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Father’s Day Weekend with Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Fest and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Jazzy R&B Queen Miki Howard, Jazz-Pop-Indie Group
The Becca Stevens Band

Sandra Dean w/ Dart Club and US, The Jam w/ Gary Grainger and Friends, The Becca Stevens Band, Miki Howard, Joe Clair and Friends: Poppa Don’t Take No Mess Comedy Fest, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/13) One of the DC area’s finest female rock vocalists, Sandra Dean, returns by popular demand burn the stage down once again with her powerful, sultry, and soulful voice. There is simply no cooling her – Whether it’s an uptempo rocker or a soft and slow ballad, the intensity and emotion put into her vocals generates enough heat to blow the thermostat! Show host and boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis graduated from Howard University with a degree in Jazz. He was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. 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. NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage per guest). Special guests Dart Club and US.  The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (6/14) It’s time to show ‘em what you got! Turn out and turn it up at The Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends!  Musicians and singers: 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 (6/15) North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Come out and see for yourself! Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions. She’s fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, with pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals. Stevens has toured the world with her band and has collaborated with the likes of: Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Not to be missed! The Becca Stevens Band plays at 8pm.

Friday (6/17) Grammy-nominated Miki Howard has a stunning catalog of wide-ranging music to her credit – from the breezy “Come Share My Love” and the steamy funk of “Ain’t Nobody Like You” to her soul-stirring signature song, “Love Under New Management,” the jazzy “Imagination,” and the inferno that is “That’s What Love Is,” a duet with the late, great Gerald Levert. She’s got a lot happening right now – a new live and studio-recorded 5-song EP, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues, and a brand new movie about her life and career just out on TV One: Love Under New Management – The Miki Howard Story. Come out on and enjoy a Friday night concert by jazzy, R&B Queen Miki Howard! The show begins at 8pm.

Saturday (6/18) Poppa Don’t Take No Mess! Come out for a night of LMFAO with our #1 Comedian/Host Joe Clair! This time around he’s got two big shows especially for Father’s Day Weekend, and the featured comedians are Ray Grady, Ashley Mayo, Kyle Grooms! #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm for the 7pm show and at 9:30 for the 10pm show.

Sunday (6/19) Happy Father’s Day! Take a trip back in the day and celebrate Father’s Day with one of the great, soulful vocal groups, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were formed by Melvin in Philadelphia in 1954. In 1960 under the Valley Vue label, they went onto record their first hit to reach the R&B charts with the single, “My Hero.” In 1970, it was the apparently unassuming addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer that set off a series of pivotal events that led to the group’s jump into national prominence. They collaborated with producers/songwriters Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble and signed with their Philadelphia International label. With Pendergrass in his new role and Gamble & Huff s influence, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes reeled off a series of hits including “If You Don t Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost” which reached No. 3 and No. 7 on the Billboard pop charts, respectively. Come enjoy the Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes of today – still going strong with all the hits and more. Doors open for Father’s Day Brunch at 10:30am for the 12:30 show. Doors open at 5:30pm for the 7:30pm show.

Other upcoming shows include the Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart & his Fabulous Superlatives, Judith Hill, Peter Asher & Albert Lee, A Southern Soul Tribute, The Spinners, and The Yardbirds! Keep up with us on our Music Calendar.

Thanks so much for all you do to help keep great music alive and well. We look forward to seeing you at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club soon!

 

Rick Brown

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

 

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

Rockabilly, Classic Pop, and Sensual Soul! A Week of Great Music featuring
Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, The Rock-A-Sonics, & The Soul Crackers

