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Rockin’ into Thanksgiving Week: Daryl Davis, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience, and A Gospel According to Jazz

Daryl Davis, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, Mousey Thompson and the James Brown Experience, and A Gospel According to Jazz at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2016Tuesday (11/22) Get ready for the holiday with Daryl Davis Presents: Rockin’ into Thanksgiving! Come to dance or just sit back and enjoy as Daryl and the band provide an evening good old rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, blues, boogie woogie and some country music thrown into the mix, too. Show host and piano master 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. A very special guest, 92-year-old jokester Helen “Ma” Dillon, will open the show. She’s guaranteed to get your motor running, even when your starter is broken! The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/23) Rare Essence has long been one of the city’s most popular and enduring Go-Go bands. Formed by four students at a Southeast Washington Catholic school during the mid-’70s, the band was kept on track by several no-nonsense moms and mentored by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. They have performed with Run DMC, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Ice Cube, Heavy D and the Boyz, Wu Tang Clan, Redman and Method Man, French Montana, Scarface, TLC, Eric B and Rakim, YoYo, Shabba Ranks, and KRS-1, not to mention Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, The Junk Yard Band, and EU. Come out and chant along to hits like “Lock It,” “One On One,” “Hey Buddy Buddy,” and the ever popular “Overnight Scenario.” The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/24) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday (11/25) Chicago-based Davy Knowles is at it again with a new album, Three Miles from Avalon. Dripping with classic blues riffs and intricate guitar work, this is exactly what we have come to expect from the former Back Door Slam frontperson, an artist who has not one, but two Top Three Billboard Blues Chart albums. Three Miles from Avalon does not disappoint. Knowles co-produced and recorded the album in his base of operations, Chicago, with friend Anthony Gravino. “Never Gonna Be the Same” sounds like Knowles stretched the south side of Chicago all the way down to the bayou. “Oxford MS” is a story song of violence and torment that pushes this album from amazing to astronomically amazing. Come in, get out of the bustle of Black Friday, enjoy the live show, and take in some new tunes! The concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (11/26) Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience is an all-star ensemble that faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. This outstanding band is led by accomplished drummer and DC native Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006. Thompson has also performed with other renowned musical performers including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, and Peaches & Herb. The band performs James Brown’s biggest hits including “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, “Cold Sweat,” and so many more. Don’t miss this celebration of The Godfather of Soul! The band will get started at 8pm.

Sunday (11/27) Come one, come all, come hear A Gospel According to Jazz! From his early days in Memphis where he played in his father’s church choir, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum drew inspiration from the rich musical traditions of that city, including gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz. He received a scholarship to attend music school at Texas Southern University, where he formed a band in 1979 and began playing shows on the local club circuit. Whalum released A Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 1 in 1998. Of his 5th annual A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas season tour, Kirk says, “This is the most unique holiday celebration you never knew you had to experience for yourself… Keiko Matsui and Norman Brown, Sheléa, Kirk & Kevin Whalum and John Stoddart?! …There’s no joy like spending the holidays with family and great music. So you bring the family, we’ll take care of the rest!” The evening’s two shows begin at 5:30pm and 8pm.

Keep a lookout on our Music Calendar for more great events like Maggie Rose with The Morrison Brothers and A Drag Salute to Motown Twisted, plus lots of holiday shows like Redd Brothers’ Christmas, Landau Murphy Jr. Holiday Show, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2, and Christmas with Cassandra Wilson!

Here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, we are thankful for all of you. Thanks for coming out to meet friends, share dinner and drinks, and to enjoy the shows. We appreciate celebrating great entertainment in downtown Bethesda, and it is wonderful to share that passion with you! Have a great Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Halloween Fun with Clones of Funk, Jazz & Blues Treats with Incognito featuring Maysa, Tab Benoit, and Kevin Whalum

Clones of Funk, Kevin Whalum, Incognito featuring Maysa, Tab Benoit at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Oct - Nov 2016Monday (10/31) The freaks come out at night! The freaks will definitely be out in force for the freakiest, funkiest Halloween party in the DMV featuring Clones of Funk! Clones of Funk is a full stage band playing classic anthems by funk legends Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone, and James Brown. Their colorful attire and stage show make them the ideal musical entertainment for Halloween night. You’ll be inspired to dance all night long and take a trip back in the day when music was all about getting down. Wear your best costume or just come as you are to get freaky on the dance floor and have a funky good time. Make sure you use Discount Code: cfunkbbj when you buy your tickets for a wicked 50% OFF! The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/3) We are pleased to welcome Kevin Whalum to our stage! Kevin Whalum is best known for his stellar work with his brother Kirk Whalum on the series, A Gospel According To Jazz, Chapters 1-4. Chapter One was released in 1998 to critical acclaim, and it put Kevin on everyone’s radar with his medley take on the Negro spirituals, “Wade In The Water/Motherless Child.” Kevin has three solo albums under his belt: the self-produced solo debut, Timetable (2002), the George Duke-produced, One Life To Love (2008), and the new self-produced, I Live For You (2016). Although Kevin eschews any effort to force him into a category or genre, he freely admits to defining himself as “primarily a jazz vocalist who just happens to be a Christian.” The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (11/4) Come out and experience Incognito – one of the best funk/jazz/soul outfits in the world. A pioneer of the “acid jazz” movement who has delighted listeners and dancers for decades, Incognito has scored hits with versions of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and Ronnie Laws’ “Always There,” selling more than a million records worldwide in the process. Maysa first gained fame as the featured voice on Incognito’s defining `90s era hits “Don’t You Worry About A Thing,” “Still A Friend of Mine,” and “Deep Waters.” She then launched a concurrent solo career with the hits “Am I Wrong (For Lovin’ You),” “Friendly Pressure,” and “Hypnotic Love.” Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Maysa’s alluring vocals, candor, humor and purity as an artist make her a rarity.  This magical combo will perform two shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (11/6) Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray, and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since. His recordings include These Blues are All Mine, Whiskey Store, and Fever for the Bayou. The show starts at 8pm.

Coming up soon: Larry Carlton, Lori Williams’ Behind the Smiles CD Release Concert, A Salute to the troops with The Shirelles, Joan Osborne, Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, Rare Essence, Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience, Dionne, and a 101st Birthday Celebration of frank Sinatra by Tony Sands. See our Music Calendar for more upcoming events.

Happy Halloween! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Rock’N’Boogie, Blues, Jazz, Holiday Parties & Christmas Cheer!

Sapphire Stars, Gary Grainger, Secret Society, Deanna Bogart, and A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2015Monday (12/21) Come on out tonight for our Customer Appreciation Night Rock’N’Boggie Holiday Party & Dance with The Sapphire Stars! The DC/MD/VA area’s newest, hottest, and most exciting vocal harmony group has been entertaining audiences throughout the region for years. They are WAMMY Award nominee Michelle Murray, compelling vocalist Hayley Fahey, and Arlene Jaye, who emotes a song that will make your heart flutter. Our host is boogie-woogie piano master, Daryl Davis. There’s no admission fee and we’ve got half off select bottles of wine. The joint will be jumpin’ with the “Santa Claus Boogie” and the “Jingle Bell Rock” – No better way to start this holiday week! The music starts at 7:30pm

Tuesday (12/22) THE JAM is back this week with Gary Grainger & Friends! This is your chance to come out and perform live with some of the nation’s most talented musicians led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Come out and show us whatcha got! THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/23) We are pleased to host our 2nd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party featuring Secret Society. Dance to the soulful sounds of one of the DMV’s best R&B bands. They’ll be playing the hits that you love, plus R&B holiday classics to make your spirits bright! The brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, Secret Society was formed in 2008 to bring the “Live Band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. Band members count John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, and Rick James among their influences, and their repertoire is full of history, tradition, and diversity. You don’t want to miss this event! The music gets started at 8pm.

Saturday (12/26) The Deanna Bogart Band + The Bobby Thompson Project will rock the BBJ stage! Deanna Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she likes to call “blusion.” A bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and sax player, Bogart has won the Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year three consecutive times, and at last count, has taken home 22 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards). Her performance will not disappoint. Master guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson learned to play in the old blues clubs of DC from the likes of Bobby Parker. After honing his craft as a popular support man, Thompson stepped out as a solo artist, releasing three albums since 2011. The Roots Music Report says Thompson’s songs portray “muscular blues- and soul-rock strong on soulful vocals and cut-above-the-norm originals.” This night of hot “blusion” and more kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (12/27) We present to you two great performances of A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas! It will be a holiday extravaganza featuring jazz legend Kirk Whalum and singer-songwriter Shelea along with Norman Brown and Kevin Whalum. You’ll want to come check out the show for all its joys, not least of which to see our “Surprise Guest!” The Gospel According to Jazz is well known for the chart-topping gospel anthem, Falling in Love With Jesus, and for “It’s What I Do,” which won the Grammy for Best Gospel Song in 2011. Continue your Christmas celebration with us. Doors open for brunch at 11:30am and the show starts at 1:30pm. Doors open for the evening show at 5:30pm and the music begins at 7:30pm.

Here are just a few of the great events we have coming up: Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra on New Year’s Eve, PJ Morton, 76 Degrees West, our annual Buddy Holly Tribute, and four shows in March by the incomparable Lalah Hathaway. Check our Music Calendar for details.

Thanks for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. Happy Holidays to you and yours. We look forward to seeing you here soon.

 

Rick Brown