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Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux Kick Off the Week, then DC Favorites EU, Be’la Dona, Secret Society with a Tribute to Notorious B.I.G. and a Drag Salute to Dreamgirls

Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux, Notorious B.I.G. Tribute, EU - Experience Unlimited, Be’la Dona, Drag Salute to Dreamgirls Twisted at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Tuesday (3/7) Come out to a great singer-songwriter double bill – Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux! Two-time GRAMMY winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona with over 15 critically-acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention, with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances. She’ll be joined by Peyroux, who got her start as an American musician on the streets of Paris. A precocious teenager living abroad with her mother, Madeleine quickly became entranced with local buskers, spending much of her time accompanying a regular band on the sidewalks of the Latin Quarter with her distinctive voice, and, by 15, had dropped out of school to join a touring blues and jazz band. Following the whirlwind release and promotion of the critically acclaimed Dreamland in 1996, the 22-year old Peyroux disappeared from the limelight, just as the buzz surrounding the singer was at its peak. Her latest is Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/9) Join Secret Society as they celebrate one of the greatest of all time — Notorious B.I.G. Biggie is still one of the music industry’s most admired hip-hop artists. His musical style has been emulated by countless up-and-coming artists. This homage by Secret Society will be a night to remember. DJ Eclipse will be on the 1’s & 2’s and the band will perform songs from Biggie’s catalog and Bad Boy Entertainment. Don’t miss this epic event! The tribute kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (3/10) Get ready for a true Washington, DC’s treasure – EU (Experience Unlimited)! This group is one of the original DC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended DC’s Ballou High School. The band chose the name Experience due to their respect for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Unlimited because they did not want to limit the range of their music. Their early regional hits included “EU Freeze,” “Lock Your Butt,” and “Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray.” Although they are best known for their GRAMMY-nominated, worldwide hit “Da-Butt” from Spike Lee’s School Daze soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (“Shake Your Thang”), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (“Party Time”), and on their own with “Buck Wild” and “Taste of Your Love.” EU will get the party started at 8pm.

Saturday (3/11) Washington, DC is also the birthplace of the exciting and diverse all-female band known as Be’la Dona! The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on their stage is the selling point of this local group of unsung heroes. The Be’la Dona sound is a unique style of funk, jazz, R&B and rock, commanding an impressive drawing power and attracting many beloved fans. Individually, each band member has toured with national artist such as Nile Rodgers (Chic), Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John and many others. The award-winning Be’la Dona will turn it up at 8pm.

Sunday (3/12) This show is fierce! Don’t miss this special lip-synced theatrical rendition of Dreamgirls Twisted presented by Shi-Queeta-Lee & VanHook Productions, LLC in honor of Salute to the Divas. Female impersonation at its best, Salute to the Divas is a revue featuring the world’s top legends. The audience enters the magical world of illusion as their favorite divas grace the Bethesda Blues & Jazz stage with all the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas show. Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, Dreamgirls follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called The Dreams who become music superstars. The musical opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006. You’ve got two chances to catch Dreamgirls Twisted, at 3pm and 8pm.

Welcome to March! Other upcoming shows this month include Band of Roses & Madz Johnson, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s on St. Patrick’s Day with his band O’Malley’s March, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band honoring Maze, Valerie Simpson, and Newmyer Flyer Presents: Dream Discs – Layla and Other Assorted Eric Clapton. Check out our Music Calendar for more details and all our upcoming events.

Thanks for all you do to support great music in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Happy New Year! Sonny Landreth, 76 Degrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie & George Michael this Weekend

Sonny Landreth, 76 Dregrees West Band, and a Tribute to David Bowie and George Michael, Jan 2017 at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper ClubFriday (1/6) We welcome the great Sonny Landreth to our stage! The Mississippi native recorded his first solo album, Blues Attack, in 1981. Four years later, his influential “Congo Square,” named for the slave auction block in old New Orleans, appeared on Down In Louisiana. Although that album fanned the flames of his reputation as an emerging force in roots music, Landreth kept a parallel career going as a celebrated sideman and session player. Over the years he performed and recorded with many artists including songwriter John Hiatt and British blues innovator John Mayall and toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He also collaborated with Eric Clapton and has performed at all of Clapton’s prestigious Crossroads Guitar Festivals since 2004. Sonny Landreth’s latest album is Bound By the Blues. Sharing the stage with Landreth will be Americana rock ‘n’ roll artists Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (1/7) Get ready for 76 Degrees West Band! Based out of the DMV, the jazz-funk band has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001. The group has worked with numerous national acts such as “Jamaica Funk” Tom Brown, Sax Man Jimmy Sommers, Grammy Award-Winner Gordon Chambers, Eric Darius, Allyson Williams, Rahsaan Patterson, and Raheem De Vaughn. The band’s 1st single was an instrumental remake of AWB’s “School Boy Crush,” which made it onto Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart and was a radio request worldwide. Their name was inspired by the longitude in the Western Hemisphere that covers the Washington DC area. Joining 76 Degrees West Band will be special guest Sugar Bear, and the show will be hosted by WHUR’s own Tony Richards. The performance starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/8) Please join us with DJ Jaafar Ouardi as we celebrate the music of two great artists we lost in 2016. Last January 8th, David Bowie turned 69 years old, released the powerfully innovative, Black Star, and then left us 2 days later. His artistic legacy is one of boundary-pushing, invention, and reinvention, with artistic highlights including Heroes, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Station to Station, and Let’s Dance, among many other notable recordings. George Michael burst onto the music scene as a member of Wham! In the 1980s. He was one to challenge convention and sometimes censorship of the day. His many hits include “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” and “Freedom.” He is a 2017 nominee for the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. DJ Jaafar Ouardi has worked in the hospitality for over 9 years, with the last 7 of those years being exclusively in the hippest bars and nightclubs in the area. He plays and loves all kinds of music from Top 40, Hip Hop, R&B, Latin, Arab, Persian and French. You will be in good hands as he explores and honors the music of David Bowie and George Michael. The tribute begins at 7:30pm.

Happy 2017! We are excited about the new year and have lots of great performances in store. In addition to remembering David Bowie and George Michael this Sunday on what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday, we have Junior Marvin’s Wailers coming up who will lead us in celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday, and Denny Laine will be here to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wings Over America! So as you can see, New Year’s Day may be over, but at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, the celebrations show no signs of stopping. Check our Music Calendar for these shows, upcoming Valentine’s Day events, and our full list of performances.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown