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A Star-Studded Week: ‘80s Movie Idol Molly Ringwald sings Nat & Natalie Cole, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Chuck Brown Band, A Tribute to Merle Haggard,
Jazz Meets Korea, and Virginia Music Adventures

Molly Ringwald with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra, The Chuck Brown Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds with The Bobby Thompson Project, Jazz Meets Korea, A Tribute to Merle Haggard, and Virginia Music Adventures at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, July 2016Tuesday (7/26) Two acclaimed, cutting-edge Korean music groups, the World Music group SE:UM and the Youngjoo Song Trio, meet for the first time in a groundbreaking joint performance! SE:UM is one of Korea’s most innovative ensembles, drawing instrumental, vocal, and improvisation techniques from both Korean and Western jazz traditions. Traditional Korean sounds mix with jazz, folk, and free form styles to create an entirely new and exciting fusion. Youngjoo Song Trio is led by Jazz pianist Youngjoo Song, currently an active performer in Seoul and New York City. She quickly climbed the music charts in her native Korea to become one of her country’s leading jazz artists. She headlined the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York, among other major events, and twice won for Best Jazz and Crossover Album at the Korean Music Awards. The Korean Cultural Center Washington, DC partnered for the first time with the DC Jazz Festival to bring us this remarkable event. It begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (7/27) Virginia Music Adventures presents a night of jazz featuring Summer Institute Ensembles, VMA’s award winning Faculty/Alumni Band, and a special guest appearance from The Doc Dikeman Big Band! Virginia Music Adventures’ Summer Institute Ensembles delight audiences with jazz through the ages from Swing to Funk. The Ensembles are made up of promising young musicians who share their passion for jazz in performances all around the world. The Doc Dikeman Big Band features a range of music from big band favorites from the ‘30s to contemporary compositions. Started by Theron “Doc” Dikeman in the 1970s, the band has toured Germany and Barbados and has performed at many venues in the DC area, including the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, and the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert begins at 8pm.

Thursday (7/28) Please join us in welcoming our featured artist of the week… Molly Ringwald! Molly Ringwald has starred in over a dozen Hollywood blockbusters including Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles, but her true passion is The Great American Songbook. Having grown up in a musical household with a jazz musician father, this latest turn in Ringwald’s career is much more of a homecoming than a departure. This special performance with be a tribute to Nat “King” and Natalie Cole with Molly Ringwald, Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, and two of Natalie Cole’s bandmates including world-renowned trumpeter, Bijon Watson. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra has presented a series of unique featured artists at BBJ this summer. They are in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. Eighties teen movie fans and jazz fans alike will love this show will love Molly Ringwald! The show starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/29) The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the DC beat alive. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep the legacy going by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, creating new music, and bringing on board new fans and followers. With three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life, 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. Ain’t no party like a Chuck Brown party, ‘cause a Chuck Brown party don’t stop. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. The party starts at 8pm.

Saturday (7/30) We’ve got bluesy rockers The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson! For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.” Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass. In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock ‘n roll and soul influences. In 1986, they reached a commercial peak with the album, Tuff Enuff. You’ll also love special guests The Bobby Thompson Project! The show kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (7/31) The encore performance of the highly acclaimed In Celebration of Merle, Tribute2Merle gathers the same incredible line up of Roots Rock, Americana and Country artists from around the DC/MDVA area. The show is a thorough look at the hits and lesser known gems from of one of the greatest songwriters in American music history. Dubbed the “poet of the common man” Merle Haggard had a way of simply drawing people into his songs through great melodies and lyrics that everyone could relate to. Delivering Merle’s songs will be Bob Berberich, Ty Braddock, Domenic Cicala, Karen Collins, Craig Cummings, Tony Denikos, Kevin Dudley, Janet Emma, Gary Lee Gimble, Greg Hardin, Martha Hull, David Kitchen, Jeff Kurtz, Gantt Kushner, Ruthie Logsdon, Mark Noone, and Bill Starks. Limited VIP tickets include seating close to the stage and a swag bag of goodies from some of the artists. The tribute starts at 7:30pm.

