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“Live on the BBJ Stage” 3/21 – 3/25

Wednesday (3/21) – Earth, Wind, and Fire Tribute Band. The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalists whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Earth, Wind and Fire. The EWF Tribute Band is based in Maryland and pays homage to one of the greatest bands of its era, bringing to life the magical R&B, funk and Jazz sounds that continue to inspire and influence even the contemporary entertainers of today. Read More

Thursday (3/22) – Ronnie Laws. Ronnie Laws CD Release Party will be performing his new single “Settle Down”. In Ronnie Laws began his solo career with the album Pressure Sensitive, which yielded his most famous instrumental song, “Always There.” The song became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists. Laws has also recorded with numerous other artists, including Arthur Adams, Howard Hewett and Brian Culbertson. He co-produced and sang backup on his sister’s hit song, “Very Special.” Read More

Friday (3/23) – Soul Crackers & The Texas Chainsaw Horns feat. Stone Soul Picnic. Soul Crackers have been a popular fixture on the scene for more than 30 years and feature Washington Hall of Fame vocalist Tommy Lepson along with the Too Much Sisters (Caz Gardiner & Anita King), the Dancing Horns, and a rock solid rhythm section. The Texas Chainsaw Horns are made up of some of the DMV’s finest musicians and feature a stunning 5 horn attack as well as and the combined talents of 2 dynamic lead singers, Jeff Watson and Rena Rae. Read More

Saturday (3/24) – Be’la Dona’s Spring Jam. Be’la Dona is so unique in theirmusical presentation that they have branded their style as “Sensual Crank”. This unique style commands an impressive drawing power, attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. They have the ability to play any music genre from Rock, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Jazz and of course their hometown music Go-Go. Be’la Dona captivates their audience and delivers the best performance each and every time. Read More

Sunday (3/25) – Norman Connors is a GRAMMY Award Winning Legendary American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who have led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He has also achieved great known big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. Norman Connors is possibly best known for the 1976 hit, “You Are My Starship” on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson. Read More

This Week! Celebrate Bethesda Blues 5th Anniversary w/ Billy Ocean, Joe Clair and Harold Melvin’s Bluenotes

Wednesday – Thursday (2/28 & 3/1) – Bethesda Blues & Jazz 5th Anniversary Celebration with GRAMMY Award-Winning Artist and Legend Billy Ocean and Hosted by Comedian Joe Clair. It will be two evenings of celebration with an iconic artist, commemorating five years of outstanding entertainment in down Bethesda. Billy will be performing all the hits such as Caribbean Queen, Get Out of My Dreams, Suddenly and more.   8:00pm Use promo code   BBJSC and save 25% off Wednesday’s (2/28) Concert!
Friday (3/2) – The 2018 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Concert is a night of fun live music as the 2018 Awards finalist perform their original songs. One songwriter will win a $10,000.00 Grand Prize and 25 hours of complimentary recording studio time at Innovation Station Music. One Young songwriter will win a $2,500.00 prize. The winners will be announced at the end of the show. 8:00pm
Saturday (3/3) – Host Comedian Joe Clair, radio personality and on-air veteran is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C,. The native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show. Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show brings a line up that is backed with certified funny folks feat. Comedians Kleon, Leonard Ouzts, Alex Scott and House band Sound of the City. 7:00/10:00pm
Sunday, (2/25) –    Harold Melvin’s Bluesnotes were formed by Melvin in Phildelphia in 1954. In 1960, they had their first R&B hit “My Hero.” In 1970, the addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer led to the group’s and work with Gamble and Huff in 1972 that led to national prominence. Their hits include “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “The Love I lost,” and “Wake Up Everybody.” 2:00/7:30pm  Use promo code BBJSC and save 25% off the 7:30 concert!

Onstage at BBJ!! Michael Muse, Eric Roberson, Burt Bacharach/Hal David Tribute and More!!

Wednesday (7/13)  – The Quiet Storm Band, headed by former percussionist and supporting vocalist for Roy Ayers, Stan Johnson, who is a professional singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist, The group has performed with various artist such as Roy Ayers, Gene Khan, Phyllis Hyman, Grover Washington Jr and more. Quiet Storm has performed at various venues across the country and internationally.   8:00pm   

 
Thursday (7/13) – Michael Muse embodies the best traditions of R&B Soul music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. He is the son of the legendary NYC Jazz Musician “Chuck Henley” and he started his music career with Rare Essence at the ripe age of 16. Muse studied at Howard University and released his latest project The Love of You in 2017.  8:00pm 

Friday (7/14) Join Newmyer Flyer as they present The Music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Their songs were behind many of Dionne Warwick’s classics and their music earned them more than 50 top forty hits atop the charts. Julia Nixon has been one of Washington’s finest and most popular singers for more than 30 years, going back to a fabled decade long residency at Mr. Henrys. Newmyer Flyer was founded by Bandhouse Gigs co-founder Ron Newmyer.  8:00pm  
Saturday (7/15) Eric Roberson is a GRAMMY Award Nominee, Singer/Songwriter/Producer who attended Howard University. He was the first indie artist to win a BETJ Award and nominated in both 2010/2011 for a GRAMMY Award. In 2017 Eric has released an EP Trilogy entitled Earth (released in April) Wind (releasing July 18th) and Fire (releasing in October). 

