and drummer Lenny Robinson. Patrons who come to the 7pm set are welcome to stay for the 9pm set with no additional cover charge. 7pm & 9pm  
THUR & FRID (5/25 & 5/26) – Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected Jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business. Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-Soul, continues to bridge the gap between generation of music lovers. Carolyn Malachi, the GRAMMY-Nominated songstress hails from Washington, DC, is a shining example of how music truly is universal. 8pm  
SATURDAY (5/27) –  
Washington, DC is the birthplace of Be’la Dona, an exciting and diverse all-female band. Their unique style of funk, jazz, r&b and rock command an impressive drawing power attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. Each band member has toured with various national artist including Nile Rodgers, Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, EU, Salt-n-Pepa and more. 8pm 
SUNDAY (5/28) – ConFunkShun is a star-quality attraction delivering a superb, high-energy show with electrifying choreography, glistening six-part vocal harmonies, and a dash of humor. They are, unquestionably, among the heroes of funk with romantic ballads and dance-party hits galore. Their 20 hit singles included 8 Top Ten R&B Hits and one #1 R&B smash.  7:00/10:00 pm  

**ON STAGE THIS WEEK AT BBJ! Jazz, Country Rock, Comedy and More**

WEDNESDAY (5/17) – 

The Cookers, Ronnie Laws, Laurel Canyon, Golden songs of Los Angeles, Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show, Persudaers – Thin line between love & hate.

Experience counts, especially in jazz and

each member of The Cookers have spent time leading his own
series of groups, and each has a keenly individual sound as well.
But it’s the unmistakable power of teamwork that makes this music
so commanding and resonates with a kind of depth and beauty
that speaks of the seasoned track record of its principals (combined,
the group has over 250 years of experience in the jazz world and
has been a part of over 1,000 recordings).  8pm  
 
THURSDAY (5/18)  –  Ronnie Laws has a nice soulful sound on tenor. 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.  8pm   

FRIDAY (5/19)  – The legendary music scene found in Los Angeles and
 its neighboring magic-struck neighborhood, Laurel Canyon, are the focus of this new show from Newmyer Flyer. Celebrating the musical brilliance of more than a dozen legendary bands and performers who lived and made their music in and around L.A. “ Laurel Canyon: Golden Songs of Los Angeles” features a dream lineup of s ome of the D.C. area’s most accomplished and exciting young artists.  8pm  
SATURDAY (5/20) –  Joe Clair and Friends Comedy Show featuring comedians Bodacious, Ronnie Jorda and Lawrence Killabrew! 7pm & 10 pm  
SUNDAY (5/21) – The world famous, The Persuaders, internationally known for their Win Or Lose/ATCO/Atlantic Records multimillion seller “It’s A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” as well as “Some Guys Have All The Luck,” “Love Gonna Pack Up and Walk Out On You,” “Peace In The Valley of Love,” “Bad, Bold and Beautiful GIrl,” “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” “All Strung Out On You,” “Gambling On a Su re Shot,” and many more, are still touring and mesmerizing audiences around the world with their unique show.
7:30 pm

**Salsa Night, Israeli Pianist, A Walk Down Memory Lane and Mother’s Day Fun at BBJ**

TUESDAY (5/9)  –  A ten piece Salsa Orchestra with a 32 year history in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Formerly known as Orquesta La Ramana, on its 30 anniversary, band leader Edwin Ortiz officially changed the name adding La Mafia Del Guaguanco to the name. Their known for it’s hard hitting classic salsa sound and their often compared to the very best salsa players in New York & Puerto Rico. 8pm

 
WEDNESDAY (5/10)  –  Tamir Hendelman is an LA-based pianist, composer and trio leader who will be accompanied by bassist Marco Panascia and drummer Ulysses Owens at Bethesda Blues on May 10th. He will perform music from his recordings, Playground and Destination, which reached #1 on the US Jazz charts.

 

He has recorded/played with Jeff Hamilton Trio, James Moody, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Roberta Gambarini, Richard Galliano, Barbara Streisand, performed Rhapsody in Blue with orchestras and teaches at UCLA.  8pm 50% Off using code THBBJ

THURSDAY (5/11)  – The Impressions are one of the greatest and most influential vocal groups in popular music history. They sold more than 60 million recordings worldwide, mostly during the 1960s when their music captured the spirit of the civil rights movement. Led by their legendary lead singer and songwriter Curtis Mayfield, the group had a string of major it songs during that era including “It’s All Right” “Keep on Pushing” “Amen”, “People Get Ready” and more hits. The Impressions were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. 8pm 
 
SATURDAY (5/13) – Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band. 8pm
SUNDAY (5/14) – After 7 began their journey in Indianapolis in the later 80s with brothers Kevon & Melvin Edmonds. They were joined by friend, Keith Mitchell, and came together as a trio. With the support and guidance of Kevon Melvin’s younger brother, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and the talent of songwriter/producer L.A.Reid, After 7 made an immediate rise in the R&B world climbing the charts. 1pm & 7pm   (MOTHER’S DAY).

ON THE BBJ STAGE THIS WEEK!!! MAMBO, FUNK, GO GO, MOTOWN & MORE!

