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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

A Free Concert by Nolatet, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, and a Week of Incredible Jazz

Nolatet, Marcus Anderson and Earl Carter, O’Malley’s March, Eric Felten, Avon Lucas, Vocal Workshop Showcase, Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2016Monday (3/14) We’ve got a FREE Customer Appreciation Concert by Nolatet! A true jazz supergroup, you may already know the members of Nolatet from acts such as Astral Project, The Stanton Moore Trio, and The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Johnny Vidacovich (drums) and James Singleton (upright bass) have been New Orleans’ best rhythm section since 1977. Mike Dillon (vibes and percussion) and Brian Haas (piano) have been sharing co-bills and sitting in with each other’s bands on the same touring circuit for over 20 years. They span four decades in age—Vidacovich is in his 70s, Singleton in his 60s, Dillon in his 50s and Haas in his 40s. All four musicians are fiercely independent iconoclasts and bandleaders who compose, play and navigate their musical lives in their own unique way. Come out and take in this unique musical experience! The concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (3/16) Join us for Marcus Anderson and Earl Carter in concert. Marcus Anderson‘s family recognized his talent as a musical prodigy when he was introduced to the saxophone at age twelve. He later became a member of the All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina. After excelling in high school, he studied with Branford Marsalis and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years, achieving many accolades along the way. He has performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson. Following the success of his third album, NOW, Prince called for Anderson to join him. Anderson is currently recording and performing as a featured saxophonist and personality for Prince’s New Power Generation. His latest solo release is Style Meets Substance, on which he continues to challenge the status quo of smooth jazz with his smoldering horn. Earl Carter is a Washington, DC based guitarist, bassist, and saxophonist, whose multi-faceted talent, professionalism, and star-quality has officially sent him into the stratosphere. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Earl secured his spot as a member of the platinum selling Go-Go band, EU, where he recorded music on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s movie, Do The Right Thing, and so much more. His smooth jazz CD, Simplicity, was released in March 2015 with hit singles “Sitting in the Park,”  and “Green Light,” and his first Gospel/Christian CD, My Life in Your Hands, was released in January 2016. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/17) Celebrate the “High Holy Day” – St. Patrick’s Day – with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley! Come out for the party as he leads the region’s favorite Celtic rockers, O’Malley’s March, for a rollicking evening of traditional and original songs, high octane fiddle, box, and pipe tunes, anchored by the ancient sound of the Celtic harp. Growing up outside of Washington, DC, O’Malley has played Irish music all of his life. He was raised on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, educated by the Jesuits and Wolfe Tones, emboldened by Shane MacGowan, and seasoned by Christy Moore. In 1985, Martin O’Malley started appearing solo, until 1988 when O’Malley’s March was formed. Since then, O’Malley’s March has grown to the current group of seven members. Doors open at 5:30pm and the Celtic fusion show kicks off at 7:30pm.

Friday (3/18) Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette! Felten began studying trombone at age nine with his grandfather, a veteran of east-coast bands from the Swing Era. At 24, Eric was named best new jazz trombonist by the International Trombone Association. In 1993 he released his first album for the respected European jazz label Soul Note, T-Bop, which earned four stars in Down Beat magazine. The prestigious Penguin Guide to Jazz declared that Eric “has the music in his genes…a more than promising talent, he’s a man we’re going to hear a lot more about.”  Eric’s second album as a leader, Gratitude, was a modern take on the classic recordings of Duke Ellington’s small groups in the 1930s. The Washington Post called Gratitude “One of the year’s genuine jazz treats.” The Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette project salutes the many memorable recordings made by Mel Tormé with the band when it was led by Marty Paich. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (3/19) The Avon Lucas Project will take the stage. This jazz-oriented experience features world-class bassist Avon Lucas; most R&B listeners are already familiar with some of Avon’s hit studio recordings and live performance credits with artists like Peaches & Herb, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, and Atlantic Starr’s hit recording, “Touch a Four Leaf Clover.” Avon plays both electric and upright Basses, satisfying even the most demanding Jazz purist. His cutting edge 9 string bass playing is truly entertaining as most listeners have never seen a 9 string bass nor experienced anyone who performs on these unique instruments. Whether it’s jazz, swing, R&B, fusion, pop, smooth jazz or world beat, there is never a boring musical moment for listeners when Avon Lucas is at the helm! Join us for this phenomenal show at 8pm.

Sunday (3/20) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass; and David McDonald on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. For the $10 fee, you are welcome to stay for either or both sets, which begin at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Sunday evening, we’ve got 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 Cook 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.

Upcoming artists include Lalah Hathaway, Be’la Dona, King Soul and the Texas Chainsaw Horns, Ghost Note, Davy Knowles, Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, Snarky Puppy, and much more. Check our Music Calendar for more info.

Here’s to great music and a great spring season for all. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Rick Brown