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Celebrate Four Years of Great Music at BBJ with Dionne Warwick in Concert! Celebrate Women’s Voices with The Wonder Women Blues Festival
and Sweet Honey In The Rock!

Dionne Warwick at BBJ 4th Anniversary, Daryl Davis Presents Wonder Women of Blues, and Sweet Honey in the Rock at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Feb-March 2017Tuesday – Wednesday (2/28 – 3/1) We are pleased to have the great Dionne Warwick here to help us celebrate four years of sharing music and entertainment in Bethesda! Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describes the familiar and legendary voice of five-time GRAMMY Award winning music legend Dionne Warwick, a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. During Warwick’s renowned 50-year career she has established herself as an international music icon and live act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs, making her the second most charted female of all time, and sold over 100 million records worldwide. She began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by a young songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Her first hit “Don’t Make Me Over” came in 1962, which was immediately followed by a decade of more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles. Ms. Warwick’s classic cover of “That’s What Friends are For” in 1985 became one of her most lauded hits and since then she continues to awe audiences with her distinctive voice. The concerts begin at 8pm each evening.

Saturday (3/4) Join Daryl Davis as he celebrates, honors, and pays tribute to the first and most influential form of American music, the blues. This time, special honors go to female artists at the Wonder Women Blues Festival! The Blues was the foundation and platform for jazz, country, gospel, rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly, zydeco, swing, R&B, and just about every other form of American music. In the early days of the blues, female singers outnumbered male blues singers. It is said, “Behind every good man, is a good woman.”  We proudly tip our hat to these phenomenal females, putting them up front and center, with the good men behind them providing musical support. Featured artists at the Wonder Women of Blues Festival will be Mama Moon, Angela Hill, Deletta Gillespie, Gayle Harrod, Patty Reese, Sandra Dean, and Hayley Fahey. Bandleader Daryl Davis has worked extensively with Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band (formerly The Muddy Waters Blues Band), Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Sam Moore, Percy Sledge, Hubert Sumlin, Trudy Lynn, Mavis John, and many others. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/5) Come out and hear the amazing Sweet Honey In The Rock®! This phenomenal group remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today, both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Sweet Honey In The Rock currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress (who continues the group’s distinct and long-standing commitment to the deaf community), and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360 degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year. This internationally renowned GRAMMY-nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service. They have created positive, loving, and socially conscious message music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification, and have consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live. The concert begins at 7pm.

Thank you so much for showing up for great music and entertainment over these past four years. We hope you’ll join in the celebrations! Of course, we’ve got other great events coming up – Just Announced shows include EU (Experience Unlimited), Be’la Dona, ConFunkShun, and Nick Colionne. We’ve got upcoming special events for St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more. As always, you can find all the latest on our Music Calendar.

See you soon!

Rick Brown

 

All About the Very Best! Legendary Wings Singer-Guitarist Denny Laine performs Band on the Run, inGratitude – A Tribute to Earth, Wind, & Fire,
and Classic Rock Saturday Night

Angela Hill, inGratitude – Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, The Vi-Kings, Denny Laine performs Band on the Run at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club 5/16/16Monday (5/16) At ease equally with Country, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, and Rock ’n’ Roll, stellar vocalist Angela Hill returns to our stage. She is a large package of dynamite in a small frame! She has been compared to Brenda Lee, and she leads two Gospel choirs in Washington Metropolitan churches when she’s not moonlighting on the nightclub and festival concert circuit. Chicago native 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’s 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.

Friday (5/20) Get into the sounds of one of the most prolific musical ensembles in history! inGratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire will rule the stage with an impressive body of familiar EW&F tunes, emphasizing the classic years from 1973 to 1985. The 13-piece band is led by four exceptional male vocalists and includes talented and established musicians who have performed and recorded with many of the world’s greatest artists such as Nancy Wilson, Teddy Pendergrass, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Bootsy Collins, Phyllis Hyman, John Scofield, and George Clinton. Members of Pockets, the EW&F-produced, Baltimore-based, 80’s band are featured as principal members. This tribute has been selling out area venues including Rams Head on Stage, Maryland Live Casino, The Hamilton, and The Birchmere. inGratitude offers an enthusiastic evening of appreciation of the legendary Maurice White, of the soundtrack of a generation, and of some of the greatest music of our time. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Saturday (5/21) Come out and welcome back Bethesda’s hometown band, The VI-Kings, as they return for their 4th headlining appearance at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club! What’s in store when you go to a Vi-Kings show? You might say their breeze blew through Liverpool, Surrey, and Richmond, out of the Haight, down Sunset Boulevard, up the Mississippi, and along South Michigan Avenue. It blew down Beacon Street, across Washington Park, and into Georgetown. Basically, the music of The VI-Kings is the 1960’s soundtrack of your life. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, Dylan, The Byrds, The Yardbirds, and more… There’s a reason this wonderful music has endured throughout the decades. This will be a joyous celebration of great music and a rockin’ Saturday night! The show begins at 8pm.

Sunday (5/22) Rock royalty Denny Laine will be here to perform a truly classic album! As he celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour, Laine has taken to the road with a live performance of their greatest album, Band on the Run — complete and unabridged! By far the most successful album involving any of The Beatles following their breakup, Band on the Run was created by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine, and Linda McCartney. Band On the Run transcended the era to become an album whose deep cuts such as “Let Me Roll It,” “Picasso’s Last Words,” “Mrs. Vanderbilt,” and “Bluebird” are better remembered-and played more often on classic rock radio-than most hits of the era. Expect other Wings hits such as “Live and Let Die” as well as Denny’s legendary lead vocal on the Moody Blues classic “Go Now” to round out this special anniversary show. We are proud to have this rock legend here to perform these timeless tracks. The concert starts at 8pm.

Of course we’ve got more great shows for you coming right up! We’ll have Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Be’la Dona, The Spinners, The Yardbirds, The Chuck Brown Band, and our very own tribute to a great artist we lost far too soon, Prince. Visit our Music Calendar for more info and tickets to these and all our other events.

Thank you so much for showing up and keeping jazz, blues, plus great classic rock and soul alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown