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A Super-Eclectic Week of Excellence with Lil’ Ed and The Blues Imperials
+ Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers in The Thrilla in Vanilla,
The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, and Banda Magda

Lil’ Ed and his Blues Imperials + Guy Davis, Marcus Johnson feat. Phillip “Doc” Martin, King Soul vs. Soul Crackers, Voices for Autism feat. The B Street Band, Banda Magda at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, September 2016Wednesday (9/21) Lil’ Ed Williams comes to the blues naturally. His uncle, Chicago slide guitar king and master songwriter J.B. Hutto, taught him how to feel, not just play the blues. Nine albums and thousands of performances later, Lil’ Ed is now universally hailed as a giant of the genre. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the hottest purveyors of bottleneck boogie to come out of Chicago since Hound Dog Taylor.” Sharing the stage will be Guy Davis, whose much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice, and his literate, yet highly accessible songwriting. He’s barely rested since then, taking his music to television, radio, and performing at theaters and festivals. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Thursday (9/22) Over the last decade, Marcus Johnson has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, Marcus receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month. His unique self-taught style of piano play has earned him distinction among his peers, praise from the media, and accolades across the music industry. He is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the DIY music world. Marcus has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Contemporary Jazz CDs, which consisted of three distinct albums, all charting Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously. Joining him onstage will be saxophonist (and dentist!) Phillip “Doc” Martin. The music starts at 8pm.

Friday (9/23) It’s The Thrilla in Vanilla!! In the soul showdown of the century, this hotly anticipated bout features two of DC’s most beloved bands, King Soul and Soul Crackers, as they square off for the undisputed heavyweight horn band title! World famous sports reporter Thom Loverro will be on hand as emcee/referee and to make sure it’s legit. King Soul is bringing the excitement of real Southern Soul to new audiences. Featuring original songs, gritty vocals, a slamming horn section, and driving rhythms, the allstar lineup includes members of the Slickee Boys, The Rhodes Tavern Troubadours, The Recliners, The Grandsons, The Hula Monsters, The Thangs, and The J Street Jumpers. The Soul Crackers play some of the greatest party music ever made from the Memphis and Motown sounds like Sam & Dave, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas, and Wilson Pickett. After the show, only one of these groups will be able to claim they are the palest and the baddest band in DC! This musical battle royale begins at 8pm.

Saturday (9/24) The Original Springsteen tribute, The B Street Band sings for Voices for Autism, whose mission it is to raise money, awareness and acceptance of individuals and families affected by autism. In addition to raising awareness, the group hopes to promote the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people living with autism. 100% of money raised will be donated to Autism Speaks. Now in it’s 10th year, Autism Speaks has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. This event begins at 7pm.

Sunday (9/25) Founded by Greek-born singer, film scorer, and composer Magda Giannikou, Banda Magda moves from samba to French chanson, from Greek folk tunes to Colombian cumbia and Afro-Peruvian lando. Their songs capture the best of mid-century pop ballads and cinematic arranging, drawing on the band’s global background and unchained musicality. Trained in film scoring at Berklee, Giannikou’s film music finesse has won her awards and caught the attention of everyone from Kronos Quartet to Louis CK (she sang a duet with CK for the comedian’s TV show). Live, Banda Magda bursts with humor and quirky sensibility, powered by an unflagging energy. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Kennedy Center, The Jefferson Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Jazz al Parque, St. Moritz Festival Da Jazz, and the Chicago World Music Festival. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Coming up at BBJ: Steve Oliver, Sarah Dash, Luther Re-Lives – A tribute to Luther Vandross, Melba Moore, Midge Ure, The Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show and so much more. Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra will be back to ring in 2017, so get your New Year’s Eve tickets early! You can always find out more and purchase tickets through our Music Calendar.

Happy Autumn, everyone. Thanks as always for your support, and we look forward to seeing you for dinner and a show.

 

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