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An Eclectic Week of Soul, Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Motown, Joe Clair Comedy,
& a sonic trip to New Orleans with The Dirty Dozen Brass Band!

Bill Starks, Gary Grainger, The Foundation Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Redmond, Langosch and Cooley, Doo-Wop Motown the Sounds of Philadelphia at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2016Monday (1/11) A great night is in store as Daryl Davis Presents pianist/keyboardist Bill Starks. One of host Davis’ all-time favorite piano players, Bill Starks does it all: honky-tonk, swing, boogie-woogie, rock, soul, & blues! Come on in tonight, enjoy some classic dance tunes, well-crafted originals, his vocal delivery, and the sheer talent on the keyboard. Daryl Davis is a Wammy Award-winning performer in the Roots and Blues categories. Admission is FREE and we have half off select bottles of wine. Enjoy! The music begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (1/12) Are you a musician and/or singer? Bring your voice and your musical instruments out to The Grainger Jam on Tuesday nights! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to back YOU up on the Bethesda Blues and Jazz stage! We honor FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) All are welcome, so do come out and enjoy the music. The Grainger Jam kicks off at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/13) You are going to love The Foundation Band! This new outfit, founded just last year, brings together some of the DMV’s top vocalists and musicians. Pop, jazz, and rhythm & blues are a big blend in this band, and on any given night, you might hear the best tunes from their repertoire by artists like Adele, Stevie Wonder, Maroon 5, or Michael Jackson. Here’s the lineup: Rick Flanagan on keyboards, Mike “QueMonk” Tucker on bass, and David Queen (drums) and Brian “Smitty” Smith (percussion) keep the beat. Powerhouse vocals are handled by Anyana “The Songbird” Martin and KaBa Soulsinger. Take a midweek break and check them out! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/14) The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is on the road celebrating 35 years of great music, and they’re stopping at BBJ along the way! Trumpet player Gregory Davis likens the making of the legendary New Orleans band’s musical creations to stirring up a pot of gumbo, and on their latest, Twenty Dozen, you can hear the blend he’s talking about. It’s an upbeat effort that combines R&B, jazz, funk, Afro-Latino grooves, some Caribbean flavor, and even a Rihanna cover. Get into the mix and check them out! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (1/15) Billboard Magazine said Mary Ann Redmond is “an exciting vocal talent… wowing club audiences as a completely formed stylist.” Recently, she got together with Paul Langosch (bassist with Tony Bennett for 20 years) and Jay Cooley to create the new jazz recording, Compared to What. The resulting combo is a powerful new force. Jazz Notes said, “When listeners discover it, they will fall in love with its scope, the talent aboard, and Mary Ann Redmond’s exquisite voice.” Hear them live right here at BBJ! Redmond, Langosch and Cooley begin at 8pm.

Saturday (1/16) Get ready, Bethesda! Comedian Joe Clair is back for two Big Shows! Joe Clair & Friends Present: Let Laughter Ring Comedy Bash, and that means we are all in for a night of LMFAO! You may know Joe as the one-time host of BET’s Rap City, or in his current gig as host of the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show. Either way, on Saturday night, you’ll know for sure that The Funny Don’t Stop! Hurry up for these tickets; they are going fast! Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show, and at 9:30pm for the 10pm show.

Sunday (1/17) Bask with us in a classic revue of Doo-Wop, Motown, and The Sounds of Philadelphia! On the bill are The Winstons of “Color Him Father” fame, re-formed by trademark owner “Jumpin” Joe Phillips, former back up musician with Barry White, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, and others. Also performing will be former Spinners lead singer Frank Washington. The Intruders will perform hits including “Cowboys To Girls” and “I’ll Always Love My Momma.” Top 40 singer and Baltimore native Kim Glaudé will light up the stage with energy and vibrant light sure to captivate the audience. The show begins at 8pm.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our fantastic Valentine’s Day Weekend with Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen. There will be two great shows on February 13th and February 14th. Check our Music Calendar for this and many other upcoming events.

Thanks for doing your part to keep music alive in Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

Great Tributes to James Brown, Donny Hathaway, and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Daryl Davis, Josh Christina, Gary Grainger, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Ronnie Laws, Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience, Tribute to Donny Hathaway at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Monday (11/23) TONIGHT! Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified. This young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer is barely in his 20’s and is a force of nature who must be seen to be believed. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries on the tradition and does it proud. Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! – Don’t miss him! Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. There is no cover charge and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) On Tuesdays, we host THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends. Players & singers, come out and perform with some of the best! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. We also offer free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/25) Performing together since 1974, The Fabulous Hubcaps show no signs of slowing down. Doo-wop harmony, classic rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, Motown, and R&B is the name of their game. The seven-piece band captivates audiences with high energy tributes to artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and many more. The group has even had the honor of performing on the South Lawn of The White House and in 2013, was inducted into The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best nostalgic show bands in the country. They start at 8pm.

Friday (11/27) We are happy to present the amazing Ronnie Laws. His first hit, “Always There,” was one of the most popular, sax-driven, cross-over hits of the 70’s Jazz-Funk Fusion era. Laws ushered in a sensual approach to the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems including “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Having worked with highly esteemed artists like Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His concert will begin at 8pm.

Saturday (11/28) Stay on the scene this Saturday night and groove to the sounds of Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience! This all-star ensemble faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. Drummer Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006, leads this outstanding band. Thompson was born and raised in Washington, DC, and he has also performed with other renowned musical artists including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, Rufus Thomas, and Peaches & Herb. After the passing of James Brown, Thompson assembled a stellar group of talented local musicians to perform in tribute to a great musical legacy. Come out and celebrate to “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,” “I Got The Feelin’,” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and many, many more. Remember there’s free parking on weekends at Cheltenham Garage, and the funk party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (11/29) We’ve got another great tribute – this time to the music of the infinitely soulful Donny Hathaway. In a ruefully short life, singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist Donny Hathaway made one of the most timeless contributions to soul music. On this evening, two equally talented artists, Sam Prather and Brandon Combs, will pay tribute to this legendary singer-songwriter’s body of work. Sam Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He’s equally comfortable in jazz, funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, neo-soul, and R&B. He has worked on keyboards and/or drums with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, Fred Yonnet, J-Hayden, Pharoh Saunders, Greg Osby, Heidi Martin, Warren Wolf, Antonio Parker, and Joey Omicil. Cincinnati native Brandon Combs began to develop his captivating talent while taking in Donny Hathaway and Richard Pryor albums throughout his formative years. He has worked with the likes of Kurt Elling, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Harris, and The Eddie Love Big Band. You’ll love this performance; it starts at 7:30pm.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week. Thanks so much for keeping great live music performance alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown