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Entertainment From Around the World! Morris Day & The Time, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul, Colombian Comedian Piter Albeiro, and Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink

Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink, Piter Albierto, Morris Day and The Time, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Wednesday (10/12) Join us as Miriamm Turns Bethesda Blues and Jazz Pink! Miriamm Wright sings with power and passion and has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business including Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, India.Arie and Will Downing. You may also know her from her touring as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo, Peaches & Herb. A woman with vision, Miriamm founded and serves as Chair of the Board for the non-profit organization the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (EPW), raising thousands of dollars annually to provide support services to families facing breast cancer, as well as to provide education and screening to underserved communities. Please come out to a great show for a great cause. The event begins at 8pm.

Thursday (10/13) Colombian comedian Piter Albeiro has traveled the world performing in over 14 countries and 70 cities. He came to prominence in the late 1990s, and in 2000 he began his time as an on-air personality on Olímpica Stereo Bucaramanga. He is noted for a 40-hour stint of telling jokes on Radio Uno in 2004, and in 2006 he wrote his name into the history books as the first human being to tell jokes for 101 hours straight! Tickets are available for this Spanish language event through Tickeri.com. The show starts at 9pm.

Friday (10/14) What Time Is It? Time for two amazing performances by Morris Day & The Time! Born in Minneapolis, Morris Day went to school with Prince Rogers Nelson and sang in Prince’s first band, Grand Central. The Time was originally created as Prince’s alter-ego to be seen as the cool, street-wise funk band contrasting Prince’s more soulful, R&B sound. International fame came along when Morris Day and The Time were cast in Purple Rain, which captured the exploding Minneapolis music scene at its peak. The group first burst onto the public scene with the self-titled album, The Time, which included “Get It Up,” “Cool,” and “Girl.” They went on to record three more albums, including What Time Is It? (featuring the hits “777-9311,” “Wild and Loose,” “Walk,” and “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”) and Ice Cream Castle, (which included the hit “Jungle Love”). After three albums, Morris Day launched his solo career, releasing The Color of Success, Daydreaming, and Guaranteed. Morris Day & The Time are back on the road with a great live show in store! They start at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (10/16) We are pleased to present Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band plus JaneliaSoul! Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the group’s sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. The Washington Post says,” A storming powerhouse of big-band African funk, Chopteeth is smart, tight and relentlessly driving: a definite don’t-miss.” Sharing the stage will be Nigerian-American singer-songwriter JaneliaSoul, who charms listeners with her soulful take on the reggae and world genres, echoing artists as diverse as Sade, Etta James, and Ziggy Marley. Back in West Africa, JaneliaSoul boasts a collection of popular hits in the afro-pop genre, including “Sexy Nana” and “Love Song in Yoruba.” She is now on a quest to take over the USA with her latest single “Love-Hate.” The music starts at 7:30pm.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events: Chad & Jeremy, The Blackbyrds, A Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant, a special Halloween “Freaks Come Out at Night” show by Clones of Funk, Kevin, Whalum, Dwele, and Maggie Rose & The Morrison Brothers. Stop by our Music Calendar for more.

We love bringing you the best and most diverse mix of music, comedy, and special events in the DMV! We look forward to welcoming you to dinner and a show here in downtown Bethesda.

 

Rick Brown

R&B, Go-Go, Vocals & Vibes – A Great Eclectic Weekend at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!

Miriamm Wright, Chuck Brown Band, Chris Grasso Trio, Lena Seikaly, Chuck Redd, Daryl Davis feat. Sam Miller at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club October 2015Thursday (10/1) R&B singer Miriamm will present a great concert for a great cause. A fantastic vocalist who has shared the stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Will Downing, she is also the founder of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation. The show will be an evening of solid entertainment and a powerful performance to honor breast cancer survivors. Miriamm, who hit the big screen portraying the role of background singer to Etta James (Beyonce’ Knowles) in the feature film Cadillac Records (Sony Music Films) and toured as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo Peaches & Herb, has released 3 CDs. Miriamm…Live! @ Blues Alley was recorded in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness, as well as to celebrate the music of the late R&B singer, Minnie Riperton. Join us for this special event at 8pm.

Friday (10/2) we welcome back The Chuck Brown Band! The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, and by creating new music including three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life. 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. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck,” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. The party starts at 8pm!

Sunday (10/4) begins a four-concert series hosted by The Chris Grasso Trio and featuring pairings of DC’s top jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Kicking things off in style will be this fabulous combo: featured vocalist Lena Seikaly and renowned vibraphonist Chuck Redd, along with Chris Grasso (piano), Tommy Cecil (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).  Chuck Redd began performing internationally at the age of 21 when he joined the trio of legendary guitarist Charlie Byrd. He’s appeared worldwide on both drums and vibes Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Herb Ellis, and many more greats. Lena Seikaly has quickly joined the ranks of the city’s most in-demand vocalists. She’s been an artist in residence at Strathmore and has performed at the city’s top venues from Blues Alley to The Kennedy Center. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.-based jazz pianist who specializes in working with standout vocalists. Showtime 7:30. Remember there is always free parking on Sundays at Cheltenham garage.

Monday (10/5) It’s Customer Appreciation Night! Every Monday boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis features a different excellent artist – This time we’ll have Sam “Muleman” Miller. Sam Miller is a guitarist and vocalist known for his driving blues and rock ’n’ roll. Formerly with the ‘50s oldies band Big Cam & the Lifters, Sam excites audiences on his own all over the Baltimore/Columbia, MD area. There’s no cover and there’s half off select bottles of wine! 7:30pm.

Tuesday (10/6) and every Tuesday night – Come out for The JAM featuring Gary Grainger and Friends. Gary Grainger and his brother Greg Grainger head up the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in the Maryland/Northern Virginia region. Calling all players and singers… Show up and show ‘em what you got! Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). The music starts at 8pm!

Other upcoming shows include The Tom Principato Band, Fred Wesley & the New JB’s, Bobby Caldwell, Donnie, Art Sherrod Jr., Tito Puente Jr., Maria Muldaur, El DeBarge, Maggie Rose, and many more.

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here soon.

Rick Brown

 

Miriamm Wright Presents a Concert for Breast Cancer Awareness – Thursday, October 1st, 8pm

Miriamm Wright at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 10/1/15

Please join renowned R&B singer Miriamm this Thursday, October 1st as she turns Bethesda Blues & Jazz PINK! The concert, sponsored by the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, will be a beautiful evening of entertainment and a powerful performance to honor breast cancer survivors. WHUR radio personality, Taylor Thomas, will serve as Special Guest Host. The event begins at 8pm.

Reserved seating tickets are $25 and are available here. To purchase VIP Tickets (front row seats, a CD signed by Miriamm, and a Meet & Greet before the show: $60), email the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation.

From Aretha Franklin to Will Downing, Miriamm has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business. She has opened for acts including India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Boys II Men. She hit the big screen portraying a background singer for Etta James (Beyonce’ Knowles) in the feature film Cadillac Records (Sony Music Films), and has toured as Peaches, one half of the classic duo Peaches & Herb. Miriamm founded the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (EPW), a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support services to families facing breast cancer, as well as to provide education and screening to underserved communities.

Special Guest Host Taylor Thomas joined the Award Winning News Department at 96.3 WHUR in 2003. She is the local News Anchor for the Steve Harvey Morning Show. She is also the producer/host of “Let’s Talk Money” on WHUR World HD2, host of “People, Money & Life” on H.U.R. Voices SiriusXM Channel 141, and a News Reporter for WHUR World’s “Mix Show.”