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Tuesday (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.
Monday (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.
Monday (3/28) It’s all about Country Music tonight at BBJ! Ruthie Logsdon, DC music scene staple and nationally-known songwriter and recording artist is bringing her high energy “Wrangler Twang” to our stage. Now celebrating 25 years of national touring, Americana radio charting, national television appearances, and 6 albums, this live wire vocalist, along with her band, Ruthie & The Wranglers, has racked up 30 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES). Host and boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis 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. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. Door open at 5:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.
Tuesday (3/29) The Grainger Jam is back! If you’re a singer or musician, come on out and 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 (3/30) We’ve got a musical mashup you’re going to love! Sunflare is a Latin/Caribbean jazz group that specializes in giving the clave twist to classic and contemporary R&B. To put it simply, they like to say “R&B = rice and beans!” Joining them will be smooth jazz outfit and special guests, The Craig Alston Syndicate. The music starts at 8pm.
Thursday (3/31) Skip Mahoney and the Casuals are still performing for adoring fans and sellout crowds after more than 40 years in the business. We are so pleased to have them perform at BBJ. Skip Mahoney and The Casuals were formed in 1965 at a house party in Washington, DC. The original members of the group are Roger Chapman, George Norris, and Skip Mahoney. The other original member is Billy Jones, who was later replaced by current member Morris “Spunky” Cobb. In 1973, “I Need Your Love” and “Your Funny Moods” were local hits, but didn’t receive national attention. The release of their Land of Love album in 1976 propelled the group into the national limelight, producing several chartbusting songs that have stood the test of time. Land of Love remains a trademark album for connoisseurs of falsetto based soul music of the mid 70’s. Join us for the concert at 8pm.
Friday (4/1) Strong, talented, ambitious, and beautiful… all perfect words to describe Be’la Dona. Washington, DC is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band. They call the music they make “Sensual Crank,” and the style commands attention. The unique sound of Be’la Dona flows through rock, R&B, Gospel, pop, jazz and of course their
hometown music, Go-Go. Fans and critics alike are taking note – Just a few of the accolades for Be’la Dona include the 2009 WKYS GO-GO Award for Best Upcoming Band, 2009 WAMA Award nomination for Best R&B Band, and the 2010 WAMA Award for Best Urban Contemporary Duo or Group and Instrumentalist of the Year. This will be a party!! The show gets crankin’ at 8pm.
Saturday (4/2) It’s a heavyweight matchup for the Soul Spring Fling – King Soul meets The Texas Chainsaw Horns! Eight piece all-star group King Soul has been leaving DC area audiences delirious for eight years with its electrifying brand of Southern rhythm & blues. King Soul’s members include vocalist Tom Clifford, guitarist/vocalist Jake Flack (Rhodes Tavern Troubadours), bassist/vocalist Mark Noone (Slickee Boys), drummer Ben Holmes (Queen Ida), organist Arif Durrani (Jr. Cline & the Recliners), baritone saxophonist Chris Watling (Grandsons, Lloyd Price), tenor saxophonist Matt Rippetoe (Funk Ark, Thievery Corporation), and trumpeter Vince McCool (J Street Jumpers, Uptown Rhythm Kings). The Texas Chainsaw Horns come armed with a dozen members, including a 5-piece horn section. Fans of the funky sounds of Tower of Power will love the Texas Chainsaw Horns, as will everyone who can’t resist a dance groove. The Texas Chainsaw Horns include vocalists Jeff Watson (Downtown) and Rena Ray, guitarist/vocalist Mickey Way, Scott Thorne on bass, Eli Gonzalez on tenor sax, Scott Weinhold, tenor sax, Steve Ticknor, baritone sax, Ken McGee, trumpet, Tony Murtha – trumpet, Josh Howell, congas, and Bobby Fagel on drums. Don’t miss this great night of old school rockin’ soul! The bands start at 8pm.
Sunday (4/3) End your weekend with the fabulous Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks. The group was formed in 1955, under the direction of Earl Simpson and turned over to Eddie Jones in 1970, formerly of the Legendary Orioles. The band members have played with groups including Harold Melvin and the Blues Notes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Legendary Orioles, Black Heat, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and a host of other top notch groups. The voices of Earl and Eddie Jones take you back to the days of Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. The Young Bucks have the reputation for being a top Oldie-but-Goodie, Doo-Wop, and R&B group in the area, having played on the South Lawn of the White House, for several Caucus, Senatorial, and Congressional affairs, and even for a few Inaugurations. Their new CD, For Lovers Only, has top sales in the DC Area. Come out and enjoy the classic sounds! The show begins at 8pm.
Mark your calendars now for these great events coming soon: Bobby Brooks Wilson, son of the legendary Jackie Wilson on Friday April 8th, two shows by Syleena Johnson on Saturday, April 9th, and Snarky Puppy will perform two shows on Monday, May 2nd. Join us for Mother’s Day with The Rat Pack Together Again on Sunday, May 8th. Visit our Music Calendar for details and all upcoming events.
Thanks, as always, for supporting great music in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!
Wednesday (11/18) We’ve got some swingin’ entertainment for you! The No Vacancy Orchestra is the hottest young orchestra on either coast. Bandleader and vocalist Dave Damiani gives a knock-out performance with the 9-piece jazz ensemble, and this time, the sounds will be kicked up a notch by Ms. Maiya Sykes, of The Voice fame! This band has performed with and backed up George Benson, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Renee Olstead, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Dave Koz, James Torme, Spencer Day, and many more. Musicality, style, and good looks will be the order of the evening. The show starts at 8pm.
Thursday (11/19) It’s Ladies Night and Dance Night combined! Get ready to shake it to the sounds Phaze II. Were you lucky enough to catch El DeBarge at one of the two sold out shows at BBJ? Whether you were there and had a blast or if you missed out, here’s your chance to check out the great band who backed up El DeBarge on both nights. No cover for the ladies and we’ve got ½ off select bottles of wine, too. Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 8pm.
Friday (11/20) Come experience Michael Muse and Shawn Allen… Back Together Again! Michael Muse embodies the best traditions of R&B/Soul music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. The son of the legendary New York Jazz Musician Chuck Henley, he started his professional career as the lead vocalist for Rare Essence at the ripe old age of 16, and penned their second single, “Back Up Against The Wall,” in 1983. Also known in the DC music community as the most prolific vocalist in GoGo history, he paved the way for most vocalists in GoGo today. Cleveland native Shawn Allen is the former lead vocalist of the national recording and performing group, Pure Soul, who brought you the Top 20 Billboard charting song, “We Must Be In Love.” With Pure Soul, Shawn has appeared on popular television and talk shows including The Today Show and Soul Train. Catch the show starting at 8pm.
Saturday (11/21) We’re bringing together two of our favorite bands – Chopteeth and Be’la Dona. We call it The Fall Funk Summit! Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Be’la Dona is an all-female band so unique in their musical presentation that they have branded their own style: “Sensual Crank,” a mix of rock, R&B, gospel, pop, jazz and of course their D.C. hometown music, Go-Go. Be’la Dona captivates their audience and delivers the best performance each and every time. With both acts together, this is a Summit not to be missed! 8pm showtime.
Sunday (11/22) Please join us for an evening of virtuosity with composer, arranger, violinist, sax player, and multi-instrumentalist Michal Urbaniak. The boy prodigy who started out playing violin with philharmonic orchestras fell in love with jazz and the rest is history! Michal Urbaniak combined the music of his youth with all his experiences of jazz, rock, funk, and then hip-hop to form unique sounds in Fusion, Acid Jazz, and beyond. A Michal Urbaniak performance is always a brilliant experience that blends, bends, and defies categories. The concert begins at 8pm.
Monday (11/23) Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified! Barely in his 20’s, this young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer pounds the keys like nobody’s business. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries the tradition into the future with enthusiasm and authenticity. Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson and apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. There’s no cover charge; the show and the dancing kick off at 7:30pm.
Tuesday (11/24) Once again it’s time for THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! Players & singers, come out and show us what ya got! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) The jam starts at 8pm.
Thanks so much for helping to keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you soon!