Gail Harrod, Gary Grainger, The Rock-A-Sonics, Chante Moore, The Soul Crackers, and Steve Tyrell at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April-May 2016Monday (4/25) IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! It was one year ago this week that we started the Daryl Davis Presents: Monday Night Concert Series. To party it up right, we’ve got blues, rock, and soul singer Gayle Harrod in the house. Gayle has been making a name for herself in the DMV – She invokes the spirit of divas like Koko Taylor, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Big Mama Thornton, all in her own soulful way. Bring your dancing shoes or sit back and listen. Our host, 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. The party starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/26) It’s time once again for our perennial favorite Tuesday night event… The Grainger Jam! This is a great opportunity for singers and musicians to jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (4/27) The Rock-A-Sonics are a rockabilly band straight from the DMV! They first got together with no name and just intending to play a single show – a Buddy Holly tribute in early 2014. The ad hoc band members bonded instantly over their common enthusiasm for rockabilly, country, and early rock ‘n’ roll. The Rock-A-Sonics were born! Notable appearances include MusikFest, Night Of 100 Elvises, Hot Rod Rumble, Barns of WolfTrap, Rockabilly Rumble, Gypsy Sally’s, Rock and Roll Hotel, Day Of The Book, and they are soon to appear at the 2016 Viva Las Vegas Weekender. The band is currently wrapping up their first long player, so stay tuned! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday – Friday (4/28 and 4/29) We’ve got Chanté Moore, live in concert, two nights in a row! Moore made her recording debut in 1992 with the release of the Gold-selling Precious (“Love’s Taken Over” and “It’s Alright”). A Love Supreme (“Old School Lovin’”) came in 1994, followed by her Grammy-nominated This Moment Is Mine featuring the gold-selling single “Chanté’s Got A Man.” In 2002, Moore had the distinction of winning a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for the song “Contagious,” featuring The Isley Brothers and R. Kelly. In 2004, 20th Century Masters issued a greatest hits collection. With seven albums, twenty charting singles, and collaborations including Prince, R. Kelly, Boyz II Men, El DeBarge, The Isley Brothers, Babyface, and Raphael Saddiq, singer Chanté Moore was destined to sing. This is your chance to hear her for yourself! Her concerts start at 8pm both nights.

Saturday (4/30) Take some of the greatest party music ever made, make sure it’s sung and played by a band that has made a career out of belting out those sweet soul sounds – and you’ve got yourself a real good time. Meet The Soul Crackers! With music focused on the Memphis and Motown sounds, The Soul Crackers perform timeless songs by artists like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, Wilson Pickett, and others. Formed in 1982, the SOUL CRACKERS have headlined shows including the Adams Morgan Day Festival, have performed in clubs like The Bayou and The Wax Museum, and they even gave a command performance at The White House in 1994. Theirs is the kind of music that has the power to bring together all ages and personalities together for an unforgettable dance party. The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (5/1) Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man, and we have him here live! In over four decades in the music business, he has achieved great success as an artist, producer, songwriter, music supervisor, and performer. With his breakthrough performances in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II, Steve Tyrell reinvented and repopularized classic pop standards for a modern-day audience. With the grit and soul of a lifetime of experiences producing hits for artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville to Rod Stewart and Diana Ross, Steve has sold hundreds of thousands of albums and gained a passionate following all over the world. His hits including “The Way You Look Tonight,” “The Simple Life,” “Crush On You,” and “The Sunny Side of The Street” have launched thousands of weddings and millions of romances. Come hear his magic! The concert starts at 8pm.

Don’t forget to join us for our upcoming special events – Mother’s Day with “The Rat Pack” and Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes! There is so much more coming your way, and new shows are being added all the time. Check our Music Calendar for the latest!

Thanks for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. See you soon!

 

Rick Brown

Legendary Rocker Terry Reid, Classic R&B Funk with Cameo, former Back Door Slam Frontman Davy Knowles, Not-To-Miss Jazz, & A Li’l Bit O’ Country

Patsy Stephens, The Grainger Jam, Dwayne Adell, Cameo, Davy Knowles plus Goin’ Goin’ Gone, Vuyo Sotashe and Lyle Link with The Chris Grasso Trio, Terry Reid & Cosmic American Derelicts at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April 2016Monday (4/18) Country Music Queen Patsy Stephens is back by popular demand! She returns to our stage singing great classic Country songs the way they were meant to be. Put on your boots, fringe, rhinestones, and Stetsons, and two-step on down here! Piano master Daryl Davis will host the show. Davis tours both nationally and internationally and 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. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/19) Come join us for our popular Tuesday night event… The Grainger Jam! If you’re a singer or musician, this is a great opportunity to jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is where you want to be whether you join in with the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (4/20) DC jazz piano favorite Dwayne Adell will perform! Adell is a recognized figure in the District jazz underground, having played on Quincy Jones’ album, Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration, and with Lauryn Hill in Chicago. Adell has performed at Blues Alley as well as at iconic Washington club, Bohemian Caverns. Musicians, journalists and fans have been astounded by this artist’s talent for years. Music critic Jerome Wilson wrote of his play during the 2014 Capitol Bop DC Jazz Loft Series, “Adell plays with astonishing speed and dexterity in a style that combines stride bass, classical ornamentation and gravity coming off like some mad cross between Art Tatum and McCoy Tyner…The man’s playing was scary.” The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (4/22) Celebrating 40 years & more than eighteen million albums, Larry Blackmon and Cameo are still larger-than-life in the music industry! Blackmon has blazed trails since his first album release in 1977. He is a music stylist legend, an innovator whose influence on R&B and Urban Music is indisputable. As founder and front man of the R&B funk band, Cameo, Blackmon has lead his group on this journey with a long line of hit recordings including “Word Up,” “Single Life,” and “Candy.” Cameo’s unique signature sound has been copied, imitated, sampled, covered, reproduced, and replayed. Cameo songs today are routinely placed in films, TV, video games, and commercials. Best of all, though, is the live experience! Cameo will perform two great shows for us at BBJ at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (4/23) Former Back Door Slam frontman Davy Knowles is on tour in support of his latest studio album, The Outsider, and we’re thrilled he’s making a stop for us right here in Bethesda! Also on the bill are roots rockers Goin’ Goin’ Gone. Knowles’ musical journey began as he grew up in the Isle of Man, learning to play guitar from listening to the likes of Gallagher, Clapton, Knopfler, Green, and Mayall in his father’s record collection. At age 19, he arrived in the US with his band Back Door Slam to the sound of rave reviews. In 2014, he served as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture.” Come out and hear some of his new and familiar tunes. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (4/24) The Chris Grasso Trio continues its Sunday Spotlight series, welcoming two special guest artists: vocalist Vuyo Sotashe and saxophonist and flautist Lyle Link. Young South African jazz vocalist Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe is making his mark across the globe, most recently capturing Third Place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the first male vocalist ever to reach the final round. Vuyo moved to New York City in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Masters of Music at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone on to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014 and performed on the festival’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the 2015 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in Switzerland. Lyle Link is DC-area native who now calls San Francisco home. A versatile musician and sought after sideman, he performs in many musical styles from jazz, blues and R&B to Latin and world beat. He has played with artists Patti Austin, Christian McBride, Larry Willis, George Duke, Curtis Lundy and Ralph Peterson, to name a few. He has also performed with pop icons Patti Labelle, James Ingram, Isaac Hayes, Aretha Franklin, and has jammed with Prince. He has shared his musical gifts in festivals and concerts in Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, and throughout North America. Rounding out the Chris Grasso Trio will be Zack Pride on bass and Ele Rubenstein on drums. This afternoon performance begins at 1pm.

Sunday evening, legendary rocker Terry Reid will grace the stage, with Cosmic American Derelicts. Terry Reid, aka “Superlungs,” is without doubt one of the greatest rock/soul voices to ever come along. A Terry Reid concert should be a cherished memory for any fan of the greats of British music. The legend is of turning down the front man’s job with Led Zeppelin, recommending his mate Robert Plant instead, and a similar offer and rebuff to Deep Purple. Aretha Franklin stated that The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Terry Reid were the best England had to offer in 1968. The legend continues with two world tours opening for The Rolling Stones, US tours with Cream, UK tours with Jethro Tull and Fleetwood Mac, The Isle of White Festival in 1969 and Glastonbury in 1970, and playing at Mick Jagger’s wedding. Then there were the soured record deals and leaving Britain for America nearly 40 years ago. Despite career setbacks and hiatus, Reid is performing at full force – He returned to Glastonbury in 2009. In 2012, Reid returned to the Isle of Wight Festival for the first time since 1971 and toured the UK in 2013 and 2014. With the recent re-mastering and re-release of the albums The River, Rogue Waves, and Seed of Memory, a new generation of fans, and collaborations with Johnny Depp and Joe Perry (Aerosmith), it’s clear that there is an undeniable resurgence in recognition for this outstanding vocalist and songwriter. 2016 looks set to be another successful year! The concert will begin at 8pm.

