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A Saturday Night Soul Spring Fling and an Eclectic Week
with King Soul, Texas Chainsaw Horns, Be’la Dona, and More!

blog 3-28-16Monday (3/28) It’s all about Country Music tonight at BBJ! Ruthie Logsdon, DC music scene staple and nationally-known songwriter and recording artist is bringing her high energy “Wrangler Twang” to our stage. Now celebrating 25 years of national touring, Americana radio charting, national television appearances, and 6 albums, this live wire vocalist, along with her band, Ruthie & The Wranglers, has racked up 30 Washington Area Music Awards (WAMMIES). Host and boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis 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 (3/29) The Grainger Jam is back! If you’re a singer or musician, 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 (3/30) We’ve got a musical mashup you’re going to love! Sunflare is a Latin/Caribbean jazz group that specializes in giving the clave twist to classic and contemporary R&B. To put it simply, they like to say “R&B = rice and beans!” Joining them will be smooth jazz outfit and special guests, The Craig Alston Syndicate. The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/31) Skip Mahoney and the Casuals are still performing for adoring fans and sellout crowds after more than 40 years in the business. We are so pleased to have them perform at BBJ. Skip Mahoney and The Casuals were formed in 1965 at a house party in Washington, DC. The original members of the group are Roger Chapman, George Norris, and Skip Mahoney. The other original member is Billy Jones, who was later replaced by current member Morris “Spunky” Cobb. In 1973, “I Need Your Love” and “Your Funny Moods” were local hits, but didn’t receive national attention. The release of their Land of Love album in 1976 propelled the group into the national limelight, producing several chartbusting songs that have stood the test of time. Land of Love remains a trademark album for connoisseurs of falsetto based soul music of the mid 70’s. Join us for the concert at 8pm.

Friday (4/1) Strong, talented, ambitious, and beautiful… all perfect words to describe Be’la Dona. Washington, DC is the birthplace of this exciting and diverse all-female band. They call the music they make “Sensual Crank,” and the style commands attention. The unique sound of Be’la Dona flows through rock, R&B, Gospel, pop, jazz and of course their
hometown music, Go-Go. Fans and critics alike are taking note – Just a few of the accolades for Be’la Dona include the 2009 WKYS GO-GO Award for Best Upcoming Band, 2009 WAMA Award nomination for Best R&B Band, and the 2010 WAMA Award for Best Urban Contemporary Duo or Group and Instrumentalist of the Year. This will be a party!! The show gets crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (4/2) It’s a heavyweight matchup for the Soul Spring Fling – King Soul meets The Texas Chainsaw Horns! Eight piece all-star group King Soul has been leaving DC area audiences delirious for eight years with its electrifying brand of Southern rhythm & blues. King Soul’s members include vocalist Tom Clifford, guitarist/vocalist Jake Flack (Rhodes Tavern Troubadours), bassist/vocalist Mark Noone (Slickee Boys), drummer Ben Holmes (Queen Ida), organist Arif Durrani (Jr. Cline & the Recliners), baritone saxophonist Chris Watling (Grandsons, Lloyd Price), tenor saxophonist Matt Rippetoe (Funk Ark, Thievery Corporation), and trumpeter Vince McCool (J Street Jumpers, Uptown Rhythm Kings). The Texas Chainsaw Horns come armed with a dozen members, including a 5-piece horn section. Fans of the funky sounds of Tower of Power will love the Texas Chainsaw Horns, as will everyone who can’t resist a dance groove. The Texas Chainsaw Horns include vocalists Jeff Watson (Downtown) and Rena Ray, guitarist/vocalist Mickey Way, Scott Thorne on bass, Eli Gonzalez on tenor sax, Scott Weinhold, tenor sax, Steve Ticknor, baritone sax, Ken McGee, trumpet, Tony Murtha – trumpet, Josh Howell, congas, and Bobby Fagel on drums. Don’t miss this great night of old school rockin’ soul! The bands start at 8pm.

Sunday (4/3) End your weekend with the fabulous 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 Cooke 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.

Mark your calendars now for these great events coming soon: Bobby Brooks Wilson, son of the legendary Jackie Wilson on Friday April 8th, two shows by Syleena Johnson on Saturday, April 9th, and Snarky Puppy will perform two shows on Monday, May 2nd. Join us for Mother’s Day with The Rat Pack Together Again on Sunday, May 8th. Visit our Music Calendar for details and all upcoming events.

Thanks, as always, for supporting great music in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!

 

Rick Brown

An R&B Favorite, Classic Folk, Cajun Blues… & the Super Sexy Hot Mess Burlesque!

El DeBarge, The Brothers Four, Hot Mess Burlesque, and Tab Benoit at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/11) THANK YOU to all the enthusiastic El DeBarge fans out there… Tonight’s show is SOLD OUT! The R&B legend lent his signature falsetto to 16 Top 10 hits, both solo (“Rhythm of the Night,” “Who’s Holding Donna Now”) and with the family group, DeBarge (“All This Love,” “I Like It,” “Time Will Reveal”). Whether or not you were lucky enough to get a ticket for tonight’s show, you can look forward to something new; El is currently in the studio working on the follow-up to his Grammy nominated album, Second Chance. The show begins at 8pm.