WEDNESDAY

 

(5/3) –  Celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest music legends of our time with a performance by Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience! This outstanding band is led by accomplished drummer Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006. There will also be a screening of “James Brown: The Man, The Music & The Message.” 7:30pm

 

THURSDAY (5/4)  –  

A ten piece Salsa Orchestra with a 32 year history in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Formerly known as Orquesta La Ramana, on its 30 anniversary, band leader Edwin Ortiz officially changed the name adding La Mafia Del Guaguanco to the name. Their known for it’s hard hitting classic salsa sound and their often compared to the very best salsa players in New York & Puerto Rico. 8pm

 

FRIDAY (5/5)  – With an ensemble of today’s most talented Artists, Motown & More is a production not to be missed. Vocalists Gene McBride, Vic Frierson, Karen Linette, Deborah Poole-Williams and Micah Smith. Motown & More has become a popular production in the Baltimore/Washington/Virginia region selling out shows at noted venues demonstrating the fact that Motown is the music of our time and always brings a party. 8pm

SATURDAY
 (5/6) – The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, and by creating new music and bringing on new fans and followers. With three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album. “Beautiful Life” and rave reviews from long time fans and new fans, the Chuck Brown Band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: Go-Go. 8pm

Welcome to our new Neighbors: The Marriott Headquarters Moves to Town

MarriottSometimes when a new neighbor moves across the street, you might wonder: Will this be a neighbor as good as the last one? Will we get along with each other?

Well, there is no wondering from the staff at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club is quite excited! In fact, we welcome our neighbors with open arms and reserved tables.

As reported recently, Marriott International plans to move from the downtown location to Bethesda, right across the road from Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club. This monumental move would bring with it 3,500 Marriott employees to work in its shiny new headquarters on Wisconsin Avenue by 2022.

Officials are saying the new move could produce $1.8 billion in economic activity in the next twenty years, meaning the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club and its business neighbors could benefit greatly from the commercial activity, as well as the city of Bethesda with all of the taxes funneling to it.

This move, of course, means 3,500+ possible visitors to the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. It could make for a tremendous business and entertainment partnership for both business entities.

“When we found out that the Marriott Headquarters was moving across the road, we could not believe our ears!” said an excited Rick Brown, Owner and General Manager of the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. “I mean the possibilities of business growth for us both are endless. We welcome the Marriott staff, business partners, families, and friends to our business for their food and entertainment needs. We look forward to their relocation and wish them continued success.”

The Marriot Corporation is the world’s largest hotel company. It will be partnering with Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties to develop a 22-story, $600 million office building at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue, according to news reports.

Additionally, a 230-room, 8,000 square-foot, flagship hotel with a ballroom, business meeting spaces and a rooftop dining space will be built at that location, too. The commercial activity will definitely bring a new “economic renaissance” to the area.

“We could not be happier about this new development,” continued Rick Brown. “Our doors will be open!”
About Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, once The Bethesda Theater, was built in 1938 and opened as one of the era’s Art Deco cinema palaces. With an $8 million renovation, the National Historic Register Property has been restored and is now the region’s leading live music supper club. Since its opening in 2013, the club has hosted more than 500 artists, 200,000 customers, and 150 private events.

The Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in
Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, visit http://www.bethesdabluesjazz.com or call 240-330-4500.

Grammy Award-Winning Snarky Puppy, Performing in May at BBJ, Talk Funk & Jazz with The New York Times

Snarky Puppy promo image, colorThe New York Times recently caught up with Snarky Puppy, a band the article described as “a barnstorming, groove-centric instrumental act,” and “revved-up jazz fusion.” The band had gathered with notable, recent collaborators including folk rocker David Crosby for dinner before watching the film that will accompany their latest release, Family Dinner Volume Two, due out on Friday, February 12th. Bethesda Blues and Jazz is set to present two shows by Snarky Puppy on Monday, May 2nd at 7pm and 10pm. Members of Snarky Puppy will also be performing at BBJ as part of Red Eyed Sinatra on Wednesday, February 24th, the Bill Laurance Group featuring Michael League and Robert “Sput” Searight on Tuesday, March 22nd, and Ghost Note on Thursday, April 14th.

Snarky Puppy both connects listeners back to the heyday of groups like Weather Report, while being at the front of the next wave of performers blending funk, rock, electronic sounds, and hip-hop. Read the February 5th New York Times article, “Snarky Puppy: A House Built on Solid Funk,” for some thoughts by bandleader Michael League and others on the group’s evolution, influence, and eclectic style.

Buy Tickets for An Evening with Snarky Puppy on Monday, May 2nd:

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Hardway Connection, Performing Jan. 31, 2016 at BBJ, is Featured in Bandwidth.fm

hardway connection promo imageMaryland’s own Hardway Connection, known for their Southern Soul sound and songs including “It Must Be Love,” “Anybody Wanna Dance With Me,” and “Southern Soul Rumpin,” will take the Bethesda Blues and Jazz stage tomorrow evening along with Sir Joe Quarterman for our DC Soul Legends performance. The group has just been featured in Bandwidth, the eclectic online music news journal by WAMU, 88.5FM. The members of the sextet weren’t trying to become darlings of the beach music scene, but they’ve found they have a lot of new admirers; the popularity of their recordings and live shows has taken off with young, shag-dancing fans from Virginia to Texas.

Read more about Hardway Connection, Southern Soul, and their beach music circuit in “How Hardway Connection Found Fame In A Scene It Had Never Heard Of.”

See them perform Sunday, January 31st, 7:30pm at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club.

Get Tickets: DC Soul Legends: Sir Joe Quarterman + Hardway Connection, 1/31/16