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The Stars are Out! Bobby Rydell, A Southern Soul Tribute, Sunday Spotlight Jazz Brunch Tribute to Blossom Dearie, The Young Senators and More This Week at BBJ

Daryl Davis Presents Josh Christina, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Band of Roses and Jazzy Blu, Dave Damiani Presents Bobby Rydell, Be’la Dona, A Southern Soul Tribute, Chris Grasso Jazz Brunch, The Young Senators at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper ClubMonday (6/27) Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! “The Killer” personified in the form and talent of Josh Christina will be pounding the keys tonight! Barely in his 20s, Josh Christina is a phenomenon that you do not want to miss. Born decades after the creation of rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries the tradition into the future and does so with more authenticity than many who grew up in that era. He is not an imitator; he’s the real deal, influenced by all the greats but with a style of his own. There will be a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on… guaranteed! Show host and boogie woogie piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage per guest). Special guests Full Power Blues. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/28) It’s that time again… Come out and show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Musicians and singers: Jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (6/29) We’ve got two great bands that go great together! Band of Roses delivers a unique style that transcends the norm. Originally assembled in 2012 for a one-time performance, by overwhelming demand and revamped in 2015, Band of Roses quickly established itself as one of the DMV’s most sought-after all-female jazz, soul, funk and R&B bands. The group and its members have performed locally and toured nationally and internationally with legendary, highly acclaimed musical talent including: Patti LaBelle, Musiq Soulchild, Parliament Funkadelic’s  Original “Sir Nose,” and Carolyn Malachi. Jazzy Blu is a smooth, neo jazz band with a hint of R&B from Washington, DC. The band opened for Grammy Award-winners Boyz II Men and Brian McKnight at Bayfest 2007 and for Multi Grammy Award-winner Mary J. Blige. They played to a sold out crowd at the legendary Blues Alley and after great success, Jazzy Blu was invited back to Bayfest 2008 where they shared the stage with the Ohio Players, SOS Band, The Whispers and the O’Jays! Showtime is 8pm.

Thursday (6/30) South Philadelphia’s Bobby Rydell showed his musical ability at an early age, playing drums professionally at the age of 9 and went on to sell more than 25 million records during his career. Rydell was just 17 in 1959 when he recorded “Kissin’ Time,” which became a hit across the country thanks to the airplay given to the song by Dick Clark on TV’s American Bandstand. His biggest hit, “Wild One,” was released early in 1960. Hits “Swingin’ School” and “Volare” soon followed. See Rydell perform with Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, and he’ll also be on hand to sign copies of his book, Bobby Rydell: Teen Idol on the Rocks. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra are making Thursdays swing this summer at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, and Bobby Rydell is the first of their special guests. They are in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. They have done music for POLO – Ralph Lauren, CBS – Vegas, SINATRA 100, Marriott Corporation, FOX, ABC’s Sonoran Living, and much more.  The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/1) The women of Bel’a Dona are strong, talented, ambitious, and beautiful. They have branded their style “Sensual Crank,” and their unique sound draws from rock, R&B, Gospel, pop, jazz, and their hometown sound, DC Go-Go. As Be’la Dona continues to perform in the DC area and abroad, their acclaim and demand is growing as new ears hear their unique style. They have been featured in interviews and pictorials in print, internet, and published media such as Tom Tom Magazine, The Gazette, The Washington Post and even books such as Total Eclipse of the Heart by Zane. Their WAMMY Awards for Best Upcoming Band and Best Urban Contemporary Group speak volumes, but come see Be’la Dona live for the full effect of the party they put on! They’ll get the party started at 8pm.

Saturday (7/2) A spectacular collection of 25 soulful performers from the DMV pay tribute to music legends Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd , Sam & Dave, The Staples Singers, Carla Thomas, and more when A Southern Soul Tribute takes to the stage! After three wildly successful concerts in the last year, A Southern Soul Tribute returns with a joyful show that celebrates this beloved music and honors it in grand DC style, offering a look at area soul legends still in their prime. Performers include The Hardway Connection, Eddie Jones, Little Margie Clark, Patty Reese, Daryl Davis, Patti Hatchett, and the legendary Nighthawks rhythm section featuring Pete Ragusa and Jan Zukowski. There will be much more to see and hear – Come out and celebrate the music with us on July 2nd! The show begins at 8pm.

Sunday (7/3) The Chris Grasso Trio continues its Sunday Spotlight series, this time welcoming two special guest artists. Nicki Parrott is among a handful of jazz bassists worldwide who sing as well as they play. Chuck Redd is also a double threat, on vibes and drums, though he’ll be featured on vibes for this performance, along with Lenny Robinson on drums. The band will celebrate the music of legendary jazz singer and pianist Blossom Dearie. The Washington Times calls vocalist and bassist Nicki Parrott “the most astonishing new jazz musician we have seen in years.” In 2000, she began performing every week at the Iridium Jazz Club with legendary guitarist and inventor, Les Paul. She has appeared the world over at major festivals and concert halls. Chuck Redd began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at the age of 21. Among his many credits, Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. He tours the U.S. and the world as a sideman and bandleader. Doors open for brunch at 11am and the Sunday Spotlight concert begins at 1pm.

The Young Senators were one of the most popular and influential bands from the Washington, DC area during the late 60s and 70s when funk reigned. They were the early originators of a new sound that came out of the DC area, later known as Go-Go. This talented ensemble achieved national success as the band for the late, great Eddie Kendricks who became a solo star after leaving The Temptations in the early 70s. They released several hit singles and albums while touring with Kendricks around the world for years. The Young Senators eventually settled back to their roots in DC, and the band members pursued individual careers while performing occasionally together. Today, led by original lead singer, percussionist, and bandleader Jimi Dougans, The Young Senators are reloading with a brand new line up featuring original drummer James “Drummer” Johnson, several of the best area musicians, and special guest vocalist Wendy Hicks. This will be The Young Senators’ first official concert in 30 years!  They start at 8pm.

Coming right up we’ve got The Spinners, Meli’sa Morgan, The Yardbirds, Suttle, Chopteeth, Comedian Joe Clair, and The Dovells! Keep up with the latest show additions and buy your tickets through our Music Calendar.

Happy Summer! We’ll look forward to seeing you here, and thanks always for supporting great music and performances here in downtown Bethesda.

 

Rick Brown

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Great Tributes to James Brown, Donny Hathaway, and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Daryl Davis, Josh Christina, Gary Grainger, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Ronnie Laws, Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience, Tribute to Donny Hathaway at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Monday (11/23) TONIGHT! Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified. This young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer is barely in his 20’s and is a force of nature who must be seen to be believed. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries on the tradition and does it proud. Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! – Don’t miss him! Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. There is no cover charge and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) On Tuesdays, we host THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends. Players & singers, come out and perform with some of the best! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. We also offer free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/25) Performing together since 1974, The Fabulous Hubcaps show no signs of slowing down. Doo-wop harmony, classic rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, Motown, and R&B is the name of their game. The seven-piece band captivates audiences with high energy tributes to artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and many more. The group has even had the honor of performing on the South Lawn of The White House and in 2013, was inducted into The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best nostalgic show bands in the country. They start at 8pm.

Friday (11/27) We are happy to present the amazing Ronnie Laws. His first hit, “Always There,” was one of the most popular, sax-driven, cross-over hits of the 70’s Jazz-Funk Fusion era. Laws ushered in a sensual approach to the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems including “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Having worked with highly esteemed artists like Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His concert will begin at 8pm.

