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Onstage at BBJ!! Michael Muse, Eric Roberson, Burt Bacharach/Hal David Tribute and More!!

Wednesday (7/13)  – The Quiet Storm Band, headed by former percussionist and supporting vocalist for Roy Ayers, Stan Johnson, who is a professional singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist, The group has performed with various artist such as Roy Ayers, Gene Khan, Phyllis Hyman, Grover Washington Jr and more. Quiet Storm has performed at various venues across the country and internationally.   8:00pm   

 
Thursday (7/13) – Michael Muse embodies the best traditions of R&B Soul music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. He is the son of the legendary NYC Jazz Musician “Chuck Henley” and he started his music career with Rare Essence at the ripe age of 16. Muse studied at Howard University and released his latest project The Love of You in 2017.  8:00pm 

Friday (7/14) Join Newmyer Flyer as they present The Music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Their songs were behind many of Dionne Warwick’s classics and their music earned them more than 50 top forty hits atop the charts. Julia Nixon has been one of Washington’s finest and most popular singers for more than 30 years, going back to a fabled decade long residency at Mr. Henrys. Newmyer Flyer was founded by Bandhouse Gigs co-founder Ron Newmyer.  8:00pm  
Saturday (7/15) Eric Roberson is a GRAMMY Award Nominee, Singer/Songwriter/Producer who attended Howard University. He was the first indie artist to win a BETJ Award and nominated in both 2010/2011 for a GRAMMY Award. In 2017 Eric has released an EP Trilogy entitled Earth (released in April) Wind (releasing July 18th) and Fire (releasing in October). 

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S unday (7/16) – Brencore Entertainment presents “A Tribute to the Music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight featuring Halima Peru and The FAYCEZ U Know Music Group. Halima is described as the Quintessential soul singer and she hails from Miami, Fl. Her versatility and vocal range allows her to channel these great artists music.  So spread the word to your friends and come out and enjoy “A Tribute to the Music of Aretha, Chaka and Gladys”   7:30pm 
 

Swingin’ Jazz, R&B, Fusion, & The Fall Funk Summit – It’s a Party this week at BBJ!

Dave Damiani, Maiya Sykes, & The No Vacancy Orchestra, Phaze II, Michael Muse & Shawn Allen, Chopteeth & Be'la Dona, Michal Urbaniak at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/18) We’ve got some swingin’ entertainment for you! The No Vacancy Orchestra is the hottest young orchestra on either coast. Bandleader and vocalist Dave Damiani gives a knock-out performance with the 9-piece jazz ensemble, and this time, the sounds will be kicked up a notch by Ms. Maiya Sykes, of The Voice fame! This band has performed with and backed up George Benson, Steve Tyrell, Jane Monheit, Renee Olstead, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Dave Koz, James Torme, Spencer Day, and many more. Musicality, style, and good looks will be the order of the evening. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (11/19) It’s Ladies Night and Dance Night combined! Get ready to shake it to the sounds Phaze II. Were you lucky enough to catch El DeBarge at one of the two sold out shows at BBJ? Whether you were there and had a blast or if you missed out, here’s your chance to check out the great band who backed up El DeBarge on both nights. No cover for the ladies and we’ve got ½ off select bottles of wine, too. Doors open at 6pm and the music starts at 8pm.

Friday (11/20) Come experience Michael Muse and Shawn Allen… Back Together Again! Michael Muse embodies the best traditions of R&B/Soul music as a vocalist, songwriter and producer. The son of the legendary New York Jazz Musician Chuck Henley, he started his professional career as the lead vocalist for Rare Essence at the ripe old age of 16, and penned their second single, “Back Up Against The Wall,” in 1983. Also known in the DC music community as the most prolific vocalist in GoGo history, he paved the way for most vocalists in GoGo today. Cleveland native Shawn Allen is the former lead vocalist of the national recording and performing group, Pure Soul, who brought you the Top 20 Billboard charting song, “We Must Be In Love.” With Pure Soul, Shawn has appeared on popular television and talk shows including The Today Show and Soul Train. Catch the show starting at 8pm.

Saturday (11/21) We’re bringing together two of our favorite bands – Chopteeth and Be’la Dona. We call it The Fall Funk Summit! Chopteeth is a 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra exploring the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Be’la Dona is an all-female band so unique in their musical presentation that they have branded their own style: “Sensual Crank,” a mix of rock, R&B, gospel, pop, jazz and of course their D.C. hometown music, Go-Go. Be’la Dona captivates their audience and delivers the best performance each and every time. With both acts together, this is a Summit not to be missed! 8pm showtime.

Sunday (11/22) Please join us for an evening of virtuosity with composer, arranger, violinist, sax player, and multi-instrumentalist Michal Urbaniak. The boy prodigy who started out playing violin with philharmonic orchestras fell in love with jazz and the rest is history! Michal Urbaniak combined the music of his youth with all his experiences of jazz, rock, funk, and then hip-hop to form unique sounds in Fusion, Acid Jazz, and beyond. A Michal Urbaniak performance is always a brilliant experience that blends, bends, and defies categories. The concert begins at 8pm.

Monday (11/23) Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified! Barely in his 20’s, this young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer pounds the keys like nobody’s business. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries the tradition into the future with enthusiasm and authenticity. Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson and apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. There’s no cover charge; the show and the dancing kick off at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) Once again it’s time for THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! Players & singers, come out and show us what ya got! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) The jam starts at 8pm.

Thanks so much for helping to keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown