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Big Fun & Virtuoso Fame: Bill Laurence of Snarky Puppy, Shi-Queeta-Lee’s Drag Tailgate Brunch, a Buddy Holly Tribute, Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers, and The After Party Band

The After Party Band, Lock 7 and the Mighty Peacemakers, Bill Laurance of Snarky Puppy, Buddy Holly Tribute, and Shi-Queeta-Lee's Drag Tailgate at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2106Wednesday (2/1) Are you ready for the “After Party Experience?” The After Party Band plays the best Top 40 dance and party covers of all eras and genres – You’re bound to hear the tunes you know and love! The band keeps the dancing, hyped up, and having fun! A portion of the ticket sales will benefit CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children). CSAAC is a nationally recognized leader in developing state-of-the-art services for people with autism and serves as a model for other agencies developing community-based housing, employment, educational, and early intervention services. To learn more about CSAAC, go to: www.csaac.org. Help support a good cause while you have a crazy fun dance night that you will not forget! The party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (2/2) Lock 7 delivers as it guitar-driven rock and blues classics from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, as well as some hard-charging originals. Veteran local 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. The Mighty Peacemakers are veteran musicians and longtime staples in the DC music scene. This group delivers a mix of classic rock, blues, and originals behind the lead vocals of Rob Kilgore. TMPM’s song selection is guitar-driven rock, staying connected to the musical roots of bands like The Allman Bros., ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd. Don’t miss the chance to hear two of the hottest groups from the DC area perform some of the coolest rock and blues, both classic and new. The music starts at 8pm.

Friday (2/3) A world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian, Bill Laurance has released four albums to date as a leader and has traveled across the globe and through myriad award-winning musical projects including as a founding member of the phenomenon that is Snarky Puppy. A professional musician since the age of 14, Laurance has performed with an array of musical talents including Morcheeba, David Crosby, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Laura Mvula, Musiq Soul Child, and the Metropole Orchestra. He is a two time GRAMMY-winning artist, and in 2015 he won the Breakthrough Award at the JazzFM Awards. His latest studio album is Aftersun, a tribute to space exploration and life in the cosmos. November 2016 saw the release of the much anticipated live CD/DVD, Live at the Union Chapel, recorded at the iconic London venue in front of an ecstatic, sold out crowd. The concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (2/4) Please join us for the sixteenth annual all-star Buddy Holly Tribute, on the 58th anniversary of the fateful Winter Dance Party plane crash, featuring the music of rock ‘n’ roll legend Buddy Holly and fellow tour stars Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. The list of fantastic performers who will take part include Ryan Cain, Billy Coulter, Crayfish Sisters, Dede and the Do-Rights, Flea Bops, Grandsons, Jelly Roll Mortals, David Kitchen Band, Rock-A-Sonics, Ruthie and the Wranglers, and other great DMV artists. The show will be emceed by British radio host and music writer Colin Davies. Come on out, enjoy the music, and Rave On! The tribute starts at 8pm.

Sunday (2/5) Before the Super Bowl, come out and tailgate with the Divas! Enter the magical world of illusion at Shi-Queeta-Lee’s Drag Tailgate Brunch as your favorite divas dazzle right before your eyes. See Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, and Liza Minelli replicated by DC’s top illusionists so well you will swear they are the real thing. Hosted by VanHook Productions, LLC, this show takes on a Las Vegas/Atlantic City feel. Creator, Director, and cast member Shi-Queeta-Lee has been seen on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, ABC’s Ugly Betty, DCTV’s Drag City: DC, TV One’s R&B Divas, and ViceLand TV.  The glitz and glamour of these performances will leave you amazed, intrigued, and completely blown away. Doors open for brunch at 11am, and the show is at 1pm.

Keep up with the latest info on our shows on our Music Calendar. Just a few of the upcoming events include Junior Marvin’s Wailers Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, the Billy Price Band and The Nighthawks, Syleena Johnson, Jeff Bradshaw & Friends, The Spinners, Bruce in the USA, The Bar-Kays and Brick, Angie Stone, and our 4th Anniversary Celebration featuring Dionne Warwick on February 28th and March 1st.

Come on out for dinner and a show! We look forward to seeing you.

