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Celebrate Four Years of Great Music at BBJ with Dionne Warwick in Concert! Celebrate Women’s Voices with The Wonder Women Blues Festival
and Sweet Honey In The Rock!

Dionne Warwick at BBJ 4th Anniversary, Daryl Davis Presents Wonder Women of Blues, and Sweet Honey in the Rock at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Feb-March 2017Tuesday – Wednesday (2/28 – 3/1) We are pleased to have the great Dionne Warwick here to help us celebrate four years of sharing music and entertainment in Bethesda! Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describes the familiar and legendary voice of five-time GRAMMY Award winning music legend Dionne Warwick, a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. During Warwick’s renowned 50-year career she has established herself as an international music icon and live act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs, making her the second most charted female of all time, and sold over 100 million records worldwide. She began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by a young songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Her first hit “Don’t Make Me Over” came in 1962, which was immediately followed by a decade of more than 18 consecutive Top 100 singles. Ms. Warwick’s classic cover of “That’s What Friends are For” in 1985 became one of her most lauded hits and since then she continues to awe audiences with her distinctive voice. The concerts begin at 8pm each evening.

Saturday (3/4) Join Daryl Davis as he celebrates, honors, and pays tribute to the first and most influential form of American music, the blues. This time, special honors go to female artists at the Wonder Women Blues Festival! The Blues was the foundation and platform for jazz, country, gospel, rock ’n’ roll, rockabilly, zydeco, swing, R&B, and just about every other form of American music. In the early days of the blues, female singers outnumbered male blues singers. It is said, “Behind every good man, is a good woman.”  We proudly tip our hat to these phenomenal females, putting them up front and center, with the good men behind them providing musical support. Featured artists at the Wonder Women of Blues Festival will be Mama Moon, Angela Hill, Deletta Gillespie, Gayle Harrod, Patty Reese, Sandra Dean, and Hayley Fahey. Bandleader Daryl Davis has worked extensively with Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band (formerly The Muddy Waters Blues Band), Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Sam Moore, Percy Sledge, Hubert Sumlin, Trudy Lynn, Mavis John, and many others. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/5) Come out and hear the amazing Sweet Honey In The Rock®! This phenomenal group remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant musical collectives in music today, both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Sweet Honey In The Rock currently consists of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress (who continues the group’s distinct and long-standing commitment to the deaf community), and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass. Sweet Honey In The Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360 degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year. This internationally renowned GRAMMY-nominated female a cappella vocal quartet has a history of over four decades of distinguished service. They have created positive, loving, and socially conscious message music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification, and have consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place for all in which to live. The concert begins at 7pm.

Thank you so much for showing up for great music and entertainment over these past four years. We hope you’ll join in the celebrations! Of course, we’ve got other great events coming up – Just Announced shows include EU (Experience Unlimited), Be’la Dona, ConFunkShun, and Nick Colionne. We’ve got upcoming special events for St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more. As always, you can find all the latest on our Music Calendar.

See you soon!

Rick Brown

 

Father’s Day Weekend with Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Fest and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jazzy R&B Queen Miki Howard, Jazz-Pop-Indie Group
The Becca Stevens Band

Sandra Dean w/ Dart Club and US, The Jam w/ Gary Grainger and Friends, The Becca Stevens Band, Miki Howard, Joe Clair and Friends: Poppa Don’t Take No Mess Comedy Fest, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/13) One of the DC area’s finest female rock vocalists, Sandra Dean, returns by popular demand burn the stage down once again with her powerful, sultry, and soulful voice. There is simply no cooling her – Whether it’s an uptempo rocker or a soft and slow ballad, the intensity and emotion put into her vocals generates enough heat to blow the thermostat! Show host and boogie-woogie 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. NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage per guest). Special guests Dart Club and US.  The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/14) It’s time to show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends!  Musicians and singers: Come on out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (6/15) North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Come out and see for yourself! Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions. She’s fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, with pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals. Stevens has toured the world with her band and has collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Not to be missed! The Becca Stevens Band plays at 8pm.

Friday (6/17) Grammy-nominated Miki Howard has a stunning catalog of wide-ranging music to her credit – from the breezy “Come Share My Love” and the steamy funk of “Ain’t Nobody Like You” to her soul-stirring signature song, “Love Under New Management,” the jazzy “Imagination,” and the inferno that is “That’s What Love Is,” a duet with the late, great Gerald Levert. She’s got a lot happening right now – a new live and studio-recorded 5-song EP, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues, and a brand new movie about her life and career just out on TV One: Love Under New Management – The Miki Howard Story. Come out on and enjoy a Friday night concert by jazzy, R&B Queen Miki Howard! The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/18) Poppa Don’t Take No Mess! Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! This time around he’s got two big shows especially for Father’s Day Weekend, and the featured comedians are Ray Grady, Ashley Mayo, Kyle Grooms! #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Sunday (6/19) Happy Father’s Day! Take a trip back in the day and celebrate Father’s Day with one of the great, soulful vocal groups, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were formed by Melvin in Philadelphia in 1954. In 1960 under the Valley Vue label, they went onto record their first hit to reach the R&B charts with the single, “My Hero.” In 1970, it was the apparently unassuming addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer that set off a series of pivotal events that led to the group’s jump into national prominence. They collaborated with producers/songwriters Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble and signed with their Philadelphia International label. With Pendergrass in his new role and Gamble & Huff s influence, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes reeled off a series of hits including “If You Don t Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost” which reached No. 3 and No. 7 on the Billboard pop charts, respectively. Come enjoy the Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes of today – still going strong with all the hits and more. Doors open for Father’s Day Brunch at 10:30am for the 12:30 show. Doors open at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm show.

Other upcoming shows include the Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives, Judith Hill, Peter Asher & Albert Lee, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, and The Yardbirds! Keep up with us on our Music Calendar.

Thanks so much for all you do to help keep great music alive and well. We look forward to seeing you at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club soon!

 

Rick Brown

Ring in 2016! Rockin’ Blues, Motown, & Doc Scantlin’s Big Band on New Year’s Eve

Sandra Dean, Gary Grainger, Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra, The Nighthawks, Jamison and Double O Soul, Shadows of the 60’s, Pink PaLish, Big Something, Dale & the ZDubs perform at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Dec 2015-Jan 2016Monday (12/28) Sandra Dean is one of the DC area’s premier female rock vocalists, and she will hit the BBJ stage tonight! Her high-energy set list ranges from “A Hard Day’s Night” to “Pride and Joy” to “Sweet Home Chicago” and all the rock ‘n’ roll in between. There’s no telling what she’ll cook up with the host of the show, boogie-woogie piano master, Daryl Davis. Sandra and Daryl will keep us all energized as we prepare to celebrate 2016. There’s no cover tonight and we’ll take half off select bottles of wine! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (12/29) Once again, it’s time for THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! Bring your singing voice, your musical instruments, and your enthusiasm to share the stage with some of the nation’s most talented musicians. Led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki, THE JAM is your chance to show us whatcha got! The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/31) Join us for the incomparable Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra! Hurry for tickets for an unforgettable ushering in of 2016: a delicious four–course dinner, hats, horns, noisemakers, streamers, a champagne toast at midnight, all to the sounds of a legendary band. Named “The Best Big Band in America” by Forbes Magazine, Doc and his elegant 18-piece ensemble transport audiences to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the Great Gatsby. The band swings with abandon through the early Great American Songbook. You don’t want to be anywhere else for New Year’s Eve! Door open at 7pm and the music begins at 9pm.

Friday (1/1) Happy New Year! Come out and spend the first night of the year in a bluesy mood with The Nighthawks and Jamison & Double O Soul. With origins back in 1972, The Nighthawks played with nearly all the living blues legends as well as a new generation of bands sometimes called “The Blue Wave.” They have released several important albums including the best-selling Jacks and Kings with Pinetop Perkins, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Calvin Jones, and Bob Margolin. Formed in 2008, Jamison & Double O Soul combines a Hendrix-style power trio energy of electric guitar, drums, and bass with the soulful vocals of George Jamison. Showtime is 8pm.

Saturday (1/2) Recapture the magic of Motown with Shadows of the 60’s! A tribute to amazing In this highly interactive Motown Super Group, The Four Tops, Shadows of the 60’s play the hits like “Bernadette,” “Standing In The Shadows Of Love,” and “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” … one powerhouse performance after another! Check out the choreography, costumes, and group members, each person chosen because they embody the spirit, style, and excitement of the original group’s live act. Sharing the evening will be Pink PaLish. A dynamic soul trio – Pam Ward, Alisha Glover & Shang – they will perform favorites by the likes of Phyllis Hyman, Whitney Houston, and Patti Labelle as well as Motown classics. The night will get cooking at 8pm!

Sunday (1/3) It’s Big Something along with Dale & the ZDubs! Big Something will take you through a serious journey of musical styles from rock, pop, and funk to off-the-chart improvisational jams. This 6-piece powerhouse has gotten accolades from Galactic, Robert Randolph, and moe., and they’ve been the support act for the one and only B-52’s. Truth Serum is the group’s third and most recent studio album. Dale & the ZDubs is all about the rock-reggae groove. The Montgomery County natives count artists like Sublime, 311, Rage Against the Machine, Slightly Stoopid, Bob Marley, Thievery Corporation, and The Clash among their influences. Come chill out on a Sunday night; the bands start at 8pm.

Thanks to all of you for doing your part throughout 2015 to keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you soon. All the best in the new year!

 

Rick Brown