Check our Music Calendar for more upcoming concerts, comedy, and special events. We look forward to seeing you at the club very 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

 

Rock’N’Boogie, Blues, Jazz, Holiday Parties & Christmas Cheer!

Sapphire Stars, Gary Grainger, Secret Society, Deanna Bogart, and A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2015Monday (12/21) Come on out tonight for our Customer Appreciation Night Rock’N’Boggie Holiday Party & Dance with The Sapphire Stars! The DC/MD/VA area’s newest, hottest, and most exciting vocal harmony group has been entertaining audiences throughout the region for years. They are WAMMY Award nominee Michelle Murray, compelling vocalist Hayley Fahey, and Arlene Jaye, who emotes a song that will make your heart flutter. Our host is boogie-woogie piano master, Daryl Davis. There’s no admission fee and we’ve got half off select bottles of wine. The joint will be jumpin’ with the “Santa Claus Boogie” and the “Jingle Bell Rock” – No better way to start this holiday week! The music starts at 7:30pm

Tuesday (12/22) THE JAM is back this week with Gary Grainger & Friends! This is your chance to come out and perform live with some of the nation’s most talented musicians led by Gary and Greg Grainger and hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Come out and show us whatcha got! THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/23) We are pleased to host our 2nd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party featuring Secret Society. Dance to the soulful sounds of one of the DMV’s best R&B bands. They’ll be playing the hits that you love, plus R&B holiday classics to make your spirits bright! The brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, Secret Society was formed in 2008 to bring the “Live Band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. Band members count John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, and Rick James among their influences, and their repertoire is full of history, tradition, and diversity. You don’t want to miss this event! The music gets started at 8pm.

Saturday (12/26) The Deanna Bogart Band + The Bobby Thompson Project will rock the BBJ stage! Deanna Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she likes to call “blusion.” A bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist and sax player, Bogart has won the Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year three consecutive times, and at last count, has taken home 22 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards). Her performance will not disappoint. Master guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson learned to play in the old blues clubs of DC from the likes of Bobby Parker. After honing his craft as a popular support man, Thompson stepped out as a solo artist, releasing three albums since 2011. The Roots Music Report says Thompson’s songs portray “muscular blues- and soul-rock strong on soulful vocals and cut-above-the-norm originals.” This night of hot “blusion” and more kicks off at 8pm.

Sunday (12/27) We present to you two great performances of A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas! It will be a holiday extravaganza featuring jazz legend Kirk Whalum and singer-songwriter Shelea along with Norman Brown and Kevin Whalum. You’ll want to come check out the show for all its joys, not least of which to see our “Surprise Guest!” The Gospel According to Jazz is well known for the chart-topping gospel anthem, Falling in Love With Jesus, and for “It’s What I Do,” which won the Grammy for Best Gospel Song in 2011. Continue your Christmas celebration with us. Doors open for brunch at 11:30am and the show starts at 1:30pm. Doors open for the evening show at 5:30pm and the music begins at 7:30pm.

Here are just a few of the great events we have coming up: Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra on New Year’s Eve, PJ Morton, 76 Degrees West, our annual Buddy Holly Tribute, and four shows in March by the incomparable Lalah Hathaway. Check our Music Calendar for details.

Thanks for helping us keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. Happy Holidays to you and yours. We look forward to seeing you here soon.