Coming right up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club: Nia Simmons and Geneva Renée, Secret Society, Kandace Springs, Jon B., The Cincy Blackman Santana Group, Peter Asher and Albert Lee with Naked Blue, plus tributes to The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson! Check out our Music Calendar for the latest.

Thanks for your dedication to great music and entertainment in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

We’ve Got America’s Favorites! American Idol’s Haley Reinhart, America’s Got Talent Winner Eugene Murphy, Jr. Sings for WV Flood Relief,
Party Music, and Pageantry

The Vocal Workshop, Haley Reinhart, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., I&I Riddim, Star Pageantry International 2016, Miss Intercontinental United States at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club 2016Wednesday (7/20) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop! The Vocal Workshop, under the direction of Chris Grasso, is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. This showcase will feature the current singers performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Ele Rubenstein on drums. You are invited to come out and enjoy the performances for only $10, good for either or both sets. Join us at 7pm, and you are welcome to stay for the 9pm show.

Thursday (7/21) We’ve got the incredible Haley Reinhart! Since placing #3 on FOX’s American Idol in 2011, Haley Reinhart has had over 50 million views on YouTube. She was originally signed with Interscope Records, but then went on to perform with Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox. With that group, her cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was used in an Extra Gum commercial and became a viral sensation. Her latest solo release, Better, debuted at #22 on the Billboard’s Independent Album Chart. Accompanying her will be Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, who 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 many more. The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (7/22) When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent in 2010, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars in his hometown of Logan, WV (population 3,000). Wowing the judges with his back story of homelessness and determination to succeed for his family, coupled with interpretations of classics from Cole Porter, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and others, Landau walked away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers. In response to the devastating flooding in his home state of West Virginia, Murphy, Jr. is teaming up with Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for a special benefit concert in conjunction with the Red Cross of West Virginia. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly to flood relief efforts to aid the thousands of residents affected by what has been called “once in a thousand years flooding.” The Landau Rebuild West Virginia Flood Relief Benefit Concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (7/23) Prepare for an electrifying journey to the Caribbean with I&I Riddim! The name captures the spirit of this band’s music: “Riddim” is reggae’s irresistible upbeat dance rhythm, and “I&I” expresses Bob Marley’s “One Love” equality for all people. I&I Riddim thrills audiences with an arsenal of favorite reggae standards, the best modern reggae, and a few reggae-style pop-rock and calypso/soca tunes. I&I Riddim is known for its exciting performance style and has shared the stage with some of the reggae greats including Bunny Wailer and Junior Marvin both from Bob Marley’s Wailers. This award-winning Washington, DC band is well-equipped to transform any stage into a true Caribbean party experience. The reggae sounds get grooving at 8pm.

Sunday (7/24) The first Star Pageantry International 2016 pageant will be held in conjunction with the Miss Intercontinental United States pageant on our stage. The vision of Star Pageantry International is driven by the potential and capacity of a variety of women and men, even those who may have been excluded by other systems. This includes individuals where their opportunities have been hindered due to age or life circumstances. They look for leaders who are ambitious and very savvy, and ready to take on responsibilities focusing on changing the world. Each year, the Miss Intercontinental pageant works to provide a fair environment where young women compete not with each other, but against themselves as they are encouraged to identify goals, overcome roadblocks, and obtain success through preparation, organization, and self-discipline. Doors open at 3pm and the pageantry begins at 4pm. Tickets are available here.

Who’s coming soon to Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club? We’ve got Jazz Meets Korea, Molly Ringwald, The Chuck Brown Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jon B., Kenny Lattimore, tributes to The Beach Boys, Merle Haggard, and Gladys Knight & the Pips, and so much more. Keep up to date by visiting our Music Calendar anytime for the latest.

We’re looking forward to seeing you here soon. Thanks for sharing your summer fun with us here 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

 

 

Rockin’ the Classics: The Spinners, The Yardbirds, The Great American Songbook with Spencer Day, R&B Songstress Meli’sa Morgan + a Discount Wednesday with Rising Star Dontae Winslow!

1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Dontae Winslow, Spencer Day, The Spinners, Meli’sa Morgan, The Yardbirds at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, July 2016Tuesday (7/5) Come along to the jam session with Gary Grainger and Friends! This First Tuesday of the Month event gives YOU the chance to jam and sing with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. It’s 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). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (7/6) We’ve got Dontae Winslow and The Winslow Dynasty with special guest Gary Thomas! Dontae Winslow is a Music Producer/Songwriter/Arranger who is currently on tour with the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience World Tour, and has performed on SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ellen. Dontae has written songs for Jay-Z, Kanye, Keyshia Cole, Mary Mary and Kendrick Lamar. Dontae Winslow & Winslow Dynasty’s latest album, Enter The Dynasty, features guest appearances by Quest Love, Chick Corea, Roy Hargrove and Dennis Chambers. His trumpet is heard around the world from Aloe Blacc’s “I’m The Man” Beats By Dre Commercial to Tyler Perry’s “Haves and Havenots” TV show Theme song. That’s some creative star power! Join us for the show at 8pm. SPECIAL DISCOUNT JUST ADDED: Use Discount Code BBJDontaeW when buying your tickets for 50% OFF!

Thursday (7/7) Come celebrate the “Big Five” songwriters with contemporaries Spencer Day and Dave Damiani &The No Vacancy Orchestra. This evening will be all about composers Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and the Gershwin Brothers. Spencer Day is an amazing songwriter in his own right. His hit “Til You Come To Me” was ranked the #1 cut of 2010 by The Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown. He has performed all over the world. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra is 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 more. The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/8) Don’t miss these legendary R&B recording artists… The Spinners! The Spinners have a universal appeal and throughout the years they have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts with smash hits like “I’ll Be Around” and “Then Came You.” Today, original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck. A soul-infused 5-piece band led by Keith Ferguson backs them up. After a brief time at Motown, The Spinners signed to Atlantic Records. There, under the helm of producer and songwriter Thom Bell, The Spinners charted five top 100 singles (and two top tens) from Spinners (1972). A partial list of their hit singles on Atlantic include “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” and “Could It Be.” In 1979, they completed their first collaboration with producer Michael Zager, and by early 1980, “Working My Way Back to You” topped the Pop and R&B charts giving the group its 12th gold record. Today, The Spinners maintain an active touring schedule, performing for fans of all ages in sold out houses around the world. The show kicks off at 8pm.

Saturday (7/9) This R&B songstress exploded onto the music scene in the late 1980s – a sultry singer with a silky voice made for slow R&B ballads and funky soul. She is none other than Meli’sa Morgan and she’s ready to deliver a delicious performance for us live and in person, along with her special guest Harlem talent Cartier Conway. Blessed with the gift of song with a passion, her vocal style and sound is captured in hit songs like “Do Me Baby, “Do You Still Love Me,” Fool’s Paradise,” and “Now or Never.” Her vocals are as strong and powerful as Chaka Khan or Aretha Franklin while bringing soft, kitten sensuality that will pull you in and musically speaking …seduce you. Morgan has performed backing vocals for Chaka Kahn, Whitney Houston, and Kashif, and she has opened the show for Gladys Knight and the Pips. Her writing credits have won Platinum for her work with artists including Mary J Blige and Jay-Z. Her new dance song, “So Good” was voted #1 on the DJ Dance Pool Charts in NYC, is being added on radio stations in Nigeria, Aruba, and London, and is getting great reviews by DJs and fans around the world. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (7/10) A Classic Rock institution will take the stage at BBJ – The Yardbirds are more than a mere rock band. In the brief period from 1963 to 1968, the group made an indelible mark on the “Shapes of Things” to come. To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul,”  “I’m A Man,” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Led by core members and songwriters Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica), the band’s experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback and distortion. Reuniting decades later, McCarty and Dreja brought The Yardbirds boldly into the 21st Century with the 2003 release of the acclaimed CD, Birdland. In 2015, Jim McCarty debuted the new touring lineup of The Yardbirds with guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson,singer/harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone, and guitarist/singer John Idanto. As Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.” The Yardbirds and special guests Johnny Bombay & the Reactions start at 8pm.

More great shows are coming right up! Peter Erskine, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, Haley Reinhart, Molly Ringwald, Kandace Springs, and Jon B… just to name a few! Check our Music Calendar any time to see what we’ve got in store.

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July, and we look forward to seeing you here soon. Thanks for keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda!

 

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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