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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

Coming Up at BBJ: Straight-Ahead Jazz, Rockin’ Blues, and then we Make it Funky!

Larry Brown Quintet w/ Sharon Clark, Tom Principato Band, Fred Wesley & the New JB's, and The Jam w/ Gary Grainger, Bethesda Blues & Jazz, October 2015Friday (10/9) This weekend kicks off with The Larry Brown Quintet, who JazzReview.com call “Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well-chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section.” With multiple Wammie Awards for Best Jazz Group, the band members are: Larry Brown on piano, Kent Miller on bass, Greg Holloway on drums, Thad Wilson on trumpet, and Peter Fraize on tenor sax. Special guest vocalist Sharón Clark is a world-touring DC artist whose stellar voice evokes Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. The show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (10/11) come check out the Tom Principato Band! As one of the most unique guitarists around, Tom Principato combines his rich blues background with high-energy rock. The former leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, Tom and his band give their blues-rock a highly charged, emotionally expressive delivery that is not to be missed. The Tom Principato Band features the passionate virtuosity of Matt Everhart on bass, Joe Wells on drums, and Josh Howell on congas, percussion, vocals, and harmonica. They tour clubs and festivals extensively in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, so be sure to catch these travelin’ rockers while they’re right here in Bethesda! Parking is free at Cheltenham Garage. Showtime 7:30.

Monday (10/12) We’ve got Fred Wesley & the New JB’s! In the 60’s and 70’s, Wesley’s slippery riffs and pungent, precise solos complemented saxophonist Maceo Parker to give James Brown’s R&B, soul, and funk tunes their instrumental punch. He played on hit recordings – “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” and “Mother Popcorn” to name just a couple, and he stepped up to co-write tunes including “Hot Pants.” Later, he spent several years playing with George Clinton’s various Parliament-Funkadelic projects and joined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1978. It would take pages to list all the credits to Fred Wesley’s name – Come out and feel the groove live! The band hits the stage at 8pm.

Tuesday (10/13) Once again we have The JAM featuring Gary Grainger and Friends! Gary Grainger and his brother Greg Grainger lead this popular Tuesday night jam session. Come out, bring a musical instrument, your singing voice, and your love of music…Show ‘em what you got! Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.). The music starts at 8pm.

Coming soon to the BBJ stage: Paula Atherton & David Bach, Bobby Caldwell, The Michael Live Project (Michael Jackson Tribute), Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Teedra Moses, The Texas Chainsaw Horns, and many more great acts.

Thanks for coming out and helping us keep great music alive and well in Bethesda! Hope to see you here soon.

Rick Brown