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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

Bethesda Blues will Rock & Roll this Weekend – World-Class Music, Fun & Laughter!

  • Angela Blessett, Marcus Johnson, Joe Clair, and Tracy Hamlin at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club September 2015Thursday (9/17) Algebra Blessett, an Atlanta native, began her career by playing club dates before releasing Purpose in 2008, which included the single “Run and Hide.” She has collaborated with India Arie and Esperanza Spalding, winning Grammys for both collaborations. She is featured on Anthony David’s #1 R&B Adult Contemporary Chart hit, “4evermore.” Her hit “Better for Me” is getting terrific airtime this month! 8:00pm showtime! Algebra Blessett online

Friday (9/18) We welcome the return of Marcus Johnson. Over the last decade, Marcus has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, he receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and his music receives a 74% “thumbs ups” rating verses an average of 56%.  Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the “DIY” music world. Don’t miss this 8:00pm show! Marcus Johnson online

Saturday (9/19) Our man Joe Clair (WPGC) and the CBC Comedy Show will fill the room for two outstanding shows. When Steve Brown takes the stage he amazes his audience with witty remarks, extremely original jokes, and high-energy physical antics. Kasaun Wilson is a stand-up comedian who has been touring colleges, churches, and theaters all around the country. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the historic Howard University (THE MECCA) in Washington, DC, Kasaun started an acting and stand-up comedy career that is still garnering national attention today. Karlos Miller is the only comedian in the world from the back roads of Oxford, Mississippi! He moved to Atlanta in 2005 to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. He landed a slot cracking snaps on MTV’s “YO MOMMA” and was also featured on season two of Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” The shows start at 7:00pm & 10:00pm, and remember: FREE Parking! These shows will sell out, so get your tickets early! Joe Clair online

Sunday (9/20) we welcome back the fabulous Tracy Hamlin! Tracy has performed alongside numerous music legends including Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, and Chaka Khan. She has toured internationally as lead background vocalist for Disco Queen, Gloria Gaynor, and Maysa. She was also the lead vocalist with Heads Up International recording artists, Pieces of a Dream and was featured on Love’s Silhouette (2002) and No Assembly Required (2005). 7:00pm showtime. Tracy Hamlin online

Monday (9/21) Customer Appreciation Night with Daryl Davis (no cover) features two outstanding stars! Daryl Davis calls the evening “a double header with two beautiful singer/songwriter headliners.” Hayley Fahey is the lead singer of the popular group Numbering Sundays.  She is a rising star on the indie/alternative/folk scene, whose original tunes guarantees her a successful future.  Michelle Lockey is rapidly establishing herself in the world of songwriting. This singer’s songs have appeared in numerous films and television shows on the ABC, USA, CW, and the MAVTV networks. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her songwriting, including the Grand Prize for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is also the female lead vocalist with the international duo Blu Cedar. No Cover Charge and ½ price bottles of wine! 7:30 kick off. Daryl Davis online, Hayley Fahey online, Michelle Lockey online

Tuesday (9/22) The Grainger Brothers kick off the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in DMV! Come witness history at the highly anticipated return of the nation’s most talented musicians and performers led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Tuesday’s Special Guests: SEVAOMAR (vocals) and SAMIR ELMEHDAOUI (guitar). FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). 8:00pm start.

Upcoming artists include: Moonchild, Orlando Julius, Amel Larrieux, Otis Clay, Billy Price, Doo-Woop Revue, Miriamm Wright, Chuck Brown Band, Chris Grasso, Bill Evans, Larry Brown, Tom Principato, Fred Wesley, Bobby Caldwell, Art Sherrod, Jr., Tito Puente, Jr., Maria Muldaur, March Fourth, the Vi-kings, and El Debarge!

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

Rick Brown