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Classic Rock & Soul! See The VI-Kings and Carla Cooke’s Birthday Tribute to Her Father, Sam Cooke – Plus New Jazz Vocalists in The Vocal Workshop Showcase

Vocal Workshop Showcase, The Vi-Kings, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, and a Tribute to Sam Cooke with Carla Cooke at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2017Wednesday (1/18) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Lenny Robinson on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. At 7pm, the featured vocalists will be Joanne Wertz, Marsha Meekins, Molly Pruett, Linda Stone, Art Medici, and Kelly Jerosch. At 9pm, we’ll hear Crista Cueto, Karuna Shinsho, Nomonde Nolutshungu, Jack Feder, Mona Verrico, and Ghada Rihani. Your $10 admission fee is good for either or both sets.

Friday (1/20) The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life: Beatles Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. This music endures, and is as fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. In these turbulent times, they have made The Youngbloods’ plea, “C’mon people now, smile on your brother…” the theme for this show. The VI-Kings are Joe Dolan (Beatnik Flies), Stock Wilson (The Loggers), Matthew Maury (Friends of the Family, Center Stage), Bill Craig, and the legendary Bob Berberich. Bob Berberich was the original drummer in The Hangmen, who had a #1 hit with “What a Girl Can’t Do” in 1966. He then went on to be a founding member of Grin with Nils Lofgren. Singer-songwriter Annie Sidley will share the stage. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/21) It’s time to rock! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s by Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, The Police, Wilson Pickett, Bad Company, and others. Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band is Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnettee on bass, guitarist Mike Moore, keyboardist Bruce Buchanan, and Ralph Dweck on drums. The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/22) The legendary Sam Cooke was about music, religion, romance, and history. January 22nd would have been his 86th birthday! Join us as Carla Cooke, the youngest daughter of Sam Cooke, pays tribute. Carla has performed in concert with the Legendary Four Tops, Freda Payne, Sheila Raye Charles, Claudette King, Jeff Pitchell, Rhonda Ross, and Tasha Taylor. She has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the United States. Her personal style is diverse in gospel, Christian, R&B, soul, pop, as well as today’s contemporary sound, and her stage presence commands the environment wherever she performs. Recently Carla signed with Soul South Entertainment and we are pleased that she has made Bethesda Blues a stop on her current East Coast tour. The concert begins at 7:30pm

We’re all looking forward to our big 4th Anniversary event featuring the amazing Dionne Warwick on Wednesday, March 1st! Other great upcoming shows include Gino Vannelli, guiltypleasures, The Chuck Brown Band, Joey Vega, Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux, and Denny Laine will be here at BBJ celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour! Those are just a few of the shows we’ve got planned, so make sure you check out the latest on our Music Calendar. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

Great Voices, Famous & Emerging: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Anissa Hargrove with Gloria Gaynor, a Tina Turner Tribute, and The Vocal Workshop Showcase

The Vocal Workshop Showcase, Anissa Hargrove with Gloria Gaynor, A Tribute to Tina Turner, Cécile McLorin Salvant at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Monday (10/24) Don’t miss The Vocal Workshop Showcase! The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. This time, the singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Lenny Robinson on drums. Tickets are good for either or both sets, so come to the early show and stay for no additional cover charge. The performances are at 7pm and 9pm.

Thursday (10/27) Come out and see Anissa Hargrove, a native Washingtonian who was “born to perform.” Over the years, she has performed background vocals with legendary R&B artists including Patty LaBelle, Chanté Moore, Miki Howard, Shirley Jones, and a host of others. She is a recent recipient of the 2016 Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) for Best Urban Adult Contemporary Recording. Her current single, “Crazy,” is in rotation on her hometown radio station, WHUR 96.3 FM — the country’s largest Adult Contemporary station – as well as on Sirius XM Heart and Soul, Music Choice, and other stations worldwide. These days, when not performing her own music, Anissa is on the road singing backup with the multi-Grammy winner and legendary Queen-of-Disco, Gloria Gaynor, who will join her onstage for a special guest appearance! The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (10/28) The music of Tina Turner is world renowned! Come and experience a night of dinner and dancing as BRENCORE Entertainment honors her stellar musical catalog with a Tribute to the Music of Tina Turner. Talented international recording artists, Annie Sidley and Friends, will perform an evening of Tina’s greatest hits and fan favorites including “Proud Mary,” “River Deep,” “Fool For Love,” “Nut Bush City Limits,” “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Private Dancer,” “The Best,”  “Better Be Good to Me,”  “Let’s Stay Together,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero,” and more. This will be a fantastic show. Be part of the celebration of one of the best performers of all time! The Tina Turner tribute show hits the stage at 8pm.

Saturday – Sunday (10/29 – 10/30) Shortly before the release of Cécile McLorin Salvant‘s debut Mack Avenue album, WomanChild, critic Ben Ratliff made a bold prediction in the pages of The New York Times. McLorin Salvant, he claimed, “is still mostly unknown to jazz audiences,” then added: “though not for much longer.” McLorin Salvant has more than validated that forecast. The last 24 months have been a whirlwind of success and acclaim for the young vocalist, who first came to the attention of jazz fans with her triumph at the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. WomanChild went on to earn a bevy of honors, including a Grammy nomination and selection as Jazz Album Of The Year by the DownBeat International Critics Poll. That magazine also honored McLorin Salvant in three other categories including Best Female Jazz Vocalist. A few months later, the Jazz Journalists Association selected McLorin Salvant as Up-and-Coming Jazz Artist Of The Year and as Top Female Vocalist. We’ve got two great chances for you to see her perform – Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 7:30pm.

Coming up: We’ve got The Freaks Come Out at Night Halloween Party with Clones of Funk! Other great acts on the way to BBJ are Kevin Whalum, Larry Carlton, The Shirelles, Joan Osborne, Dwele, Butch Trucks, Rare Essence, Davy Knowles, A Gospel According to Jazz, Dionne, NRBQ, and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Find out about all we have to offer on our Music Calendar.

Thanks so much for being part of a great music and entertainment scene here in downtown Bethesda. We can’t wait to see you here for dinner and a show!

 

Rick Brown