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A Star-Studded Week: ‘80s Movie Idol Molly Ringwald sings Nat & Natalie Cole, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Chuck Brown Band, A Tribute to Merle Haggard,
Jazz Meets Korea, and Virginia Music Adventures

Molly Ringwald with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra, The Chuck Brown Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds with The Bobby Thompson Project, Jazz Meets Korea, A Tribute to Merle Haggard, and Virginia Music Adventures at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, July 2016Tuesday (7/26) Two acclaimed, cutting-edge Korean music groups, the World Music group SE:UM and the Youngjoo Song Trio, meet for the first time in a groundbreaking joint performance! SE:UM is one of Korea’s most innovative ensembles, drawing instrumental, vocal, and improvisation techniques from both Korean and Western jazz traditions. Traditional Korean sounds mix with jazz, folk, and free form styles to create an entirely new and exciting fusion. Youngjoo Song Trio is led by Jazz pianist Youngjoo Song, currently an active performer in Seoul and New York City. She quickly climbed the music charts in her native Korea to become one of her country’s leading jazz artists. She headlined the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York, among other major events, and twice won for Best Jazz and Crossover Album at the Korean Music Awards. The Korean Cultural Center Washington, DC partnered for the first time with the DC Jazz Festival to bring us this remarkable event. It begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (7/27) Virginia Music Adventures presents a night of jazz featuring Summer Institute Ensembles, VMA’s award winning Faculty/Alumni Band, and a special guest appearance from The Doc Dikeman Big Band! Virginia Music Adventures’ Summer Institute Ensembles delight audiences with jazz through the ages from Swing to Funk. The Ensembles are made up of promising young musicians who share their passion for jazz in performances all around the world. The Doc Dikeman Big Band features a range of music from big band favorites from the ‘30s to contemporary compositions. Started by Theron “Doc” Dikeman in the 1970s, the band has toured Germany and Barbados and has performed at many venues in the DC area, including the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, and the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert begins at 8pm.

Thursday (7/28) Please join us in welcoming our featured artist of the week… Molly Ringwald! Molly Ringwald has starred in over a dozen Hollywood blockbusters including Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles, but her true passion is The Great American Songbook. Having grown up in a musical household with a jazz musician father, this latest turn in Ringwald’s career is much more of a homecoming than a departure. This special performance with be a tribute to Nat “King” and Natalie Cole with Molly Ringwald, Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, and two of Natalie Cole’s bandmates including world-renowned trumpeter, Bijon Watson. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra has presented a series of unique featured artists at BBJ this summer. They are in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. Eighties teen movie fans and jazz fans alike will love this show will love Molly Ringwald! The show starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/29) The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the DC beat alive. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep the legacy going by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, creating new music, and bringing on board new fans and followers. With three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life, and rave reviews from longtime fans and new fans, The Chuck Brown Band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: Go-Go. With the addition of Frank Sirius on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band is intact, including Chuck’s daughter KK, The Horny Horns, Kenny “Kwickfoot” Gross, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Sweet Cherie Agurs, and Marcus Young.com. Ain’t no party like a Chuck Brown party, ‘cause a Chuck Brown party don’t stop. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. The party starts at 8pm.

Saturday (7/30) We’ve got bluesy rockers The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson! For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.” Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass. In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock ‘n roll and soul influences. In 1986, they reached a commercial peak with the album, Tuff Enuff. You’ll also love special guests The Bobby Thompson Project! The show kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (7/31) The encore performance of the highly acclaimed In Celebration of Merle, Tribute2Merle gathers the same incredible line up of Roots Rock, Americana and Country artists from around the DC/MDVA area. The show is a thorough look at the hits and lesser known gems from of one of the greatest songwriters in American music history. Dubbed the “poet of the common man” Merle Haggard had a way of simply drawing people into his songs through great melodies and lyrics that everyone could relate to. Delivering Merle’s songs will be Bob Berberich, Ty Braddock, Domenic Cicala, Karen Collins, Craig Cummings, Tony Denikos, Kevin Dudley, Janet Emma, Gary Lee Gimble, Greg Hardin, Martha Hull, David Kitchen, Jeff Kurtz, Gantt Kushner, Ruthie Logsdon, Mark Noone, and Bill Starks. Limited VIP tickets include seating close to the stage and a swag bag of goodies from some of the artists. The tribute starts at 7:30pm.

Coming right up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club: Nia Simmons and Geneva Renée, Secret Society, Kandace Springs, Jon B., The Cincy Blackman Santana Group, Peter Asher and Albert Lee with Naked Blue, plus tributes to The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson! Check out our Music Calendar for the latest.

Thanks for your dedication to great music and entertainment in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Witness World-Renowned Drummer Peter Erskine, Catch a Groove with Chopteeth and Suttle, Rock Out with Johnny Castle, and Laugh Out Loud with Joe Clair

Omrao Brown, Daryl Davis Presents Johnny Castle, Suttle, Peter Erskine with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra, Chopteeth, Joe Clair at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, July 2016Monday (7/11) Omrao Brown – WPFW Private Event

Tuesday (7/12) DC-area icon Johnny Castle is the bad boy every mother warned their daughters about and the teenage boy’s definition of cool. He is the bassist, vocalist, and bandleader of The Thrillbillys as well as a member of the famed blues band, The Nighthawks.  Over the last 40 years he has worked with top area bands including Bill Kirchen’s Too Much Fun, Switchblade, Tex Rubinowitz & The Bad Boys, and many others.  Well-versed in American Roots music, he has played Blues, Bluegrass, Honky Tonk, Swing, Texas Swing, Rockabilly, R&B, Rock ’n’ Roll, and Funk. Johnny was a recipient, along with his fellow Nighthawks, of the 2011 Blues Foundation award for acoustic CD of the year. Show host and piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. He 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. The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (7/13) Formed in 1994, the members of Suttle Thoughts have made a name for the band coast to coast over the last 23 years. They have performed in Dallas Texas, Miami, Florida, Cancun, Puerto Rico and all across the DMV. They’ve opened for national recording artists including The Isley Brothers at DAR Constitution Hall, and they’ve backed Jay Holiday, Anthony David and a host of others. Locally, they are regular performers at the annual H Street Festival and they were requested to perform at the historical Howard Theatre at a tribute for the legendary Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. The band has been playing at the Historical Takoma Station every Friday for the last ten years, the longest tenure for any Go-Go band at any area venue. In the beginning of 2016, “Suttle Thoughts” became “Suttle.” Look out for a new music release this summer! This show will get the party started at 8pm.

Thursday (7/14) Come one, come all, come check out the great Peter Erskine! Peter Erskine is one of the most recorded drummers in history. He has been performing professionally since the age of six and is the only drummer ever to play in the group Weather Report. The two-time Grammy winner has recorded with Steely Dan, Diana Krall, Randy & Michael Brecker, Kate Bush, Maynard Ferguson, Gordon Goodwin, Joe Henderson, Stan Kenton, Joni Mitchell, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Andrea Bocelli, Stanley Jordan, and Rod Stewart just to name a few. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra is in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. This summer, they have been accompanying a series of amazing artists and making Thursdays swing at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (7/15) The core of the Chopteeth sound is Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Kuti in 1970’s Nigeria. Afrobeat is a spicy stew of modern jazz, Yoruba tribal music and burning, James Brown-inspired rhythms. Chopteeth’s sets feature original compositions along with updates of African dance classics, all while remaining true to the spirit of the music and its message. Band members step to the mic to serve up lyrics in a total of seven different languages. Since 2007, the members of the Washington Area Music Association have selected Chopteeth for a total of fourteen Wammie Awards, including Artist of the Year, Debut CD of the Year, World Music CD (twice) and World Music Group (for the last eight years in a row).This 12-piece Afrofunk orchestra explores the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’ West African and American popular music on the planet. Catch the groove at 8pm.

Saturday (7/16) Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! If you know him from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show or if you’ve ever seen his live show, you know #thefunnydontstop! He’s got two big shows in store, so get ready, Bethesda! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Upcoming shows: America’s Got Talent winner Landau Murphy, Jr. sings in support of West Virginia flood relief, virtuoso drummer Cindy Blackman Santana performs, and 80’s film star, now singer Molly Ringwald teams up with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra for a night of wonderful jazz. Check our Music Calendar for these and many more excellent events!

Big thanks to every one of you for coming out and supporting great performances here in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!

 

Rick Brown