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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 Saturday Night Soul Spring Fling and an Eclectic Week
with King Soul, Texas Chainsaw Horns, Be’la Dona, and More!

blog 3-28-16Monday (3/28) It’s all about Country Music tonight at BBJ! Ruthie Logsdon, DC music scene staple and nationally-known songwriter and recording artist is bringing her high energy “Wrangler Twang” to our stage. Now celebrating 25 years of national touring, Americana radio charting, national television appearances, and 6 albums, this live wire vocalist, along with her band, Ruthie & The Wranglers, has racked up 30 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES). Host and 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. Door open at 5:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/29) The Grainger Jam is back! If you’re a singer or musician, 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 (3/30) We’ve got a musical mashup you’re going to love! Sunflare is a Latin/Caribbean jazz group that specializes in giving the clave twist to classic and contemporary R&B. To put it simply, they like to say “R&B = rice and beans!” Joining them will be smooth jazz outfit and special guests, The Craig Alston Syndicate. The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/31) Skip Mahoney and the Casuals are still performing for adoring fans and sellout crowds after more than 40 years in the business. We are so pleased to have them perform at BBJ. Skip Mahoney and The Casuals were formed in 1965 at a house party in Washington, DC. The original members of the group are Roger Chapman, George Norris, and Skip Mahoney. The other original member is Billy Jones, who was later replaced by current member Morris “Spunky” Cobb. In 1973, “I Need Your Love” and “Your Funny Moods” were local hits, but didn’t receive national attention. The release of their Land of Love album in 1976 propelled the group into the national limelight, producing several chartbusting songs that have stood the test of time. Land of Love remains a trademark album for connoisseurs of falsetto based soul music of the mid 70’s. Join us for the concert at 8pm.

Friday (4/1) Strong, talented, ambitious, and beautiful… all perfect words to describe Be’la Dona. Washington, DC is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band. They call the music they make “Sensual Crank,” and the style commands attention. The unique sound of Be’la Dona flows through rock, R&B, Gospel, pop, jazz and of course their
hometown music, Go-Go. Fans and critics alike are taking note – Just a few of the accolades for Be’la Dona include the 2009 WKYS GO-GO Award for Best Upcoming Band, 2009 WAMA Award nomination for Best R&B Band, and the 2010 WAMA Award for Best Urban Contemporary Duo or Group and Instrumentalist of the Year. This will be a party!! The show gets crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (4/2) It’s a heavyweight matchup for the Soul Spring Fling – King Soul meets The Texas Chainsaw Horns! Eight piece all-star group King Soul has been leaving DC area audiences delirious for eight years with its electrifying brand of Southern rhythm & blues. King Soul’s members include vocalist Tom Clifford, guitarist/vocalist Jake Flack (Rhodes Tavern Troubadours), bassist/vocalist Mark Noone (Slickee Boys), drummer Ben Holmes (Queen Ida), organist Arif Durrani (Jr. Cline & the Recliners), baritone saxophonist Chris Watling (Grandsons, Lloyd Price), tenor saxophonist Matt Rippetoe (Funk Ark, Thievery Corporation), and trumpeter Vince McCool (J Street Jumpers, Uptown Rhythm Kings). The Texas Chainsaw Horns come armed with a dozen members, including a 5-piece horn section. Fans of the funky sounds of Tower of Power will love the Texas Chainsaw Horns, as will everyone who can’t resist a dance groove. The Texas Chainsaw Horns include vocalists Jeff Watson (Downtown) and Rena Ray, guitarist/vocalist Mickey Way, Scott Thorne on bass, Eli Gonzalez on tenor sax, Scott Weinhold, tenor sax, Steve Ticknor, baritone sax, Ken McGee, trumpet, Tony Murtha – trumpet, Josh Howell, congas, and Bobby Fagel on drums. Don’t miss this great night of old school rockin’ soul! The bands start at 8pm.

Sunday (4/3) End your weekend with the fabulous Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks. The group was formed in 1955, under the direction of Earl Simpson and turned over to Eddie Jones in 1970, formerly of the Legendary Orioles. The band members have played with groups including Harold Melvin and the Blues Notes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Legendary Orioles, Black Heat, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and a host of other top notch groups. The voices of Earl and Eddie Jones take you back to the days of Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. The Young Bucks have the reputation for being a top Oldie-but-Goodie, Doo-Wop, and R&B group in the area, having played on the South Lawn of the White House, for several Caucus, Senatorial, and Congressional affairs, and even for a few Inaugurations. Their new CD, For Lovers Only, has top sales in the DC Area. Come out and enjoy the classic sounds! The show begins at 8pm.

Mark your calendars now for these great events coming soon: Bobby Brooks Wilson, son of the legendary Jackie Wilson on Friday April 8th, two shows by Syleena Johnson on Saturday, April 9th, and Snarky Puppy will perform two shows on Monday, May 2nd. Join us for Mother’s Day with The Rat Pack Together Again on Sunday, May 8th. Visit our Music Calendar for details and all upcoming events.

Thanks, as always, for supporting great music in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!

 

Rick Brown