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Classic Sounds by The S.O.S. Band, Eddie Holman, & “The Doo-Wop Cops,” Cool Jazz by Blake Aaron & Phillip “Doc” Martin, and the Genre-Defying MarchFourth

Keith Grimes, The Grainger Jam, MarchFourth + The Harry Bells, The SOS Band, Philip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Eddie Holman and DC’s Finest at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/9) Come out and enjoy DC’s own legendary guitarist extraordinaire, Keith Grimes. In various configurations, he has played with bandleader Daryl Davis for over 25 years bringing out the best rock ’n’ roll, blues, swing, and R&B as a sideman.  Tonight, Daryl Davis proudly presents this great musician front and center. Be prepared to dance! 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. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (5/10) Get ready for another Tuesday night jam… The Grainger Jam! Bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their friends, excellent musicians all, are ready to rock the house with you. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/11) MarchFourth simply must be seen to be believed. The group is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment– a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country year-round, stealing the festival wherever they go, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy Brass, and Big Band with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, MarchFourth whips the crowd into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation. Joining them will be special guests from DC, The Harry Bells! The Harry Bells are horn-and-percussion tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. This show will be fun, fun, fun and full of surprises. The show gets started at 8pm.

Thursday (5/12) We’re gonna take you back with The S.O.S. Band! The Sound of Success (S.O.S.) Band formed in the late 1970’s and exploded onto the scene in 1980 with their first mega hit platinum single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. In 1983, the group joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included “Just Be Good to Me,” “High Hopes,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest.” The S.O.S. Band has shared the stage with artists such as James Brown, The Gap Band, The Time, The Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, India.Arie, Dru Hill, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, and others. “Do it right” and grab tickets for this show now! The band will start at 7pm.

Friday (5/13) Nationally-renowned guitarist, producer, and jazz radio host Blake Aaron will make his first East Coast appearance in years when he joins saxophonist and DMV native Phillip “Doc” Martin onstage at BBJ. Together, Phillip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron are “Sax & Strings!” Often referred to as a “genius on guitar,” Blake Aaron heads full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist, and his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated radio show, Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson. The multi-faceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality recently released his highly anticipated 4th CD, Soul Stories. Saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin fully embraces the inspirational factor of being a top-notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington, DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board certified dentist. His latest Innervision Records release, Pocket Love, further establishes his powerful dynamic flow and tight, funky, old school driven alto vibe. This show by two of Cool Jazz’s hottest stars begins at 8pm.

Saturday (5/14) Saturday night will rock at BBJ! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s: Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Police, and lots more. With Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnette on bass, Mike Moore on lead guitar and vocals, Bruce Buchanan on vocals and keys, and Ralph Dweck on drums, the good times are gonna roll. Come out and join the party! Remember to take advantage of the free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage. The band starts at 6pm.

Sunday (5/15) The unforgettable falsetto voice of Eddie Holman and the tune that he popularized is perhaps the most recognizable urban love song in much of the English-speaking world.  “Hey There Lonely Girl” is a beautiful tune that seems to touch every soul as it emanates from airwaves or churns from the turntables of fans. Other classics by Eddie Holman include “This Can’t Be True,” “All In The Game,” and “You Make My Life Complete.” DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops”), are former Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officers who have gone from walking the beats to keeping the beat. This acapella group has entertained Presidents and has performed side-by-side with stars including Chuck Berry, The Dells, and The Drifters. Their repertoire includes classics such as “Come and Go With Me,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Island of Love.” This Sunday evening show starts at 7:30pm.

As always, we appreciate your support! Thanks for being a part of the movement to keep great music alive and well right here in Bethesda. Check our Music Calendar to keep up with our ever-growing roster of excellent artists coming our way.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

Outstanding Halloween lineup! Shows not to be missed!

MarchFourth, Michael Jackson Tribute, Halloween Howl, and The Vi-Kings at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2015

Wednesday (10/28) MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers, and artisans who travel the world year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance. If you have ever been to one of their performances, you know it is all this and more.  8:00pm showtime.

Thursday (10/29) The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Show in the world is returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz! This live concert captures the true essence of Michael Jackson in a unique manner. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the extraordinary talent of Mr. Michael Clark, featuring the Philadelphia sounds of MFSB. Once Michael graces the stage with his interpretation of Michael Jackson, you will witness the only person capable of mesmerizing audiences of every culture. Michael Clark is not an impersonator, but an interpreter of the great Michael Jackson. 8:00pm show time. Get ready to dance!

Friday (10/30) Halloween Howlwith over 12 outstanding artists, is the perfect show to kick off the bewitching season. Part concert, part Halloween party, this fun filled show features the greatest Halloween hits, plus movie screen projections, costumes, and live, full-band performances of classic Halloween songs including “Werewolves Of London,” “Thriller,” “Psycho Killer,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” & many more. Performances by: The Sidleys, Cal Everett, Alan MacEwen, The Crimestoppers, Liz Springer, Cairo Fred, Janine Wilson, The Hummingbyrds, John Trupp, Brandon Ehrgood and more to be announced. There’s a dance contest, costume contest, and prizes, too! 8:00pm showtime.

Saturday (10/31) Bethesda’s hometown band, The Vi-Kings, return for their third engagement at Bethesda Blues and Jazz and the dance floor will be packed! The VI-Kings celebrate and bring alive the music of the 1960’s – This time, expect some special Halloween surprises! The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life. Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. There will be costume contests with prizes, so dress up and come on down! 8:00pm start. Remember, on Saturdays there is free parking in the Cheltenham Garage.

Upcoming artists include: Teedra Moses, A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, El DeBarge, The Brothers Four, Hot Mess Burlesque, Dave Damiani, Maiya Sykes, Landau Murphy, Jr., Be’La Dona, Chopteeth, Michael Urbaniak, Ronnie Laws, The Hubcaps, Mousey Thompson, Larry Carlton, Maggie Rose, New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin, and the Royal Palms Orchestra!

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here soon.

 

Rick Brown

Latin, Blues, and Smooth Jazz at its best this weekend!

Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Maria Muldaur, Robbin Kapsalis, Gary Grainger, and MarchFourth! at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, October 2015Thursday (10/22) We welcome back local saxophone star Art Sherrod, Jr.  Having performed, opened, or co-headline shows with Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Roy Ayres, Natalie Cole, Boney James, Everette Harp, Najee, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, Cuba Gooding & the Main Ingredient, and others, Art always gets the audience going. He was one of only five Americans to perform in the Brazilian-American Jazz Festival in Rio de Janeiro and he always packs the house! 8:00pm showtime.

Friday (10/23) The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage, he walks in his father’s footsteps. Back for his 3rd trip to BBJ, the house will be jumping! 8:00pm showtime.

Sunday (10/25) Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Don’t miss this special appearance at BBJ this Sunday, 7:30 show time.

Monday – Tuesday (10/26, 10/27) Daryl Davis and Gary Grainger Jams continue with great musicians just dropping in! Come and party with Free Admission Mondays and $5 Tuesdays.  ½ price bottles of wine make it a great night!

Wednesday (10/28) Don’t miss this show! MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma. If you have ever been to one of their performances, you know it is all this and more! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (10/29) The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute show in the world is returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. This live concert captures the true essence of Michael Jackson in a unique manner. The concert focuses on the effect his music has had on generations of people throughout our world. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the extraordinary talent of Mr. Michael Clark. Michael has performed as the lead vocalist for record industry notables such as The Funk Brothers and MFSB. He has shared the stage with Billy Preston, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, and the Eagles. Get your dancing shows on for this “Thriller” night! 8:00pm showtime.

Friday (10/30) Come enjoy our Halloween Howl! If you like “Werewolves Of London,” “Thriller,” “Psycho Killer,” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” you’ll love this night featuring 10 outstanding artists! Performances by The Sidleys, Cal Everett, Alan MacEwen, The Crimestoppers, Liz Springer, Cairo Fred, Janine Wilson, The Hummingbyrds, John Trupp, Brandon Ehrgood & more! There’ll even be a Dancing Contest, Costume Contest, & Prizes! 8:00pm showtime.

Saturday (10/31) Bethesda’s hometown band returns for their third engagement at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. The VI-Kings celebrate and bring alive the music of the 1960’s – with special Halloween surprises! The music of The VI-Kings is the sound track of your life. The Beatles , Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. There’s a reason that this wonderful music has endured through the decades. It is joyous, fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. 8:00pm showtime.