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An Old School Weekend with Still Surfin’ and Friendship Train – Tributes to The Beach Boys and Gladys Knight and The Pips, “Feel Good Music,” and More at BBJ

1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Nia Simmons and Geneva Renee, Still Surfin’ Beach Boys Tribute, Friendship Train Gladys Knight and the Pips Tribute, Secret Society at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/2) Come one, come all to the 1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends! This monthly event gives YOU the chance to jam and sing with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. You’ll have a blast whether you join the band onstage or simply come out, have some food and drinks, and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/3) We’ve got a soulful night in store with DC-area singers Nia Simmons and Geneva Renée! Born and raised in Alexandria, VA, Nia Simmons has a vocal style is heavily rooted in gospel, R&B, and jazz. Not only has she performed as a headliner at notable venues (Blues Alley, The Carlyle Club), she has also been privileged to share the stage as a background vocalist with acclaimed artists such as Regina Belle, Howard Hewett, Bobby McFerrin, Kirk Whalem, Meli’sa Morgan, and Crystal Aikin, and others. Geneva Renée, the highly sought after mezzo-soprano whose range spans three octaves has been a featured soloist at events honoring Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. An alumna of Howard University, Geneva is heavily influenced by classical, jazz, soul, gospel and pop. She has shared the stage with stars including Diana Ross, Maysa Leak, and Vanessa Williams. The music begins at 8pm.

Friday (8/5) Professional tribute band Still Surfin’ has been performing the music of The Beach Boys for over 15 years. Still Surfin’ features the incredible five part harmonies of The Beach Boys and they’re ready to entertain with authentic costuming, audience participation, great choreography, heavy spring reverb surf guitar, and the songs that everyone knows and loves. Just like the original Beach Boys, they might also pull out songs from other great ’60s surf bands like Jan and Dean, The Ventures, Dick Dale, and The Safaris. They play all the great car songs, too! Come out to see Still Surfin’ for a true-to-form show – just like the originals sounded on their live tours back in the day. Surf’s up at 8pm.

Saturday (8/6) Shadows of the 60’s Present Friendship Train – A Tribute to Gladys Knight & The Pips! Perhaps the most dynamic female lead singer of all time from Motown roster of stars, Gladys Knight, backed by the smooth vocals and choreography of The Pips, burst onto the music scene in 1961 and continued to enjoyed success for decades to come. Their hits include “With Every Beat Of My Heart,” “I Don’t  Wanna Do Wrong,” “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Friendship Train,”  “Neither One Of Us,” and “If I Were Your Woman.” Because of Gladys’ soul-stirring vocal delivery, it is no accident that there aren’t many tributes to this unique group. Shadows Of The 60’s, known for their reputation of delivering the best in tribute productions, searched for three years to find such a gifted vocal talent. Join them as they return to the sound of one of the mighty pillars of that elusive Motown Magic, Gladys Knight & The Pips. The tribute begins at 8pm.

Sunday (8/7) Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area saxophonist Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “Live Band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. Secret Society is that breath of fresh air. The combination of talent, experience and influences including John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound and identity. The group likes to use the simplistic description “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is that they offer. The WAMMIE-nominated group has been featured in magazines including Prince George’s Suite and Magazine 33 Virginia, as “one of the hottest bands in the region.” Bandleader Mills attended Howard University’s prestigious Jazz Studies Program, which gave him the opportunity to play with notable DC-area groups including The Marcus Johnson Project, and Thievery Corporation, and he currently performs with DC’s legendary Chuck Brown “The Godfather of Go-Go” Band. With Wayne Thomas on drums, vocalist Mike Madison, Robbie McDonald playing lead guitar, bassist David Dyson, and Patrick Cooper on keyboards, this recipe of musicians is sure to please the taste buds of the avid music fan! The band starts at 7:30pm.

Who’ll be on the BBJ stage soon? Kandace Springs with special guest Lee Mo, Jon B., Zo! with Carmen Rodgers, The Cindy Blackman Santana Group, Peter Asher and Albert Lee, Kenny Lattimore, and the Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert, to name a few. Visit our Music Calendar and stay up to date!

Happy August! And thanks as always for coming out to support great music in Bethesda. We’ll see you soon.

Rick Brown

“Modern Soul Man” Kenny Lattimore, a Gladys Knight & The Pips Tribute,
and Rock And Roll for Children

Daryl Davis Presents Chris Watling, The Grainger Jam, The MTLC Project, Kenny Lattimore, Rock And Roll For Children, Gladys Knight and The Pips tribute at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2016Monday (3/7) Join us as Daryl Davis presents saxophonist Chris Watling, a founding member of the highly acclaimed roots rock band, The Grandsons.  He has blown his horn from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival all the way to the White House and everywhere in between, and his sound has supported performers including The Spinners, Ronnie Spector, Dr. John, Mary Wilson, and many others.  Tonight, you’ll hear why he’s the man these stars call when they come to town! Host Daryl Davis tours both nationally and internationally and his CD, American Roots and Alternate Routes, received rave reviews from leading blues magazines, and won several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/8) It’s time once again for The Grainger Jam! 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 (3/9) Come check out The MTLC Project – a power combo of some of the most called-on musicians in the DMV! The group is composed of Milton Smith (drummer, lead vocals), Mark Russell (bass), Chris Featherstone, (keyboards, vocals) Chris Fischer (keyboards), Tony Cothran (guitar) and Lenny Harris (sax and vocals). These artists have performed with Najee, Cindy Bradley, Ronnie Laws, Wilton Felder, Chanté Moore, Dennis Edwards’ Temptations Review, Chuck Brown, and EU, to name a few. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday – Friday (3/10 and 3/11) Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore will join us for two evenings of sweet music. Hailed by the New York Times as a “modern soul man,” he’s back to climbing the charts with his 7th solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song and single “Love Me Back.” Growing up in Washington, DC, Lattimore was raised on gospel music and such R&B/pop icons as Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. His new recording features the tender vocals and penetrating, honest lyrics fans have grown to love, and weaves a balance between classic and contemporary R&B. The Thursday and Friday night concerts begin at 8pm.

Saturday (3/12) We will host Rock And Roll For Children, where rock legends will team up to benefit The Children’s Inn at NIH. John Popper of award-winning band Blues Traveler will headline the fundraiser, joined by an impressive bunch: Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett), Snuffy Walden (Chaka Khan), Christine Ohlman (Saturday Night Live Band), Eric Biondo (The Monkees), Lynn Ligamari (Lincoln Center Institute), Maria Eisen (The Woes), Kasim Sulton (Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult), Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Chris Pati, singer-songwriter Marc Riber, and others. An all-volunteer board comes together to make the Annual Bash both a sensational evening of rock and roll and a philanthropic success. The signature concert has raised more than $500,000 for children (and parents) in need. Tickets may be purchased here. The event begins at 7pm.

Sunday (3/13) Get on the Friendship Train! Shadows of the 60’s will present Friendship Train, A Tribute to Gladys Knight & The Pips! Perhaps the most dynamic female lead singer of all time from Motown roster of stars, Gladys Knight, backed by the smooth vocals and choreography of The Pips, burst onto the music scene in 1961, recording and performing hits including “With Every Beat Of My Heart,” “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,” “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” “Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Neither One Of Us,” and more. Shadows Of The 60’s, known for their reputation of delivering the best in tribute productions, searched for three years to find such a talent gifted with the ability to do justice to the voice of Gladys. Now, join them for this tribute to true Motown magic. The show begins at 8pm.

Shows coming right up: New Orleans jazz band Nolatet, Marcus Anderson & Earl Carter, and St. Patrick’s Day with former MD governor in 7-piece Irish band, O’Malley’s March. There are still a few tickets left for Lalah Hathaway and comedian Joe Clair. Other upcoming concerts include Sunflare & The Craig Alston Syndicate, Be’la Dona, King Soul and Texas Chainsaw Horns, Syleena Johnson, Cameo, Chanté Moore, and Snarky Puppy. Check our Music Calendar for tickets and details.

Thanks as always for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you 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