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Music Heard Around the World: St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Band of Roses and Madz Johnson, and a Tribute to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly

Band of Roses and Madz Johnson, St. Patrick's Day with O'Malley's March, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Wednesday (3/15) We’re excited to present this wonderful, woman-powered midweek double bill – Band of Roses and Madz Johnson! The Band of Roses are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to gospel, jazz, rock, funk and R&B. The sound is cultivated by smooth, yet powerful vocals paired with fierce and dynamic musicianship from some of the DMV area’s most gifted, skilled and talented female instrumentalists. The band and its members have performed locally and toured nationally and internationally with legendary musical talent including Patti LaBelle, Musiq Soulchild, Parliament Funkadelic’s  Original “Sir Nose,”  and Carolyn Malachi, to name a few. Madz Johnson is a Filipina-American singer, songwriter, arranger of her own music from Virginia. She considers herself a soul funk jazz artist and set out to introduce this unique kind of music to the Philippines as well as invade the US market with her talent. She holds three world tours under her belt as an esteemed Alumnus of the Chorus UPCC (University of the Philippines Concert Chorus). She released her first original song, “Smile,” in 2015. The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (3/17) BBJ is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day! Jared Denhard, Jim Eagan, Sean McComiskey, Pete Miller, Mac Walter, Jamie Wilson and Martin O’Malley are O’Malley’s March. You could call it Celtic Rock – but it is so much more. Leading the charge on vocals, guitar, bodhran and tin whistle, Martin O’Malley has brought together these six musicians – some born and raised in the traditions of Irish music, some classically trained, some lifelong students of blues, rock, and jazz. Many of them are all of the above-and all students of the experience that can only be gained by standing on stage and putting ones heart and soul into a performance, while making the audience feel that they are a part of the dynamic chemistry. Mixing the hauntingly beautiful, soulful and rousing music of Irish tradition with the music that was created out of the Irish Diaspora with original compositions by O’Malley and Denhard, they continue to grow, to listen, to go beyond what they know, and to share their intimate connection with the music they have learned, the music they have written, and the music that has written them. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (3/19) After two years of envisioning, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band has become a reality! It has quickly become one of the most respected Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly tribute bands in the nation. We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band replicates the look, sound and feelings of the BET Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 70’s soul group. This eight-piece band, with each of its unique members, provides amazing chemistry. Led by nationally recording drummer ElWarren “Spoon” Weatherspoon and featuring lead vocalist Paul Bumbry, who has the amazing voice range and movement of his lifelong idol Frankie Beverly, the group highlights the early years of Maze and the transition to Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly. Get ready to hear the his songs you know and love including “Back in Stride,” “Too Many Games,” “Can’t Get Over You,” “Before I Let Go,” “Running Away,” and many more. The tribute begins at 7:30pm.

We’ve got a lot coming up at BBJ! Check out our Music Calendar for details on shows by Valerie Simpson, The Joe Clair and Friends Comedy Show, Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, The Rat Pack Together Again, Gino Vannelli, and other great events.

Thanks as always for being part of a great music and entertainment scene in downtown Bethesda. We’d love to see you soon for dinner and a show!

 

All the best,

Rick Brown

A Free Concert by Nolatet, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, and a Week of Incredible Jazz

Nolatet, Marcus Anderson and Earl Carter, O’Malley’s March, Eric Felten, Avon Lucas, Vocal Workshop Showcase, Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2016Monday (3/14) We’ve got a FREE Customer Appreciation Concert by Nolatet! A true jazz supergroup, you may already know the members of Nolatet from acts such as Astral Project, The Stanton Moore Trio, and The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Johnny Vidacovich (drums) and James Singleton (upright bass) have been New Orleans’ best rhythm section since 1977. Mike Dillon (vibes and percussion) and Brian Haas (piano) have been sharing co-bills and sitting in with each other’s bands on the same touring circuit for over 20 years. They span four decades in age—Vidacovich is in his 70s, Singleton in his 60s, Dillon in his 50s and Haas in his 40s. All four musicians are fiercely independent iconoclasts and bandleaders who compose, play and navigate their musical lives in their own unique way. Come out and take in this unique musical experience! The concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (3/16) Join us for Marcus Anderson and Earl Carter in concert. Marcus Anderson‘s family recognized his talent as a musical prodigy when he was introduced to the saxophone at age twelve. He later became a member of the All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina. After excelling in high school, he studied with Branford Marsalis and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years, achieving many accolades along the way. He has performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson. Following the success of his third album, NOW, Prince called for Anderson to join him. Anderson is currently recording and performing as a featured saxophonist and personality for Prince’s New Power Generation. His latest solo release is Style Meets Substance, on which he continues to challenge the status quo of smooth jazz with his smoldering horn. Earl Carter is a Washington, DC based guitarist, bassist, and saxophonist, whose multi-faceted talent, professionalism, and star-quality has officially sent him into the stratosphere. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Earl secured his spot as a member of the platinum selling Go-Go band, EU, where he recorded music on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s movie, Do The Right Thing, and so much more. His smooth jazz CD, Simplicity, was released in March 2015 with hit singles “Sitting in the Park,”  and “Green Light,” and his first Gospel/Christian CD, My Life in Your Hands, was released in January 2016. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/17) Celebrate the “High Holy Day” – St. Patrick’s Day – with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley! Come out for the party as he leads the region’s favorite Celtic rockers, O’Malley’s March, for a rollicking evening of traditional and original songs, high octane fiddle, box, and pipe tunes, anchored by the ancient sound of the Celtic harp. Growing up outside of Washington, DC, O’Malley has played Irish music all of his life. He was raised on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, educated by the Jesuits and Wolfe Tones, emboldened by Shane MacGowan, and seasoned by Christy Moore. In 1985, Martin O’Malley started appearing solo, until 1988 when O’Malley’s March was formed. Since then, O’Malley’s March has grown to the current group of seven members. Doors open at 5:30pm and the Celtic fusion show kicks off at 7:30pm.

Friday (3/18) Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette! Felten began studying trombone at age nine with his grandfather, a veteran of east-coast bands from the Swing Era. At 24, Eric was named best new jazz trombonist by the International Trombone Association. In 1993 he released his first album for the respected European jazz label Soul Note, T-Bop, which earned four stars in Down Beat magazine. The prestigious Penguin Guide to Jazz declared that Eric “has the music in his genes…a more than promising talent, he’s a man we’re going to hear a lot more about.”  Eric’s second album as a leader, Gratitude, was a modern take on the classic recordings of Duke Ellington’s small groups in the 1930s. The Washington Post called Gratitude “One of the year’s genuine jazz treats.” The Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette project salutes the many memorable recordings made by Mel Tormé with the band when it was led by Marty Paich. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (3/19) The Avon Lucas Project will take the stage. This jazz-oriented experience features world-class bassist Avon Lucas; most R&B listeners are already familiar with some of Avon’s hit studio recordings and live performance credits with artists like Peaches & Herb, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, and Atlantic Starr’s hit recording, “Touch a Four Leaf Clover.” Avon plays both electric and upright Basses, satisfying even the most demanding Jazz purist. His cutting edge 9 string bass playing is truly entertaining as most listeners have never seen a 9 string bass nor experienced anyone who performs on these unique instruments. Whether it’s jazz, swing, R&B, fusion, pop, smooth jazz or world beat, there is never a boring musical moment for listeners when Avon Lucas is at the helm! Join us for this phenomenal show at 8pm.

Sunday (3/20) 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.

Sunday evening, we’ve got Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks! The group was formed in 1955, under the direction of Earl Simpson and turned over to Eddie Jones in 1970, formerly of the Legendary Orioles. The band members have played with groups including Harold Melvin and the Blues Notes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Legendary Orioles, Black Heat, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and a host of other top notch groups. The voices of Earl and Eddie Jones take you back to the days of Sam Cook and Marvin Gaye. The Young Bucks have the reputation for being a top Oldie-but-Goodie, Doo-Wop, and R&B group in the area, having played on the South Lawn of the White House, for several Caucus, Senatorial, and Congressional affairs, and even for a few Inaugurations. Their new CD, For Lovers Only, has top sales in the DC Area. Come out and enjoy the classic sounds! The show begins at 8pm.

Upcoming artists include Lalah Hathaway, Be’la Dona, King Soul and the Texas Chainsaw Horns, Ghost Note, Davy Knowles, Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, Snarky Puppy, and much more. Check our Music Calendar for more info.

Here’s to great music and a great spring season for all. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Rick Brown