Bethesda Blues and Jazz News & Rick's Corner

Bethesda Blues & Jazz
Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Gregory Porter, The Iguanas, Janiva Magness, The Winstons (“Color Him Father”) and the fabulous Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, (formerly of The Platters, The Drifters, and The Temptations) will all be featured this Father’s Day Weekend! 

Wednesday and Thursday, (6/17, 6/18) we welcome the wonderful Gregory Porter, winner of the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Liquid Spirit! Tickets have gone fast for these 8:00pm shows, with some theater seats still available. Read below and you’ll see why! 

“The next great male jazz singer” -NPR Music

“Gregory Porter [is] a powerful baritone who writes his own songs… from a more ‘70s or early '80s-oriented place in the African-American jazz tradition, strong and sometimes experimental yet serenely unacademic, and mightily good.” -The New York Times

Friday (6/19) brings roots rock group The Iguanas. Based out of New Orleans for the past couple of decades, The Iguanas define a sound of Americana that crosses cultures, styles, eras, and even languages. Collectively or individually, the members of The Iguanas have played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willy DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights. Their latest album, Juarez, is their first studio recording since 2012’s Sin to Sin. You may have seen them opening for Jimmy Buffett over the years. This will be a very fun night at BBJ! 8:00pm kickoff. 

Saturday (6/20) we welcome back Janiva Magness, whose new album, Original, stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock, and soul music. Its 11 songs seamlessly weave all three genres into a highly original approach defined by nakedly honest storytelling and the live-wire emotionalism of Magness’ two-and-a-half octave range. See you here for this 8:00pm show. 

Sunday (6/21), Father’s Day, features a morning brunch and an evening special show. We kick off Sunday 11:00am-1:30pm with a sumptuous buffet brunch featuring The Winstons. Their popular '70’s song, “Color Him Father” is an anthem celebrating fathers everywhere. We have discounts for seniors and students, so treat your dad or granddad to a fun morning of good food and great music!

Sunday (6/21) evening we welcome back the wonderful sounds of Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, formerly of The Platters, The Drifters, and The Temptations. This walk down memory lane is just what your dad or granddad will love: “Smoke Gets In your Eyes,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof,” and so many more. You’ll be sure to leave with some wonderful new memories! 7:30pm showtime. 

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

 Rick Brown

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