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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

 

A Week Full of Song & Laughter with Rock Legend Denny Laine, The Chuck Brown Band, Art Sherrod, Jr. + CeCe Peniston, Comedian Joey Vega, guiltypleasures, and a Thanks for the Memories 2016 Tribute

Denny Laine, guiltypleasures, Joey Vega, The Chuck Brown Band, Thanks for the Memories 2016, and Art Sherrod Jr. feat. CeCe Peniston at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Jan 2017Tuesday (1/24) Denny Laine, who co-founded Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour with a live performance that inspires just as the original tour did in 1976. After the success of Wings’ greatest album, Band on the Run, the stage was set for Wings to invade America just as Paul had with the Beatles and Denny had with the Moody Blues more than a decade before. The Wings Over America tour visited The Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on May 15th and 16th, 1976. From the tour came the film, Rock Show, and the number one triple album set, Wings Over America. At this show, expect to hear favorites including “Live and Let Die,” “Say You Don’t Mind,” “Jet,” “Go Now,” “Time to Hide,” “Band On The Run,” “Picasso’s Last Words,”  “Venus and Mars/Rock Show,” “Spirits of Ancient Egypt,” “Richard Cory” and more. You won’t want to miss this rock legend! The rock show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/25) Hailing from the DC Metro area, guiltypleasures captivates listeners with a mix of infectious grooves, provocative lyrics, and seductive vocals. They are best known for the WHUR-FM Quiet Storm classic, “Anticipation (The Remix).”  guiltypleasures bears a soulful sound reminiscent of Eric Benét, Incognito, and Brand New Heavies. Both their 2009 debut album, lovestories, and their 2015 sophomore release, cautionarytales, received critical acclaim on SoulTracks.com, resulting in multiple Soul Tracks Readers’ Choice Awards and Washington Area Music Association Award nominations. guiltypleasures recently opened for national recording artist Joe at WHUR’s Pre-Winter Soul Concert.  Get a taste of some sensual soul with guiltypleasures! The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/26) Comedian, actor, and writer Joey Vega was born in New York City and in addition to comedy, has used his acting skills in feature films and television. Joey has written stand-up material for Chris Rock, and was a staff writer for George Lopez’ late night talk show, Lopez Tonight. As an actor he has appeared alongside Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Ed Norton, John Tuturro, Matt Damon, and many others. Some of his TV credits include HBO’s documentary, Good Hair, as well as writing for such movies as I Think I Love My Wife, Death At A Funeral, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Joey Vega was also the first Latino to host his own nationally-syndicated variety show, The Latin Connection. Performing stand-up is Joey Vega’s first love and he has been opening for his longtime friend Marc Anthony since 1999. The laughter starts at 8pm!

Friday (1/27) The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and go-go favorites, and by creating new music and bringing on board new fans and followers. With three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life, a new single, “Show Me Love,” and rave reviews from longtime fans and new fans, The Chuck Brown Band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: go-go. With the addition of Frank Sirius on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band is intact, including Chuck’s daughter KK, The Horny Horns, Kenny “Kwickfoot” Gross, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Sweet Cherie Agurs, and Marcus Young.com. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck,” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. Sho Yo’ Right! The band starts crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (1/28) Please join us as Daryl Davis presents our 2nd Annual Thanks for the Memories Tribute Show honoring the great artists we lost in 2016. There were 77 deaths of musicians in 2016, including some of our own local musicians. We will acknowledge and honor each and every musician, by either reading their name aloud or performing a song or songs for them. Some of the honorees for whom we will perform songs include Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Patty Duke, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, Bobby Vee, Holly Dunn, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Ralph Stanley, Buckwheat Zydeco, Charmian Carr, Marni Nixon, Vanity, Otis Clay, Billy Paul, Mose Allison, Debbie Reynolds and others. The great players on our stage for the evening will be Keith Grimes on guitar, Dan Quinn on keys, Wes Crawford on drums, Doug Ross on bass, and Seth Kibel on sax, flute, and clarinet with DMV favorites Tommy Lepson, Tom Principato, Deletta Gillespie, Angela Hill, Patsy Stephens, Hayley Fahey, Liz Springer and more. The stars will be out on Saturday, January 28th, and the tribute begins at 8pm.

