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It’s Almost 2017! Celebrate All Week with Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow, Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, Deanna Bogart, and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra

Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow Band, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Deanna Bogart, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/27) Saxophonist Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His extraordinary career features high points including early-’70s gigs with Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws. His name is a common sight often on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. His first hit, “Always There,” (credited as Ronnie Laws and Pressure on the original 45) was one of the most popular, sax-driven, crossover hits of the 1970s jazz-funk fusion era. His playing ushered in the sensualization of the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems such as “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Come out for this evening performance and you will “just love” the sensual and star-power sounds of Ronnie Laws. The show begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/28) Let It Flow is a collective of some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their blend of R&B, neo-soul and contemporary jazz with a generous helping of homegrown DC go-go is what makes them fantastically unique. The band has shared the stage with many notables including The Dazz Band, Sybil, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Kid from Kid ‘n Play, and the late, great Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. Let It Flow performs concerts, club dates, outdoor events, private parties, fraternity and sorority galas, and wedding receptions. Their music is infectious and will get you moving on the dance floor. Get ready for Let It Flow! The concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/29) Auld TWANG Syne features two of the hottest, funnest, dancin’est, roots rockin’est bands the DC area has to offer: Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys! They’ll be twangin’ ‘tween the holidays and giving you a great big reason to rock. Ruthie & the Wranglers are known for their high energy Americana Country, rockabilly, roots rock and a splash of surf. The Thrillbillys are made up of a who’s who of veterans of the DC area music scene: Leader Johnny Castle (Nighthawks, and formerly with Bill Kirchen and Switchblade), rock ‘n’ roll/pop rock master David Kitchen, roots rock and country guitar slinger Andy Rutherford, and Jack O’Dell on drums. Get yourself to this show and go home with raised spirits and a big dose of TWANG! The band kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (12/30) The fans of award-winning multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart really value the diversity of her genre-free zone. As a bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist, and sax player, Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she calls “blusion.” Her fusion of blusion — spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless, and fun — has garnered her three Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009, and 2010 and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won 22 Wammies, the music awards for our hotly contested DC region. Deanna Bogart’s dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals, and cut-above songwriting will win your heart. Don’t miss this one! The show starts at 8pm.

New Year’s Eve, Saturday (12/31) Please join us at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for this extra special performance by Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra as we ring the new year… 2017! Come out and celebrate with a four course dinner, hats, noisemakers, horns, pop out streamers, and the traditional champagne toast at midnight. When Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra step to the stage, the audience is transported to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The group will bring down the house as everything old becomes new again. The 18-piece ensemble swings with manic abandon through the early Great American Songbook, infusing standards with new energy. For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s alive in Washington, DC and around the world. The Washington Post says, “Scantlin is the consummate showman.” An elegant evening will be had by all! Doors open for dinner at 7pm and the party starts at 9pm.

We’ve just added so many new shows to the lineup for 2017. Here are just a few: The Hardway Connection, Sonny Landreth, Joe Clair & Friends, Denny Laine Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Wings over America, Bill Laurence, the annual Buddy Holly Tribute, Jeff Bradshaw, The Spinners, and Annale with Special Guest Shakespeare. Check our Music Calendar for all the recent additions.

We at BBJ hope you’ve been having a magical holiday season. Thank you so much for spending time with us and for celebrating great entertainment with us in 2016. We wish you a very Happy New Year!

 

Rick Brown

Rock’N’Boogie, Blues, Jazz, Holiday Parties & Christmas Cheer!

Sapphire Stars, Gary Grainger, Secret Society, Deanna Bogart, and A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2015Monday (12/21) Come on out tonight for our Customer Appreciation Night Rock’N’Boggie Holiday Party & Dance with The Sapphire Stars! The DC/MD/VA area’s newest, hottest, and most exciting vocal harmony group has been entertaining audiences throughout the region for years. They are WAMMY Award nominee Michelle Murray, compelling vocalist Hayley Fahey, and Arlene Jaye, who emotes a song that will make your heart flutter. Our host is boogie-woogie piano master, Daryl Davis. There’s no admission fee and we’ve got half off select bottles of wine. The joint will be jumpin’ with the “Santa Claus Boogie” and the “Jingle Bell Rock” – No better way to start this holiday week! The music starts at 7:30pm

Tuesday (12/22) THE JAM is back this week with Gary Grainger & Friends! This is your chance to come out and perform live with some of the nation’s most talented musicians led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Come out and show us whatcha got! THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/23) We are pleased to host our 2nd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party featuring Secret Society. Dance to the soulful sounds of one of the DMV’s best R&B bands. They’ll be playing the hits that you love, plus R&B holiday classics to make your spirits bright! The brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, Secret Society was formed in 2008 to bring the “Live Band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. Band members count John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, and Rick James among their influences, and their repertoire is full of history, tradition, and diversity. You don’t want to miss this event! The music gets started at 8pm.

Saturday (12/26) The Deanna Bogart Band + The Bobby Thompson Project will rock the BBJ stage! Deanna Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she likes to call “blusion.” A bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and sax player, Bogart has won the Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year three consecutive times, and at last count, has taken home 22 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards). Her performance will not disappoint. Master guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson learned to play in the old blues clubs of DC from the likes of Bobby Parker. After honing his craft as a popular support man, Thompson stepped out as a solo artist, releasing three albums since 2011. The Roots Music Report says Thompson’s songs portray “muscular blues- and soul-rock strong on soulful vocals and cut-above-the-norm originals.” This night of hot “blusion” and more kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (12/27) We present to you two great performances of A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas! It will be a holiday extravaganza featuring jazz legend Kirk Whalum and singer-songwriter Shelea along with Norman Brown and Kevin Whalum. You’ll want to come check out the show for all its joys, not least of which to see our “Surprise Guest!” The Gospel According to Jazz is well known for the chart-topping gospel anthem, Falling in Love With Jesus, and for “It’s What I Do,” which won the Grammy for Best Gospel Song in 2011. Continue your Christmas celebration with us. Doors open for brunch at 11:30am and the show starts at 1:30pm. Doors open for the evening show at 5:30pm and the music begins at 7:30pm.

Here are just a few of the great events we have coming up: Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra on New Year’s Eve, PJ Morton, 76 Degrees West, our annual Buddy Holly Tribute, and four shows in March by the incomparable Lalah Hathaway. Check our Music Calendar for details.

Thanks for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. Happy Holidays to you and yours. We look forward to seeing you here soon.

 

Rick Brown