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Music Heard Around the World: St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Band of Roses and Madz Johnson, and a Tribute to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

Band of Roses and Madz Johnson, St. Patrick's Day with O'Malley's March, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Wednesday (3/15) We’re excited to present this wonderful, woman-powered midweek double bill – Band of Roses and Madz Johnson! The Band of Roses are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to gospel, jazz, rock, funk and R&B. The sound is cultivated by smooth, yet powerful vocals paired with fierce and dynamic musicianship from some of the DMV area’s most gifted, skilled and talented female instrumentalists. The band and its members have performed locally and toured nationally and internationally with legendary musical talent including Patti LaBelle, Musiq Soulchild, Parliament Funkadelic’s  Original “Sir Nose,”  and Carolyn Malachi, to name a few. Madz Johnson is a Filipina-American singer, songwriter, arranger of her own music from Virginia. She considers herself a soul funk jazz artist and set out to introduce this unique kind of music to the Philippines as well as invade the US market with her talent. She holds three world tours under her belt as an esteemed Alumnus of the Chorus UPCC (University of the Philippines Concert Chorus). She released her first original song, “Smile,” in 2015. The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (3/17) BBJ is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day! Jared Denhard, Jim Eagan, Sean McComiskey, Pete Miller, Mac Walter, Jamie Wilson and Martin O’Malley are O’Malley’s March. You could call it Celtic Rock – but it is so much more. Leading the charge on vocals, guitar, bodhran and tin whistle, Martin O’Malley has brought together these six musicians – some born and raised in the traditions of Irish music, some classically trained, some lifelong students of blues, rock, and jazz. Many of them are all of the above-and all students of the experience that can only be gained by standing on stage and putting ones heart and soul into a performance, while making the audience feel that they are a part of the dynamic chemistry. Mixing the hauntingly beautiful, soulful and rousing music of Irish tradition with the music that was created out of the Irish Diaspora with original compositions by O’Malley and Denhard, they continue to grow, to listen, to go beyond what they know, and to share their intimate connection with the music they have learned, the music they have written, and the music that has written them. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/19) After two years of envisioning, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band has become a reality! It has quickly become one of the most respected Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly tribute bands in the nation. We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band replicates the look, sound and feelings of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 70’s soul group. This eight-piece band, with each of its unique members, provides amazing chemistry. Led by nationally recording drummer ElWarren “Spoon” Weatherspoon and featuring lead vocalist Paul Bumbry, who has the amazing voice range and movement of his lifelong idol Frankie Beverly, the group highlights the early years of Maze and the transition to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. Get ready to hear the his songs you know and love including “Back in Stride,” “Too Many Games,” “Can’t Get Over You,” “Before I Let Go,” “Running Away,” and many more. The tribute begins at 7:30pm.

We’ve got a lot coming up at BBJ! Check out our Music Calendar for details on shows by Valerie Simpson, The Joe Clair and Friends Comedy Show, Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, The Rat Pack Together Again, Gino Vannelli, and other great events.

Thanks as always for being part of a great music and entertainment scene in downtown Bethesda. We’d love to see you soon for dinner and a show!

 

All the best,

Rick Brown

The Stars are Out! Bobby Rydell, A Southern Soul Tribute, Sunday Spotlight Jazz Brunch Tribute to Blossom Dearie, The Young Senators and More This Week at BBJ

Daryl Davis Presents Josh Christina, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Band of Roses and Jazzy Blu, Dave Damiani Presents Bobby Rydell, Be’la Dona, A Southern Soul Tribute, Chris Grasso Jazz Brunch, The Young Senators at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper ClubMonday (6/27) Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! “The Killer” personified in the form and talent of Josh Christina will be pounding the keys tonight! Barely in his 20s, Josh Christina is a phenomenon that you do not want to miss. Born decades after the creation of rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries the tradition into the future and does so with more authenticity than many who grew up in that era. He is not an imitator; he’s the real deal, influenced by all the greats but with a style of his own. There will be a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on… guaranteed! Show host and boogie woogie 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. NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage per guest). Special guests Full Power Blues. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/28) It’s that time again… Come out and show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Musicians and singers: Jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (6/29) We’ve got two great bands that go great together! Band of Roses delivers a unique style that transcends the norm. Originally assembled in 2012 for a one-time performance, by overwhelming demand and revamped in 2015, Band of Roses quickly established itself as one of the DMV’s most sought-after all-female jazz, soul, funk and R&B bands. The group and its members have performed locally and toured nationally and internationally with legendary, highly acclaimed musical talent including: Patti LaBelle, Musiq Soulchild, Parliament Funkadelic’s  Original “Sir Nose,” and Carolyn Malachi. Jazzy Blu is a smooth, neo jazz band with a hint of R&B from Washington, DC. The band opened for Grammy Award-winners Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight at Bayfest 2007 and for Multi Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige. They played to a sold out crowd at the legendary Blues Alley and after great success, Jazzy Blu was invited back to Bayfest 2008 where they shared the stage with the Ohio Players, SOS Band, The Whispers and the O’Jays! Showtime is 8pm.

