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Rockin’ into Thanksgiving Week: Daryl Davis, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience, and A Gospel According to Jazz

Daryl Davis, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, Mousey Thompson and the James Brown Experience, and A Gospel According to Jazz at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2016Tuesday (11/22) Get ready for the holiday with Daryl Davis Presents: Rockin’ into Thanksgiving! Come to dance or just sit back and enjoy as Daryl and the band provide an evening good old rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, blues, boogie woogie and some country music thrown into the mix, too. 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. A very special guest, 92-year-old jokester Helen “Ma” Dillon, will open the show. She’s guaranteed to get your motor running, even when your starter is broken! The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/23) Rare Essence has long been one of the city’s most popular and enduring Go-Go bands. Formed by four students at a Southeast Washington Catholic school during the mid-’70s, the band was kept on track by several no-nonsense moms and mentored by the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. They have performed with Run DMC, LL Cool J, Doug E. Fresh, Biz Markie, Ice Cube, Heavy D and the Boyz, Wu Tang Clan, Redman and Method Man, French Montana, Scarface, TLC, Eric B and Rakim, YoYo, Shabba Ranks, and KRS-1, not to mention Chuck Brown, Trouble Funk, The Junk Yard Band, and EU. Come out and chant along to hits like “Lock It,” “One On One,” “Hey Buddy Buddy,” and the ever popular “Overnight Scenario.” The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/24) HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday (11/25) Chicago-based Davy Knowles is at it again with a new album, Three Miles from Avalon. Dripping with classic blues riffs and intricate guitar work, this is exactly what we have come to expect from the former Back Door Slam frontperson, an artist who has not one, but two Top Three Billboard Blues Chart albums. Three Miles from Avalon does not disappoint. Knowles co-produced and recorded the album in his base of operations, Chicago, with friend Anthony Gravino. “Never Gonna Be the Same” sounds like Knowles stretched the south side of Chicago all the way down to the bayou. “Oxford MS” is a story song of violence and torment that pushes this album from amazing to astronomically amazing. Come in, get out of the bustle of Black Friday, enjoy the live show, and take in some new tunes! The concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (11/26) Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience is an all-star ensemble that faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. This outstanding band is led by accomplished drummer and DC native Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006. Thompson has also performed with other renowned musical performers including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, and Peaches & Herb. The band performs James Brown’s biggest hits including “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, “Cold Sweat,” and so many more. Don’t miss this celebration of The Godfather of Soul! The band will get started at 8pm.

Sunday (11/27) Come one, come all, come hear A Gospel According to Jazz! From his early days in Memphis where he played in his father’s church choir, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum drew inspiration from the rich musical traditions of that city, including gospel, R&B, blues, and jazz. He received a scholarship to attend music school at Texas Southern University, where he formed a band in 1979 and began playing shows on the local club circuit. Whalum released A Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 1 in 1998. Of his 5th annual A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas season tour, Kirk says, “This is the most unique holiday celebration you never knew you had to experience for yourself… Keiko Matsui and Norman Brown, Sheléa, Kirk & Kevin Whalum and John Stoddart?! …There’s no joy like spending the holidays with family and great music. So you bring the family, we’ll take care of the rest!” The evening’s two shows begin at 5:30pm and 8pm.

Keep a lookout on our Music Calendar for more great events like Maggie Rose with The Morrison Brothers and A Drag Salute to Motown Twisted, plus lots of holiday shows like Redd Brothers’ Christmas, Landau Murphy Jr. Holiday Show, A Smooth & Funky Christmas 2, and Christmas with Cassandra Wilson!

Here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, we are thankful for all of you. Thanks for coming out to meet friends, share dinner and drinks, and to enjoy the shows. We appreciate celebrating great entertainment in downtown Bethesda, and it is wonderful to share that passion with you! Have a great Thanksgiving, and we look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Legendary Rocker Terry Reid, Classic R&B Funk with Cameo, former Back Door Slam Frontman Davy Knowles, Not-To-Miss Jazz, & A Li’l Bit O’ Country

