**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).




(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

 (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:

7pm Tickets

10pm Tickets

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

Miriamm Wright Presents a Concert for Breast Cancer Awareness – Thursday, October 1st, 8pm

Miriamm Wright at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 10/1/15

Please join renowned R&B singer Miriamm this Thursday, October 1st as she turns Bethesda Blues & Jazz PINK! The concert, sponsored by the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, will be a beautiful evening of entertainment and a powerful performance to honor breast cancer survivors. WHUR radio personality, Taylor Thomas, will serve as Special Guest Host. The event begins at 8pm.

Reserved seating tickets are $25 and are available here. To purchase VIP Tickets (front row seats, a CD signed by Miriamm, and a Meet & Greet before the show: $60), email the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation.

From Aretha Franklin to Will Downing, Miriamm has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business. She has opened for acts including India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Boys II Men. She hit the big screen portraying a background singer for Etta James (Beyonce’ Knowles) in the feature film Cadillac Records (Sony Music Films), and has toured as Peaches, one half of the classic duo Peaches & Herb. Miriamm founded the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (EPW), a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support services to families facing breast cancer, as well as to provide education and screening to underserved communities.

Special Guest Host Taylor Thomas joined the Award Winning News Department at 96.3 WHUR in 2003. She is the local News Anchor for the Steve Harvey Morning Show. She is also the producer/host of “Let’s Talk Money” on WHUR World HD2, host of “People, Money & Life” on H.U.R. Voices SiriusXM Channel 141, and a News Reporter for WHUR World’s “Mix Show.”

Country Star Maggie Rose Gets Engaged During Concert

Country singer and Potomac native Maggie Rose received a surprise marriage proposal during her last song at Saturday night’s performance at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club.

A few songs earlier, Rose had dedicated a song she’d written to her father, Steve Durante, saying it was inspired by watching him give away her sister Claire on her wedding day. Little did Rose and most in the audience know, her dad was about to become a father-of-the-bride again.

There were some who did know, though—Rose’s parents, grandparents, sisters, and perhaps even the former history teacher she gave a shout out to. They were all there to capture the big moment.

Local Landmark Reincarnated as the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

As you drive along Wisconsin Avenue, the Bethesda Theatre rises like a gleaming beacon on an otherwise drab shoreline. Bright white lights illuminate the marquee, and a rocket-shaped tower juts toward the sky with “Bethesda” emblazoned in baby-blue neon. There’s a timeless grace to the design, making the iconic building look simultaneously like a bygone throwback and a futuristic emblem.

Since its 1938 debut as the Boro Theatre, this eye-catching landmark has hosted thousands of Hollywood hits, headliners and stage productions. Now the storied space is entering a new era as Potomac real estate developer Rick Brown and a group of investors (including Bethesda Magazine publisher Steve Hull, who holds a minor stake) transform it into the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, which was set to open at the end of February.



Read the full article from Bethesda Magazine…