 

Rick Brown

 

Celebrating Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, the Holidays, & Great Performances

BBJ Weekly Concerts: Cathy Ponton King, Gary Grainger, Luther-Re-Lives, Rhythm Bandits, Sinatra's 100th Birthday w/ Landau Eugene Murphy Jr, Sahara Dance, Drew Gibson, Devon SprouleMonday (12/7) We are thrilled to present singer, guitarist, and bandleader Cathy Ponton King. She has been a respected stalwart of the blues on the DC music scene since the 1970s. She is the most prominent woman who is keeping the blues alive and well in the metropolitan area. Come see why she has been highly regarded by blues legends on the order of Muddy Waters and Albert King, and why her popularity just keeps rising. Hosting once again will be boogie-woogie piano master Daryl Davis, who has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. Come out and enjoy this Customer Appreciation Night with no cover charge, ½ off select bottles of wine, and get your dance on, too! The show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (12/8) Tuesday is time for THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! Now in its third amazing season, THE JAM is your chance to come out and perform live with some of the best musicians anywhere. Bring your singing voice and/or instrument and we’ll provide the backup. We can’t wait to see YOU rule our stage. We start at 8pm.

Thursday (12/10) We’ve got a tribute to the great Luther Vandross… holiday style! Please join us for the Luther Re-Lives Holiday Concert with Smooth Wardlaw. William “Smooth” Wardlaw embodies the sound and style of Luther and wraps it up with his own distinctive flavor. He is a fantastic entertainer who talks, laughs, bears a striking resemblance to, and yes, SINGS like Luther. His full 8-piece band Las Vegas style show with all the lights, choreography, and costume changes pulls out all the stops! The concert begins at 7:30pm.

Friday (12/11) You are cordially invited to a night of refreshments, music, and holiday cheer at The Montgomery County Sentinel Newspaper Party. Come out and enjoy drinks, food and music courtesy of The Rhythm Bandits Band – featuring the honorable District Judge John Moffett on guitar and harmonica along with Michael Lofgren of the famous Lofgren Brothers. The celebration will recognize the best in local Montgomery County government as six local civic leaders are honored with the second annual “Excellence in Government” award. Dress business casual. Drinks and dining at 5:30; ceremony at 7:30.

Saturday (12/12) We are proud to present to you our Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday Celebration starring Columbia Records artist and America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and his Big Band! Fans of The Chairman of the Board will be treated to an extraordinary musical celebration honoring a legendary life and iconic career. Murphy will be saluting Sinatra and performing his timeless classics including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “New York, New York,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “My Way.” The crooner will also bring Sinatra-style holiday cheer with classics from his album, Christmas Made for Two. Landau recorded his first ever live concert DVD, Landau Live in Washington D.C. at Bethesda Blues and Jazz, at our venue in January of this year. Signed copies will be available after the performance during a special after-show meet-and-greet. The celebration begins at 8pm.

Sunday (12/13) Allow yourself to be swept away by the romantic allure of a dance for the ages with the Golden Era Sahara Dance Salon: A Vintage Belly Dance Brunch! From 1,001 Arabian Nights to present day, belly dance (raqs sharqi) continues to captivate audiences with timeless beauty and elegance. This unique event will feature live Middle Eastern music from Saltanah and Sahara Tabla, Raqs Sahara, Sahara Dance performance companies, faculty solos, and special guest, Na’la! Join us from 12:30-2:30pm.

Sunday evening, we will feature singer-songwriter Drew Gibson with special guest Devon Sproule. Drew Gibson’s music is reminiscent of American Primitivism riding on influence from the American days of country-blues and the singer-songwriters of the recent past. The finger-style guitarist has garnered attention from USA Today, The Washington Post, and Americana Magazine. His recently released his third effort is entitled 1532. Devon Sproule is a Canadian/American musician living in rural Virginia, raised on eco-villages near Kingston, Ontario and Louisa, Virginia. Devon Sproule’s music celebrates human complication in the language of nature. It is “North American music with weirdo roots.” Since 2007, her recordings have been released by Tin Angel Records, based in Coventry, England. The show starts at 8pm.

Check our Music Calendar for all of our upcoming performances including more of our excellent and eclectic holiday lineup. Thanks so much for helping to keep great music alive in downtown Bethesda. We’ll see you soon!

Rick Brown

Celebrate the Holidays with Great Music at Bethesda Blues & Jazz!

Daryl Davis presents Chick Hall, The Jam w/ Gary Grainger & Friends, Shayna Steele, Tamara Wellons, Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, Joe Clair, VMA Holiday Music Show, Chris Grasso Trio w/ Sharon Clark & Paul Carr perform at Bethesda Blues & JazzMonday (11/30) The legendary Chick Hall has shared the stage with many stars of country music, and he will bring his special brand of country-style pickin’ & grinnin’ to the stage this evening! Chick, with his father, the late Chick Hall, Sr., owned and ran the Surf Club in Bladensburg, MD, which launched the careers of many world-famous country musicians from the Washington/Baltimore/Virginia area. The host of the show will be boogie-woogie master Daryl Davis, who was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. Come for the music, stay for the ½ off select bottles of wine special! There is no cover charge and the show starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (12/1) This Tuesday and every Tuesday… it’s THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends! This is an amazing opportunity for YOU to come out and perform live with a collection of the best area musicians – a full backup ensemble! This is the most popular and fun jam session in the DMV, and we’d love to see you take the stage. Free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/3) Her impressive credits speak for themselves – singer and songwriter Shayna Steele is a vocal force to be reckoned with. Venues she calls home include The Blue Note and Joe’s Pub in New Your City, as well as Hotel Café in Los Angeles. She’s played The Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco and has toured through Italy, Switzerland, and France. Shayna’s critically acclaimed performance of her single ”Gone Under” for Grammy Award-winning band Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner, Volume 1, was a game changer. She continues to record and perform with the band, and has expanded into projects that have landed appearances on the Billboard Dance Charts, Conan O’Brien, and the Carson Daly show. Rise is her latest recording. Also on the bill performing her own brand of “feel good folk music” will be singer Tamara Wellons, granddaughter of the legendary gospel group, The Pritchett Sisters. Showtime is at 8pm.

Friday (12/4) we’re got Leonard, Coleman & Blunt! Come out and enjoy the evening as the former lead singers of The Temptations, The Platters, and The Drifters ring in the holidays. Performers from these three legendary million-selling groups will celebrate the season with classic R&B sounds. Come out to the show and hear LCB perform your favorite Christmas classics along with over two dozen of the greatest hits of all time (“The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, “Under the Boardwalk,” and many more). This will be an unforgettable concert event – a great chance to sing along with every tune while dancing the night away! The concert begins at 8pm.

Saturday (12/5) Our #1 comedian is back! When Joe Clair is in the house, “The Funny Don’t Stop!” You know him from the WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show, and maybe you’ve caught his act at one of his many sold out shows here at Bethesda Blues & Jazz. One thing is certain – Joe Clair will give the packed house what they want… a night of LMFAO! Get your tickets early and get ready to eat, drink, and laugh out loud. Doors open at 5pm and about 9:30pm for the two big shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday (12/6) we have a wonderful holiday show for the whole family. Virginia Music Adventures‘ Annandale Jazz Ambassadors, Wakefield Jazz Workshop, and Chapel Square Combo present A Big Band Christmas. This is a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays with tomorrow’s stars. They’ll play an array of classic big band hits that are just perfect for the season. This year’s show features the music of Glenn Miller, Johnny Marks, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Julie Styne, and more. Now in its 12th year, the Virginia Music Adventures Annual Holiday Show has become a well-loved area tradition. This special event begins at 1:30pm.

Sunday evening, we welcome The Chris Grasso Trio back to our stage. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.-based jazz pianist who specializes in working with stellar vocalists. This time around, Chris will feature Sharón Clark and Paul Carr. Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has garnered raves from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She has won numerous awards including taking first place in The Billie Holiday Vocal Competition, which offers a featured appearance with the Baltimore Symphony. Her most recent release, Do it Again — My Tribute to Shirley Horn, is on its third printing. Paul Carr, a 1985 Howard University graduate, has dedicated his professional career to mastering the saxophone and the art of jazz. He grew up in inner-city Houston, Texas and was a member of the Kashmere High School Stage Band, whose director, the late Conrad Johnson, is the subject of a documentary, Thunder Soul, produced by actor, Jamie Foxx.  He carries on the Texas tenor tradition espoused by fellow Houstonians Arnett Cobb and Don Wilkerson. Chris Grasso has performed live on WPFW with jazz greats Keter Betts and Buck Hill. He also has appeared with the Ken Peplowski/Chuck Redd Quartet, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, Matt Wilson, and with New Orleans’ historic jazz family, the Jordans. The show begins at 7:30pm.

Check our Music Calendar for more great upcoming events including the Luther Re-Lives Holiday Concert with “Smooth” Wardlaw, Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday Celebration featuring Landau Murphy Jr., Sons of Serendip: Christmas Beyond the Lights, the 2nd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party, the Maggie Rose Christmas Show with The Morrison Brothers, and Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra on New Year’s Eve.

Keeping great music alive and well in downtown Bethesda… Hope to see you here over the holiday season.

Rick Brown

Great Tributes to James Brown, Donny Hathaway, and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Daryl Davis, Josh Christina, Gary Grainger, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Ronnie Laws, Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience, Tribute to Donny Hathaway at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Monday (11/23) TONIGHT! Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified. This young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer is barely in his 20’s and is a force of nature who must be seen to be believed. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries on the tradition and does it proud. Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! – Don’t miss him! Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. There is no cover charge and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) On Tuesdays, we host THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends. Players & singers, come out and perform with some of the best! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. We also offer free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/25) Performing together since 1974, The Fabulous Hubcaps show no signs of slowing down. Doo-wop harmony, classic rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, Motown, and R&B is the name of their game. The seven-piece band captivates audiences with high energy tributes to artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and many more. The group has even had the honor of performing on the South Lawn of The White House and in 2013, was inducted into The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best nostalgic show bands in the country. They start at 8pm.

Friday (11/27) We are happy to present the amazing Ronnie Laws. His first hit, “Always There,” was one of the most popular, sax-driven, cross-over hits of the 70’s Jazz-Funk Fusion era. Laws ushered in a sensual approach to the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems including “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Having worked with highly esteemed artists like Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His concert will begin at 8pm.

Saturday (11/28) Stay on the scene this Saturday night and groove to the sounds of Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience! This all-star ensemble faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. Drummer Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006, leads this outstanding band. Thompson was born and raised in Washington, DC, and he has also performed with other renowned musical artists including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, Rufus Thomas, and Peaches & Herb. After the passing of James Brown, Thompson assembled a stellar group of talented local musicians to perform in tribute to a great musical legacy. Come out and celebrate to “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “Cold Sweat,” “I Got The Feelin’,” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and many, many more. Remember there’s free parking on weekends at Cheltenham Garage, and the funk party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (11/29) We’ve got another great tribute – this time to the music of the infinitely soulful Donny Hathaway. In a ruefully short life, singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist Donny Hathaway made one of the most timeless contributions to soul music. On this evening, two equally talented artists, Sam Prather and Brandon Combs, will pay tribute to this legendary singer-songwriter’s body of work. Sam Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He’s equally comfortable in jazz, funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, neo-soul, and R&B. He has worked on keyboards and/or drums with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, Fred Yonnet, J-Hayden, Pharoh Saunders, Greg Osby, Heidi Martin, Warren Wolf, Antonio Parker, and Joey Omicil. Cincinnati native Brandon Combs began to develop his captivating talent while taking in Donny Hathaway and Richard Pryor albums throughout his formative years. He has worked with the likes of Kurt Elling, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Harris, and The Eddie Love Big Band. You’ll love this performance; it starts at 7:30pm.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week. Thanks so much for keeping great live music performance alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown