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Happy New Year! Sonny Landreth, 76 Degrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie & George Michael this Weekend

Sonny Landreth, 76 Dregrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie and George Michael, Jan 2017 at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper ClubFriday (1/6) We welcome the great Sonny Landreth to our stage! The Mississippi native recorded his first solo album, Blues Attack, in 1981. Four years later, his influential “Congo Square,” named for the slave auction block in old New Orleans, appeared on Down In Louisiana. Although that album fanned the flames of his reputation as an emerging force in roots music, Landreth kept a parallel career going as a celebrated sideman and session player. Over the years he performed and recorded with many artists including songwriter John Hiatt and British blues innovator John Mayall and toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He also collaborated with Eric Clapton and has performed at all of Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festivals since 2004. Sonny Landreth’s latest album is Bound By the Blues. Sharing the stage with Landreth will be Americana rock ‘n’ roll artists Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (1/7) Get ready for 76 Degrees West Band! Based out of the DMV, the jazz-funk band has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. The group has worked with numerous national acts such as “Jamaica Funk” Tom Brown, Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, Rahsaan Patterson, and Raheem De Vaughn. The band’s 1st single was an instrumental remake of AWB’s “School Boy Crush,” which made it onto Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart and was a radio request worldwide. Their name was inspired by the longitude in the Western Hemisphere that covers the Washington DC area. Joining 76 Degrees West Band will be special guest Sugar Bear, and the show will be hosted by WHUR’s own Tony Richards. The performance starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/8) Please join us with DJ Jaafar Ouardi as we celebrate the music of two great artists we lost in 2016. Last January 8th, David Bowie turned 69 years old, released the powerfully innovative, Black Star, and then left us 2 days later. His artistic legacy is one of boundary-pushing, invention, and reinvention, with artistic highlights including Heroes, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Station to Station, and Let’s Dance, among many other notable recordings. George Michael burst onto the music scene as a member of Wham! In the 1980s. He was one to challenge convention and sometimes censorship of the day. His many hits include “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and “Freedom.” He is a 2017 nominee for the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. DJ Jaafar Ouardi has worked in the hospitality for over 9 years, with the last 7 of those years being exclusively in the hippest bars and nightclubs in the area. He plays and loves all kinds of music from Top 40, Hip Hop, R&B, Latin, Arab, Persian and French. You will be in good hands as he explores and honors the music of David Bowie and George Michael. The tribute begins at 7:30pm.

Happy 2017! We are excited about the new year and have lots of great performances in store. In addition to remembering David Bowie and George Michael this Sunday on what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday, we have Junior Marvin’s Wailers coming up who will lead us in celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday, and Denny Laine will be here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wings Over America! So as you can see, New Year’s Day may be over, but at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, the celebrations show no signs of stopping. Check our Music Calendar for these shows, upcoming Valentine’s Day events, and our full list of performances.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

A Week of New and Legendary Talent: The Chuck Brown Band,
DC Soul Legends, Bilal, and Celebrating the Music of David Bowie

The Vocal Workshop Showcase (CANCELLED), The Grainger Jam, Voices of Hope, David Bowie Tribute, The Chuck Brown Band, Bilal, Sir Joe Quarterman + Hardway Connection at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club January 2016Monday (1/25) Due to continuing weather conditions, tonight’s Vocal Workshop Showcase performances with The Chris Grasso Trio have been cancelled.

Tuesday (1/26) It’s time once again for The Grainger Jam! If you’re a musician or a singer, come out on Tuesday nights and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. Hosted by Brandon Combs and friends, it’s a great time whether you take the stage or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (1/27) The Voices of Hope – Music Ministry that CRANKS! Come out and help them celebrate the release of their new recording, Hymns of Hope. The group got together as a praise team for the Inauguration Service for Community of Hope AME on Easter Sunday 2006. The Voices of Hope have sung for President Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, the Celebration of Life for the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, and they performed at the DC opening of The Color Purple. You’ll enjoy their fresh outlook on traditional hymns of old with innovative rap lyrics and Go-Go style instrumentation. The CD release party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/28) Please join us for Let’s Dance: A Tribute to the Music of David Bowie. Few artists have made a mark in popular music and culture as indelible as David Robert Jones, known worldwide as the one and only David Bowie. From the early days of “Space Oddity” into the dramatic, performance art era of Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust, through to the brilliant Blackstar, released just two days before his passing, Bowie remained timeless and transcended pop music. Some of the DMV’s finest musicians have come together to cut through the hits of The Starman himself, demonstrating just how versatile his compositions were and always will be. Our celebration of the life and work of this legendary artist begins at 8pm.

Friday (1/29) The Chuck Brown Band toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go, and the group is keeping the legacy alive! Come out and hear all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, plus their new music – including songs from the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life. New and old fans know that this band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: Go-Go. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty.  Sho Yo’ Right! The party gets crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (1/30) Bilal is one of a kind, and we are proud to bring him to our stage! If there was one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seemed limiting, it was Philadelphia native Bilal. Classically trained and capable of singing opera in seven languages, his recordings are wholly modern and creative. Grenique’s Black Butterfly, a 1999 release on Motown, was the first major album to feature Bilal’s vocals. The following year, he established a deep connection to hip-hop by appearing on Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and Guru’s Jazzmatazz album. His debut solo album, 1st Born Second, reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s R&B albums chart. His latest, In Another Life, is a collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge. Bilal’s concert begins at 8pm.

Sunday (1/31) We’ve got some DC Soul Legends in the house: Sir Joe Quarterman + The Hardway Connection! Joe Quarterman was nicknamed “Sir Joe” as lead singer of a teenage vocal group The Knights. In the 1960s, he performed on trumpet and vocals for The El Corols, who backed legendary performers touring DC such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and many more. His own band, Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul released “(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind” in 1972, which became his signature hit song. The Hardway Connection, inspired by influential and legendary rhythm and blues artists, evoke feelings of nostalgia and an undeniable compulsion to dance! They have opened for artists including Johnny Taylor, Harvey Scales, Toni Terry, Chuck Brown, and Little Sonny Warner. They placed first in the 11th Annual National Blues Talent Competition and performed on the 16th Annual W. C. Handy Blues Awards Show, both in Memphis. They are currently working on a new album. The DC Soul Legends show starts at 7:30.

It may be winter, but we’ve always got warmth, great food and drink, and fantastic entertainment at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Check our Music Calendar for more upcoming shows.

Thanks for keeping great music alive, and we’ll see you soon.

 

Rick Brown