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Get Soulful with Kenny Lattimore, Conya Doss, and Anton & Leadhead…
and Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars!

Anton & Leadhead with Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes, Kenny Lattimore, Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars, Soul Sessions Featuring Conya Doss at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Wednesday (8/24) Don’t miss Anton & Leadhead! Anton Dickerson started the group Leadhead over 30 years ago. He was playing guitar with another group from Washington, DC called The DC Playboys. He had a different sound and a look in mind so he left the Playboys and started Enterprise, which was eventually renamed Leadhead. Leadhead has worked with many of the greats: Earth, Wind and Fire, New Birth, Parliament-Funkadelic, Cameo, The Commodores, Kool and the Gang, and Rare Earth, just to name a few. Leadhead’s current stage show features some of the top songs from the ’70s and ’80s R&B and Funk sound. Their fast-paced and energetic show will bring back memories! Joining them for the evening will be Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes. The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/25) Growing up in Washington, DC, Kenny Lattimore was raised on gospel music and R&B/pop icons like Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. His freshman year at Howard University gave way to Lattimore becoming the lead singer for R&B group Maniquin. Signed to Epic, the group released the single “I Wanna Ride,” produced by the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson. In 1995, he relocated to New York City as a solo act and was signed to Columbia in 1995. Ushering in an R&B resurgence that counted D’Angelo and Maxwell in its ranks, Lattimore released his debut solo album a year later. The self-titled, gold-certified set spun off two top 20 hits: “Never Too Busy” and the romance classic “For You,” which peaked at No. 6 on the R&B charts. Now the “modern soul man” is back with another hit in the making, “Love Me Back.” The simple feel-good track is the lead single from Lattimore’s seventh solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song. Hear him perform this new tune and so much more! He’s here for two shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (8/27) Get down and boogie to the outrageous music of Washington’s favorite ne’er-do-well, Root Boy Slim!  Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars is a must-see rare performance – top shelf musicians representing every band Root Boy Slim toured and recorded with from 1977 until his passing in 1993. The featured musicians include Tommy Lepson, Ron Holloway, Dan Hovey, Marshall Keys, Albert Bashor, Brent Mingle, Torro Gamble, John Zidar, and Ray Tilkens, with the original Rootettes Cherie Grasso & Dick Bangham. You’ll also get a sneak preview of film clips from Boogie Til You Puke: The Legend of Root Boy Slim – the feature length documentary now in production! The party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (8/28) Incredible artist Conya Doss has a voice that sounds like it’s both from the past and the future. She is classical-influenced, blues-influenced, R&B-influenced and rock-influenced, which herein lies the brilliance of how she collectively and seamlessly creates great music. Doss has built a solid reputation over the years as the modern benchmark for any young female artist and her new studio project, Seven, highlights that. With beauty, grace and confidence, the poised songstress has composed a song compilation of warm and personal tracks that are full of soul with huge melodies. The skillful arrangement of horns, strings and piano riffs suit her finely crafted lyrics about love, life, and pursuing one’s dreams. Listen in for the new songs, as well as standouts “Just Me” and “Where Do We Go From Here” from her last recording, Pocketful of Purpose. All of Doss’ album titles are authentically steeped in the spirit of growth and change, and Seven is no different. At this live performance treat, you’ll hear the songbird’s breezy voice twisting through candid sentiments of a young woman who is comfortable in her own skin. The concert begins at 8pm.

We’ve got more great stuff coming right up at BBJ! The Michael Jackson Tribute Birthday Concert, M3 (Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, and Marcus Anderson), Popa Chubby, Jeff Bradshaw, First Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger & Friends, an Amy Winehouse Tribute by American Idol Finalist Elise Testone… and there’s more where that came from! Visit our Music Calendar for more information and more upcoming events.

Many thanks for coming out to our venue, sharing dinner and a show, and for supporting great music in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

R&B, Inspirational Jazz, Tributes to Buddy Holly & Great Musicians We Lost in 2015

