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Grammy Award-Winning Bluegrass Artists The SteelDrivers, A Celebration of Prince on his Birthday, and a Week of “Feel Good Music” with Secret Society,
76 Degrees West, Shadz of Soul & Nu-Era

Diana Quinn, Prince Birthday Celebration of Life, Mycah Chevalier, Secret Society, The SteelDrivers, 76 Degrees West w/ Sugar Bear, Shadz of Soul & Nu Era Tribute The Emotions & The Temptations at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/6) Diana Quinn will bring us her own brand of 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll, done up in a way only she can! She has entertained audiences all over the DC area and around the country for decades with her fun, campy humor and great music, with period attire to match. She is the lead vocalist of The Fabulettes (rock ‘n’ roll and soul) as well as Honky Tonk Confidential (classic Country). Show host Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. It’ll be a Dance Night with ½ off select bottles of wine and NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage). The show starts at 7:30pm. Come ready to party!

Tuesday (6/7) It’s Prince’s birthday! The loss of this great artist in April was tragic and a shock to fans around the world. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince Rogers Nelson. His music showed remarkable diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures and genres. Please join us in celebration of his life and music with a handful of the DMV’s finest musicians and special guest Mike Scott (Prince guitarist) as they cut through Prince’s hits and demonstrate just how powerful and versatile his compositions were and always will be. The tribute begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (6/8) Get in on The Mycah Chevalier Experience! Blessed with an irresistible and soulful voice, Mycah Chevalier is in a class all her own. She has shared the stage with artists such as El DeBarge, Regina Belle, Lyfe Jennings, The Whispers, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, JaRule, Arturo Sandoval, & Maysa Leak to name a few. She is lead female vocalist for the group guiltypleasures, who’s debut single “Anticipation (The Remix)” has been in steady rotation on WHUR 96.3FM’s Original Quiet Storm since April 2010, and has been deemed a “new classic” by many. In 2012, Mycah released her single and re-make of the Duke Ellington/John Coltrane jazz classic “In A Sentimental Mood.” Her recent single, “Genie,” has been played worldwide and landed Mycah’s 2nd Grammy consideration in 5 categories for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. This phenomenal show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (6/9) Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “live band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. “The Society” is that breath of fresh air. The combination of talent, experience, and a host of influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James, and others gives this band a great sound and identity all its own. To assign a genre-style to this group would be difficult considering the intermixture of music displayed. The group calls it “Feel Good Music,” and that is exactly what it is they have to offer. Bandleader and saxophonist Mills also performs with DC’s legendary Chuck Brown “The Godfather of Go-Go” Band. With Wayne Thomas on drums, vocalist Mike Madison, Robbie McDonald on 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! Their feel-good show gets started at 8pm.

Friday (6/10) Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award-Winners, The SteelDrivers, will treat us to a truly soulful, rootsy performance. Though their 2016 Grammy-winning album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, may sound like something historic “from the vault,” it is fully from this moment. This fourth SteelDrivers studio album is made up of all-new material and recorded in Muscle Shoals at the legendary NuttHouse Recording Studio. Much of the inspiration came from Muscle Shoals, an area of exultation and experimentation, and home to the SteelDrivers’ lead vocalist, writer, and lead singer Gary Nichols. The group continues its rich musical progression, conjuring music drenched in soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Can a new album be a classic album? If the “blend of soul and slink, blues and country, mountain coal and red dirt,” as Peter Cooper characterized their sound, is timeless, then the SteelDrivers have delivered another new classic. As this band’s sound reaches deeper into musical roots, each new recording and live shoe is another spectacular step forward. The SteelDrivers concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/11) It’s 76 Degrees West with special guest Sugar Bear! 76 Degrees West is the longitude for the East Coast in the Western Hemisphere – precisely, Washington, DC. This rising band has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, and Angela Johnson. The jazz/funk sound of 76 Degrees West has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. Back by popular demand! The show kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (6/12) Shadz of Soul & Nu-Era brings the Sounds of The Emotions & The Temptations! Soulful and smooth, the female R&B group Shadz of Soul hails from the Washington, DC area. The group formed in the early 90’s and consists of Anissa Hargrove, Shawn Allen, and Farnetta Baker. The group is often compared to The Emotions, EnVogue, and The Jones Girls. Known for their intricate harmonies and limitless vocal ability, they have individually and collectively provided vocal assistance to artists including Patti Labelle, Chanté Moore, Mike Howard, Jean Carn, and Gloria Gaynor. Nu-Era consists of five singing brothers: Isaac “Ike,” Solomon “Sonny,” Samuel “Sam,” Jacob “Jake,” and Jeremy “JP” Marsh. They have performed with the Whispers, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Blue Magic, Jerry Butler, The Orioles, Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels, along with other greats. They have opened for Gerald Levert, The O’Jays, and Patti LaBelle and have shared the stage with The Stylistics, The Delfonics and the Dramatics. This soulful performance starts at 8pm.

