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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 
 

ON STAGE THIS WEEK AT BBJ! ROY AYERS, CONFUNKSHUN & MORE

MONDAY (5/22) –  

Join the award-winning Walt Whitman High School Jazz Ensemble for an evening of incredible music performed by the next generation of jazz musicians. Under the direction of Terry S. Alvey, the Whitman Jazz Ensemble has performed on some of the east coast’s biggest stages, such as Carnegie Hall and the Music Center at Strathmore.  7:30 pm
  

TUESDAY (5/23)  –   

Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Jazz Ensemble is an award-winning jazz group that performs a wide array of jazz styles. The band frequently performs swings, Latin, Funk, Rock and Ballads. The group plays at their cluster elementary and middle schools, the MCPS Jazz Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and surrounding areas.  7:30pm   
WEDNESDAY (5/24)  – The Vocal Workshop Showcase produced by pianist Chris Grasso accompanied by bassist Zack Pride, and drummer Lenny Robinson. Patrons who come to the 7pm set are welcome to stay for the 9pm set with no additional cover charge. 7pm & 9pm  
THUR & FRID (5/25 & 5/26) – Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected Jazz/R&B artist on the music-scene today. Now in his fourth decade in the music business. Ayers, known as the Godfather of Neo-Soul, continues to bridge the gap between generation of music lovers. Carolyn Malachi, the GRAMMY-Nominated songstress hails from Washington, DC, is a shining example of how music truly is universal. 8pm  
SATURDAY (5/27) –  
Washington, DC is the birthplace of Be’la Dona, an exciting and diverse all-female band. Their unique style of funk, jazz, r&b and rock command an impressive drawing power attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. Each band member has toured with various national artist including Nile Rodgers, Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, EU, Salt-n-Pepa and more. 8pm 
SUNDAY (5/28) – ConFunkShun is a star-quality attraction delivering a superb, high-energy show with electrifying choreography, glistening six-part vocal harmonies, and a dash of humor. They are, unquestionably, among the heroes of funk with romantic ballads and dance-party hits galore. Their 20 hit singles included 8 Top Ten R&B Hits and one #1 R&B smash.  7:00/10:00 pm  

ON THE BBJ STAGE THIS WEEK!!! SALSA, JAZZ, COMEDY, AFROFUNK AND SOUL MUSIC!!

TUESDAY (4/25) –  8:00pm

A ten piece Salsa Orchestra with a 32 year history in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Formerly known as Orquesta La Ramana, on its 30 anniversary, band leader Edwin Ortiz officially changed the name adding La Mafia Del Guaguanco to the name. Their known for it’s hard hitting classic salsa sound and their often compared to the very best salsa players in New York & Puerto Rico.

WEDNESDAY (4/26)  –  8:00pm

Cyrus  Chestnut is an American Jazz Pianist, composer and producer. Chestnut enjoys mixing styles and resists being typecast in any one niche, though his gospel sound is apparent on a number of his recordings. Cyrus Chestnut was born in Baltimore, MD in 1963. “What makes Chestnut the best jazz pianist of his generation is a willingness to adbandon notes and play space.”
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FRIDAY (4/28)  – 8:00pm
Chopteeth is a 12-piece AfroFunk orchestra exploding the common groove between the funkiest, most hip-shakin’  West African and American popular music in the planet. The core of the Chopteeth sound Afrobeat: a big-band funk invented by Fela Huti in 1970’s Nigeria. 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.  Read more =>
 

SATURDAY (4/29) – Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show featuring comedian are – Chris Spencer, Meshelle and Omar Terrell.

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SUNDAY (4/30) – 7:30pm
Conya Doss has an American Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and has been a major figure in independent music for over a decade.  Conya is known as an innovator and is widely known for her eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, and light vocal range. She is widely known as The Queen of Indie Soul. Read More =>
You play a big part in keeping great music and entertainment alive and well in downtown Bethesda. Thanks for being part of the scene. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Rick Brown

Legends Peter Asher & Albert Lee Kick Off A Week of Classic and New Music with Soulcial Hour, Bruce In The USA, The Nighthawks Film Premiere & More

Peter Asher and Albert Lee plus Naked Blue, Premier of The Nighthawks Down The Blue Highway Documentary, Bruce in the USA, Soulcial Hour and Darrell Hill, Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers, Unit 3 Deep at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/16) Music legends Peter Asher and Albert Lee will take to the BBJ stage! As one half of Peter & Gordon, Asher’s voice soared through Carnegie Hall while Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25-year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and also Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). We came to know Peter Asher via 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose debut “A World Without Love” topped the charts in the US, UK, and over 30 other countries. His days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Asher & Lee will perform “I Go to Pieces,” “The Highwayman,” “Handyman,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Bye Bye Love,” and other beloved tunes. Special guests Naked Blue draw from the Americana tradition, are firmly grounded with a pleasing pop sensibility, and have become a mainstay on the folk/pop scene. The concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/17) Come out for Soulcial Hour! Soulcial Hour is a smooth jazz, R&B, and soul band from the Washington, DC area – as smooth and funky as George Benson and Brian Culbertson, as soulful as the Average White Band, Luther Vandross, and Chaka Kahn, with the pizzazz of Jill Scott and Ledisi and the ingenuity of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also on the bill is Darrell Hill, who auditioned for the Apollo Theater Live and made his debut in 2012. While hanging with rap artist Mob Deep, Darrell received the opportunity to sign with the record label, 25 to Life. He wrote songs for people such as G-Eddie and F MC Shan. Later, he became a member and sang with Bowie, MD-area group, 99 Percent before taking on his own musical career. Some of Darrell’s inspirations are legendary singers such as Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass. Darrell Hill brings plenty of R&B passion to the mic. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/18) Come out and enjoy some great local music with Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers! Lock 7 performs guitar-driven rock and blues classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, as well as some hard-charging originals. Veteran DC-area musicians, Martin McGurn, Ian Davis, and Will Travis have come together to produce a large, full, driving sound – its sum being greater than its individual parts. McGurn leads with a high-energy beat and seasoned, soulful vocals from behind the drum kit. On guitar, Davis delivers a blistering, bluesy performance, while Travis completes the sound from the back row, with a steady bass groove providing depth and structure. The Mighty Peacemakers – veteran musicians and a longtime staple in the DC music scene – deliver a mix of classic rock, blues, and originals behind the lead vocals of Rob Kilgore. TMPM’s song selection is guitar-driven rock like The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd, as well as original songs. Mike Nakamura and Dan Lopez provide a blend and variety of styles with their slide and lead guitars and vocals, the rhythm section is driven by Bruce Allen on drums and vocals and Jim Grice on bass. This rockin’ musical journey gets started at 7:30pm.

Friday (8/19) Don’t miss the DC Metro-area premiere of Nighthawks on the Blue Highway documentary film! The movie will start off the night, followed by the area debut of Chicago’s North Avenue Stompers, featuring Eric Shoutin’ Sheridan. Longtime locals will remember Sheridan as the voice behind The Uptown Rhythm Kings. The Nighthawks will close things out with a killer set! The evening’s festivities start at 7:30pm.

“In this unflinching documentary film, the Washington DC-based Nighthawks struggle to keep their music alive after more than four decades in the brutal music business. Hopeless record deals, weary days on the road, and conflict among the four members threaten to bury them. But the hardest working blues band in America soldiers on, carrying the torch of the blues into the 21st century. Directed by Washington DC native and Johnny Cash biographer Michael Streissguth, the film stars George Thorogood, John Hammond, Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson, and Mark Wenner.”

Saturday (8/20) More than just another tribute… This is Bruce in the USA! This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. Matt Ryan is a veteran of professional live performance artist in full scale production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the world. He has performed the Springsteen character as a cast member of the world famous Legends In Concert since the year 2000. After years of perfecting his craft in thousands of shows, Matt has evolved the Springsteen character into the national touring show it has become today. This show has met with critical acclaim from Vegas to large performing arts centers to Bruce’s old stomping ground, The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Sellout crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last! This homage to The Boss starts at 8pm.

