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A Week Full of Song & Laughter with Rock Legend Denny Laine, The Chuck Brown Band, Art Sherrod, Jr. + CeCe Peniston, Comedian Joey Vega, guiltypleasures, and a Thanks for the Memories 2016 Tribute

Denny Laine, guiltypleasures, Joey Vega, The Chuck Brown Band, Thanks for the Memories 2016, and Art Sherrod Jr. feat. CeCe Peniston at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Jan 2017Tuesday (1/24) Denny Laine, who co-founded Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney, celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour with a live performance that inspires just as the original tour did in 1976. After the success of Wings’ greatest album, Band on the Run, the stage was set for Wings to invade America just as Paul had with the Beatles and Denny had with the Moody Blues more than a decade before. The Wings Over America tour visited The Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on May 15th and 16th, 1976. From the tour came the film, Rock Show, and the number one triple album set, Wings Over America. At this show, expect to hear favorites including “Live and Let Die,” “Say You Don’t Mind,” “Jet,” “Go Now,” “Time to Hide,” “Band On The Run,” “Picasso’s Last Words,”  “Venus and Mars/Rock Show,” “Spirits of Ancient Egypt,” “Richard Cory” and more. You won’t want to miss this rock legend! The rock show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (1/25) Hailing from the DC Metro area, guiltypleasures captivates listeners with a mix of infectious grooves, provocative lyrics, and seductive vocals. They are best known for the WHUR-FM Quiet Storm classic, “Anticipation (The Remix).”  guiltypleasures bears a soulful sound reminiscent of Eric Benét, Incognito, and Brand New Heavies. Both their 2009 debut album, lovestories, and their 2015 sophomore release, cautionarytales, received critical acclaim on SoulTracks.com, resulting in multiple Soul Tracks Readers’ Choice Awards and Washington Area Music Association Award nominations. guiltypleasures recently opened for national recording artist Joe at WHUR’s Pre-Winter Soul Concert.  Get a taste of some sensual soul with guiltypleasures! The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/26) Comedian, actor, and writer Joey Vega was born in New York City and in addition to comedy, has used his acting skills in feature films and television. Joey has written stand-up material for Chris Rock, and was a staff writer for George Lopez’ late night talk show, Lopez Tonight. As an actor he has appeared alongside Tom Hanks, Sally Field, Ed Norton, John Tuturro, Matt Damon, and many others. Some of his TV credits include HBO’s documentary, Good Hair, as well as writing for such movies as I Think I Love My Wife, Death At A Funeral, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Joey Vega was also the first Latino to host his own nationally-syndicated variety show, The Latin Connection. Performing stand-up is Joey Vega’s first love and he has been opening for his longtime friend Marc Anthony since 1999. The laughter starts at 8pm!

Friday (1/27) The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and go-go favorites, and by creating new music and bringing on board new fans and followers. With three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life, a new single, “Show Me Love,” and rave reviews from longtime fans and new fans, The Chuck Brown Band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: go-go. With the addition of Frank Sirius on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band is intact, including Chuck’s daughter KK, The Horny Horns, Kenny “Kwickfoot” Gross, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Sweet Cherie Agurs, and Marcus Young.com. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck,” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. Sho Yo’ Right! The band starts crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (1/28) Please join us as Daryl Davis presents our 2nd Annual Thanks for the Memories Tribute Show honoring the great artists we lost in 2016. There were 77 deaths of musicians in 2016, including some of our own local musicians. We will acknowledge and honor each and every musician, by either reading their name aloud or performing a song or songs for them. Some of the honorees for whom we will perform songs include Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, Maurice White, Patty Duke, Glenn Frey, Paul Kantner, Bobby Vee, Holly Dunn, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, Ralph Stanley, Buckwheat Zydeco, Charmian Carr, Marni Nixon, Vanity, Otis Clay, Billy Paul, Mose Allison, Debbie Reynolds and others. The great players on our stage for the evening will be Keith Grimes on guitar, Dan Quinn on keys, Wes Crawford on drums, Doug Ross on bass, and Seth Kibel on sax, flute, and clarinet with DMV favorites Tommy Lepson, Tom Principato, Deletta Gillespie, Angela Hill, Patsy Stephens, Hayley Fahey, Liz Springer and more. The stars will be out on Saturday, January 28th, and the tribute begins at 8pm.

Sunday (1/29) Jazz saxophonist Art Sherrod, Jr. is “…a man who loves music, a man who loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart.” Influenced by the likes of David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Kim Waters and other notables, he gained an appreciation for strong melodies, grooves, tone and soulful expressiveness. In 2005, Art released his freshman project, All 4 Love, which features an incredible arrangement of the Hall and Oates mega hit, “Sara Smile.” CeCe Peniston is one of the most successful dance club artists in the history of the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play Charts. Her signature dance hit, “Finally,” was #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #2 on the UK Top 75, selling millions of copies worldwide. This concert starts at 7:30pm.

We’ve got more great shows coming right up! Join us for Bill Laurance of Snarky Puppy, Shi-Queeta-Lee’s Drag Tailgate Brunch, Junior Marvin’s Wailers celebrating Bob Marley’s birthday, Shirley Jones, Deniece Williams, The Spinners, Annalé, and don’t forget our big 4th Anniversary celebration featuring the one and only Dionne Warwick! It’s now a two-day celebration on Tuesday, February 28th and Wednesday, March 1st. Find out more on our Music Calendar.

Thanks as always for your love and support of great entertainment in downtown Bethesda. We look forward to seeing you very soon!

 

Rick Brown

A Star-Studded Week: ‘80s Movie Idol Molly Ringwald sings Nat & Natalie Cole, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Chuck Brown Band, A Tribute to Merle Haggard,
Jazz Meets Korea, and Virginia Music Adventures

Molly Ringwald with Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra, The Chuck Brown Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds with The Bobby Thompson Project, Jazz Meets Korea, A Tribute to Merle Haggard, and Virginia Music Adventures at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, July 2016Tuesday (7/26) Two acclaimed, cutting-edge Korean music groups, the World Music group SE:UM and the Youngjoo Song Trio, meet for the first time in a groundbreaking joint performance! SE:UM is one of Korea’s most innovative ensembles, drawing instrumental, vocal, and improvisation techniques from both Korean and Western jazz traditions. Traditional Korean sounds mix with jazz, folk, and free form styles to create an entirely new and exciting fusion. Youngjoo Song Trio is led by Jazz pianist Youngjoo Song, currently an active performer in Seoul and New York City. She quickly climbed the music charts in her native Korea to become one of her country’s leading jazz artists. She headlined the Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York, among other major events, and twice won for Best Jazz and Crossover Album at the Korean Music Awards. The Korean Cultural Center Washington, DC partnered for the first time with the DC Jazz Festival to bring us this remarkable event. It begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (7/27) Virginia Music Adventures presents a night of jazz featuring Summer Institute Ensembles, VMA’s award winning Faculty/Alumni Band, and a special guest appearance from The Doc Dikeman Big Band! Virginia Music Adventures’ Summer Institute Ensembles delight audiences with jazz through the ages from Swing to Funk. The Ensembles are made up of promising young musicians who share their passion for jazz in performances all around the world. The Doc Dikeman Big Band features a range of music from big band favorites from the ‘30s to contemporary compositions. Started by Theron “Doc” Dikeman in the 1970s, the band has toured Germany and Barbados and has performed at many venues in the DC area, including the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Kennedy Center, and the Music Center at Strathmore. The concert begins at 8pm.

Thursday (7/28) Please join us in welcoming our featured artist of the week… Molly Ringwald! Molly Ringwald has starred in over a dozen Hollywood blockbusters including Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, and Sixteen Candles, but her true passion is The Great American Songbook. Having grown up in a musical household with a jazz musician father, this latest turn in Ringwald’s career is much more of a homecoming than a departure. This special performance with be a tribute to Nat “King” and Natalie Cole with Molly Ringwald, Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, and two of Natalie Cole’s bandmates including world-renowned trumpeter, Bijon Watson. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra has presented a series of unique featured artists at BBJ this summer. They are in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. Eighties teen movie fans and jazz fans alike will love this show will love Molly Ringwald! The show starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/29) The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the DC beat alive. The Chuck Brown Band continues to keep the legacy going by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, creating new music, and bringing on board new fans and followers. With three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life, and rave reviews from longtime fans and new fans, The Chuck Brown Band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: Go-Go. With the addition of Frank Sirius on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band is intact, including Chuck’s daughter KK, The Horny Horns, Kenny “Kwickfoot” Gross, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Sweet Cherie Agurs, and Marcus Young.com. Ain’t no party like a Chuck Brown party, ‘cause a Chuck Brown party don’t stop. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. The party starts at 8pm.

