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Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux Kick Off the Week, then DC Favorites EU, Be’la Dona, Secret Society with a Tribute to Notorious B.I.G. and a Drag Salute to Dreamgirls

Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux, Notorious B.I.G. Tribute, EU - Experience Unlimited, Be’la Dona, Drag Salute to Dreamgirls Twisted at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Tuesday (3/7) Come out to a great singer-songwriter double bill – Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux! Two-time GRAMMY winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona with over 15 critically-acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention, with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances. She’ll be joined by Peyroux, who got her start as an American musician on the streets of Paris. A precocious teenager living abroad with her mother, Madeleine quickly became entranced with local buskers, spending much of her time accompanying a regular band on the sidewalks of the Latin Quarter with her distinctive voice, and, by 15, had dropped out of school to join a touring blues and jazz band. Following the whirlwind release and promotion of the critically acclaimed Dreamland in 1996, the 22-year old Peyroux disappeared from the limelight, just as the buzz surrounding the singer was at its peak. Her latest is Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/9) Join Secret Society as they celebrate one of the greatest of all time — Notorious B.I.G. Biggie is still one of the music industry’s most admired hip-hop artists. His musical style has been emulated by countless up-and-coming artists. This homage by Secret Society will be a night to remember. DJ Eclipse will be on the 1’s & 2’s and the band will perform songs from Biggie’s catalog and Bad Boy Entertainment. Don’t miss this epic event! The tribute kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (3/10) Get ready for a true Washington, DC’s treasure – EU (Experience Unlimited)! This group is one of the original DC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended DC’s Ballou High School. The band chose the name Experience due to their respect for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Unlimited because they did not want to limit the range of their music. Their early regional hits included “EU Freeze,” “Lock Your Butt,” and “Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray.” Although they are best known for their GRAMMY-nominated, worldwide hit “Da-Butt” from Spike Lee’s School Daze soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (“Shake Your Thang”), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (“Party Time”), and on their own with “Buck Wild” and “Taste of Your Love.” EU will get the party started at 8pm.

Saturday (3/11) Washington, DC is also the birthplace of the exciting and diverse all-female band known as Be’la Dona! The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on their stage is the selling point of this local group of unsung heroes. The Be’la Dona sound is a unique style of funk, jazz, R&B and rock, commanding an impressive drawing power and attracting many beloved fans. Individually, each band member has toured with national artist such as Nile Rodgers (Chic), Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John and many others. The award-winning Be’la Dona will turn it up at 8pm.

Sunday (3/12) This show is fierce! Don’t miss this special lip-synced theatrical rendition of Dreamgirls Twisted presented by Shi-Queeta-Lee & VanHook Productions, LLC in honor of Salute to the Divas. Female impersonation at its best, Salute to the Divas is a revue featuring the world’s top legends. The audience enters the magical world of illusion as their favorite divas grace the Bethesda Blues & Jazz stage with all the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas show. Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, Dreamgirls follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called The Dreams who become music superstars. The musical opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006. You’ve got two chances to catch Dreamgirls Twisted, at 3pm and 8pm.

Welcome to March! Other upcoming shows this month include Band of Roses & Madz Johnson, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s on St. Patrick’s Day with his band O’Malley’s March, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band honoring Maze, Valerie Simpson, and Newmyer Flyer Presents: Dream Discs – Layla and Other Assorted Eric Clapton. Check out our Music Calendar for more details and all our upcoming events.

Thanks for all you do to support great music in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Trouble Funk, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and The Wine & Jazz Series Begins with Nick Colionne

Trouble Funk, Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and A Drag Salute to the Divas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/14) All aboard the Trouble Funk Express… We’re headed for Hump Day with Trouble Funk! Trouble Funk was born on the streets of Washington, DC, and is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion driven, best seen live, experience the party, audience participatory, grassroots, homegrown music called Go-Go. As the worldwide ambassadors of Go-Go, an older cousin of Hip-Hop, Trouble Funk has taken their sound from the gritty streets of DC to the clubs of the nation and the festivals around the world for the past 30 plus years. Their anthems include “Drop the Bomb,” “Pump Me Up,”  “Let’s Get Small,” “Trouble Funk Express,” “So Early in the Morning,” “Saturday Night Live From Washington, DC, Parts 1 & 2,” “Say What?” and two R&B/ Hip-Hop Billboard charting tracks, “Still Smokin'” and “Good to Go.” The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/15) Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues, and soulful, seductive vocals. Over the years, the charismatic, inspirationally fashionable (courtesy of designer Stacy Adams) Chicago based guitarist’s album titles have kept everyone in the loop as to where his musical heart is. He has mastered the art of Keepin´ It Cool (2006), pushed musical boundaries to a place where there are No Limits (2008), urged us to Feel The Heat (2011) and later explored some of his deepest Influences (2014). Nick has received numerous accolades throughout his multi-faceted career, including the 2007 International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year for Jazz Trax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011. The Nick Colionne concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (9/16) This is going to be a fun night! The Beat Hotel is a 10-piece band with a 3-piece horn section playing New Orleans Swamp Funk music. The band captures the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul, and blues with a wonderful groove sensibility that is creative and fresh. The band was formed after musical director and lead guitarist Bruce Blaylock returned to his hometown of Bethesda after having moved to New Orleans for college and law school at Tulane University. With the roots of its music deep in the Bayou (The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Meters, Alan Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Jon Cleary, Henry Butler, etc.), The Beat Hotel has well-crafted melodies, a kicking horn section, rich vocal harmonies, and deep grooves that consistently energize music festivals and clubs wherever they play. Sharing the stage with The Beat Hotel will be original roots rock band The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (9/18) Enter the magical world of illusion with A Drag Salute to the Divas! Your favorite divas will dazzle right before your eyes! Tina Turner, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, Liza Minelli, Jill Scott, Marvin Gaye, Fantasia, and Whitney Houston will be replicated by DC’s top illusionists so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club & VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel and marks a milestone in history as the first female impersonation show at our venue. Creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Ugly Betty, reality shows DCTV’s Drag City: DC and TV One’s R&B Divas. The glitz, glamour, and spectacularly duplicated performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away. The Divas take the stage at 8pm.

This week’s Nick Colionne show kicks off a string of very special evenings – The Bethesda Wine & Jazz Series. This eclectic mix of jazz artists also includes Steve Oliver, 13-year-old Joey Alexander, Mike Phillips, Cécile McLorant Salvant, and Kevin Whalum. Select wines such as True Myth Chard, Montefresco Pinot Grigio, Alamos Malbec, and Bogle Merlot will be featured at 50% off. Find out more about our Wine & Jazz Series, and don’t forget about the band that needs no introduction… The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra on Tuesday, 9/27. Keep up with all our upcoming events on our Music Calendar.

Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to seeing you and bringing great music and entertainment your way this fall!

Rick Brown