Thursday (11/12) Join us for an evening with internationally-acclaimed folk stars, The Brothers Four. Called “America’s Musical Ambassadors to the World,” The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz artists, and have even serenaded four U.S. Presidents at the White House over the course of a five-decade career. Their soul-stirring performance will include classics like “Greenfields,” “Yellow Bird,” “Try to Remember,” “Across the Wide Missouri,” and “The Green Leaves of Summer.” We’ll see you at the show! It starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (11/13) You’re in for a good time with the Hot Mess Burlesque! It’ll be a sexy, grown-up night with performers Miss Bliss, Porcelain, Bitsy Buttons, Puppie Buffe, Casey Jones, Marie L’Ennui, Miss V, Lauren Loves, Patsi Cake, and for a little beefcake… Big Bad Brett! The Bottom Drawer Lingerie Models will also take the stage, sure to tantalize. Playing some hot dance music and backing up the whole crazy fun night of classic burlesque, aerialists, strip tease, and comedy will be The Texas Chainsaw Horns. Mark Slomski will MC. With a show like this in store, it’s clear you can get pretty lucky on Friday the 13th. Don’t miss it! Adults only, 8pm.

Sunday (11/15) it’s the great Tab Benoit plus The Cathy Ponton King Band. Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues! As a teenager and budding guitar player, he hung out at The Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Sitting in and jamming in that perfect environment, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living legends. Nightly impromptu gigs at The Blues Box inspired Benoit to put together his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took the show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since. DC native Cathy Ponton King plays a Telecaster and kicks out a distinctive mix of blues, jazzy blues, Nawlins music, swing, rock ‘n’ roll, and sweet ballads. Come out for both acts and enjoy a night of real, down-home sounds. The show starts at 8pm.

More great shows coming up: Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra featuring Maiya Sykes from The Voice (11/18), Michael Muse & Shawn Allen Back Together Again (11/20), The Fall Funk Summit with Chopteeth & Be’la Dona (11/21), The Fabulous Hubcaps (11/25), Mousey Thompson & the James Brown Experience (11/28), Shayna Steele (12/3), and don’t forget to get your tickets early for the big Frank Sinatra 100th Birthday Celebration featuring Landau Murphy, Jr. on Saturday, 12/12!  Check our Music Calendar for our upcoming holiday events and all the latest show updates.

See you soon at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. Thanks for helping us keep music alive in downtown Bethesda!

Rick Brown

 

Great Jazz, Sweet R&B, and Saturday Night Laughter at Bethesda Blues!

DJ Rico & Michel Wright, PJ Morgan's Geeek Squad, Teedra Moses, Joe Clair, and Phyllis Hyman Tribute at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Wednesday (11/04) It’s the Majic 102.3 Wednesday Bash! Come get your R&B party on with DJ Rico, hosted by Michel Wright. DJ Rico started spinning at some of the Metropolitan area’s hottest nightclubs while he was still at Howard University. He took his career to the next level when he became a part-time DJ/Mixer, learning from radio greats. He’s hit full stride at Majic 102.3 and the experience he creates for packed dance floors has caused his followers to deem him “The Noisemaker.” Ms. Michel Wright is top-rate – one of the most popular and familiar voices in the country. There’ll be great music, killer cocktails, and ½ price off select bottles of wine. Don’t miss this party! 7-9pm

Thursday (11/5) Are you ready for the Geeek Squad? PJ Morgan is known as “The Organist’s Organist,” but anyone who really loves music will feel this groove. Exposed to the Hammond organ in the small Pentecostal church where his family served, his big break came when he was asked to fill in for a keyboardist who couldn’t make it to a Ben Tankard concert. He became Tankard’s Music Director in Nashville, and he’s been blazing his own trail ever since in the Gospel and secular genres, earning well deserved accolades as a performer, producer, and teacher. Filling out the Geeek Squad trio is Berklee College of Music alum and teacher Amber Baker on drums and Dywane Thomas, Jr., also known as MonoNeon, on bass. Lately, MonoNeon has been at Paisley Park Studios working with Prince. That’s right…  Prince! Showtime is 8pm.

Friday (11/6) Please welcome R&B songstress Teedra Moses! Born and raised in New Orleans to gospel singing mother, Shirley Moses, Teedra worked with her best friend Nonja McKenzie as an assistant wardrobe stylist for artists such as Will Smith, Kelis, R. Kelly, and No Doubt before becoming a recording artist. After the epiphany that led her to make music, she teamed up with producer Paul Poli and signed with the then Number 1 Indie Record Label, TVT Records to release her debut album, Complex Simplicity, in August 2004. Known for “Be Your Girl,” “Backstroke,” and “Take Me,” Teedra Moses has also written songs for artists including Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, and a host of others. Her songs have been showcased in the Logo series Noah’s Arc, in the HBO hit show Entourage, in movies such as Never Die Alone, Beauty Shop, Be Cool, and The Skinny. Come out and experience her phenomenal talent! The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (11/7) Saturday night… and The Funny Don’t Stop!  #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 JOE CLAIR MORNING SHOW) gives an audience what they love…a night of LMFAO! This time back at BBJ, Joe Clair & Friends present Jokers Gone Wild! Get ready, Bethesda, to eat, drink, and laugh – and hurry for tickets… These shows always sell out. Two Big Shows: 7pm (seating begins at 5pm) and 10pm (seating at about 9:30pm).

Sunday (11/8) join us for a tribute to the music of Phyllis Hyman, featuring International Recording Artist Shang and the BRENCORE ALLSTARS BAND. Don’t miss the sensational SHANG as she pays respect to one of the greatest singers of all time. Close your eyes and you will hear the spirit and voice of the late great Phyllis Hyman as Shang performs her great hits such as “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Old Friend,” “Meet Me on the Moon,” “You Know How to Love Me,” and more. Make sure you make reservations early before the concert sells out. Remember, there is free parking on Sundays in the Cheltenham Garage. The show starts at 7pm.

Upcoming shows include The Texas Chainsaw Horns & the Hot Mess Burlesque (Friday 11/13), Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra featuring Maiya Sykes from The Voice with A Special Appearance by Landau Murphy Jr. (Wednesday, 11/18), Michal Urbaniak on Sunday, 11/22, and so many more.

 

Keeping music alive in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here very soon.

Rick Brown