Patsy Stephens, The Grainger Jam, Dwayne Adell, Cameo, Davy Knowles plus Goin’ Goin’ Gone, Vuyo Sotashe and Lyle Link with The Chris Grasso Trio, Terry Reid & Cosmic American Derelicts at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April 2016Monday (4/18) Country Music Queen Patsy Stephens is back by popular demand! She returns to our stage singing great classic Country songs the way they were meant to be. Put on your boots, fringe, rhinestones, and Stetsons, and two-step on down here! Piano master Daryl Davis will host the show. Davis tours both nationally and internationally and 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. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/19) Come join us for our popular Tuesday night event… The Grainger Jam! If you’re a singer or musician, this is a great opportunity 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 (4/20) DC jazz piano favorite Dwayne Adell will perform! Adell is a recognized figure in the District jazz underground, having played on Quincy Jones’ album, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, and with Lauryn Hill in Chicago. Adell has performed at Blues Alley as well as at iconic Washington club, Bohemian Caverns. Musicians, journalists and fans have been astounded by this artist’s talent for years. Music critic Jerome Wilson wrote of his play during the 2014 Capitol Bop DC Jazz Loft Series, “Adell plays with astonishing speed and dexterity in a style that combines stride bass, classical ornamentation and gravity coming off like some mad cross between Art Tatum and McCoy Tyner…The man’s playing was scary.” The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (4/22) Celebrating 40 years & more than eighteen million albums, Larry Blackmon and Cameo are still larger-than-life in the music industry! Blackmon has blazed trails since his first album release in 1977. He is a music stylist legend, an innovator whose influence on R&B and Urban Music is indisputable. As founder and front man of the R&B funk band, Cameo, Blackmon has lead his group on this journey with a long line of hit recordings including “Word Up,” “Single Life,” and “Candy.” Cameo’s unique signature sound has been copied, imitated, sampled, covered, reproduced, and replayed. Cameo songs today are routinely placed in films, TV, video games, and commercials. Best of all, though, is the live experience! Cameo will perform two great shows for us at BBJ at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (4/23) Former Back Door Slam frontman Davy Knowles is on tour in support of his latest studio album, The Outsider, and we’re thrilled he’s making a stop for us right here in Bethesda! Also on the bill are roots rockers Goin’ Goin’ Gone. Knowles’ musical journey began as he grew up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green, and Mayall in his father’s record collection. At age 19, he arrived in the US with his band Back Door Slam to the sound of rave reviews. In 2014, he served as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture.” Come out and hear some of his new and familiar tunes. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (4/24) The Chris Grasso Trio continues its Sunday Spotlight series, welcoming two special guest artists: vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link. Young South African jazz vocalist Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe is making his mark across the globe, most recently capturing Third Place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the first male vocalist ever to reach the final round. Vuyo moved to New York City in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Masters of Music at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone on to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014 and performed on the festival’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland. Lyle Link is DC-area native who now calls San Francisco home. A versatile musician and sought after sideman, he performs in many musical styles from jazz, blues and R&B to Latin and world beat. He has played with artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy and Ralph Peterson, to name a few. He has also performed with pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and has jammed with Prince. He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and throughout North America. Rounding out the Chris Grasso Trio will be Zack Pride on bass and Ele Rubenstein on drums. This afternoon performance begins at 1pm.

Sunday evening, legendary rocker Terry Reid will grace the stage, with Cosmic American Derelicts. Terry Reid, aka “Superlungs,” is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices to ever come along. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any fan of the greats of British music. The legend is of turning down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, and a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. Aretha Franklin stated that The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968. The legend continues with two world tours opening for The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, and playing at Mick Jagger’s wedding. Then there were the soured record deals and leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago. Despite career setbacks and hiatus, Reid is performing at full force – He returned to Glastonbury in 2009. In 2012, Reid returned to the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971 and toured the UK in 2013 and 2014. With the recent re-mastering and re-release of the albums The River, Rogue Waves, and Seed of Memory, a new generation of fans, and collaborations with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), it’s clear that there is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist and songwriter. 2016 looks set to be another successful year! The concert will begin at 8pm.

Check our Music Calendar for more upcoming concerts, comedy, and special events. We look forward to seeing you at the club very soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

 

World-Touring Performers and DMV Favorites: Sylver Logan Sharp (Chic),
Davy Knowles (Back Door Slam), DC Fusion, and more this week at BBJ!

The Grainger Jam, The Brian Cunningham Project, Sylver Logan Sharp, Davy Knowles + Goin’ Goin’ Gone, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2016Tuesday (1/19) It’s time 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. Join them on stage or just come out and enjoy some incredible music, which gets started at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/20) We’ve got a great night of smooth jazz, gospel and R&B with The Brian Cunningham Project. The group is made up of local musicians from institutions across the DC metropolitan area, and they span two generations. We love the way they bridge the gap between New School and Old School, and you will, too! The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (1/21) The fabulous Sylver Logan Sharp will grace the BBJ stage! As the former lead singer of CHIC, she toured with the legendary group for 20 years across the US, Europe, Japan, and the UK. Sharp is poised to top the charts again with her latest, The Groovement, recorded live in Stockholm, Sweden. The re-release of the first single and video, “Little Things,” debuted live at MIDEM 2015 in Cannes, France. R&B, pop, jazz, gospel, and blues, and a capella magic all come together to create the Sylver Logan Sharp sound. Come hear her sing her #1 Billboard dance hit, “All This Time,” and so much more! The groove gets going at 8pm.

Friday (1/22) Former Back Door Slam frontman Davy Knowles is on tour in support of his latest studio album, The Outsider, and we’re thrilled he’s making a stop for us right here in Bethesda! Also on the bill are roots rockers Goin’ Goin’ Gone. Knowles’ musical journey began as he grew up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green, and Mayall in his father’s record collection. At age 19, he arrived in the US with his band Back Door Slam to the sound of rave reviews. In 2014, he served as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture.” Come out and hear some of his new and familiar tunes. The music starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/23) Saturday night’s gonna 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 sure to roll. Grab your free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage, and join the party! The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/24) The DMV vibe will be in the house with DC Fusion! It’s easy to see why DC Fusion is one of the region’s most in-demand dance bands. Members of the group have performed with artists including Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Chuck Brown, and many more. DC Fusion is: Uzorije Carter and Tiffany Simone on vocals, Marcus Turner on vocals and drums, Benjie Porecki on keys, Randy Morser on guitar, and Phillip “Doc” Martin on sax. Come get your Sunday night party on! They start at 7:30pm.

We’ve got so many big shows coming your way at Bethesda Blues and Jazz.  Check the Music Calendar and get your tickets for our Buddy Holly Tribute, Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson on Valentine’s Day weekend, more comedy with Joe Clair & Friends, Kenny Lattimore, Lalah Hathaway, and much more.

Thanks for coming out for great entertainment in Bethesda! We’ll see you at the club soon.

 

Rick Brown