Jenny Black Betty Langer, The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Brian Christopher, Lorree Kay Slye, Daryl Davis Presents: Thanks for the Memories, Buddy Holly Tribute, Dick Smith, Marshall Keys, and The Chris Grasso Trio at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2016Monday (2/1) Blues Hall of Fame inductee, recording and performing artist Jenny “Black Betty” Langer has performed on stages around the world including Cuba and China. Lucky for us, tonight she lands right here in Bethesda! This pinup “Black Betty” has breathed new life into pinup Bettie Page of yesteryear and have given her a singing voice that can’t be beat. Hosting the show will be master piano player and vocalist Daryl Davis, who 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. There’s FREE admission and ½ off select bottles of wine. Come out and hit the dance floor! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (2/2) Are you a musician and/or singer? Bring your voice and your musical instruments out to The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! Some of the nation’s most talented musicians are ready to back you up on the Bethesda Blues and Jazz stage! Brandon Combs hosts the show. AFM Union Member Card Holders enjoy FREE admission (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). So come out and play, or relax and enjoy the tunes. The Jam gets going at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/3) We are pleased to present Washington, DC’s own, R&B singer Brian Christopher! In 2010, he released his debut album with the lead single “I Wonder” and won top prize in the Radio One New Music competition. Since then, he’s had a UK Top 30 hit with “In the Groove,” and he’s traveled through the US and internationally, including a three month tour in Japan. Christopher re-released his debut project, now called All of Me (Revisted), with all new arrangements and production in 2015. Check out Brian Christopher at 8pm.

Thursday (2/4) Join us for an evening of inspirational music by Lorree Kay Slye. She has been compared to Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Phyllis Hyman and Nancy Wilson. As a “jazz inspirationalist” with an uplifting message, she sings for a higher calling. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, as teenager she joined forces with artist Tommy Bryant and his popular group, The Giants of Sound. She’s continued through the decades and in 2008, Slye joined the faculty at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts as an Associate Professor of Voice. Her singles include “This Little Light of Mine,” and “You Saved Me,” which was released on the Unified by Grace compilation, a project is to raise funds to create hospitals for sick Children in Uganda.

Friday (2/5) For our First Annual Daryl Davis Presents: Thanks for the Memories, the best musicians in the DC/MD/VA area will join together to pay homage to the great musicians we lost in 2015. Broadway, Blues, Country, Hip-Hop, Folk, Jazz, Rock and Rap… artists of all genres will be recognized. You will hear songs by B.B. King, Lesley Gore, Natalie Cole, Billy Joe Royal, Lynn Anderson, Allen Toussaint, Little Jimmy Dickens, Percy Sledge, Ben E. King, Three Dog Night, Stone Temple Pilots, Motorhead, our own great John Jennings, and others. The evening’s performers include Daryl Davis, Tom Principato, Tommy Lepson, Patsy Stephens, David Kitchen, Deletta Gillespie, Diana Quinn, Prodigal Son, The Sapphire Stars, Jeff Jones, Keith Grimes, Wes Crawford, Dan Quinn, Russ Rodgers, Seth Kibel, Michelle Murray, Patty Reese, Arlene Jaye, Hayley Fahey, and Dangerous Curves. The event begins at 8pm.

Saturday (2/6) We’ve got another tribute to a timeless artist. Come out for the 15th annual all-star tribute to Buddy Holly! It will be a great time, and a fitting time to celebrate the music and remember the 57th anniversary of the fateful place crash during the Winter Dance Party Tour that featured rock n’ roll legend Buddy Holly and fellow tour stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Performers include The David Kitchen Band, Flea Bops, Rock-A-Sonics, Billy Coulter, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Jelly Roll Mortals, Cal Everett, Four Star Combo, The Crayfish Sisters and Jason Hicks, emceed by British radio host and music writer, Colin Davies. The music lives on at 8pm. Weekend parking is free at Cheltenham Garage behind the club.

Sunday (2/7) It’s a Pre-Super Bowl Sunday Jazz Brunch with Dick Smith, Marshall Keys, and The Chris Grasso Trio! You won’t want to miss this rare appearance by the remarkable Dick Smith. The vocalist and former football player is a legend both as a performer and as organizer of Jazz Night in Southwest, the long-running concert series that draws hundreds of music fans every Friday night.  It’s no wonder Washingtonian Magazine named him one of the “wizards” who makes the DC music scene what it is today. Saxophonist Marshall Keys’ versatility and strong melodic sense have made him an icon in his native Washington, DC. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant and was commissioned by the Smithsonian to perform the works of Wayne Shorter. He has toured Central and South America twice for the State Department as a Jazz Ambassador. The Chris Grasso Trio will feature Tommy Cecil on bass and drummer Lee Pearson II. Doors open at 11:30am, and the show begins at 1:30pm.

We have so many great shows coming your way! We’ve got three nights for Jeff Bradshaw and Eric Roberson – A Lover’s Weekend – Return of the Gentlemen (February 12th – 14th), A Tribute to David Bowie (February 18th), Kenny Lattimore (March 10th and 11th), Cameo (April 22nd), and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar to keep up to date!

Thanks for all you do to help keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. See you soon!

 

Rick Brown