Sunday (1/29) Jazz saxophonist Art Sherrod, Jr. is “…a man who loves music, a man who loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart.” Influenced by the likes of David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Kim Waters and other notables, he gained an appreciation for strong melodies, grooves, tone and soulful expressiveness. In 2005, Art released his freshman project, All 4 Love, which features an incredible arrangement of the Hall and Oates mega hit, “Sara Smile.” CeCe Peniston is one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Charts. Her signature dance hit, “Finally,” was #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75, selling millions of copies worldwide. This concert starts at 7:30pm.

We’ve got more great shows coming right up! Join us for Bill Laurance of Snarky Puppy, Shi-Queeta-Lee’s Drag Tailgate Brunch, Junior Marvin’s Wailers celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday, Shirley Jones, Deniece Williams, The Spinners, Annalé, and don’t forget our big 4th Anniversary celebration featuring the one and only Dionne Warwick! It’s now a two-day celebration on Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1st. Find out more on our Music Calendar.

Thanks as always for your love and support of great entertainment in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

Rick Brown

A Week of Sweet Jazz & Rockin’ Blues with Jeff Bradshaw, Popa Chubby, M3, Marianna Previti + a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute!

Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert, Daryl Davis Presents Marianna Previti, M3- Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson, Popa Chubby, The Jeff Bradshaw and Friends Birthday Celebration w/ Frank McComb and Maysa at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Aug-Sept 2016Monday (8/29) Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson! The King of Pop would have been 58 years old on this day. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and as varied. Join Bethesda Blues & Jazz as we celebrate this music with a handful of the DMV’s finest musicians cutting through the hits of Michael Jackson and demonstrating just how beloved the music of this amazing performer was and always will be. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Tuesday (8/30) Daryl Davis Presents An Evening with Marianna Previti! There are plenty of singers who are jacks of all genres and an abundance of great singers specializing in certain genres.  But every once in a blue moon, there comes a vocalist versatile enough to be a master of all. Marianna Previti is such a rarity. Trained as a classical instrumentalist on the trumpet, she has successfully conveyed that talent to her voice and is recognized as one of the finest singers in the Washington, DC area. This award-winning vocalist is equally comfortable in jazz, blues, rock, and country. She is critically acclaimed for her musical dynamics and phrasing. Show host and piano player Daryl Davis, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, 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. This concert begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (8/31) M3 is Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson. Marcus Mitchell is not only an established saxophone artist in jazz, he is also CEO and President of 24th Music, a division of MHM Entertainment Group – a multi-faceted entertainment company based out of Maryland. Marcus Young delivers pure soulful melodic and inspirational songs infused with jazz rhythms, or “Groove Jazz,” as he calls it. Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award-winning musician with an abundance of career-defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo album, Style Meets Substance, the critically-acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is one to watch. Use Discount Code M3BBJ for half off the ticket price and enjoy the show by these great musicians who go by the name of Marcus! M3 starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/2) For over 25 years, Popa Chubby (born Ted Horowitz) has been rockin’ the blues. Since 1994, he has been heralded as a force to be reckoned with on guitar. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee, and a style he calls “The Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is one of the genre’s most popular figures. Steeped in a mix of punk rock and deeply authentic blues, Chubby says, “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too.” Use Discount Code PCBBJ for 50% off your ticket to the show! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday (9/3 – 9/4) Soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso Jeff Bradshaw was born in North Philadelphia. His father was a minister so his formative musical experiences were in church, where brass bands were a staple. In 1994, Bradshaw began to meet musicians, singers and producers on the Philly scene who went on to become the architect of the neo-soul revolution: Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter of the Roots, James Poyser, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, Ivan Barrios, Carvin Higgons, and many others. These friendships led to Bradshaw recording his trombone sounds with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry, Darius Ricker, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Roots, Musiq Soulchild, and more. In 2002, he had the opportunity to record his first album as a leader, Bone Deep. That acclaimed first album led to busy years of touring, more recordings, and session work with a wide array of hip-hop, R & B and jazz artists. Come out and help Jeff celebrate his birthday along with very special guests Frank McComb and Maysa. The Saturday night and Sunday night concerts both begin at 8pm.

We have many more great shows for you coming up this fall! Check our Music Calendar for info on upcoming performances by Rahsaan Patterson, Mike Peters of The Alarm, an Amy Winehouse tribute by American Idol finalist Elise Testone, Tab Benoit, Anissa Hargrove w/ a special guest appearance by Gloria Gaynor, Trouble Funk, Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

Thanks as always, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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

 

 

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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Father’s Day Weekend with Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Fest and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jazzy R&B Queen Miki Howard, Jazz-Pop-Indie Group
The Becca Stevens Band

Sandra Dean w/ Dart Club and US, The Jam w/ Gary Grainger and Friends, The Becca Stevens Band, Miki Howard, Joe Clair and Friends: Poppa Don’t Take No Mess Comedy Fest, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/13) One of the DC area’s finest female rock vocalists, Sandra Dean, returns by popular demand burn the stage down once again with her powerful, sultry, and soulful voice. There is simply no cooling her – Whether it’s an uptempo rocker or a soft and slow ballad, the intensity and emotion put into her vocals generates enough heat to blow the thermostat! 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 Dart Club and US.  The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/14) It’s time to show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends!  Musicians and singers: 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 (6/15) North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Come out and see for yourself! Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions. She’s fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, with pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals. Stevens has toured the world with her band and has collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Not to be missed! The Becca Stevens Band plays at 8pm.

Friday (6/17) Grammy-nominated Miki Howard has a stunning catalog of wide-ranging music to her credit – from the breezy “Come Share My Love” and the steamy funk of “Ain’t Nobody Like You” to her soul-stirring signature song, “Love Under New Management,” the jazzy “Imagination,” and the inferno that is “That’s What Love Is,” a duet with the late, great Gerald Levert. She’s got a lot happening right now – a new live and studio-recorded 5-song EP, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues, and a brand new movie about her life and career just out on TV One: Love Under New Management – The Miki Howard Story. Come out on and enjoy a Friday night concert by jazzy, R&B Queen Miki Howard! The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/18) Poppa Don’t Take No Mess! Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! This time around he’s got two big shows especially for Father’s Day Weekend, and the featured comedians are Ray Grady, Ashley Mayo, Kyle Grooms! #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Sunday (6/19) Happy Father’s Day! Take a trip back in the day and celebrate Father’s Day with one of the great, soulful vocal groups, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were formed by Melvin in Philadelphia in 1954. In 1960 under the Valley Vue label, they went onto record their first hit to reach the R&B charts with the single, “My Hero.” In 1970, it was the apparently unassuming addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer that set off a series of pivotal events that led to the group’s jump into national prominence. They collaborated with producers/songwriters Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble and signed with their Philadelphia International label. With Pendergrass in his new role and Gamble & Huff s influence, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes reeled off a series of hits including “If You Don t Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost” which reached No. 3 and No. 7 on the Billboard pop charts, respectively. Come enjoy the Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes of today – still going strong with all the hits and more. Doors open for Father’s Day Brunch at 10:30am for the 12:30 show. Doors open at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm show.

Other upcoming shows include the Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives, Judith Hill, Peter Asher & Albert Lee, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, and The Yardbirds! Keep up with us on our Music Calendar.

Thanks so much for all you do to help keep great music alive and well. We look forward to seeing you at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club soon!

 

Rick Brown

Grammy Award-Winning Bluegrass Artists The SteelDrivers, A Celebration of Prince on his Birthday, and a Week of “Feel Good Music” with Secret Society,
76 Degrees West, Shadz of Soul & Nu-Era

Diana Quinn, Prince Birthday Celebration of Life, Mycah Chevalier, Secret Society, The SteelDrivers, 76 Degrees West w/ Sugar Bear, Shadz of Soul & Nu Era Tribute The Emotions & The Temptations at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/6) Diana Quinn will bring us her own brand of 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll, done up in a way only she can! She has entertained audiences all over the DC area and around the country for decades with her fun, campy humor and great music, with period attire to match. She is the lead vocalist of The Fabulettes (rock ‘n’ roll and soul) as well as Honky Tonk Confidential (classic Country). Show host 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’ll be 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. Come ready to party!

Tuesday (6/7) It’s Prince’s birthday! The loss of this great artist in April was tragic and a shock to fans around the world. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and varied as Prince Rogers Nelson. His music showed remarkable diversity, constantly experimenting with different sounds, textures and genres. Please join us in celebration of his life and music with a handful of the DMV’s finest musicians and special guest Mike Scott (Prince guitarist) as they cut through Prince’s hits and demonstrate just how powerful and versatile his compositions were and always will be. The tribute begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (6/8) Get in on The Mycah Chevalier Experience! Blessed with an irresistible and soulful voice, Mycah Chevalier is in a class all her own. She has shared the stage with artists such as El DeBarge, Regina Belle, Lyfe Jennings, The Whispers, Patti Labelle, Luther Vandross, JaRule, Arturo Sandoval, & Maysa Leak to name a few. She is lead female vocalist for the group guiltypleasures, who’s debut single “Anticipation (The Remix)” has been in steady rotation on WHUR 96.3FM’s Original Quiet Storm since April 2010, and has been deemed a “new classic” by many. In 2012, Mycah released her single and re-make of the Duke Ellington/John Coltrane jazz classic “In A Sentimental Mood.” Her recent single, “Genie,” has been played worldwide and landed Mycah’s 2nd Grammy consideration in 5 categories for the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. This phenomenal show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (6/9) Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “live band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. “The Society” is that breath of fresh air. The combination of talent, experience, and a host of influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James, and others gives this band a great sound and identity all its own. To assign a genre-style to this group would be difficult considering the intermixture of music displayed. The group calls it “Feel Good Music,” and that is exactly what it is they have to offer. Bandleader and saxophonist Mills also performs with DC’s legendary Chuck Brown “The Godfather of Go-Go” Band. With Wayne Thomas on drums, vocalist Mike Madison, Robbie McDonald on lead guitar, bassist David Dyson, and Patrick Cooper on keyboards, this recipe of musicians is sure to please the taste buds of the avid music fan! Their feel-good show gets started at 8pm.

Friday (6/10) Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award-Winners, The SteelDrivers, will treat us to a truly soulful, rootsy performance. Though their 2016 Grammy-winning album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, may sound like something historic “from the vault,” it is fully from this moment. This fourth SteelDrivers studio album is made up of all-new material and recorded in Muscle Shoals at the legendary NuttHouse Recording Studio. Much of the inspiration came from Muscle Shoals, an area of exultation and experimentation, and home to the SteelDrivers’ lead vocalist, writer, and lead singer Gary Nichols. The group continues its rich musical progression, conjuring music drenched in soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, country, and rock ‘n’ roll. Can a new album be a classic album? If the “blend of soul and slink, blues and country, mountain coal and red dirt,” as Peter Cooper characterized their sound, is timeless, then the SteelDrivers have delivered another new classic. As this band’s sound reaches deeper into musical roots, each new recording and live shoe is another spectacular step forward. The SteelDrivers concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/11) It’s 76 Degrees West with special guest Sugar Bear! 76 Degrees West is the longitude for the East Coast in the Western Hemisphere – precisely, Washington, DC. This rising band has played behind numerous national acts such as Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, and Angela Johnson. The jazz/funk sound of 76 Degrees West has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. Back by popular demand! The show kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (6/12) Shadz of Soul & Nu-Era brings the Sounds of The Emotions & The Temptations! Soulful and smooth, the female R&B group Shadz of Soul hails from the Washington, DC area. The group formed in the early 90’s and consists of Anissa Hargrove, Shawn Allen, and Farnetta Baker. The group is often compared to The Emotions, EnVogue, and The Jones Girls. Known for their intricate harmonies and limitless vocal ability, they have individually and collectively provided vocal assistance to artists including Patti Labelle, Chanté Moore, Mike Howard, Jean Carn, and Gloria Gaynor. Nu-Era consists of five singing brothers: Isaac “Ike,” Solomon “Sonny,” Samuel “Sam,” Jacob “Jake,” and Jeremy “JP” Marsh. They have performed with the Whispers, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Blue Magic, Jerry Butler, The Orioles, Pookie Hudson and The Spaniels, along with other greats. They have opened for Gerald Levert, The O’Jays, and Patti LaBelle and have shared the stage with The Stylistics, The Delfonics and the Dramatics. This soulful performance starts at 8pm.

