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It’s Iconic Music Week with Spyro Gyra, The Blackbyrds, Chad & Jeremy, Newmyer Flyer Presents Van Morrison’s “Moondance” & Bruce Springsteen’s “E Street Shuffle,” Mike Phillips, and Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band


Chad and Jeremy, Mike Phillips, The Blackbyrds, Dream Discs Presents Van's "Moondance" & Bruce's "E Street Shuffle" in full, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Spyro Gyra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016
Monday (10/17) Of the many British Invasion acts that stormed the charts in the wake of the Beatles, Chad & Jeremy possessed a subtlety and sophistication unmatched among their contemporaries, essentially creating the template for the kind of lush, sensitive folk-pop that was to follow. From humble beginnings in coffee houses and folk clubs in London, they were “discovered” by famed movie composer John Barry and they recorded a string of hits: “Yesterday’s Gone,” “Summer Song,” “Willow Weep For Me,” “If I Loved You,” “Before and After,” “Distant Shores.” Over the years, the two men remained in touch, and a reunion opportunity presented itself in the summer of 2003 with a PBS TV music special. Since then they have performed all over the United States, Hawaii, and the Philippines, entrancing audiences with their unique blend of songs old and new, romantic and satirical, plus their humorous stories and anecdotes. The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (10/19) The enormously talented Mike Phillips is the only musician in the world to have recorded and toured with the legendary “Big Three” of American soul music: Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Prince. The New York native has exploded on the world music scene, becoming his own jazz man with a hip-hop flavor, known for blowing away audiences on stage, on television, and with chart-topping recordings. He’s had standing ovations at the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and the inaugural balls for Presidents Clinton and Obama. His recordings, You Have Reached Mike Phillips, Uncommon Denominator, and MP3 scored in the top ten of the Billboard jazz music rankings. This great show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (10/20) This concert by The Blackbyrds is dedicated to their fellow alumni of Howard University in celebration of Howard Homecoming! One the most accomplished bands ever from the Washington, DC area, The Blackbyrds came together more than 40 years ago under the tutelage of their music professor, the late great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who became their manager and producer. They created a unique jazz funk sound combined with soulful harmonies that made a big impact on the music charts in the 1970s, with 10 top 40 R&B hits and several that made the pop charts. The Blackbyrds’ biggest hit recordings were “Walking In Rhythm,” their Grammy nominated, million-selling smash hit that received widespread airplay on several radio formats, peaking at #4 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart, “Happy Music,” an uplifting party anthem that was their biggest R&B hit at #3 and also #19 on the pop chart, and “Rock Creek Park,” their most beloved recording known by generations of music fans. Come out and enjoy the “Happy Music” of these hometown favorites! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (10/21) Newmyer Flyer Productions Presents an evening of bona fide rock classics: Van Morrison’s Moondance and Bruce Springsteen’s The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle performed in their entirety. This is a rare chance to experience two of the finest albums ever made played by some of the DC area’s finest musicians. Performers include Brian Simms, Owen Danoff, Billy Coulter, Kirk Philips, Tony Denikos, Greg Hardin, Margot MacDonald, Deeme Katson, Peter Nissen, with Chuck Underwood, Dan Hovey, Bill Starks, John Hurd, Helen Hausmann, Scott Giambusso, Ronnie Smith, John Zidar, Trevor Specht, Wayne Sulc, and Zack Smith. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (10/22) Saturday night will rock at BBJ! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s: Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Police, and lots more. With Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnette on bass, Mike Moore on lead guitar and vocals, Bruce Buchanan on vocals and keys, and Ralph Dweck on drums, the good times are gonna roll. Come out and join the party! Remember to take advantage of the free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage. The band starts at 9:30pm.

Sunday (10/23) The great Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons who observed their fortieth year as a band in 2014. They’ve been going strong since the popularity of their familiar tune, “Morning Dance,” from 1979. They released their most recent album of new material (their 30th), The Rhinebeck Sessions, in 2013, which Jazztimes called “inspired.” Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists Association picked it for Jazz Album Of The Year. Something Else Reviews called it “Their finest album since their early 80s heyday” and made it a Top Twenty pick for the year. Audience reaction has been so positive to their post-2000 material that bandleader Jay Beckenstein decided to give their albums from that time a little more focus. In order to spotlight this innovative period, Spyro Gyra released The Best Of The Heads Up Years. Come out and hear what’s happening with this iconic band! The concert starts at 7:30pm.

What else is coming up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz? On deck we’ve got Anissa Hargrve with a Special Guest Appearance by Gloria Gaynor, a tribute to the music of Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Party with Clones of Funk, An Evening with Kevin Whalum, Incognito featuring Maysa, Larry Carlton, Davy Knowles, and A Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum… to name a few! Check our Music Calendar for the latest information and to get your tickets.

Thanks for supporting great music in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Legends Peter Asher & Albert Lee Kick Off A Week of Classic and New Music with Soulcial Hour, Bruce In The USA, The Nighthawks Film Premiere & More

Peter Asher and Albert Lee plus Naked Blue, Premier of The Nighthawks Down The Blue Highway Documentary, Bruce in the USA, Soulcial Hour and Darrell Hill, Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers, Unit 3 Deep at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/16) Music legends Peter Asher and Albert Lee will take to the BBJ stage! As one half of Peter & Gordon, Asher’s voice soared through Carnegie Hall while Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25-year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and also Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). We came to know Peter Asher via 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose debut “A World Without Love” topped the charts in the US, UK, and over 30 other countries. His days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Asher & Lee will perform “I Go to Pieces,” “The Highwayman,” “Handyman,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Bye Bye Love,” and other beloved tunes. Special guests Naked Blue draw from the Americana tradition, are firmly grounded with a pleasing pop sensibility, and have become a mainstay on the folk/pop scene. The concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/17) Come out for Soulcial Hour! Soulcial Hour is a smooth jazz, R&B, and soul band from the Washington, DC area – as smooth and funky as George Benson and Brian Culbertson, as soulful as the Average White Band, Luther Vandross, and Chaka Kahn, with the pizzazz of Jill Scott and Ledisi and the ingenuity of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also on the bill is Darrell Hill, who auditioned for the Apollo Theater Live and made his debut in 2012. While hanging with rap artist Mob Deep, Darrell received the opportunity to sign with the record label, 25 to Life. He wrote songs for people such as G-Eddie and F MC Shan. Later, he became a member and sang with Bowie, MD-area group, 99 Percent before taking on his own musical career. Some of Darrell’s inspirations are legendary singers such as Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass. Darrell Hill brings plenty of R&B passion to the mic. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/18) Come out and enjoy some great local music with Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers! Lock 7 performs guitar-driven rock and blues classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, as well as some hard-charging originals. Veteran DC-area musicians, Martin McGurn, Ian Davis, and Will Travis have come together to produce a large, full, driving sound – its sum being greater than its individual parts. McGurn leads with a high-energy beat and seasoned, soulful vocals from behind the drum kit. On guitar, Davis delivers a blistering, bluesy performance, while Travis completes the sound from the back row, with a steady bass groove providing depth and structure. The Mighty Peacemakers – veteran musicians and a longtime staple in the DC music scene – deliver a mix of classic rock, blues, and originals behind the lead vocals of Rob Kilgore. TMPM’s song selection is guitar-driven rock like The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd, as well as original songs. Mike Nakamura and Dan Lopez provide a blend and variety of styles with their slide and lead guitars and vocals, the rhythm section is driven by Bruce Allen on drums and vocals and Jim Grice on bass. This rockin’ musical journey gets started at 7:30pm.

Friday (8/19) Don’t miss the DC Metro-area premiere of Nighthawks on the Blue Highway documentary film! The movie will start off the night, followed by the area debut of Chicago’s North Avenue Stompers, featuring Eric Shoutin’ Sheridan. Longtime locals will remember Sheridan as the voice behind The Uptown Rhythm Kings. The Nighthawks will close things out with a killer set! The evening’s festivities start at 7:30pm.

“In this unflinching documentary film, the Washington DC-based Nighthawks struggle to keep their music alive after more than four decades in the brutal music business. Hopeless record deals, weary days on the road, and conflict among the four members threaten to bury them. But the hardest working blues band in America soldiers on, carrying the torch of the blues into the 21st century. Directed by Washington DC native and Johnny Cash biographer Michael Streissguth, the film stars George Thorogood, John Hammond, Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson, and Mark Wenner.”

Saturday (8/20) More than just another tribute… This is Bruce in the USA! This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. Matt Ryan is a veteran of professional live performance artist in full scale production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the world. He has performed the Springsteen character as a cast member of the world famous Legends In Concert since the year 2000. After years of perfecting his craft in thousands of shows, Matt has evolved the Springsteen character into the national touring show it has become today. This show has met with critical acclaim from Vegas to large performing arts centers to Bruce’s old stomping ground, The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Sellout crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last! This homage to The Boss starts at 8pm.