 

Rick Brown

A Solid Week of Jazz, Rock, R&B, & Comedy with Snarky Puppy, Estelle, Joe Clair, NRBQ, Los Straitjackets, Grin Again, The Rat Pack, & The Grainger Jam

Snarky Puppy, The Grainger Jam, NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets, Estelle, Newmyer Flyer Presents Grin Again!. Joe Clair and Friends, Mother’s Day Brunch with The Rat Pack at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/2) We’ve got two great shows by the one-and-only Snarky Puppy! The once Texan, now New York-based quasi-collective has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in instrumental music. Although still “underground” in many respects, the band earned its first Grammy Award in early 2014 (for Best R&B Performance) and has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, The Village Voice, The Guardian, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, as well as the world’s most respected musicians from Pat Metheny to Prince. Snarky Puppy seamlessly fuses a deep knowledge and respect for musical tradition with sonic and conceptual innovation in a way that is able to reach the most critical or the most carefree audience. The band is a convergence of musicians from white and black America who also perform regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kirk Franklin, Justin Timberlake, Roy Hargrove, and Marcus Miller. Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show, and again at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Tuesday (5/3) Come out on Tuesday night for The Grainger Jam!  Musicians and singers, this is a great opportunity to share the stage with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you want to rock out with the band or just have some great food and beverages while you enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/4) Let’s get ready to rumble… It’s NRBQ vs. Los Straitjackets! Two of the greatest live bands in America join forces to bring you the rock & roll event of 2016. There is no Pay-Per-View, and this bout will go the distance. Attendance is mandatory, and everyone will win. The legendary NRBQ released their latest studio album, the critically-acclaimed Brass Tacks, in the summer of 2014. “NRBQ is still liable to play anything. Roaring rockabilly, transcendent pop-rock, roadhouse blues, avant jazz – you name it.” —Minneapolis Tribune. Los Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of Ventures, The Shadows, Link Wray, and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world. Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts, and dozens of films and TV shows. This great double bill concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (5/5) We are pleased to welcome British singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, actor, and Grammy Award winner Estelle! In league with other contemporary British female singers like Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Duffy, Estelle is known for her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul, reggae, grime, hip-hop, pop, and dance. She has experienced significant mainstream success with the single “American Boy” feat. Kanye West, for her collaboration with David Guetta in “One Love” and also with songs like “1980,” “Free,” “Break My Heart (feat. Rick Ross),”  “Thank You,” and “Conqueror.” Other collaborations include John Legend, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, and will.i.am. Since 2013, Estelle has voiced the character Garnet in the animated TV series, Steven Universe. The concert, with special guests Familiar Faces, begins at 8pm.

Friday (5/6) Come out and celebrate great songwriting and performance with Grin Again, a full-band tribute to Bethesda’s own Nils Lofgren’s legendary early 70’s band, Grin. Grin Again will perform the entire classic first album, Grin (“Like Rain,” “See What Love Can Do,” “18 Faced Lover”), along with 14 more best-of classics from the entire Grin catalogue including “White Lies,” “Moon Tears,” “Love Or Else,” “End Unkind,” “Beggars Day,” “You’re The Weight,” and more. Grin Again will let listeners experience the unforgettable songs Nils wrote for one of the early 70’s finest & most versatile bands. Showtime is 8pm.

Saturday (5/7) Bethesda loves Joe Clair & Friends! Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show) brings in the spring with what we love…a night of LMFAO! This time, it’s the Mother’s Day Weekend Edition – the I’ll Always Love My Momma Comedy Show! The other laugh-out-loud featured comedians will be Kareem Green, Hadiyah Robinson, and Omar Thompson. You know what time it is! Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm show, and again at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Sunday (5/8) It’s The Rat Pack – Together Again!  Relive the days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. and their big band as they appeared in Las Vegas at the Sands Hotel Copa Room. This is the only Vegas-based show with national touring companies and an award from the Congress of the United States – now in its 17th smash year with over 5,000 performances in over 40 states, 3 foreign countries, and over one and a half million tickets sold. You’ve got two great opportunities to enjoy – the Mother’s Day Brunch show – Doors open at 11:30am for the 12:15pm show, and the evening performance – Doors open at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm show.