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S unday (7/16) – Brencore Entertainment presents “A Tribute to the Music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight featuring Halima Peru and The FAYCEZ U Know Music Group. Halima is described as the Quintessential soul singer and she hails from Miami, Fl. Her versatility and vocal range allows her to channel these great artists music.  So spread the word to your friends and come out and enjoy “A Tribute to the Music of Aretha, Chaka and Gladys”   7:30pm 
 

ON STAGE THIS WEEK AT BBJ! ROY AYERS, CONFUNKSHUN & MORE

MONDAY (5/22) –  

Join the award-winning Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble for an evening of incredible music performed by the next generation of jazz musicians. Under the direction of Terry S. Alvey, the Whitman Jazz Ensemble has performed on some of the east coast’s biggest stages, such as Carnegie Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore.  7:30 pm
  

TUESDAY (5/23)  –   

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Ensemble is an award-winning jazz group that performs a wide array of jazz styles. The band frequently performs swings, Latin, Funk, Rock and Ballads. The group plays at their cluster elementary and middle schools, the MCPS Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and surrounding areas.  7:30pm   
WEDNESDAY (5/24)  – The Vocal Workshop Showcase produced by pianist Chris Grasso accompanied by bassist Zack Pride, and drummer Lenny Robinson. Patrons who come to the 7pm set are welcome to stay for the 9pm set with no additional cover charge. 7pm & 9pm  
THUR & FRID (5/25 & 5/26) – Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected Jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business. Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-Soul, continues to bridge the gap between generation of music lovers. Carolyn Malachi, the GRAMMY-Nominated songstress hails from Washington, DC, is a shining example of how music truly is universal. 8pm  
SATURDAY (5/27) –  
Washington, DC is the birthplace of Be’la Dona, an exciting and diverse all-female band. Their unique style of funk, jazz, r&b and rock command an impressive drawing power attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. Each band member has toured with various national artist including Nile Rodgers, Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, EU, Salt-n-Pepa and more. 8pm 
SUNDAY (5/28) – ConFunkShun is a star-quality attraction delivering a superb, high-energy show with electrifying choreography, glistening six-part vocal harmonies, and a dash of humor. They are, unquestionably, among the heroes of funk with romantic ballads and dance-party hits galore. Their 20 hit singles included 8 Top Ten R&B Hits and one #1 R&B smash.  7:00/10:00 pm  

ON THE BBJ STAGE THIS WEEK!!! SALSA, JAZZ, COMEDY, AFROFUNK AND SOUL MUSIC!!

TUESDAY (4/25) –  8:00pm

A ten piece Salsa Orchestra with a 32 year history in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Formerly known as Orquesta La Ramana, on its 30 anniversary, band leader Edwin Ortiz officially changed the name adding La Mafia Del Guaguanco to the name. Their known for it’s hard hitting classic salsa sound and their often compared to the very best salsa players in New York & Puerto Rico.

WEDNESDAY (4/26)  –  8:00pm

Cyrus  Chestnut is an American Jazz Pianist, composer and producer. Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any one niche, though his gospel sound is apparent on a number of his recordings. Cyrus Chestnut was born in Baltimore, MD in 1963. “What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to adbandon notes and play space.”
Save 50% off by using code CYBBJ.
FRIDAY (4/28)  – 8:00pm
Chopteeth is a 12-piece AfroFunk orchestra exploding the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’  West African and American popular music in the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Huti in 1970’s Nigeria. Chopteeth’s sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message.  Read more =>
 

SATURDAY (4/29) – Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show featuring comedian are – Chris Spencer, Meshelle and Omar Terrell.

7:00/10:00pm Read more =>
  
SUNDAY (4/30) – 7:30pm
Conya Doss has an American Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and has been a major figure in independent music for over a decade.  Conya is known as an innovator and is widely known for her eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and light vocal range. She is widely known as The Queen of Indie Soul. Read More =>
You play a big part in keeping great music and entertainment alive and well in downtown Bethesda. Thanks for being part of the scene. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rick Brown