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Halloween Fun with Clones of Funk, Jazz & Blues Treats with Incognito featuring Maysa, Tab Benoit, and Kevin Whalum

Clones of Funk, Kevin Whalum, Incognito featuring Maysa, Tab Benoit at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Oct - Nov 2016Monday (10/31) The freaks come out at night! The freaks will definitely be out in force for the freakiest, funkiest Halloween party in the DMV featuring Clones of Funk! Clones of Funk is a full stage band playing classic anthems by funk legends Parliament-Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone, and James Brown. Their colorful attire and stage show make them the ideal musical entertainment for Halloween night. You’ll be inspired to dance all night long and take a trip back in the day when music was all about getting down. Wear your best costume or just come as you are to get freaky on the dance floor and have a funky good time. Make sure you use Discount Code: cfunkbbj when you buy your tickets for a wicked 50% OFF! The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/3) We are pleased to welcome Kevin Whalum to our stage! Kevin Whalum is best known for his stellar work with his brother Kirk Whalum on the series, A Gospel According To Jazz, Chapters 1-4. Chapter One was released in 1998 to critical acclaim, and it put Kevin on everyone’s radar with his medley take on the Negro spirituals, “Wade In The Water/Motherless Child.” Kevin has three solo albums under his belt: the self-produced solo debut, Timetable (2002), the George Duke-produced, One Life To Love (2008), and the new self-produced, I Live For You (2016). Although Kevin eschews any effort to force him into a category or genre, he freely admits to defining himself as “primarily a jazz vocalist who just happens to be a Christian.” The concert begins at 8pm.

Friday (11/4) Come out and experience Incognito – one of the best funk/jazz/soul outfits in the world. A pioneer of the “acid jazz” movement who has delighted listeners and dancers for decades, Incognito has scored hits with versions of Stevie Wonder’s “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and Ronnie Laws’ “Always There,” selling more than a million records worldwide in the process. Maysa first gained fame as the featured voice on Incognito’s defining `90s era hits “Don’t You Worry About A Thing,” “Still A Friend of Mine,” and “Deep Waters.” She then launched a concurrent solo career with the hits “Am I Wrong (For Lovin’ You),” “Friendly Pressure,” and “Hypnotic Love.” Blessed with an instantly identifiable honey-toned mezzo-soprano and an undeniably brilliant and magnetic stage presence, Maysa’s alluring vocals, candor, humor and purity as an artist make her a rarity.  This magical combo will perform two shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (11/6) Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray, and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends. The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since. His recordings include These Blues are All Mine, Whiskey Store, and Fever for the Bayou. The show starts at 8pm.

Coming up soon: Larry Carlton, Lori Williams’ Behind the Smiles CD Release Concert, A Salute to the troops with The Shirelles, Joan Osborne, Butch Trucks and The Freight Train Band, Rare Essence, Mousey Thompson & The James Brown Experience, Dionne, and a 101st Birthday Celebration of frank Sinatra by Tony Sands. See our Music Calendar for more upcoming events.

Happy Halloween! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

A Week of Sweet Jazz & Rockin’ Blues with Jeff Bradshaw, Popa Chubby, M3, Marianna Previti + a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute!

Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert, Daryl Davis Presents Marianna Previti, M3- Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson, Popa Chubby, The Jeff Bradshaw and Friends Birthday Celebration w/ Frank McComb and Maysa at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Aug-Sept 2016Monday (8/29) Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson! The King of Pop would have been 58 years old on this day. Few artists have created a body of work as rich and as varied. Join Bethesda Blues & Jazz as we celebrate this music with a handful of the DMV’s finest musicians cutting through the hits of Michael Jackson and demonstrating just how beloved the music of this amazing performer was and always will be. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Tuesday (8/30) Daryl Davis Presents An Evening with Marianna Previti! There are plenty of singers who are jacks of all genres and an abundance of great singers specializing in certain genres.  But every once in a blue moon, there comes a vocalist versatile enough to be a master of all. Marianna Previti is such a rarity. Trained as a classical instrumentalist on the trumpet, she has successfully conveyed that talent to her voice and is recognized as one of the finest singers in the Washington, DC area. This award-winning vocalist is equally comfortable in jazz, blues, rock, and country. She is critically acclaimed for her musical dynamics and phrasing. Show host and piano player Daryl Davis, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, 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. This concert begins at 7:30pm.

Wednesday (8/31) M3 is Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, & Marcus Anderson. Marcus Mitchell is not only an established saxophone artist in jazz, he is also CEO and President of 24th Music, a division of MHM Entertainment Group – a multi-faceted entertainment company based out of Maryland. Marcus Young delivers pure soulful melodic and inspirational songs infused with jazz rhythms, or “Groove Jazz,” as he calls it. Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award-winning musician with an abundance of career-defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo album, Style Meets Substance, the critically-acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is one to watch. Use Discount Code M3BBJ for half off the ticket price and enjoy the show by these great musicians who go by the name of Marcus! M3 starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/2) For over 25 years, Popa Chubby (born Ted Horowitz) has been rockin’ the blues. Since 1994, he has been heralded as a force to be reckoned with on guitar. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee, and a style he calls “The Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Popa Chubby is one of the genre’s most popular figures. Steeped in a mix of punk rock and deeply authentic blues, Chubby says, “Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream, and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too.” Use Discount Code PCBBJ for 50% off your ticket to the show! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday and Sunday (9/3 – 9/4) Soul-jazz and hip-hop/funk innovator and trombone virtuoso Jeff Bradshaw was born in North Philadelphia. His father was a minister so his formative musical experiences were in church, where brass bands were a staple. In 1994, Bradshaw began to meet musicians, singers and producers on the Philly scene who went on to become the architect of the neo-soul revolution: Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter of the Roots, James Poyser, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, DJ Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, Ivan Barrios, Carvin Higgons, and many others. These friendships led to Bradshaw recording his trombone sounds with the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry, Darius Ricker, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Roots, Musiq Soulchild, and more. In 2002, he had the opportunity to record his first album as a leader, Bone Deep. That acclaimed first album led to busy years of touring, more recordings, and session work with a wide array of hip-hop, R & B and jazz artists. Come out and help Jeff celebrate his birthday along with very special guests Frank McComb and Maysa. The Saturday night and Sunday night concerts both begin at 8pm.

We have many more great shows for you coming up this fall! Check our Music Calendar for info on upcoming performances by Rahsaan Patterson, Mike Peters of The Alarm, an Amy Winehouse tribute by American Idol finalist Elise Testone, Tab Benoit, Anissa Hargrove w/ a special guest appearance by Gloria Gaynor, Trouble Funk, Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, and more.

Thanks as always, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown