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Classic Soul, Blues, Rock, and R&B! Valerie Simpson, Clarence Carter, Dream Discs: Layla, DC Street Corner Harmony, and Comedy with Joe Clair & Friends

Valerie Simpson, Clarence Carter, Dream Discs: Layla, Joe Clair Comedy Show, DC Street Corner Harmony-The Clovers, The Spaniels and The Jewels at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Wednesday (3/22) Come out on Wednesday and catch a legend… Valerie Simpson! She is half of the legendary songwriting/performing/duo known as Ashford & Simpson. Their award-winning collaborations began over four decades ago when she along with her late husband Nick Ashford penned classic hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “You’re All I Need to Get By,” “Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing,” “Solid,” “Your Precious Love,” “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and more. Valerie recently completed a 24-city tour with Dave Koz and four Ashford & Simpson songs are now featured in the Hit Broadway Musical “Motown-The Musical’ which is touring the country. We are pleased to have her here at BBJ! The concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/23) We’ve got the master of “cheatin’ n’ sneakin’” songs – Clarence Carter. “Show me a man who’s got a good woman,” soul man Joe Tex once sang, but if Tex had any sense he’d keep his good woman as far away from the man known as Dr. CC. as possible! Born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1936 and blind since birth, Clarence Carter was playing guitar by the time he was 11, his own style influenced by the blues records of John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Jimmy Reed. After attending college and earning a degree in music, Clarence hooked up with another blind musician, keyboard player Calvin Scott, in 1963 and recorded as Clarence & Calvin. As a solo artist, Carter signed with Atlantic in 1968 and hits “Looking for A Fox” and “Slip Away” followed. The man known for inserting an earthy chuckle into some of his records like “Back Door Santa,” kept his chart momentum going with hits like “Too Weak To Fight,” “Snatching It Back,” “The Feeling Is Right,” “Doin’ Our Thing,” and “I Can’t Leave Your Love Alone.” Sharing the stage with Clarence Carter will be Charlie Owen & Pocket Change. The show gets rockin’ at 8pm.

Friday (3/24) Newmyer Flyer Presents – Dream Discs: Layla & Other Assorted Eric Clapton! Layla was the only studio album released by the Eric Clapton led band Derek & The Dominos, but it is widely regarded as his best record. The double disc was released in 1970 and shows Clapton at the peak of his powers. In addition to the smash hit title song, the album contains numerous gems including “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Anyday” “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad,” and others, showing off Clapton’s emerging skills as a first rate songsmith. The Dominos were rounded out by Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, Jim Gordon and featured slide virtuoso Duane Allman guesting on 11 of the 14 tracks. The album places high on many Best Rock Album lists and was rated the 3rd best album of the 1970’s by noted critic Robert Christgau. Come out and hear this classic album performed along with an assortment of other Clapton favorites by Tom Principato, Patty Reese, Bobby Thompson, Holly Montgomery, Lisa Lim, Liz Springer, Ty Braddock, Bill Starks, Eddie Jones, Greg Hardin, and others. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Saturday (3/25) Get ready, Bethesda, for Joe Clair & Friends! Joe and his crew will be back at it for two big shows featuring comedians Charles Walden, Timmy Hall, and Marshall Brandon. The house band, Sound of the City, will add the musical touch. Host, comedian, radio personality and on-air veteran Joe Clair is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. This native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show, taking the morning airwaves by storm and making the drive to work much more enjoyable for listeners across the DMV. He is proud graduate of Morgan State University where he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and graduated as a psychology major but found his passion for comedy, music and communications. Clair got his start on HBO’s famed Def Comedy Jam before gaining national notoriety as host of BET’s famed show, Rap City, where he introduced the world to hip-hop and rap superstars and was most notably known as the last person to interview hip-hop icon Notorious B.I.G. The shows start at 7pm and 10pm. Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (3/26) Join us for DC Street Corner Harmony with The Clovers, The Spaniels, and The Jewels. During the 1950s and 60s, Washington, DC was a hot bed for R&B and Doo-Wop music. Today, many groups that performed during that era continue to perform today taking audiences back to the “good old days” with their popular hit tunes. The Clovers hits include “Love Potion #9,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Devil or Angel.” They have built a reputation as one of the most entertaining groups still around. The Spaniels are best known for the hit, “Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight.” The original Spaniels debuted in 1952 in Gary, Indiana as Pookie Hudson and the Hudsonaires. A powerhouse female group, The Jewels have been recording and performing for over 50 years. The grouped formed while attending Roosevelt High School in Washington, DC in 1958, and in 1963, they released their first national hit, “Opportunity.” This show begins at 7:30pm.

Coming up at BBJ: Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, a tribute to Phyllis Hyman, The Rat Pack Together Again, Gino Vannelli, Edwin Ortiz y La Mafia Del Guaguanco, Jesse Colin Young, and much more! Keep up to date by visiting our Music Calendar.

Thanks for your interest in keeping great music and entertainment alive and well! We can’t wait to see you here at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for dinner and a show.

 

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