Sunday (8/21) Unit 3 Deep is a bold new direction in jazz and R&B featuring three of the industry’s world-class musicians. Super Bassist and Billboard-charting artist David Dyson (Pieces of a Dream, Lalah Hathaway, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Bobby Lyle, Phillip Bailey) joins forces with the dynamic and sultry piano melodies of Billboard-charting artist Patrick Cooper who has performed with the likes of Angela Bofill, Jean Carne, Nick Colionne, Bobby Lyle, to name a few. Wayne Thomas, who has built a solid reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after drummers, adds his prolific skills to this awesome group. The show starts at 8pm.

Of course, we’ve got more music coming right up! Check out our Music Calendar for upcoming shows including Kenny Lattimore, Poppa Chubby, Jeff Bradshaw, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Rahsaan Patterson, Marcus Johnson, a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert and much more.

Thanks so much for supporting great music and comedy in downtown Bethesda. We’ll look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

Smooth & Soulful Shows… and a Chance to Dance Like a Legend!

Paula Atherton & David Bach, The Funk Ark, Bobby Caldwell, The Michael Live Project, Carl's Rare Roast Beef Band, and Donnie at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, October 2015So much is happening at Bethesda Blues & Jazz this week – smooth jazz (Paula Atherton & David Bach), smooth soul (Bobbie Caldwell, Donnie), globe-trotting funk (The Funk Ark), and even a chance to learn to dance like Michael Jackson (The Michael Live Project)! Read on to find out more and get in on the fun!

Wednesday (10/14) Please welcome singer and saxophonist Paula Atherton and keyboardist David Bach! Paula Atherton has her smooth jazz and funky sounds out on a new label (Maurice White’s Kalimba Music), and there are some incredible contributors: one of the coolest guitarists around, Nick Colionne, trumpeter Cindy Bradley, and the wonderfully talented keyboardist Gail Jhonson. Jazz Journalist Jonathan Widran says, “You only have to watch a minute of David Bach’s slamming performance at the 2014 Silver Spring Festival on YouTube to realize he’s an explosive, funky player whose band… is on par with that of any top act on the contemporary jazz scene… I think Maryland’s best kept secret is out.” Don’t miss these talents – The show starts tonight at 8pm!

Thursday (10/15) get on The Funk Ark! DC native Will Rast (Antibalas) has been performing professionally since age 14, and it was his love of vintage funk and soul plus a range of instrumental jazz styles that sparked the group’s formation in 2007. It was Rast’s growing interest in the Afro Beat music of artists like Fela Anikulapo Kuti of Nigeria and Mahmoud Ahmed of Ethiopia, plus some legendary Salsa that shifted the Ark’s course toward polyrhythmic funk. Man is a Monster is their latest collection of songs. The genre-fusing groove starts at 8pm.

Friday (10/16) it’s Bobby Caldwell! From blue-eyed soul to pop, R&B, and standards, Caldwell’s live performances are always electrifying. He has been featured on The Tonight Show starring Jay Leno, The CBS Second Cup Café, BET Jazz Central, and he starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/Don Reo theatrical production, The Rat Pack Is Back, in Las Vegas. Well known for his hit song, “What You Won’t Do For Love,” Bobby Caldwell is a longstanding favorite of critics as well as his many loyal fans. 8pm showtime.

Saturday (10/17) The #1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world is returning to BBJ! This time, it’s even more exciting – It’s The Michael Live Project Master Dance Class, and you will have the opportunity to learn the legendary dance moves and choreography made famous by The King of Pop himself. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the mesmerizing talent of New Jersey native Michael Clark. He is not an impersonator, but an interpreter of the great Michael Jackson. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for your chance to compete to perform with Michael Clark and the band during his Thriller Thursday concert on October 29. Get up and come out early as a dancer or spectator this Saturday! Dance class starts at 11am.

Saturday night, come party to the sounds of Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band. It’ll be classic rock to the max – your favorite 70’s & 80’s hits by the likes of Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, CSN&Y, Jackson Browne, The Police, Wilson Pickett,  Bad Company and many more. The party kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (10/18) you will love the smooth style of modern day soul singer Donnie. Think India.Arie, Jill Scott, D’angelo, and Maxwell, and you’ve got the right musical universe in mind. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Atlanta, Donnie began directing the church choir at an early age. He soon expanded his musical horizons, beyond The Winans and Mahalia Jackson to soul/R&B masters such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Aretha Franklin. The singer’s anticipated full-length debut, The Colored Section, was released in November 2002 and picked up by Motown. Donnie’s latest project, The American Mythology, was released in Spring 2015. 8pm.

Upcoming shows – Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Deletta Gillespie, The Jam with Gary Grainger & Friends, Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Maria Muldaur, Teedra Moses, and so many more.

Keeping great music alive here in Bethesda… Hope to see you here very soon.

Rick Brown