Saturday (7/30) We’ve got bluesy rockers The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson! For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up.” Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation. In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Jay Moeller on drums, Johnny Moeller and Mike Keller on guitar, and Randy Bermudes on bass. In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock ‘n roll and soul influences. In 1986, they reached a commercial peak with the album, Tuff Enuff. You’ll also love special guests The Bobby Thompson Project! The show kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (7/31) The encore performance of the highly acclaimed In Celebration of Merle, Tribute2Merle gathers the same incredible line up of Roots Rock, Americana and Country artists from around the DC/MDVA area. The show is a thorough look at the hits and lesser known gems from of one of the greatest songwriters in American music history. Dubbed the “poet of the common man” Merle Haggard had a way of simply drawing people into his songs through great melodies and lyrics that everyone could relate to. Delivering Merle’s songs will be Bob Berberich, Ty Braddock, Domenic Cicala, Karen Collins, Craig Cummings, Tony Denikos, Kevin Dudley, Janet Emma, Gary Lee Gimble, Greg Hardin, Martha Hull, David Kitchen, Jeff Kurtz, Gantt Kushner, Ruthie Logsdon, Mark Noone, and Bill Starks. Limited VIP tickets include seating close to the stage and a swag bag of goodies from some of the artists. The tribute starts at 7:30pm.

Coming right up at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club: Nia Simmons and Geneva Renée, Secret Society, Kandace Springs, Jon B., The Cincy Blackman Santana Group, Peter Asher and Albert Lee with Naked Blue, plus tributes to The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson! Check out our Music Calendar for the latest.

Thanks for your dedication to great music and entertainment in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

A Week of New and Legendary Talent: The Chuck Brown Band,
DC Soul Legends, Bilal, and Celebrating the Music of David Bowie

The Vocal Workshop Showcase (CANCELLED), The Grainger Jam, Voices of Hope, David Bowie Tribute, The Chuck Brown Band, Bilal, Sir Joe Quarterman + Hardway Connection at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club January 2016Monday (1/25) Due to continuing weather conditions, tonight’s Vocal Workshop Showcase performances with The Chris Grasso Trio have been cancelled.

Tuesday (1/26) It’s time once again for The Grainger Jam! If you’re a musician or a singer, come out on Tuesday nights and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. Hosted by Brandon Combs and friends, it’s a great time whether you take the stage or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (1/27) The Voices of Hope – Music Ministry that CRANKS! Come out and help them celebrate the release of their new recording, Hymns of Hope. The group got together as a praise team for the Inauguration Service for Community of Hope AME on Easter Sunday 2006. The Voices of Hope have sung for President Bill Clinton, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, the Celebration of Life for the Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown, and they performed at the DC opening of The Color Purple. You’ll enjoy their fresh outlook on traditional hymns of old with innovative rap lyrics and Go-Go style instrumentation. The CD release party starts at 8pm.

Thursday (1/28) Please join us for Let’s Dance: A Tribute to the Music of David Bowie. Few artists have made a mark in popular music and culture as indelible as David Robert Jones, known worldwide as the one and only David Bowie. From the early days of “Space Oddity” into the dramatic, performance art era of Aladdin Sane and Ziggy Stardust, through to the brilliant Blackstar, released just two days before his passing, Bowie remained timeless and transcended pop music. Some of the DMV’s finest musicians have come together to cut through the hits of The Starman himself, demonstrating just how versatile his compositions were and always will be. Our celebration of the life and work of this legendary artist begins at 8pm.

Friday (1/29) The Chuck Brown Band toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go, and the group is keeping the legacy alive! Come out and hear all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, plus their new music – including songs from the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life. New and old fans know that this band is dedicated to the heartbeat of the DMV: Go-Go. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty.  Sho Yo’ Right! The party gets crankin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (1/30) Bilal is one of a kind, and we are proud to bring him to our stage! If there was one R&B artist for whom the neo-soul categorization seemed limiting, it was Philadelphia native Bilal. Classically trained and capable of singing opera in seven languages, his recordings are wholly modern and creative. Grenique’s Black Butterfly, a 1999 release on Motown, was the first major album to feature Bilal’s vocals. The following year, he established a deep connection to hip-hop by appearing on Common’s Like Water for Chocolate and Guru’s Jazzmatazz album. His debut solo album, 1st Born Second, reached the Top Ten of Billboard’s R&B albums chart. His latest, In Another Life, is a collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Adrian Younge. Bilal’s concert begins at 8pm.

Sunday (1/31) We’ve got some DC Soul Legends in the house: Sir Joe Quarterman + The Hardway Connection! Joe Quarterman was nicknamed “Sir Joe” as lead singer of a teenage vocal group The Knights. In the 1960s, he performed on trumpet and vocals for The El Corols, who backed legendary performers touring DC such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and many more. His own band, Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul released “(I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind” in 1972, which became his signature hit song. The Hardway Connection, inspired by influential and legendary rhythm and blues artists, evoke feelings of nostalgia and an undeniable compulsion to dance! They have opened for artists including Johnny Taylor, Harvey Scales, Toni Terry, Chuck Brown, and Little Sonny Warner. They placed first in the 11th Annual National Blues Talent Competition and performed on the 16th Annual W. C. Handy Blues Awards Show, both in Memphis. They are currently working on a new album. The DC Soul Legends show starts at 7:30.

It may be winter, but we’ve always got warmth, great food and drink, and fantastic entertainment at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club! Check our Music Calendar for more upcoming shows.

Thanks for keeping great music alive, and we’ll see you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

R&B, Go-Go, Vocals & Vibes – A Great Eclectic Weekend at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!

Miriamm Wright, Chuck Brown Band, Chris Grasso Trio, Lena Seikaly, Chuck Redd, Daryl Davis feat. Sam Miller at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club October 2015Thursday (10/1) R&B singer Miriamm will present a great concert for a great cause. A fantastic vocalist who has shared the stage with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Will Downing, she is also the founder of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation. The show will be an evening of solid entertainment and a powerful performance to honor breast cancer survivors. Miriamm, who hit the big screen portraying the role of background singer to Etta James (Beyonce’ Knowles) in the feature film Cadillac Records (Sony Music Films) and toured as Peaches, one half of the classic R&B duo Peaches & Herb, has released 3 CDs. Miriamm…Live! @ Blues Alley was recorded in an effort to promote breast cancer awareness, as well as to celebrate the music of the late R&B singer, Minnie Riperton. Join us for this special event at 8pm.

Friday (10/2) we welcome back The Chuck Brown Band! The band that toured the world with the Godfather of Go-Go carries the torch and keeps the beat alive. The band continues to keep the legacy alive by performing all your Chuck Brown and Go-Go favorites, and by creating new music including three new songs on the final Chuck Brown album, Beautiful Life. With the addition of Frank Sirius on guitar and vocals, the rest of the band is intact, including Chuck’s daughter KK, the Horny Horns, Kenny “Kwickfoot” Gross, Mighty Moe Hagans, Karlston “Ice” Ross, Sweet Cherie Agurs, and Marcus Young. Every show still starts with “Wind Me Up Chuck,” and doesn’t stop until the dance floor is empty. The party starts at 8pm!

Sunday (10/4) begins a four-concert series hosted by The Chris Grasso Trio and featuring pairings of DC’s top jazz vocalists and instrumentalists. Kicking things off in style will be this fabulous combo: featured vocalist Lena Seikaly and renowned vibraphonist Chuck Redd, along with Chris Grasso (piano), Tommy Cecil (bass) and Quincy Phillips (drums).  Chuck Redd began performing internationally at the age of 21 when he joined the trio of legendary guitarist Charlie Byrd. He’s appeared worldwide on both drums and vibes Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Tormé, Herb Ellis, and many more greats. Lena Seikaly has quickly joined the ranks of the city’s most in-demand vocalists. She’s been an artist in residence at Strathmore and has performed at the city’s top venues from Blues Alley to The Kennedy Center. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.-based jazz pianist who specializes in working with standout vocalists. Showtime 7:30. Remember there is always free parking on Sundays at Cheltenham garage.

Monday (10/5) It’s Customer Appreciation Night! Every Monday boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis features a different excellent artist – This time we’ll have Sam “Muleman” Miller. Sam Miller is a guitarist and vocalist known for his driving blues and rock ’n’ roll. Formerly with the ‘50s oldies band Big Cam & the Lifters, Sam excites audiences on his own all over the Baltimore/Columbia, MD area. There’s no cover and there’s half off select bottles of wine! 7:30pm.

Tuesday (10/6) and every Tuesday night – Come out for The JAM featuring Gary Grainger and Friends. Gary Grainger and his brother Greg Grainger head up the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in the Maryland/Northern Virginia region. Calling all players and singers… Show up and show ‘em what you got! Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). The music starts at 8pm!

Other upcoming shows include The Tom Principato Band, Fred Wesley & the New JB’s, Bobby Caldwell, Donnie, Art Sherrod Jr., Tito Puente Jr., Maria Muldaur, El DeBarge, Maggie Rose, and many more.

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

Rick Brown