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It’s Almost 2017! Celebrate All Week with Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow, Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys, Deanna Bogart, and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin & his Imperial Palms Orchestra

Ronnie Laws, Let it Flow Band, Ruthie and the Wranglers, Deanna Bogart, and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/27) Saxophonist Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His extraordinary career features high points including early-’70s gigs with Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws. His name is a common sight often on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. His first hit, “Always There,” (credited as Ronnie Laws and Pressure on the original 45) was one of the most popular, sax-driven, crossover hits of the 1970s jazz-funk fusion era. His playing ushered in the sensualization of the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems such as “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Come out for this evening performance and you will “just love” the sensual and star-power sounds of Ronnie Laws. The show begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/28) Let It Flow is a collective of some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the Washington Metropolitan area. Their blend of R&B, neo-soul and contemporary jazz with a generous helping of homegrown DC go-go is what makes them fantastically unique. The band has shared the stage with many notables including The Dazz Band, Sybil, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul, Big Daddy Kane, Kid from Kid ‘n Play, and the late, great Chuck Brown, the Godfather of Go-Go. Let It Flow performs concerts, club dates, outdoor events, private parties, fraternity and sorority galas, and wedding receptions. Their music is infectious and will get you moving on the dance floor. Get ready for Let It Flow! The concert starts at 8pm.

Thursday (12/29) Auld TWANG Syne features two of the hottest, funnest, dancin’est, roots rockin’est bands the DC area has to offer: Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys! They’ll be twangin’ ‘tween the holidays and giving you a great big reason to rock. Ruthie & the Wranglers are known for their high energy Americana Country, rockabilly, roots rock and a splash of surf. The Thrillbillys are made up of a who’s who of veterans of the DC area music scene: Leader Johnny Castle (Nighthawks, and formerly with Bill Kirchen and Switchblade), rock ‘n’ roll/pop rock master David Kitchen, roots rock and country guitar slinger Andy Rutherford, and Jack O’Dell on drums. Get yourself to this show and go home with raised spirits and a big dose of TWANG! The band kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (12/30) The fans of award-winning multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart really value the diversity of her genre-free zone. As a bandleader, singer, songwriter, producer, pianist, and sax player, Bogart combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country, and jazz into a blend she calls “blusion.” Her fusion of blusion — spontaneous, sophisticated, fearless, and fun — has garnered her three Blues Music Awards’ Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009, and 2010 and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won 22 Wammies, the music awards for our hotly contested DC region. Deanna Bogart’s dazzling keyboards, soulful saxophone, smoky vocals, and cut-above songwriting will win your heart. Don’t miss this one! The show starts at 8pm.

New Year’s Eve, Saturday (12/31) Please join us at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club for this extra special performance by Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra as we ring the new year… 2017! Come out and celebrate with a four course dinner, hats, noisemakers, horns, pop out streamers, and the traditional champagne toast at midnight. When Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra step to the stage, the audience is transported to the high life immortalized by F. Scott Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby. The group will bring down the house as everything old becomes new again. The 18-piece ensemble swings with manic abandon through the early Great American Songbook, infusing standards with new energy. For over a decade, dapper Doc Scantlin has kept the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s alive in Washington, DC and around the world. The Washington Post says, “Scantlin is the consummate showman.” An elegant evening will be had by all! Doors open for dinner at 7pm and the party starts at 9pm.

We’ve just added so many new shows to the lineup for 2017. Here are just a few: The Hardway Connection, Sonny Landreth, Joe Clair & Friends, Denny Laine Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Wings over America, Bill Laurence, the annual Buddy Holly Tribute, Jeff Bradshaw, The Spinners, and Annale with Special Guest Shakespeare. Check our Music Calendar for all the recent additions.

We at BBJ hope you’ve been having a magical holiday season. Thank you so much for spending time with us and for celebrating great entertainment with us in 2016. We wish you a very Happy New Year!

 

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