Coming Soon: Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Be’la Dona, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, Jeff Bradshaw, and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar for tickets and info.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

A Blues & Jazz Start to 2016: Joe Louis Walker, 76 Degrees West, & So Much More!

Daryl Davis Presents: Cassandra Allen, Gary Grainger, Jasmine Williams, PJ Morton, Joe Louis Walker, 76 Degrees West, Chris Grasso Trio w/ Alison Crockett & Thad Wilson at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2016Happy New Year!

Monday (1/4) We say hello to the first full week of 2016 with our Customer Appreciation Night! Please come out and enjoy the unique vocal talent of Cassandra Allen. Tonight this gifted singer-songwriter and arranger will grace our stage with some ballads and Swing. Allen’s own wonderful style is readily apparent, yet you will hear her legendary influences: Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and a touch of Afro-Latin Mediterranean Folk-Fusion. Hosting the evening will be Daryl Davis, master of piano who has worked with the likes of Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, and many others. Admission is FREE and we have HALF OFF select bottles of wine. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (1/5) Bring your singing voice and your musical instruments and come on out to The Grainger Jam! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to share the stage with YOU! We honor FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) This your chance to show us whatcha got! The Grainger Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/6) Come out for a midweek treat and hear a fresh voice from the DMV! Jasmine Williams, a native of Northern Virginia, has been singing since the age of 3. She had the great honor of performing the National Anthem for President Barack Obama at the signing of The Health Care Bill, and even sang at one of his inauguration balls. She is currently a lead vocalist with Round Midnight, ETX and is a vocalist with the soulful legendary singer Juanita Williams. She performs weekly on The Odyssey as a featured vocalist with The Conclusion Band.  She is currently producing her own project, Jasmine Williams and Company. 8pm start time.

Thursday (1/7) Influenced by acts ranging from the Beatles and James Taylor to Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, New Orleans native PJ Morton is the son of gospel singer Paul S. Morton. His formal foray into the industry was as a member of the band Freestyle Nation which debuted in the early 2000s, but it is as a songwriter/producer that Morton left his first indelible impression. He won a Grammy Award for his songwriting/production of India.Arie’s “Interested” from her 2002 album Voyage to India. Other collaborations followed with artists including Jermaine Dupri, LL Cool J, Monica, Musiq Soulchild,  and Trinitee 5:7. Morton is well-known as a performer with Maroon 5, and he is currently stepping out with his own Morton Records. The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (1/8) Don’t miss four-time Blues Music Award-winner and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Louis Walker! His new album, Everybody Wants A Piece, cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues. Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues… I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.’” With his latest recording, Walker is celebrating a career that now exceeds a half a century. Solid blues-rockers Mary Shaver & The Smokin’ Polecats will also take the stage.  Come join the party! It starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/9) The great jazz-funk ensemble – 76 Degrees West – is in the house! This band has been lighting up stages since 2001, and is definitely on the rise. 76 Degrees West has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, and Angela Johnson. The band has performed at festivals and clubs around the country with artists including 2-time Grammy nominee Ledisi, Marcus Johnson, Rahsaan Patterson, Rick Braun, and Ollie Woodson (of The Temptations). Crowd favorites are their remakes of the Average White Band’s “School Boy Crush” and EWF’s “Shining Star.” The smooth & funky sounds begin at 8pm.

Sunday (1/10) The Chris Grasso Trio is back for another great Sunday evening with a wonderful pairing of talented featured artists. Alison Crockett is perhaps the quintessential nu jazz/progressive soul singer of her generation; you’ve no doubt heard her voice on seminal recordings by King Britt, Blue Six, Us3, Landslide, John Wicks, Mathematics and a host of others. Alison has taken the baton from divas such as Lizz Wright, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Donna Summer, Diana Ross, and Sarah Vaughan. Trumpeter Thad Wilson’s worldwide appearances include Barcelona and Bilboa, Spain; Berlin, Germany; Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; Paris, France and the D.C. Jazz Festival. He has toured with the musical production, Ella, and when he’s not on the road he teaches Jazz Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. This is a musical combo not to be missed! They begin at 7:30pm.

We’ve always got great performances to look forward to at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Upcoming events include Jeff Bradshaw & Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen on Valentine’s Day Weekend, Kenny Lattimore on March 10th and 11th, and four Lalah Hathaway performances on March 24th and 25th. Visit our Music Calendar and get your tickets early!

Keeping music alive here in downtown Bethesda… See you here  for dinner and a show soon.

 

Rick Brown