More upcoming events: The SOS Band, inGratitude: A Tribute to Earth Wind & Fire, Ronnie Laws, PJ Morton, Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Judith Hill, and so much more! Stay up to date with our Music Calendar.

Thanks for your friendship and support. We look forward to seeing you here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz for some great music or comedy soon!

 

Rick Brown

Snarky Puppy Side Project Ghost Note, April Fools Comedy with Joe Clair, a Tribute to Three Soulful Favorites, and More Great Shows All Week

Daryl Davis Presents Tommy Lepson, The Grainger Jam, LA Young and the Unusual Suspects, Ghost Note, Golden State Lone Star Revue, Joe Clair and Friends, A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass and Stevie Wonder at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April 2016Monday (4/11) DC’s own Blue-Eyed Soul singer and musician extraordinaire, the legendary Tommy Lepson will be live on stage! He has shared the stage with The Kinks, The Righteous Brothers, The Spinners and many others, and his impassioned vocals have wowed audiences all over the United States and Europe.  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. 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. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. We’ve got half off on select bottles of wine, too! The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/12) Join us for The Grainger Jam! If you’re a singer or musician, come out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a fantastic time whether you join the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (4/13) L A Young has performed professionally since the 1990s, and her vocals include blues, R&B, Motown, jazz, hip-hop, classic rock, alternative and Country. Dubbed Maryland’s Queen of Soul, she has appeared at the Maryland State Fair, numerous music festivals, the Hard Rock Café, performed for the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore. L A loves a good story in song and some say she has never met a ballad she didn’t love. Her voice has been described as Chaka Kahn meets Phyllis Hyman. As the new millennium approached, L A formed her own band–The Unusual Suspects. They’re celebrating their 15th anniversary, and you’re invited to the party! The band gets going at 8pm.

Thursday (4/14) If the Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy, was a heart, drummer Robert “Sput” Searight and percussionist Nate Werth serve as its explosive pulse. World-renowned for their artistic communication through rhythm, this dynamic duo debuts their own project – Ghost Note! Come out and hear them expand their percussive voice into a night of melody through innovative grooves and captivating artistry. Robert “Sput” Searight is one of the most influential drummers and producers in modern music. Nate Werth, the undeniable secret weapon of Snarky Puppy, is both rooted in tradition and constantly innovating in the percussion world. Check out Ghost Note beginning at 8pm.

Friday (4/15) It’s time for the Golden State Lone Star Revue! Bandleader and Blues Award winner Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 and has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. He has been featured on over thirty recordings since 1985, including the Grammy nominated 2013 release Blind Pig recording, Remembering Little Walter. Other band members include Anson Funderburgh (Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Buffet), and guitar genius Little Charlie Baty. Don’t miss the opening act, former DC resident and local favorite funny man Rev. Billy C. Wirtz! Combining boogie woogie piano with tunes like “Big Bad Boy with Red Dress On,” “Mama Was a Deadhead,” and “Mennonite Surf Party,” he is one-of-a-kind. Showtime is 8pm.

Saturday (4/16) Get ready to eat, drink and laugh, Bethesda… Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show) is bringing in the spring with what we love…a night of LMFAO! This time, Joe Clair & Friends Present the April Fools Comedy Fest! Featured comedians are Howie Bell, Ms. Meme, & Damon Razier. There will be two big shows at 7pm and 10pm! Doors open at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (4/17) Brencore Entertainment presents A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Stevie Wonder! The Brencore Allstars Band will play the tunes of three favorites from the world of Motown, R&B, and soul! Come out and enjoy the sweet sounds. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for our special Mother’s Day events: Brunch and an evening show – The Rat Pack Together Again featuring Frank, Dino & Sammy! Other upcoming events include Cameo, Davy Knowles, Terry Reid & Cosmic American Derelicts, Chanté Moore, Snarky Puppy, NRBQ and Los Straitjackets, Estelle, Denny Laine of Wings performing all of Band On the Run, and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar to keep up with the latest!

We love the support we get from you in keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Rick Brown

Blues, Comedy, “The Snarky Puppy Insurgence” Continues with Bill Laurance,
and Lalah Hathaway Takes Over!

Liz Springer, Bill Laurance, Lalah Hathaway, and Joe Clair at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2016Monday (3/21) Soulful blues singer Liz Springer is back by popular demand! Liz will be honoring us by celebrating her birthday here at Bethesda Blues. She is an up-and-coming local artist dedicated to keeping the blues alive with a modern interpretation of standard blues classics. You are invited to her party! Host and piano player 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. 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. Admission is FREE with $10 minimum food and beverage per guest. Door open at 5:30pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/22) You will be blown away by the music of Bill Laurance featuring Michael League and Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, members of the Grammy-Award winning group, Snarky Puppy! Bill Laurance released his debut album, FLINT, in 2014. It went straight to #1 in the iTunes Jazz Charts and received international critical acclaim. His second album, SWIFT, was released on GroundUP music in Spring 2015. He’s on tour now with his latest, AFTERSUN –  Dance and African percussion at their heart, the new tunes combine deep world grooves with Laurance’s signature genre-bending exploration. Classically trained, Bill has worked as a professional musician since he was 14, touring internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer and arranger, recording and or performing with artists including: David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Bobby McFerrin, Susana Baca, Lalah Hathaway, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Musiq Soul Child, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Carlos Malta, Miss Dynamite and The Metropole Orchestra. Do take the opportunity to experience this true artist. The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (3/23) – Friday (3/25) We are thrilled to have three nights with six performances by the incomparable Lalah Hathaway. Most shows are SOLD OUT, but you can still grab tickets for Wednesday night if you HURRY! Born into musical legacy, the offspring of musicians Donny Hathaway and Eulaulah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway’s career was never really a question in her mind. Preparations for the release of Hathaway’s debut self-titled album were already firmly in motion during her final semester at Berklee College of Music, where the Chicago-native nurtured her multi-instrumental and songwriting talents. Revered by some of the greatest musicians of the last century, a myriad of collaborations and international performances signpost Hathaway’s 25-year success. A true bridge between masters of the jazz and soul traditions and new generations of popular music innovators, Lalah Hathaway has performed with greats such as Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Prince, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, Metropole Orkest, Esperanza Spalding, David Foster, Snoop Dogg, Natalie Cole, Robert Glasper Experiment, Terri Lyne Carrington, Marcus Miller, Dianne Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie, David Sanborn, Rachelle Ferrell, Take 6, The Winans, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Kirk Whalum, Donald Lawrence, Snarky Puppy, Christian McBride and many more. Each night, her concerts begin at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (3/26) Saturday night is time to relax and laugh! Our #1 Comedian/Host and one of DC’s finest, Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5, Joe Clair Morning Show) will bring it with March Madness Comedy Smash. Joining Joe Clair on the stage will be featured comedians Pat Brown, Turae, and Lonnie Davis. Expect a night of LMFAO! You know what times it is! Get ready to eat, drink, and laugh because in Be’thesda… #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm for our two big shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Great events are being scheduled all the time at Bethesda Blues and Jazz! Get ready for Sunflare, Be’la Dona, The Soul Spring Fling with King Soul and the Texas Chainsaw Horns, Roomful of Blues, Syleena Johnson, Ghost Note, Cameo, Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, and so many others. Check our Music Calendar for the latest details!

Keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda… We can’t wait to see you here soon.

 

Rick Brown

A Whole Lotta Soul this Week with The Blackbyrds, Cory Henry, DC Fusion, & More

Daryl Davis Presents: Patty Reese, The Jam with Gary Grainger, Keith Busey, Cory Henry, The Blackbyrds, DC Fusion at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club February – March, 2016Monday (2/29) Daryl Davis presents another great Monday night show with Patty Reese! Her attitude, soulful expression, and powerhouse pipes prove a match for the likes of Janis Joplin, and she’s been influenced by and compared to Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. Reese is the winner of eleven WAMMIES including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Roots Rock Vocalist. With the voice and musicianship on her latest release, Strong Medicine, it couldn’t be clearer that the medicine is working. Daryl Davis is a Howard University graduate who, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked as a master piano player 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. Come out for the music and enjoy half price on select bottles of wine. Admission is FREE with a $10/guest minimum. This bluesy, rock ‘n’ roll show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (3/1) Calling all musicians and singers! It’s that Tuesday night time again… Come out and Jam! Bring your voices and musical instruments, and some of the nation’s most talented musicians will be ready, willing, and able to back you up on our stage.  The Grainger Jam is your chance to get on the mic or just come out and enjoy some incredible 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 (3/2) Come out and see Keith Busey and the Unit Band! Keith Busey’s musical career includes Musical Director for acts including The Stylistics, Heat Wave, The Intruders, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jeane Carne, The Emotions, and The 70’s Soul Jam Concerts Series. The featured vocalists for the evening will be Miss Sonja Chi Chi, one of the premiere Female Soul Singers in the DMV and Mr. Robert Thompson( Robert T) who will be performing material from the Eddie Kendricks Song Book. The groove gets going at 8pm.

Thursday (3/3) The phenomenally talented multi-instrumentalist Cory Henry will take to the BBJ stage. This member of Snarky Puppy’s primary instrument is the organ, and he began playing at the age of two. At the tender age of nineteen he had the opportunity to begin traveling with the Jazz legend Kenny Garrett as his organist in a stint that lasted three years. He has worked with Yolanda Adams, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Lalah Hathway, Derrick Hodge, Israel Houghton, Joe, Shaun Kingston, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots, and many others, and has been seen on Sunday’s Best for BET and on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Cory Henry’s awes-inspiring performance begins at 8pm.

Saturday (3/5) We’ve got DC’s own… The Blackbyrds! You know them for their Grammy-nominated, million-selling smash hit “Walking In Rhythm,” uplifting party jam “Happy Music,” and the sexy, jazz funk groove of “Rock Creek Park.” The Blackbyrds came together more than 40 years ago as Howard University students under the tutelage of their music professor, the late great jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, who became their manager and producer. The original core members were all from and still live in the DC area including bandleader Keith Killgo on drums, Joe Hall on bass, and Orville Saunders on guitar. The band also features original member Allan Barnes on flute and saxophone, Dave Robbins on keyboards, and Julia Nixon as lead female vocalist. The DANCE FLOOR will be OPEN for this jazz funk party! It starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/6) Wrap up the weekend with one of the region’s most in-demand dance bands, DC Fusion! This band can do it all. Members of DC Fusion have performed with artists such as Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Angie Stone, Isaac Hayes, Chuck Brown, and many more. DC Fusion is Uzorije Carter and Tiffany Simone on vocals, Marcus Turner on vocals and drums, Benjie Porecki on keys, Randy Morser on guitar, and Phillip “Doc” Martin on the saxophone. They’ll get it started at 7:30pm.

Coming up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz: Kenny Lattimore, Friendship Train – A Tribute to Gladys Knight and the Pips, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Lalah Hathaway, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Cameo, Davy Knowles, Snarky Puppy, and 2016 Grammy Award-Winning bluegrass band, The SteelDrivers! Check our Music Calendar for the latest on all our upcoming events.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Rick Brown

Celebrating Our 3rd Anniversary with The Duke Ellington Orchestra
and Sharón Clark, plus a Week Full of Great Music and Comedy!

BB&J 3rd Anniversary with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Sharon Clark, Daryl Davis Presents Deletta Gillespie, The Jam with Gary Grainger, Red Eyed Sinatra, Rahsaan Patterson, Vocal Workshop Showcase, and Joe Clair and Friends at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Feb 2016Monday (2/22) Deletta Gillespie brought the house down last November, and she’s back by popular demand! One of the finest blues, jazz and R&B vocalists you’ll find anywhere, the singer/actress has performed for Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau and others. She also serves as a university Performing Arts coach, teaching countless other artists how to work a stage. Come see Deletta Gillespie strut her own stuff and show us how it’s done! Host Daryl Davis is a Howard University graduate who, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked as a master piano player 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. We’ve got half price on select bottles of wine and admission is FREE. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (2/23) Calling all musicians and singers! Bring your voices and musical instruments out to The Jam! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to back you up on our stage. Get on the mic or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. The Jam gets going at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/24) Don’t miss NYC-based Red Eyed Sinatra! This instrumental power trio weaves through funk, rock, electronica, ambient, and improve and draws upon influences spanning Wayne Krantz, D’Angelo, Bill Frisell, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Miles Davis, and Radiohead. You already know the band members from other popular endeavors. The band is guitarist Bob Lanzetti (seen with the Grammy-winning band Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, and Lalah Hathaway), bassist Steve Jenkins (seen with Vernon Reid, Screaming Headless Torsos, Cindy Blackman, and others) and drummer Devin Collins (seen with Elliot Moss, Felix Pastorius, and others). It would be easy to call the band a “supergroup” but it’s fueled by its own unique chemistry first and foremost. Also performing will be Beast from the East. The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (2/26) We’ve got two exciting performances by Rahsaan Patterson! Longtime fans have watched Rah grow from the skinny, wide-eyed boy with the big eyes and bigger voice on the classic children’s program, Kids Incorporated, to one of the most influential, yet underrated soul men on the planet. His performances in clubs and concert halls around the globe are powerful affairs where the artist and the songs bleeds out joy, pain, longing, despair, and ecstasy. There’s a veritable who’s who of talented folks Patterson has written and produced for and with (from pop diva Brandy to fellow under-sung MVP Van Hunt), and collaborated with (Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway).  Icons including Chaka Khan have sung his praises and ushered him into the hall of the greats. Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm concert, and at 9:30pm for the show beginning at 10pm.

Saturday (2/27) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass; and David McDonald on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. For the $10 fee, you are welcome to stay for either or both sets, which begin at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

Next up on Saturday night… our #1 Comedian/Host and one of DC’s finest, Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5, Joe Clair Morning Show)! Joe Clair and Friends will bring us the Oh So Cold Comedy Show – Expect a night of LMFAO!  The featured comedians will be Timmy Hall, Alex Scott, & Big Mac. You know what times it is! Get ready to eat, drink, and laugh because in Be’thesda… #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm for our two big shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (2/28) It’s the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club 3rd Anniversary! You are invited to celebrate this auspicious day with us as we are entertained by, perhaps, the greatest of all jazz bands – The Duke Ellington Orchestra! Joining the orchestra will be the incredible vocalist, Sharón Clark. Duke Ellington, a native Washingtonian, gave American music its own sound for the first time, and is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed including “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” “In a Mellotone,” and “Satin Doll.” Known as the originator of big band jazz, Ellington received 13 Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His legacy will endure, and his music comes all the more alive through the performances of The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Sharón Clark, another Washington, DC native, is an interpreter of song who has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent album, Do It Again, is a fantastic set of songbook standards.

Come out and share this occasion with us! There are two shows: Doors open at 11:30am for the 12:30 performance, and at 4pm for the 5pm show.

Visit our Music Calendar for an up-to-date lineup of performances. Just a few of our upcoming shows include Cory Henry, DC Fusion, Kenny Lattimore, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Lalah Hathaway, Snarky Puppy, and Mother’s Day Brunch with The Rat Pack featuring Frank, Dino & Sammy!

Thanks for being with us for these first three years of keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda. Here’s to many more!

Rick Brown

Grammy Award-Winning Snarky Puppy, Performing in May at BBJ, Talk Funk & Jazz with The New York Times

Snarky Puppy promo image, colorThe New York Times recently caught up with Snarky Puppy, a band the article described as “a barnstorming, groove-centric instrumental act,” and “revved-up jazz fusion.” The band had gathered with notable, recent collaborators including folk rocker David Crosby for dinner before watching the film that will accompany their latest release, Family Dinner Volume Two, due out on Friday, February 12th. Bethesda Blues and Jazz is set to present two shows by Snarky Puppy on Monday, May 2nd at 7pm and 10pm. Members of Snarky Puppy will also be performing at BBJ as part of Red Eyed Sinatra on Wednesday, February 24th, the Bill Laurance Group featuring Michael League and Robert “Sput” Searight on Tuesday, March 22nd, and Ghost Note on Thursday, April 14th.

Snarky Puppy both connects listeners back to the heyday of groups like Weather Report, while being at the front of the next wave of performers blending funk, rock, electronic sounds, and hip-hop. Read the February 5th New York Times article, “Snarky Puppy: A House Built on Solid Funk,” for some thoughts by bandleader Michael League and others on the group’s evolution, influence, and eclectic style.

Buy Tickets for An Evening with Snarky Puppy on Monday, May 2nd:

7pm Tickets

10pm Tickets