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Classic Alternative, Sensual Soul, and Amazing Prodigy Jazz: This Week at BBJ with Midge Ure + Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, and Joey Alexander

Midge Ure with Special Guest Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, Joey Alexander at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Tuesday (10/4) By the time Midge Ure’s single “If I Was” went to #1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career. Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, and Ultravox had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation. He was at the helm for a series of all-star charity rock concerts: The Prince’s Trust, Wicked Women for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and of course the famous Band Aid. He sang in honor of Nelson Mandela, won a Lord Provost Award for services to Scottish music, and produced for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others. His iconic video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others adds to the long resume of this great artist. Joining Ure will be special guest Richard Lloyd, who in addition to his solo work performed with the seminal underground band Television, Rocket from the Tombs, Matthew Sweet, and others. The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (10/5) Get a taste of some sensual soul with guiltypleasures! Best known for the WHUR-FM Quiet Storm classic, “Anticipation (The Remix),” DC’s own guiltypleasures bears a soulful sound reminiscent of Eric Benét, Incognito, and Brand New Heavies. Both their 2009 debut album, lovestories, and their 2015 sophomore release, cautionarytales, received critical acclaim resulting in multiple Washington Area Music Association Award nominations and Soul Tracks Readers Choice Awards. Bassist Rick White, is the band’s principal writer, arranger and producer and serves as guiltypleasures’ musical director. Vocalists Kal El Gross, Mycah Chevalier, Bléz and Jerrica White  have performed with  artists such as El DeBarge, Ledisi, Maysa, Eric Benét, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michelle, Vivian Green and Kem. The guiltypleasures concert starts at 8pm.

Saturday (10/8), Sunday (10/9) Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis.  At age 10, Joey was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and he won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 jazz professionals from 17 countries. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo, and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. On May 12, 2015, he released his highly anticipated debut album, My Favorite Things, on the Grammy-winning Harlem-based label Motema Music. His new album, Countdown, is out now. Joey Alexander will perform three shows: Saturday at 7pm and 9:15pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm.

We are looking forward to so much great music: Morris Day and The Time, Kwam 1 + Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul, Mike Phillips, The BlackByrds, Spyro Gyra, Anissa Hargrove, Kevin Whalum, and Miriamm Wright’s concert in support of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, to name only a few! Check our Music Calendar for the 411, and get your tickets!

We’re always so glad to see our friends and fans coming out to support great music and entertainment in downtown Bethesda. Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

Rick Brown

Trouble Funk, A Drag Salute to the Divas, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and The Wine & Jazz Series Begins with Nick Colionne

Trouble Funk, Nick Colionne, The Beat Hotel + The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, and A Drag Salute to the Divas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/14) All aboard the Trouble Funk Express… We’re headed for Hump Day with Trouble Funk! Trouble Funk was born on the streets of Washington, DC, and is synonymous with the emergence of the non-stop, percussion driven, best seen live, experience the party, audience participatory, grassroots, homegrown music called Go-Go. As the worldwide ambassadors of Go-Go, an older cousin of Hip-Hop, Trouble Funk has taken their sound from the gritty streets of DC to the clubs of the nation and the festivals around the world for the past 30 plus years. Their anthems include “Drop the Bomb,” “Pump Me Up,”  “Let’s Get Small,” “Trouble Funk Express,” “So Early in the Morning,” “Saturday Night Live From Washington, DC, Parts 1 & 2,” “Say What?” and two R&B/ Hip-Hop Billboard charting tracks, “Still Smokin'” and “Good to Go.” The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (9/15) Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers, headlining hundreds of shows and energizing fans across the U.S. and Europe with his sizzling blend of jazz, R&B, funk, blues, and soulful, seductive vocals. Over the years, the charismatic, inspirationally fashionable (courtesy of designer Stacy Adams) Chicago based guitarist’s album titles have kept everyone in the loop as to where his musical heart is. He has mastered the art of Keepin´ It Cool (2006), pushed musical boundaries to a place where there are No Limits (2008), urged us to Feel The Heat (2011) and later explored some of his deepest Influences (2014). Nick has received numerous accolades throughout his multi-faceted career, including the 2007 International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year for Jazz Trax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011. The Nick Colionne concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (9/16) This is going to be a fun night! The Beat Hotel is a 10-piece band with a 3-piece horn section playing New Orleans Swamp Funk music. The band captures the Crescent City’s unique musical hybrid of R&B, funk, soul, and blues with a wonderful groove sensibility that is creative and fresh. The band was formed after musical director and lead guitarist Bruce Blaylock returned to his hometown of Bethesda after having moved to New Orleans for college and law school at Tulane University. With the roots of its music deep in the Bayou (The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The Meters, Alan Toussaint, Lee Dorsey, Jon Cleary, Henry Butler, etc.), The Beat Hotel has well-crafted melodies, a kicking horn section, rich vocal harmonies, and deep grooves that consistently energize music festivals and clubs wherever they play. Sharing the stage with The Beat Hotel will be original roots rock band The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (9/18) Enter the magical world of illusion with A Drag Salute to the Divas! Your favorite divas will dazzle right before your eyes! Tina Turner, Beyonce, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, Chaka Khan, Liza Minelli, Jill Scott, Marvin Gaye, Fantasia, and Whitney Houston will be replicated by DC’s top illusionists so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club & VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel and marks a milestone in history as the first female impersonation show at our venue. Creator, director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Ugly Betty, reality shows DCTV’s Drag City: DC and TV One’s R&B Divas. The glitz, glamour, and spectacularly duplicated performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away. The Divas take the stage at 8pm.

This week’s Nick Colionne show kicks off a string of very special evenings – The Bethesda Wine & Jazz Series. This eclectic mix of jazz artists also includes Steve Oliver, 13-year-old Joey Alexander, Mike Phillips, Cécile McLorant Salvant, and Kevin Whalum. Select wines such as True Myth Chard, Montefresco Pinot Grigio, Alamos Malbec, and Bogle Merlot will be featured at 50% off. Find out more about our Wine & Jazz Series, and don’t forget about the band that needs no introduction… The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra on Tuesday, 9/27. Keep up with all our upcoming events on our Music Calendar.

Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to seeing you and bringing great music and entertainment your way this fall!

Rick Brown