Coming Soon: Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Be’la Dona, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, Jeff Bradshaw, and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar for tickets and info.

We look forward to seeing 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

Classic Sounds by The S.O.S. Band, Eddie Holman, & “The Doo-Wop Cops,” Cool Jazz by Blake Aaron & Phillip “Doc” Martin, and the Genre-Defying MarchFourth

Keith Grimes, The Grainger Jam, MarchFourth + The Harry Bells, The SOS Band, Philip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Eddie Holman and DC’s Finest at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/9) Come out and enjoy DC’s own legendary guitarist extraordinaire, Keith Grimes. In various configurations, he has played with bandleader Daryl Davis for over 25 years bringing out the best rock ’n’ roll, blues, swing, and R&B as a sideman.  Tonight, Daryl Davis proudly presents this great musician front and center. Be prepared to dance! 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. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (5/10) Get ready for another Tuesday night jam… The Grainger Jam! Bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their friends, excellent musicians all, are ready to rock the house with you. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/11) MarchFourth simply must be seen to be believed. The group is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment– a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country year-round, stealing the festival wherever they go, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy Brass, and Big Band with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, MarchFourth whips the crowd into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation. Joining them will be special guests from DC, The Harry Bells! The Harry Bells are horn-and-percussion tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. This show will be fun, fun, fun and full of surprises. The show gets started at 8pm.

Thursday (5/12) We’re gonna take you back with The S.O.S. Band! The Sound of Success (S.O.S.) Band formed in the late 1970’s and exploded onto the scene in 1980 with their first mega hit platinum single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. In 1983, the group joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included “Just Be Good to Me,” “High Hopes,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest.” The S.O.S. Band has shared the stage with artists such as James Brown, The Gap Band, The Time, The Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, India.Arie, Dru Hill, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, and others. “Do it right” and grab tickets for this show now! The band will start at 7pm.

Friday (5/13) Nationally-renowned guitarist, producer, and jazz radio host Blake Aaron will make his first East Coast appearance in years when he joins saxophonist and DMV native Phillip “Doc” Martin onstage at BBJ. Together, Phillip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron are “Sax & Strings!” Often referred to as a “genius on guitar,” Blake Aaron heads full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist, and his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated radio show, Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson. The multi-faceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality recently released his highly anticipated 4th CD, Soul Stories. Saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin fully embraces the inspirational factor of being a top-notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington, DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board certified dentist. His latest Innervision Records release, Pocket Love, further establishes his powerful dynamic flow and tight, funky, old school driven alto vibe. This show by two of Cool Jazz’s hottest stars begins at 8pm.

Saturday (5/14) 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 6pm.

Sunday (5/15) The unforgettable falsetto voice of Eddie Holman and the tune that he popularized is perhaps the most recognizable urban love song in much of the English-speaking world.  “Hey There Lonely Girl” is a beautiful tune that seems to touch every soul as it emanates from airwaves or churns from the turntables of fans. Other classics by Eddie Holman include “This Can’t Be True,” “All In The Game,” and “You Make My Life Complete.” DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops”), are former Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officers who have gone from walking the beats to keeping the beat. This acapella group has entertained Presidents and has performed side-by-side with stars including Chuck Berry, The Dells, and The Drifters. Their repertoire includes classics such as “Come and Go With Me,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Island of Love.” This Sunday evening show starts at 7:30pm.

As always, we appreciate your support! Thanks for being a part of the movement to keep great music alive and well right here in Bethesda. Check our Music Calendar to keep up with our ever-growing roster of excellent artists coming our way.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

Rockabilly, Classic Pop, and Sensual Soul! A Week of Great Music featuring
Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, The Rock-A-Sonics, & The Soul Crackers

Gail Harrod, Gary Grainger, The Rock-A-Sonics, Chante Moore, The Soul Crackers, and Steve Tyrell at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April-May 2016Monday (4/25) IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! It was one year ago this week that we started the Daryl Davis Presents: Monday Night Concert Series. To party it up right, we’ve got blues, rock, and soul singer Gayle Harrod in the house. Gayle has been making a name for herself in the DMV – She invokes the spirit of divas like Koko Taylor, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton, all in her own soulful way. Bring your dancing shoes or sit back and listen. Our host, 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. The party starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/26) It’s time once again for our perennial favorite Tuesday night event… The Grainger Jam! This is a great opportunity for singers and musicians to jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (4/27) The Rock-A-Sonics are a rockabilly band straight from the DMV! They first got together with no name and just intending to play a single show – a Buddy Holly tribute in early 2014. The ad hoc band members bonded instantly over their common enthusiasm for rockabilly, country, and early rock ‘n’ roll. The Rock-A-Sonics were born! Notable appearances include MusikFest, Night Of 100 Elvises, Hot Rod Rumble, Barns of WolfTrap, Rockabilly Rumble, Gypsy Sally’s, Rock and Roll Hotel, Day Of The Book, and they are soon to appear at the 2016 Viva Las Vegas Weekender. The band is currently wrapping up their first long player, so stay tuned! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday – Friday (4/28 and 4/29) We’ve got Chanté Moore, live in concert, two nights in a row! Moore made her recording debut in 1992 with the release of the Gold-selling Precious (“Love’s Taken Over” and “It’s Alright”). A Love Supreme (“Old School Lovin’”) came in 1994, followed by her Grammy-nominated This Moment Is Mine featuring the gold-selling single “Chanté’s Got A Man.” In 2002, Moore had the distinction of winning a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for the song “Contagious,” featuring The Isley Brothers and R. Kelly. In 2004, 20th Century Masters issued a greatest hits collection. With seven albums, twenty charting singles, and collaborations including Prince, R. Kelly, Boyz II Men, El DeBarge, The Isley Brothers, Babyface, and Raphael Saddiq, singer Chanté Moore was destined to sing. This is your chance to hear her for yourself! Her concerts start at 8pm both nights.

Saturday (4/30) Take some of the greatest party music ever made, make sure it’s sung and played by a band that has made a career out of belting out those sweet soul sounds – and you’ve got yourself a real good time. Meet The Soul Crackers! With music focused on the Memphis and Motown sounds, The Soul Crackers perform timeless songs by artists like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, Wilson Pickett, and others. Formed in 1982, the SOUL CRACKERS have headlined shows including the Adams Morgan Day Festival, have performed in clubs like The Bayou and The Wax Museum, and they even gave a command performance at The White House in 1994. Theirs is the kind of music that has the power to bring together all ages and personalities together for an unforgettable dance party. The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (5/1) Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man, and we have him here live! In over four decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. With his breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II, Steve Tyrell reinvented and repopularized classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. With the grit and soul of a lifetime of experiences producing hits for artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross, Steve has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained a passionate following all over the world. His hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” “The Simple Life,” “Crush On You,” and “The Sunny Side of The Street” have launched thousands of weddings and millions of romances. Come hear his magic! The concert starts at 8pm.

Don’t forget to join us for our upcoming special events – Mother’s Day with “The Rat Pack” and Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes! There is so much more coming your way, and new shows are being added all the time. Check our Music Calendar for the latest!

Thanks for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. See you soon!

 

Rick Brown