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Celebrate Four Years of Great Music at BBJ with Dionne Warwick in Concert! Celebrate Women’s Voices with The Wonder Women Blues Festival
and Sweet Honey In The Rock!

Dionne Warwick at BBJ 4th Anniversary, Daryl Davis Presents Wonder Women of Blues, and Sweet Honey in the Rock at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Feb-March 2017Tuesday – Wednesday (2/28 – 3/1) We are pleased to have the great Dionne Warwick here to help us celebrate four years of sharing music and entertainment in Bethesda! Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describes the familiar and legendary voice of five-time GRAMMY Award winning music legend Dionne Warwick, a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. During Warwick’s renowned 50-year career she has established herself as an international music icon and live act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs, making her the second most charted female of all time, and sold over 100 million records worldwide. She began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by a young songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Her first hit “Don’t Make Me Over” came in 1962, which was immediately followed by a decade of more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles. Ms. Warwick’s classic cover of “That’s What Friends are For” in 1985 became one of her most lauded hits and since then she continues to awe audiences with her distinctive voice. The concerts begin at 8pm each evening.

Saturday (3/4) Join Daryl Davis as he celebrates, honors, and pays tribute to the first and most influential form of American music, the blues. This time, special honors go to female artists at the Wonder Women Blues Festival! The Blues was the foundation and platform for jazz, country, gospel, rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly, zydeco, swing, R&B, and just about every other form of American music. In the early days of the blues, female singers outnumbered male blues singers. It is said, “Behind every good man, is a good woman.”  We proudly tip our hat to these phenomenal females, putting them up front and center, with the good men behind them providing musical support. Featured artists at the Wonder Women of Blues Festival will be Mama Moon, Angela Hill, Deletta Gillespie, Gayle Harrod, Patty Reese, Sandra Dean, and Hayley Fahey. Bandleader Daryl Davis has worked extensively with Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band (formerly The Muddy Waters Blues Band), Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Sam Moore, Percy Sledge, Hubert Sumlin, Trudy Lynn, Mavis John, and many others. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/5) Come out and hear the amazing Sweet Honey In The Rock®! This phenomenal group remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today, both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Sweet Honey In The Rock currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress (who continues the group’s distinct and long-standing commitment to the deaf community), and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360 degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year. This internationally renowned GRAMMY-nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service. They have created positive, loving, and socially conscious message music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification, and have consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live. The concert begins at 7pm.

Thank you so much for showing up for great music and entertainment over these past four years. We hope you’ll join in the celebrations! Of course, we’ve got other great events coming up – Just Announced shows include EU (Experience Unlimited), Be’la Dona, ConFunkShun, and Nick Colionne. We’ve got upcoming special events for St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more. As always, you can find all the latest on our Music Calendar.

See you soon!

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

 

Bethesda Blues will Rock & Roll this Weekend – World-Class Music, Fun & Laughter!

  • Angela Blessett, Marcus Johnson, Joe Clair, and Tracy Hamlin at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club September 2015Thursday (9/17) Algebra Blessett, an Atlanta native, began her career by playing club dates before releasing Purpose in 2008, which included the single “Run and Hide.” She has collaborated with India Arie and Esperanza Spalding, winning Grammys for both collaborations. She is featured on Anthony David’s #1 R&B Adult Contemporary Chart hit, “4evermore.” Her hit “Better for Me” is getting terrific airtime this month! 8:00pm showtime! Algebra Blessett online

Friday (9/18) We welcome the return of Marcus Johnson. Over the last decade, Marcus has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, he receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and his music receives a 74% “thumbs ups” rating verses an average of 56%.  Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the “DIY” music world. Don’t miss this 8:00pm show! Marcus Johnson online

Saturday (9/19) Our man Joe Clair (WPGC) and the CBC Comedy Show will fill the room for two outstanding shows. When Steve Brown takes the stage he amazes his audience with witty remarks, extremely original jokes, and high-energy physical antics. Kasaun Wilson is a stand-up comedian who has been touring colleges, churches, and theaters all around the country. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the historic Howard University (THE MECCA) in Washington, DC, Kasaun started an acting and stand-up comedy career that is still garnering national attention today. Karlos Miller is the only comedian in the world from the back roads of Oxford, Mississippi! He moved to Atlanta in 2005 to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. He landed a slot cracking snaps on MTV’s “YO MOMMA” and was also featured on season two of Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” The shows start at 7:00pm & 10:00pm, and remember: FREE Parking! These shows will sell out, so get your tickets early! Joe Clair online

Sunday (9/20) we welcome back the fabulous Tracy Hamlin! Tracy has performed alongside numerous music legends including Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, and Chaka Khan. She has toured internationally as lead background vocalist for Disco Queen, Gloria Gaynor, and Maysa. She was also the lead vocalist with Heads Up International recording artists, Pieces of a Dream and was featured on Love’s Silhouette (2002) and No Assembly Required (2005). 7:00pm showtime. Tracy Hamlin online

Monday (9/21) Customer Appreciation Night with Daryl Davis (no cover) features two outstanding stars! Daryl Davis calls the evening “a double header with two beautiful singer/songwriter headliners.” Hayley Fahey is the lead singer of the popular group Numbering Sundays.  She is a rising star on the indie/alternative/folk scene, whose original tunes guarantees her a successful future.  Michelle Lockey is rapidly establishing herself in the world of songwriting. This singer’s songs have appeared in numerous films and television shows on the ABC, USA, CW, and the MAVTV networks. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her songwriting, including the Grand Prize for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is also the female lead vocalist with the international duo Blu Cedar. No Cover Charge and ½ price bottles of wine! 7:30 kick off. Daryl Davis online, Hayley Fahey online, Michelle Lockey online

Tuesday (9/22) The Grainger Brothers kick off the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in DMV! Come witness history at the highly anticipated return of the nation’s most talented musicians and performers led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Tuesday’s Special Guests: SEVAOMAR (vocals) and SAMIR ELMEHDAOUI (guitar). FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). 8:00pm start.

Upcoming artists include: Moonchild, Orlando Julius, Amel Larrieux, Otis Clay, Billy Price, Doo-Woop Revue, Miriamm Wright, Chuck Brown Band, Chris Grasso, Bill Evans, Larry Brown, Tom Principato, Fred Wesley, Bobby Caldwell, Art Sherrod, Jr., Tito Puente, Jr., Maria Muldaur, March Fourth, the Vi-kings, and El Debarge!

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

Rick Brown