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Soul Man Rahsaan Patterson, Rocker Mike Peters of The Alarm (A 50% Off Event!), A Tribute to Amy Winehouse with Elise Testone, Coco Montoya, Joe Clair Comedy, and The Jam with Gary Grainger

The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Amy Winehouse Tribute by American Idol Finalist Elise Testone, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Rahsaan Patterson, Joe Clair and Friends, Coco Montoya + Cathy Ponton King at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Tuesday (9/6) It’s time once again for the 1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! This monthly event gives YOU the chance to jam and sing with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. It’s always a great time whether you join in with the band or just come out, have some food and drinks, and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (9/7) Join us as American Idol Finalist Elise Testone brings an all-star line-up to BBJ for Thankful For Amy: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse. The performance features songs from the Grammy Award-winning and multi-million selling Back To Black album, and Testone will also be performing her originals. Elise Testone is a powerhouse vocalist with incredible stage presence and vocal maturity, the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone’s range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits. The band will include Natalie Cressman (trombone, Trey Anastasio Band), Jay Rodriguez (saxophone, Groove Collective), Clynt Yerkes (trumpet, Charles Bradley), Adam Fallen (guitar, Skylar Grey), Trey Cooper (keyboard), Jed Lingat (bass, Timothy Bloom), Sydney Driver (drums, Rhythm & Stealth), and Sami Stevens (vocals). Thankful for Amy starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/8) Formed by Mike Peters in 1981, The Alarm featured a daring mix of amped up acoustic guitars, harmonica and passionate vocals that invited the enduring description “Bob Dylan meets The Clash.” The sound of The Alarm that has been heard around the world ever since with 17 Top 50 UK singles, a host of successful albums and over 5 million sales worldwide. For this solo performance, Mike brings his Spirit of 86 Tour to Bethesda with Alarm hits including “The Stand,” “Sixty Eight Guns,” “Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke,” as well as songs from his solo career. See the show for 50% OFF when you use Discount Code MPBBJ! The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/9) Longtime fans have watched Rahsaan Patterson grow from the skinny, wide-eyed boy with the big eyes and bigger voice on the classic children’s show, Kids Incorporated, to one of the most influential yet underrated soul men on the planet. He’s sported blonde-streaked hair and cutting edge fashions while strolling through European-set music videos, and sung in clubs and concert halls around the globe. He’s worked with Brandy, Van Hunt, Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, and others, and icons including Chaka Khan have ushered him into the hall of the greats. He’ll perform two great shows, at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (9/10) Our #1 Comedian, Host, and DC’s Finest will be back for more! Come out for a hilarious night – The Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show will make sure you ROFL! This time, Joe’s featured comedians are Brooklyn Mike, Queen Aishah, & A. G. White. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, he keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. So get ready, Bethesda! The laughs will be nonstop starting at 7pm and again at 10pm.

Sunday (9/11) Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.” From his early days as a drummer with Albert Collins to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work. When British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session, he was blown away and recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers. Montoya spent the next 10 years in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence. The rest is history! His special guest for the evening will be the great Cathy Ponton King. The show starts at 8pm.

Of course, there’s so much more coming right up! Grab your tickets now for Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, Midge Ure, Morris Day & The Time, The Texas Chainsaw Horns present Hot Mess Burlesque, and more! Check our Music Calendar anytime for up-to-date info.

Thanks so much for coming out for great music and comedy in Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you here soon!

Rick Brown

 

An Old School Weekend with Still Surfin’ and Friendship Train – Tributes to The Beach Boys and Gladys Knight and The Pips, “Feel Good Music,” and More at BBJ

1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Nia Simmons and Geneva Renee, Still Surfin’ Beach Boys Tribute, Friendship Train Gladys Knight and the Pips Tribute, Secret Society at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/2) Come one, come all to the 1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! This monthly event gives YOU the chance to jam and sing with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. You’ll have a blast whether you join the band onstage or simply come out, have some food and drinks, and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/3) We’ve got a soulful night in store with DC-area singers Nia Simmons and Geneva Renée! Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, Nia Simmons has a vocal style is heavily rooted in gospel, R&B, and jazz. Not only has she performed as a headliner at notable venues (Blues Alley, The Carlyle Club), she has also been privileged to share the stage as a background vocalist with acclaimed artists such as Regina Belle, Howard Hewett, Bobby McFerrin, Kirk Whalem, Meli’sa Morgan, and Crystal Aikin, and others. Geneva Renée, the highly sought after mezzo-soprano whose range spans three octaves has been a featured soloist at events honoring Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. An alumna of Howard University, Geneva is heavily influenced by classical, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. She has shared the stage with stars including Diana Ross, Maysa Leak, and Vanessa Williams. The music begins at 8pm.

Friday (8/5) Professional tribute band Still Surfin’ has been performing the music of The Beach Boys for over 15 years. Still Surfin’ features the incredible five part harmonies of The Beach Boys and they’re ready to entertain with authentic costuming, audience participation, great choreography, heavy spring reverb surf guitar, and the songs that everyone knows and loves. Just like the original Beach Boys, they might also pull out songs from other great ’60s surf bands like Jan and Dean, The Ventures, Dick Dale, and The Safaris. They play all the great car songs, too! Come out to see Still Surfin’ for a true-to-form show – just like the originals sounded on their live tours back in the day. Surf’s up at 8pm.

Saturday (8/6) Shadows of the 60’s Present Friendship Train – A Tribute to Gladys Knight & The Pips! Perhaps the most dynamic female lead singer of all time from Motown roster of stars, Gladys Knight, backed by the smooth vocals and choreography of The Pips, burst onto the music scene in 1961 and continued to enjoyed success for decades to come. Their hits include “With Every Beat Of My Heart,” “I Don’t  Wanna Do Wrong,” “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Friendship Train,”  “Neither One Of Us,” and “If I Were Your Woman.” Because of Gladys’ soul-stirring vocal delivery, it is no accident that there aren’t many tributes to this unique group. Shadows Of The 60’s, known for their reputation of delivering the best in tribute productions, searched for three years to find such a gifted vocal talent. Join them as they return to the sound of one of the mighty pillars of that elusive Motown Magic, Gladys Knight & The Pips. The tribute begins at 8pm.

Sunday (8/7) Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area saxophonist Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “Live Band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. Secret Society is that breath of fresh air. The combination of talent, experience and influences including John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound and identity. The group likes to use the simplistic description “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is that they offer. The WAMMIE-nominated group has been featured in magazines including Prince George’s Suite and Magazine 33 Virginia, as “one of the hottest bands in the region.” Bandleader Mills attended Howard University’s prestigious Jazz Studies Program, which gave him the opportunity to play with notable DC-area groups including The Marcus Johnson Project, and Thievery Corporation, and he currently performs with DC’s legendary Chuck Brown “The Godfather of Go-Go” Band. With Wayne Thomas on drums, vocalist Mike Madison, Robbie McDonald playing lead guitar, bassist David Dyson, and Patrick Cooper on keyboards, this recipe of musicians is sure to please the taste buds of the avid music fan! The band starts at 7:30pm.

Who’ll be on the BBJ stage soon? Kandace Springs with special guest Lee Mo, Jon B., Zo! with Carmen Rodgers, The Cindy Blackman Santana Group, Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Kenny Lattimore, and the Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert, to name a few. Visit our Music Calendar and stay up to date!

Happy August! And thanks as always for coming out to support great music in Bethesda. We’ll see you soon.

Rick Brown