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It’s Almost 2017! Celebrate All Week with Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow, Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, Deanna Bogart, and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra

Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow Band, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Deanna Bogart, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/27) Saxophonist Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His extraordinary career features high points including early-’70s gigs with Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws. His name is a common sight often on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. His first hit, “Always There,” (credited as Ronnie Laws and Pressure on the original 45) was one of the most popular, sax-driven, crossover hits of the 1970s jazz-funk fusion era. His playing ushered in the sensualization of the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems such as “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Come out for this evening performance and you will “just love” the sensual and star-power sounds of Ronnie Laws. The show begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/28) Let It Flow is a collective of some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their blend of R&B, neo-soul and contemporary jazz with a generous helping of homegrown DC go-go is what makes them fantastically unique. The band has shared the stage with many notables including The Dazz Band, Sybil, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Kid from Kid ‘n Play, and the late, great Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. Let It Flow performs concerts, club dates, outdoor events, private parties, fraternity and sorority galas, and wedding receptions. Their music is infectious and will get you moving on the dance floor. Get ready for Let It Flow! The concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/29) Auld TWANG Syne features two of the hottest, funnest, dancin’est, roots rockin’est bands the DC area has to offer: Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys! They’ll be twangin’ ‘tween the holidays and giving you a great big reason to rock. Ruthie & the Wranglers are known for their high energy Americana Country, rockabilly, roots rock and a splash of surf. The Thrillbillys are made up of a who’s who of veterans of the DC area music scene: Leader Johnny Castle (Nighthawks, and formerly with Bill Kirchen and Switchblade), rock ‘n’ roll/pop rock master David Kitchen, roots rock and country guitar slinger Andy Rutherford, and Jack O’Dell on drums. Get yourself to this show and go home with raised spirits and a big dose of TWANG! The band kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (12/30) The fans of award-winning multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart really value the diversity of her genre-free zone. As a bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist, and sax player, Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she calls “blusion.” Her fusion of blusion — spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless, and fun — has garnered her three Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009, and 2010 and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won 22 Wammies, the music awards for our hotly contested DC region. Deanna Bogart’s dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals, and cut-above songwriting will win your heart. Don’t miss this one! The show starts at 8pm.

New Year’s Eve, Saturday (12/31) Please join us at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for this extra special performance by Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra as we ring the new year… 2017! Come out and celebrate with a four course dinner, hats, noisemakers, horns, pop out streamers, and the traditional champagne toast at midnight. When Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra step to the stage, the audience is transported to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The group will bring down the house as everything old becomes new again. The 18-piece ensemble swings with manic abandon through the early Great American Songbook, infusing standards with new energy. For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s alive in Washington, DC and around the world. The Washington Post says, “Scantlin is the consummate showman.” An elegant evening will be had by all! Doors open for dinner at 7pm and the party starts at 9pm.

We’ve just added so many new shows to the lineup for 2017. Here are just a few: The Hardway Connection, Sonny Landreth, Joe Clair & Friends, Denny Laine Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Wings over America, Bill Laurence, the annual Buddy Holly Tribute, Jeff Bradshaw, The Spinners, and Annale with Special Guest Shakespeare. Check our Music Calendar for all the recent additions.

We at BBJ hope you’ve been having a magical holiday season. Thank you so much for spending time with us and for celebrating great entertainment with us in 2016. We wish you a very Happy New Year!

 

Rick Brown

Classic Sounds by Gary Grainger,Geno Marriott, DC Highlife Stars, Ronnie Laws, Beatlemania Now

Gary Grainger,Geno Marriott, DC Highlife Stars, Ronnie Laws, Beatlemania Now

Tuesday (5/31) Show ‘em What You Got…Turn Out and Turn it Up with  The Jam Featuring Gary Grainger and Friends. The Grainger Brothers kick-off the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in the Maryland / Northern Virginia region. Come witness history at the highly anticipated return of the Nation’s most talented musicians and performers led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.) The show begins at 8pm.

Wed (6/1) Come out and hear Geno & The Spirit of Jazz. Geno’s polished fusion of contemporary smooth jazz, funk, classic rock and gospel has helped the soprano saxophonist become one of the most popular contemporary jazz performers in The Washington DC area and East Coast. Geno opened up for the CD release concert of Gospel Great, Byron Cage in 2012, performed at corporate events, social functions, Lake Anna Winery, community events and has played at many venues and private functions on the East Coast and is proud to be a part of Hampton/Va. Beach Jazz Circuit and has music on played on WHOV – Jazz radio and other stations.  In 2014 he recorded is first CD, “The Spirit of Jazz”, with Producer Carlos Redmond on Independent label, “GmusicEntertainment. Geno is also a member of the popular DC Jazz/Fusion/Latin Group “Geno and Friends”. Please rest your ears and enjoy this Debut CD by, Geno Marriott featuring the song “Tahiti”. The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (6/2) Don’t miss DC Highlife Stars, they have been lighting up dance floors across Maryland and DC with their infectious blend of hip-shaking music from West Africa, along with original compositions that bring the party into the here-and-now. Bandleaders Eme Awa (Eme & Heteru) and Michael Shereikis (Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band) have assembled a choice crew from among the DMV’s deep African music community to explore this stripped down, guitar Highlife sound. The result is five world-class groove masters — from Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and the US — slinging deep-pocket bass, soaring double-helix guitars and earthy harmonies all so you can forget your troubles and dance! The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (6/3) Don’t miss this rare appearance by Ronnie Laws! Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of Jazz with the broader reaching strains of Soul and Pop music. Throughout his career, which includes early-’70s gigs with Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire and his brother, Hubert Laws. He is often listed on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. The show starts at 8pm.

Sunday (6/5) You don’t want to miss this show…. Whether young or old this show appeals to all ages… It’s a must-see event…”BEATLEMANIA NOW” successfully recaptures the mood and frantic intensity of that by-gone era. The performers skillfully and effectively recreate the sights and sounds that were and still are…The Beatles!!! The show starts at 7pm.

Don’t forget about our Father’s Day performances by Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes! Also coming up: Our own Prince Birthday Celebration of Life, Secret Society, 76 Degrees West Band and much more. Please visit our Music Calendar to find out more about our exciting and diverse upcoming events. Thanks as always for helping us keep great music alive in Bethesda!

 

Great Tributes to James Brown, Donny Hathaway, and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Daryl Davis, Josh Christina, Gary Grainger, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Ronnie Laws, Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience, Tribute to Donny Hathaway at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Monday (11/23) TONIGHT! Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified. This young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer is barely in his 20’s and is a force of nature who must be seen to be believed. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries on the tradition and does it proud. Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! – Don’t miss him! Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. There is no cover charge and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) On Tuesdays, we host THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends. Players & singers, come out and perform with some of the best! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. We also offer 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.

Wednesday (11/25) Performing together since 1974, The Fabulous Hubcaps show no signs of slowing down. Doo-wop harmony, classic rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, Motown, and R&B is the name of their game. The seven-piece band captivates audiences with high energy tributes to artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and many more. The group has even had the honor of performing on the South Lawn of The White House and in 2013, was inducted into The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best nostalgic show bands in the country. They start at 8pm.

Friday (11/27) We are happy to present the amazing Ronnie Laws. His first hit, “Always There,” was one of the most popular, sax-driven, cross-over hits of the 70’s Jazz-Funk Fusion era. Laws ushered in a sensual approach to the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems including “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Having worked with highly esteemed artists like Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His concert will begin at 8pm.

Saturday (11/28) Stay on the scene this Saturday night and groove to the sounds of Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience! This all-star ensemble faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. Drummer Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006, leads this outstanding band. Thompson was born and raised in Washington, DC, and he has also performed with other renowned musical artists including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, Rufus Thomas, and Peaches & Herb. After the passing of James Brown, Thompson assembled a stellar group of talented local musicians to perform in tribute to a great musical legacy. Come out and celebrate to “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “Cold Sweat,” “I Got The Feelin’,” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and many, many more. Remember there’s free parking on weekends at Cheltenham Garage, and the funk party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (11/29) We’ve got another great tribute – this time to the music of the infinitely soulful Donny Hathaway. In a ruefully short life, singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist Donny Hathaway made one of the most timeless contributions to soul music. On this evening, two equally talented artists, Sam Prather and Brandon Combs, will pay tribute to this legendary singer-songwriter’s body of work. Sam Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He’s equally comfortable in jazz, funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, neo-soul, and R&B. He has worked on keyboards and/or drums with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, Fred Yonnet, J-Hayden, Pharoh Saunders, Greg Osby, Heidi Martin, Warren Wolf, Antonio Parker, and Joey Omicil. Cincinnati native Brandon Combs began to develop his captivating talent while taking in Donny Hathaway and Richard Pryor albums throughout his formative years. He has worked with the likes of Kurt Elling, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Harris, and The Eddie Love Big Band. You’ll love this performance; it starts at 7:30pm.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week. Thanks so much for keeping great live music performance alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown