Bethesda Blues and Jazz
7719 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
240-330-4500 Mon-Sat 12pm-1am
Show Hours: See Music Calendar
Business Hours Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Bethesda Blues and Jazz News & Rick's Corner
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
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.
music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here soon.
33 years after they began, The Soul Crackers deliver tight, in-the-pocket covers from all-star soul, Motown and 70’s Funk bands. For over three hours, the band drove from one song directly to the next. The scope of their repertoire was mind-boggling and included artists from Jr. Walker & the All Stars, The Four Tops and …
Environmental festivals, a play day, concerts and art exhibitions
Freda Payne is a Detroit native who never realized her talents until the early age of twelve. Her piano teacher discovered her singing ability and from that point on Freda was singing for local affairs around Detroit and even entered talent contest on local TV as well as the national TV show, Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. At age fourteen she joined The Don Large’s Make Way for Youth radio show broadcasted on station WJR in the penthouse of the Fisher Bldg. Freda’s first album deal was on the Impulse label with ABC Paramount in New York. After The Lights Go Down Low and much more. Recording her next album three years later on MGM records. Was an early protege of Quincy Jones during his big band era, also performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2008 in honor of Quincy’s seventy fifth birthday celebration.
Potomacâs Maggie Rose gets engaged during concert at Bethesda club
Plus magic at Gaithersburg Arts Barn, “Willy Wonka Jr.,” historic marker unveiled in Rockville, “Blue,” spring bridal show, Not Its perform.
The Hank Levy Legacy Band, which recently recorded a new version of “Whiplash,” will play the song — and a host of other Levy tunes — Sunday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club.
Going Out Guide for Montgomery County, May 15-21
The band will play the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Club on Saturday.
The first Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award will be presented Friday.