Saturday (11/28) Stay on the scene this Saturday night and groove to the sounds of Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience! This all-star ensemble faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. Drummer Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006, leads this outstanding band. Thompson was born and raised in Washington, DC, and he has also performed with other renowned musical artists including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, Rufus Thomas, and Peaches & Herb. After the passing of James Brown, Thompson assembled a stellar group of talented local musicians to perform in tribute to a great musical legacy. Come out and celebrate to “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “Cold Sweat,” “I Got The Feelin’,” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and many, many more. Remember there’s free parking on weekends at Cheltenham Garage, and the funk party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (11/29) We’ve got another great tribute – this time to the music of the infinitely soulful Donny Hathaway. In a ruefully short life, singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist Donny Hathaway made one of the most timeless contributions to soul music. On this evening, two equally talented artists, Sam Prather and Brandon Combs, will pay tribute to this legendary singer-songwriter’s body of work. Sam Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He’s equally comfortable in jazz, funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, neo-soul, and R&B. He has worked on keyboards and/or drums with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, Fred Yonnet, J-Hayden, Pharoh Saunders, Greg Osby, Heidi Martin, Warren Wolf, Antonio Parker, and Joey Omicil. Cincinnati native Brandon Combs began to develop his captivating talent while taking in Donny Hathaway and Richard Pryor albums throughout his formative years. He has worked with the likes of Kurt Elling, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Harris, and The Eddie Love Big Band. You’ll love this performance; it starts at 7:30pm.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week. Thanks so much for keeping great live music performance alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Swingin’ Jazz, R&B, Fusion, & The Fall Funk Summit – It’s a Party this week at BBJ!

Dave Damiani, Maiya Sykes, & The No Vacancy Orchestra, Phaze II, Michael Muse & Shawn Allen, Chopteeth & Be'la Dona, Michal Urbaniak at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/18) We’ve got some swingin’ entertainment for you! The No Vacancy Orchestra is the hottest young orchestra on either coast. Bandleader and vocalist Dave Damiani gives a knock-out performance with the 9-piece jazz ensemble, and this time, the sounds will be kicked up a notch by Ms. Maiya Sykes, of The Voice fame! This band has performed with and backed up George Benson, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Renee Olstead, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Dave Koz, James Torme, Spencer Day, and many more. Musicality, style, and good looks will be the order of the evening. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/19) It’s Ladies Night and Dance Night combined! Get ready to shake it to the sounds Phaze II. Were you lucky enough to catch El DeBarge at one of the two sold out shows at BBJ? Whether you were there and had a blast or if you missed out, here’s your chance to check out the great band who backed up El DeBarge on both nights. No cover for the ladies and we’ve got ½ off select bottles of wine, too. Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 8pm.

Friday (11/20) Come experience Michael Muse and Shawn Allen… Back Together Again! Michael Muse embodies the best traditions of R&B/Soul music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. The son of the legendary New York Jazz Musician Chuck Henley, he started his professional career as the lead vocalist for Rare Essence at the ripe old age of 16, and penned their second single, “Back Up Against The Wall,” in 1983. Also known in the DC music community as the most prolific vocalist in GoGo history, he paved the way for most vocalists in GoGo today. Cleveland native Shawn Allen is the former lead vocalist of the national recording and performing group, Pure Soul, who brought you the Top 20 Billboard charting song, “We Must Be In Love.” With Pure Soul, Shawn has appeared on popular television and talk shows including The Today Show and Soul Train. Catch the show starting at 8pm.

Saturday (11/21) We’re bringing together two of our favorite bands – Chopteeth and Be’la Dona. We call it The Fall Funk Summit! 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 Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Be’la Dona is an all-female band so unique in their musical presentation that they have branded their own style: “Sensual Crank,” a mix of rock, R&B, gospel, pop, jazz and of course their D.C. hometown music, Go-Go. Be’la Dona captivates their audience and delivers the best performance each and every time. With both acts together, this is a Summit not to be missed! 8pm showtime.

Sunday (11/22) Please join us for an evening of virtuosity with composer, arranger, violinist, sax player, and multi-instrumentalist Michal Urbaniak. The boy prodigy who started out playing violin with philharmonic orchestras fell in love with jazz and the rest is history! Michal Urbaniak combined the music of his youth with all his experiences of jazz, rock, funk, and then hip-hop to form unique sounds in Fusion, Acid Jazz, and beyond. A Michal Urbaniak performance is always a brilliant experience that blends, bends, and defies categories. The concert begins at 8pm.

Monday (11/23) Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified! Barely in his 20’s, this young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer pounds the keys like nobody’s business. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries the tradition into the future with enthusiasm and authenticity. Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson and apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. There’s no cover charge; the show and the dancing kick off at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) Once again it’s time for THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! Players & singers, come out and show us what ya got! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) The jam starts at 8pm.

Thanks so much for helping to keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown