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Classic Sounds by The S.O.S. Band, Eddie Holman, & “The Doo-Wop Cops,” Cool Jazz by Blake Aaron & Phillip “Doc” Martin, and the Genre-Defying MarchFourth

Keith Grimes, The Grainger Jam, MarchFourth + The Harry Bells, The SOS Band, Philip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, Eddie Holman and DC’s Finest at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, May 2016Monday (5/9) Come out and enjoy DC’s own legendary guitarist extraordinaire, Keith Grimes. In various configurations, he has played with bandleader Daryl Davis for over 25 years bringing out the best rock ’n’ roll, blues, swing, and R&B as a sideman.  Tonight, Daryl Davis proudly presents this great musician front and center. Be prepared to dance! 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. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (5/10) Get ready for another Tuesday night jam… The Grainger Jam! Bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their friends, excellent musicians all, are ready to rock the house with you. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (5/11) MarchFourth simply must be seen to be believed. The group is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of live entertainment– a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians and dancers who tour the country year-round, stealing the festival wherever they go, taking audiences on a joy-inducing, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. Combining funk, rock, jazz, Afro-beat, Gypsy Brass, and Big Band with a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, acrobats and Vaudeville-style performers, MarchFourth whips the crowd into a celebratory frenzy with high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and infectious jubilation. Joining them will be special guests from DC, The Harry Bells! The Harry Bells are horn-and-percussion tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. This show will be fun, fun, fun and full of surprises. The show gets started at 8pm.

Thursday (5/12) We’re gonna take you back with The S.O.S. Band! The Sound of Success (S.O.S.) Band formed in the late 1970’s and exploded onto the scene in 1980 with their first mega hit platinum single, “Take Your Time (Do It Right),” which was certified platinum and sold over 2 million copies. In 1983, the group joined forces with then-new production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who went on to craft a string of R&B hits for the group, which included “Just Be Good to Me,” “High Hopes,” “Tell Me If You Still Care,” “Borrowed Love,” “No One’s Gonna Love You,” “Just the Way You Like It,” and “The Finest.” The S.O.S. Band has shared the stage with artists such as James Brown, The Gap Band, The Time, The Isley Brothers, Peabo Bryson, India.Arie, Dru Hill, Destiny’s Child, Outkast, and others. “Do it right” and grab tickets for this show now! The band will start at 7pm.

Friday (5/13) Nationally-renowned guitarist, producer, and jazz radio host Blake Aaron will make his first East Coast appearance in years when he joins saxophonist and DMV native Phillip “Doc” Martin onstage at BBJ. Together, Phillip “Doc” Martin and Blake Aaron are “Sax & Strings!” Often referred to as a “genius on guitar,” Blake Aaron heads full-throttle into his second decade as a recording artist, and his seventh year as host of the popular syndicated radio show, Blake Aaron Live with Tina Anderson. The multi-faceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality recently released his highly anticipated 4th CD, Soul Stories. Saxophonist Phillip “Doc” Martin fully embraces the inspirational factor of being a top-notch practitioner in two very different professions. Beyond his ever-expanding musical fan base, hundreds of patients in the Washington, DC area know him as “Dr. Martin,” a board certified dentist. His latest Innervision Records release, Pocket Love, further establishes his powerful dynamic flow and tight, funky, old school driven alto vibe. This show by two of Cool Jazz’s hottest stars begins at 8pm.

Saturday (5/14) Saturday night will rock at BBJ! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s: Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, CSN&Y, Bad Company, The Police, and lots more. With Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnette on bass, Mike Moore on lead guitar and vocals, Bruce Buchanan on vocals and keys, and Ralph Dweck on drums, the good times are gonna roll. Come out and join the party! Remember to take advantage of the free weekend parking at Cheltenham Garage. The band starts at 6pm.

Sunday (5/15) The unforgettable falsetto voice of Eddie Holman and the tune that he popularized is perhaps the most recognizable urban love song in much of the English-speaking world.  “Hey There Lonely Girl” is a beautiful tune that seems to touch every soul as it emanates from airwaves or churns from the turntables of fans. Other classics by Eddie Holman include “This Can’t Be True,” “All In The Game,” and “You Make My Life Complete.” DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops”), are former Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Officers who have gone from walking the beats to keeping the beat. This acapella group has entertained Presidents and has performed side-by-side with stars including Chuck Berry, The Dells, and The Drifters. Their repertoire includes classics such as “Come and Go With Me,” “Stormy Weather,” and “Island of Love.” This Sunday evening show starts at 7:30pm.

As always, we appreciate your support! Thanks for being a part of the movement to keep great music alive and well right here in Bethesda. Check our Music Calendar to keep up with our ever-growing roster of excellent artists coming our way.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

The Best of Southern Soul, Doo-Wop, Afrobeat, and R&B – Beauty and Magic fill our club this weekend!

Orlando Julius, Amel Larrieux, Otis Clay & Billy Price at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2015Thursday (9/24) All-time legend of Nigerian music, Orlando Julius, plays classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist and brings his incendiary AfroSoundz to Bethesda Blues and Jazz! Few artists have been more crucial to the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop than Orlando Julius. Working on collaborations with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela, his 1966 effort, Super Afro Soul, made him a national celebrity in Nigeria and influenced music in the United States. 7:30 pm show time!

Friday (9/25) – 7pm & 10pm shows An urban chanteuse by birth, Amel Larrieux grew up in a West Village “artists building” in New York City.  At the age of 18, sure that she wanted to express herself musically, Amel wrote and demoed a song which led to her pairing with Bryce Wilson to form the duo Groove Theory. As lead vocalist and co-writer for the group, she enjoyed success with “Tell Me,” which broke the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and the top five on the R&B charts before being certified Gold in October 1995. Flying high with a Best R&B Performance Grammy nomination for her work on Stanley Clarke’s “Where is The Love,” Amel Larrieux stretched her wings in “Bravebird,” her second solo work that was released in 2004. Amel has contributed to soundtracks, writing and singing in such films as Barbershop, Love Jones, Down To Earth, Sunset Park, Takers, and Why Did I Get Married.

Equal to Amel’s vocal and writing talent is her alluring beauty and eclectic style. She has been spotlighted as a style maven in Essence, Honey, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and other magazines.  More recently her vocal talent and beauty have been central to Coca-Cola’s “Keep It Real” campaign in television, radio, and print ads.  2 shows:  7pm & 10pm (Only a few tickets remain.)

Saturday (9/26) we welcome back Billy Price and Otis Clay. Two singers separated by a generation come together in a performance that moves the Southern soul tradition a little bit further up the road. Pittsburgh rhythm and blues singer Billy Price and deep Southern soul/gospel icon Otis Clay worked with masterful guitarist/producer Duke Robillard to create their first full-album collaboration, This Time For Real, released in May, 2015. “Otis Clay has been my mentor and biggest influence as a singer since the first time I had the privilege of singing with him,” says Price. “To have the opportunity to collaborate with him on an entire album has been one of the biggest thrills of my career.” Come see them together for this 8pm show. Remember, there is free parking on Saturdays in the Cheltenham garage.

Sunday (9/27) Washington, DC and Baltimore are just 45 minutes away from each other, and their love of doo-wop music is joined together in this special evening of music of the 1950s and early 1960s. The DC-Baltimore Doo-Wop Revue features some of the best voices from The Swallows, The Velons, The Spaniels, and DC’s Finest (aka “The Doo-Wop Cops.”) This is guaranteed to be street corner harmony at its best!  8:00pm show time. There is free parking on Sundays at Cheltenham garage.

Monday (9/28) Daryl Davis welcomes in David Kitchen. Washington Area Music Association winner of such awards as Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Pop Vocalist of the Year, David Kitchen will work his prolific talents and magic on our stage. He has served as the lead vocalist and guitarist with The Thrillbillys, The Cutaways, and Zydeco Crayz. “This is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser whether you want to dance or sit back and enjoy some great covers, obscurities, and originals, all done in David’s own style.”- Daryl Davis On Customer Appreciation Night, there is no cover charge and we offer ½ price bottles of wine.  7:30pm kickoff.

Tuesday (9/29) The Grainger Brothers kick-off the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in the Maryland/Northern Virginia region. Come witness history at the highly anticipated return of the Nation’s most talented musicians and performers led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Just $5 cover 8-11pm, and doors open at 6pm.

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

Rick Brown