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A Super-Eclectic Week of Excellence with Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials
+ Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers in The Thrilla in Vanilla,
The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, and Banda Magda

Lil’ Ed and his Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson feat. Phillip “Doc” Martin, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers, Voices for Autism feat. The B Street Band, Banda Magda at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/21) Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.” Sharing the stage will be Guy Davis, whose much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice, and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s barely rested since then, taking his music to television, radio, and performing at theaters and festivals. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Thursday (9/22) Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month. His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media, and accolades across the music industry. He is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the DIY music world. Marcus has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Contemporary Jazz CDs, which consisted of three distinct albums, all charting Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously. Joining him onstage will be saxophonist (and dentist!) Phillip “Doc” Martin. The music starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/23) It’s The Thrilla in Vanilla!! In the soul showdown of the century, this hotly anticipated bout features two of DC’s most beloved bands, King Soul and Soul Crackers, as they square off for the undisputed heavyweight horn band title! World famous sports reporter Thom Loverro will be on hand as emcee/referee and to make sure it’s legit. King Soul is bringing the excitement of real Southern Soul to new audiences. Featuring original songs, gritty vocals, a slamming horn section, and driving rhythms, the allstar lineup includes members of the Slickee Boys, The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, The Recliners, The Grandsons, The Hula Monsters, The Thangs, and The J Street Jumpers. The Soul Crackers play some of the greatest party music ever made from the Memphis and Motown sounds like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, and Wilson Pickett. After the show, only one of these groups will be able to claim they are the palest and the baddest band in DC! This musical battle royale begins at 8pm.

Saturday (9/24) The Original Springsteen tribute, The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, whose mission it is to raise money, awareness and acceptance of individuals and families affected by autism. In addition to raising awareness, the group hopes to promote the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people living with autism. 100% of money raised will be donated to Autism Speaks. Now in it’s 10th year, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. This event begins at 7pm.

Sunday (9/25) Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show). Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by an unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Coming up at BBJ: Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, Luther Re-Lives – A tribute to Luther Vandross, Melba Moore, Midge Ure, The Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show and so much more. Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra will be back to ring in 2017, so get your New Year’s Eve tickets early! You can always find out more and purchase tickets through our Music Calendar.

Happy Autumn, everyone. Thanks as always for your support, and we look forward to seeing you for dinner and a show.

 

Rick Brown

A Saturday Night Soul Spring Fling and an Eclectic Week
with King Soul, Texas Chainsaw Horns, Be’la Dona, and More!

blog 3-28-16Monday (3/28) It’s all about Country Music tonight at BBJ! Ruthie Logsdon, DC music scene staple and nationally-known songwriter and recording artist is bringing her high energy “Wrangler Twang” to our stage. Now celebrating 25 years of national touring, Americana radio charting, national television appearances, and 6 albums, this live wire vocalist, along with her band, Ruthie & The Wranglers, has racked up 30 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES). Host and boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis 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. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. Door open at 5:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/29) The Grainger Jam is back! If you’re a singer or musician, come on out and 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 (3/30) We’ve got a musical mashup you’re going to love! Sunflare is a Latin/Caribbean jazz group that specializes in giving the clave twist to classic and contemporary R&B. To put it simply, they like to say “R&B = rice and beans!” Joining them will be smooth jazz outfit and special guests, The Craig Alston Syndicate. The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/31) Skip Mahoney and the Casuals are still performing for adoring fans and sellout crowds after more than 40 years in the business. We are so pleased to have them perform at BBJ. Skip Mahoney and The Casuals were formed in 1965 at a house party in Washington, DC. The original members of the group are Roger Chapman, George Norris, and Skip Mahoney. The other original member is Billy Jones, who was later replaced by current member Morris “Spunky” Cobb. In 1973, “I Need Your Love” and “Your Funny Moods” were local hits, but didn’t receive national attention. The release of their Land of Love album in 1976 propelled the group into the national limelight, producing several chartbusting songs that have stood the test of time. Land of Love remains a trademark album for connoisseurs of falsetto based soul music of the mid 70’s. Join us for the concert at 8pm.

Friday (4/1) Strong, talented, ambitious, and beautiful… all perfect words to describe Be’la Dona. Washington, DC is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band. They call the music they make “Sensual Crank,” and the style commands attention. The unique sound of Be’la Dona flows through rock, R&B, Gospel, pop, jazz and of course their
hometown music, Go-Go. Fans and critics alike are taking note – Just a few of the accolades for Be’la Dona include the 2009 WKYS GO-GO Award for Best Upcoming Band, 2009 WAMA Award nomination for Best R&B Band, and the 2010 WAMA Award for Best Urban Contemporary Duo or Group and Instrumentalist of the Year. This will be a party!! The show gets crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (4/2) It’s a heavyweight matchup for the Soul Spring Fling – King Soul meets The Texas Chainsaw Horns! Eight piece all-star group King Soul has been leaving DC area audiences delirious for eight years with its electrifying brand of Southern rhythm & blues. King Soul’s members include vocalist Tom Clifford, guitarist/vocalist Jake Flack (Rhodes Tavern Troubadours), bassist/vocalist Mark Noone (Slickee Boys), drummer Ben Holmes (Queen Ida), organist Arif Durrani (Jr. Cline & the Recliners), baritone saxophonist Chris Watling (Grandsons, Lloyd Price), tenor saxophonist Matt Rippetoe (Funk Ark, Thievery Corporation), and trumpeter Vince McCool (J Street Jumpers, Uptown Rhythm Kings). The Texas Chainsaw Horns come armed with a dozen members, including a 5-piece horn section. Fans of the funky sounds of Tower of Power will love the Texas Chainsaw Horns, as will everyone who can’t resist a dance groove. The Texas Chainsaw Horns include vocalists Jeff Watson (Downtown) and Rena Ray, guitarist/vocalist Mickey Way, Scott Thorne on bass, Eli Gonzalez on tenor sax, Scott Weinhold, tenor sax, Steve Ticknor, baritone sax, Ken McGee, trumpet, Tony Murtha – trumpet, Josh Howell, congas, and Bobby Fagel on drums. Don’t miss this great night of old school rockin’ soul! The bands start at 8pm.

Sunday (4/3) End your weekend with the fabulous Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks. The group was formed in 1955, under the direction of Earl Simpson and turned over to Eddie Jones in 1970, formerly of the Legendary Orioles. The band members have played with groups including Harold Melvin and the Blues Notes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Legendary Orioles, Black Heat, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and a host of other top notch groups. The voices of Earl and Eddie Jones take you back to the days of Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. The Young Bucks have the reputation for being a top Oldie-but-Goodie, Doo-Wop, and R&B group in the area, having played on the South Lawn of the White House, for several Caucus, Senatorial, and Congressional affairs, and even for a few Inaugurations. Their new CD, For Lovers Only, has top sales in the DC Area. Come out and enjoy the classic sounds! The show begins at 8pm.

Mark your calendars now for these great events coming soon: Bobby Brooks Wilson, son of the legendary Jackie Wilson on Friday April 8th, two shows by Syleena Johnson on Saturday, April 9th, and Snarky Puppy will perform two shows on Monday, May 2nd. Join us for Mother’s Day with The Rat Pack Together Again on Sunday, May 8th. Visit our Music Calendar for details and all upcoming events.

Thanks, as always, for supporting great music in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!

 

Rick Brown