Sunday (8/21) Unit 3 Deep is a bold new direction in jazz and R&B featuring three of the industry’s world-class musicians. Super Bassist and Billboard-charting artist David Dyson (Pieces of a Dream, Lalah Hathaway, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Bobby Lyle, Phillip Bailey) joins forces with the dynamic and sultry piano melodies of Billboard-charting artist Patrick Cooper who has performed with the likes of Angela Bofill, Jean Carne, Nick Colionne, Bobby Lyle, to name a few. Wayne Thomas, who has built a solid reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after drummers, adds his prolific skills to this awesome group. The show starts at 8pm.

Of course, we’ve got more music coming right up! Check out our Music Calendar for upcoming shows including Kenny Lattimore, Poppa Chubby, Jeff Bradshaw, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Rahsaan Patterson, Marcus Johnson, a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert and much more.

Thanks so much for supporting great music and comedy in downtown Bethesda. We’ll look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

An R&B Favorite, Classic Folk, Cajun Blues… & the Super Sexy Hot Mess Burlesque!

El DeBarge, The Brothers Four, Hot Mess Burlesque, and Tab Benoit at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/11) THANK YOU to all the enthusiastic El DeBarge fans out there… Tonight’s show is SOLD OUT! The R&B legend lent his signature falsetto to 16 Top 10 hits, both solo (“Rhythm of the Night,” “Who’s Holding Donna Now”) and with the family group, DeBarge (“All This Love,” “I Like It,” “Time Will Reveal”). Whether or not you were lucky enough to get a ticket for tonight’s show, you can look forward to something new; El is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to his Grammy nominated album, Second Chance. The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (11/12) Join us for an evening with internationally-acclaimed folk stars, The Brothers Four. Called “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World,” The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz artists, and have even serenaded four U.S. Presidents at the White House over the course of a five-decade career. Their soul-stirring performance will include classics like “Greenfields,” “Yellow Bird,” “Try to Remember,” “Across the Wide Missouri,” and “The Green Leaves of Summer.” We’ll see you at the show! It starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (11/13) You’re in for a good time with the Hot Mess Burlesque! It’ll be a sexy, grown-up night with performers Miss Bliss, Porcelain, Bitsy Buttons, Puppie Buffe, Casey Jones, Marie L’Ennui, Miss V, Lauren Loves, Patsi Cake, and for a little beefcake… Big Bad Brett! The Bottom Drawer Lingerie Models will also take the stage, sure to tantalize. Playing some hot dance music and backing up the whole crazy fun night of classic burlesque, aerialists, strip tease, and comedy will be The Texas Chainsaw Horns. Mark Slomski will MC. With a show like this in store, it’s clear you can get pretty lucky on Friday the 13th. Don’t miss it! Adults only, 8pm.

Sunday (11/15) it’s the great Tab Benoit plus The Cathy Ponton King Band. Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues! As a teenager and budding guitar player, he hung out at The Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Sitting in and jamming in that perfect environment, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living legends. Nightly impromptu gigs at The Blues Box inspired Benoit to put together his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took the show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since. DC native Cathy Ponton King plays a Telecaster and kicks out a distinctive mix of blues, jazzy blues, Nawlins music, swing, rock ‘n’ roll, and sweet ballads. Come out for both acts and enjoy a night of real, down-home sounds. The show starts at 8pm.

More great shows coming up: Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra featuring Maiya Sykes from The Voice (11/18), Michael Muse & Shawn Allen Back Together Again (11/20), The Fall Funk Summit with Chopteeth & Be’la Dona (11/21), The Fabulous Hubcaps (11/25), Mousey Thompson & the James Brown Experience (11/28), Shayna Steele (12/3), and don’t forget to get your tickets early for the big Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Celebration featuring Landau Murphy, Jr. on Saturday, 12/12!  Check our Music Calendar for our upcoming holiday events and all the latest show updates.

See you soon at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. Thanks for helping us keep music alive in downtown Bethesda!

Rick Brown

 

R&B, Go-Go, Vocals & Vibes – A Great Eclectic Weekend at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!

Miriamm Wright, Chuck Brown Band, Chris Grasso Trio, Lena Seikaly, Chuck Redd, Daryl Davis feat. Sam Miller at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club October 2015Thursday (10/1) R&B singer Miriamm will present a great concert for a great cause. A fantastic vocalist who has shared the stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Will Downing, she is also the founder of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation. The show will be an evening of solid entertainment and a powerful performance to honor breast cancer survivors. Miriamm, who hit the big screen portraying the role of background singer to Etta James (Beyonce’ Knowles) in the feature film Cadillac Records (Sony Music Films) and toured as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo Peaches & Herb, has released 3 CDs. Miriamm…Live! @ Blues Alley was recorded in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness, as well as to celebrate the music of the late R&B singer, Minnie Riperton. Join us for this special event at 8pm.

Friday (10/2) we welcome back The Chuck Brown Band! The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, and by creating new music including three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life. 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. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck,” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. The party starts at 8pm!

Sunday (10/4) begins a four-concert series hosted by The Chris Grasso Trio and featuring pairings of DC’s top jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Kicking things off in style will be this fabulous combo: featured vocalist Lena Seikaly and renowned vibraphonist Chuck Redd, along with Chris Grasso (piano), Tommy Cecil (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).  Chuck Redd began performing internationally at the age of 21 when he joined the trio of legendary guitarist Charlie Byrd. He’s appeared worldwide on both drums and vibes Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Herb Ellis, and many more greats. Lena Seikaly has quickly joined the ranks of the city’s most in-demand vocalists. She’s been an artist in residence at Strathmore and has performed at the city’s top venues from Blues Alley to The Kennedy Center. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.-based jazz pianist who specializes in working with standout vocalists. Showtime 7:30. Remember there is always free parking on Sundays at Cheltenham garage.

Monday (10/5) It’s Customer Appreciation Night! Every Monday boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis features a different excellent artist – This time we’ll have Sam “Muleman” Miller. Sam Miller is a guitarist and vocalist known for his driving blues and rock ’n’ roll. Formerly with the ‘50s oldies band Big Cam & the Lifters, Sam excites audiences on his own all over the Baltimore/Columbia, MD area. There’s no cover and there’s half off select bottles of wine! 7:30pm.

Tuesday (10/6) and every Tuesday night – Come out for The JAM featuring Gary Grainger and Friends. Gary Grainger and his brother Greg Grainger head up the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in the Maryland/Northern Virginia region. Calling all players and singers… Show up and show ‘em what you got! Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). The music starts at 8pm!

Other upcoming shows include The Tom Principato Band, Fred Wesley & the New JB’s, Bobby Caldwell, Donnie, Art Sherrod Jr., Tito Puente Jr., Maria Muldaur, El DeBarge, Maggie Rose, and many more.

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here soon.

Rick Brown

 

Miriamm Wright Presents a Concert for Breast Cancer Awareness – Thursday, October 1st, 8pm

Miriamm Wright at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 10/1/15

Please join renowned R&B singer Miriamm this Thursday, October 1st as she turns Bethesda Blues & Jazz PINK! The concert, sponsored by the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, will be a beautiful evening of entertainment and a powerful performance to honor breast cancer survivors. WHUR radio personality, Taylor Thomas, will serve as Special Guest Host. The event begins at 8pm.

Reserved seating tickets are $25 and are available here. To purchase VIP Tickets (front row seats, a CD signed by Miriamm, and a Meet & Greet before the show: $60), email the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation.

From Aretha Franklin to Will Downing, Miriamm has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the business. She has opened for acts including India.Arie, Jill Scott, and Boys II Men. She hit the big screen portraying a background singer for Etta James (Beyonce’ Knowles) in the feature film Cadillac Records (Sony Music Films), and has toured as Peaches, one half of the classic duo Peaches & Herb. Miriamm founded the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc (EPW), a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support services to families facing breast cancer, as well as to provide education and screening to underserved communities.

Special Guest Host Taylor Thomas joined the Award Winning News Department at 96.3 WHUR in 2003. She is the local News Anchor for the Steve Harvey Morning Show. She is also the producer/host of “Let’s Talk Money” on WHUR World HD2, host of “People, Money & Life” on H.U.R. Voices SiriusXM Channel 141, and a News Reporter for WHUR World’s “Mix Show.”