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Feel the Beat! Virtuoso Drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, R&B Star Jon B,
plus Kandace Springs, Zo!, DC Fusion, & Comedy with Joe Clair

Kandace Springs w/ Lee Mo, Jon B, Zo! + Carmen Rodgers, Cindy Blackman Santana, Joe Clair & Friends, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/9) Kandace Springs and special guest Lee Mo will grace the BBJ stage! Kandace Springs is a Nashville-based singer, songwriter and pianist who counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes. As evidenced by her sparkling full-length Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them. The strength of her 2014 self-titled debut EP, led to TV performances on The Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Lee Mo is one of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, known for her killer vocals, soulful feel, and impressive music sensibilities. Born and raised in Baltimore, she is the musical product of many influences including gospel, jazz, and soul. This not-to-miss concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/10) Songwriter, producer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Jon B. brought a distinctive focus on smooth melodies to contemporary R&B. We are so excited to bring him to you live! Born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Jon B. (short for Jonathan Buck) is the son of a professor of music and a concert pianist. Influenced by music found in his grandparents’ record store, he began combining the spirit of ’70s soul with hip-hop-inspired productions on his 1995 debut album, Bonafide. It peaked on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart at number 24, led by the Top Ten R&B single “Someone to Love,” a duet with prime influence Babyface, and went gold.  His second album, 1997’s Cool Relax, continued the emphasis on hip-hop soul and featured two of his biggest singles, “They Don’t Know” and the 2Pac-assisted “Are U Still Down.” Come out and enjoy dinner and a show – The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/11) Multi-Instrumentalist and Producer Zo! is Detroit-area born and raised, Silver Spring, MD based Lorenzo Ferguson. Zo! utilizes multiple layers of thick instrumentation to shape his compositions, as demonstrated on his albums, ManMade and SunStorm. While touring his own material regularly, Zo! can also be seen on stage as the keyboardist and Musical Director for GRAMMY-nominated duo, The Foreign Exchange. In 2014, he completed music work for the Adult Swim animated series, Black Dynamite. Zo! is currently on tour in support of his newest offering, SkyBreak (2016). Special guest Carmen Rodgers writes and produces music with a sound all its own: deep soul, striking arrangements, and blunt but beautiful lyrics that places the challenging, mellow, somber, and exciting highs of life inside melody. Check out the show at 8pm.

Friday (8/12) Cindy Blackman Santana has been creating magnificent musical time and space since the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through her critically-acclaimed Another Lifetime (2010) and recently released an album and subsequent world tour with Spectrum Road, featuring Jack Bruce (Cream), John Medeski (Medeski, Martin & Wood) & Vernon Reid (Living Color). She is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. She is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change, as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. Cindy has toured and recorded with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, and Angela Bofill.  From 1993 to 2007, she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band. While substituting for Dennis Chambers at a Santana show, Cindy and Carlos sparked a relationship, on and off the stage. They married in 2010. The Cindy Blackman Santana show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (8/13) Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest is back! This time around, Joe Clair and Friends Present The Crazy Sexy Fool Comedy Show! Featured comedians will be Marvin Dixon, Dawn Boatman, and Eddie Bryant. Joe Clair is a multifaceted entertainer with a career spanning two decades. Whether in comedy, hosting, or acting, this guy keeps a busy schedule. He first garnered millions of fans as host of BET’s Rap City in the mid-nineties. You know him now from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. Whether you call him Joe Cleezy, J.C., or Mr. Clair, you know Joe Clair is 100%! We’ve got two big shows in store at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and again at 9:30pm.

Sunday (8/14) DC Fusion has quickly become one of the area’s most in-demand high-energy dance bands, and it’s easy to see why. The band is led by keyboard wizard Benjie Porecki and features dynamic vocalists Tiffany Simone and Uzorije Carter, vocalist/percussionist Marcus Turner, guitarist Randy Morser and saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin. End your weekend right with this live performance! The show kicks off at 7:30pm.

Coming up next week at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club: Peter Asher and Albert Lee plus Naked Blue, Soulcial Hour & Darrell Hill, The Nighthawks, Bruce in the USA, and Unit 3 Deep. Keep an eye out on our Music Calendar for our latest show additions and updates!

We look forward to seeing you soon at BBJ!

Rick Brown

 

Witness World-Renowned Drummer Peter Erskine, Catch a Groove with Chopteeth and Suttle, Rock Out with Johnny Castle, and Laugh Out Loud with Joe Clair

Omrao Brown, Daryl Davis Presents Johnny Castle, Suttle, Peter Erskine with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra, Chopteeth, Joe Clair at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, July 2016Monday (7/11) Omrao Brown – WPFW Private Event

Tuesday (7/12) DC-area icon Johnny Castle is the bad boy every mother warned their daughters about and the teenage boy’s definition of cool. He is the bassist, vocalist, and bandleader of The Thrillbillys as well as a member of the famed blues band, The Nighthawks.  Over the last 40 years he has worked with top area bands including Bill Kirchen’s Too Much Fun, Switchblade, Tex Rubinowitz & The Bad Boys, and many others.  Well-versed in American Roots music, he has played Blues, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Swing, Texas Swing, Rockabilly, R&B, Rock ’n’ Roll, and Funk. Johnny was a recipient, along with his fellow Nighthawks, of the 2011 Blues Foundation award for acoustic CD of the year. 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. The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (7/13) Formed in 1994, the members of Suttle Thoughts have made a name for the band coast to coast over the last 23 years. They have performed in Dallas Texas, Miami, Florida, Cancun, Puerto Rico and all across the DMV. They’ve opened for national recording artists including The Isley Brothers at DAR Constitution Hall, and they’ve backed Jay Holiday, Anthony David and a host of others. Locally, they are regular performers at the annual H Street Festival and they were requested to perform at the historical Howard Theatre at a tribute for the legendary Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. The band has been playing at the Historical Takoma Station every Friday for the last ten years, the longest tenure for any Go-Go band at any area venue. In the beginning of 2016, “Suttle Thoughts” became “Suttle.” Look out for a new music release this summer! This show will get the party started at 8pm.

Thursday (7/14) Come one, come all, come check out the great Peter Erskine! Peter Erskine is one of the most recorded drummers in history. He has been performing professionally since the age of six and is the only drummer ever to play in the group Weather Report. The two-time Grammy winner has recorded with Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Randy & Michael Brecker, Kate Bush, Maynard Ferguson, Gordon Goodwin, Joe Henderson, Stan Kenton, Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Andrea Bocelli, Stanley Jordan, and Rod Stewart just to name a few. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra is in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. This summer, they have been accompanying a series of amazing artists and making Thursdays swing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (7/15) The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Chopteeth’s sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of fourteen Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (for the last eight years in a row).This 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra explores the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. Catch the groove at 8pm.

Saturday (7/16) Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! If you know him from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show or if you’ve ever seen his live show, you know #thefunnydontstop! He’s got two big shows in store, so get ready, Bethesda! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Upcoming shows: America’s Got Talent winner Landau Murphy, Jr. sings in support of West Virginia flood relief, virtuoso drummer Cindy Blackman Santana performs, and 80’s film star, now singer Molly Ringwald teams up with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra for a night of wonderful jazz. Check our Music Calendar for these and many more excellent events!

Big thanks to every one of you for coming out and supporting great performances here in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!

 

Rick Brown