Thursday (6/30) South Philadelphia’s Bobby Rydell showed his musical ability at an early age, playing drums professionally at the age of 9 and went on to sell more than 25 million records during his career. Rydell was just 17 in 1959 when he recorded “Kissin’ Time,” which became a hit across the country thanks to the airplay given to the song by Dick Clark on TV’s American Bandstand. His biggest hit, “Wild One,” was released early in 1960. Hits “Swingin’ School” and “Volare” soon followed. See Rydell perform with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, and he’ll also be on hand to sign copies of his book, Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol on the Rocks. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are making Thursdays swing this summer at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, and Bobby Rydell is the first of their special guests. They are in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. They have done music for POLO – Ralph Lauren, CBS – Vegas, SINATRA 100, Marriott Corporation, FOX, ABC’s Sonoran Living, and much more.  The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/1) The women of Bel’a Dona are strong, talented, ambitious, and beautiful. They have branded their style “Sensual Crank,” and their unique sound draws from rock, R&B, Gospel, pop, jazz, and their hometown sound, DC Go-Go. As Be’la Dona continues to perform in the DC area and abroad, their acclaim and demand is growing as new ears hear their unique style. They have been featured in interviews and pictorials in print, internet, and published media such as Tom Tom Magazine, The Gazette, The Washington Post and even books such as Total Eclipse of the Heart by Zane. Their WAMMY Awards for Best Upcoming Band and Best Urban Contemporary Group speak volumes, but come see Be’la Dona live for the full effect of the party they put on! They’ll get the party started at 8pm.

Saturday (7/2) A spectacular collection of 25 soulful performers from the DMV pay tribute to music legends Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd , Sam & Dave, The Staples Singers, Carla Thomas, and more when A Southern Soul Tribute takes to the stage! After three wildly successful concerts in the last year, A Southern Soul Tribute returns with a joyful show that celebrates this beloved music and honors it in grand DC style, offering a look at area soul legends still in their prime. Performers include The Hardway Connection, Eddie Jones, Little Margie Clark, Patty Reese, Daryl Davis, Patti Hatchett, and the legendary Nighthawks rhythm section featuring Pete Ragusa and Jan Zukowski. There will be much more to see and hear – Come out and celebrate the music with us on July 2nd! The show begins at 8pm.

Sunday (7/3) The Chris Grasso Trio continues its Sunday Spotlight series, this time welcoming two special guest artists. Nicki Parrott is among a handful of jazz bassists worldwide who sing as well as they play. Chuck Redd is also a double threat, on vibes and drums, though he’ll be featured on vibes for this performance, along with Lenny Robinson on drums. The band will celebrate the music of legendary jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie. The Washington Times calls vocalist and bassist Nicki Parrott “the most astonishing new jazz musician we have seen in years.” In 2000, she began performing every week at the Iridium Jazz Club with legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. She has appeared the world over at major festivals and concert halls. Chuck Redd began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. Among his many credits, Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. He tours the U.S. and the world as a sideman and bandleader. Doors open for brunch at 11am and the Sunday Spotlight concert begins at 1pm.

The Young Senators were one of the most popular and influential bands from the Washington, DC area during the late 60s and 70s when funk reigned. They were the early originators of a new sound that came out of the DC area, later known as Go-Go. This talented ensemble achieved national success as the band for the late, great Eddie Kendricks who became a solo star after leaving The Temptations in the early 70s. They released several hit singles and albums while touring with Kendricks around the world for years. The Young Senators eventually settled back to their roots in DC, and the band members pursued individual careers while performing occasionally together. Today, led by original lead singer, percussionist, and bandleader Jimi Dougans, The Young Senators are reloading with a brand new line up featuring original drummer James “Drummer” Johnson, several of the best area musicians, and special guest vocalist Wendy Hicks. This will be The Young Senators’ first official concert in 30 years!  They start at 8pm.

Coming right up we’ve got The Spinners, Meli’sa Morgan, The Yardbirds, Suttle, Chopteeth, Comedian Joe Clair, and The Dovells! Keep up with the latest show additions and buy your tickets through our Music Calendar.

Happy Summer! We’ll look forward to seeing you here, and thanks always for supporting great music and performances here in downtown Bethesda.

 

Rick Brown

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