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Classic Rock & Soul! See The VI-Kings and Carla Cooke’s Birthday Tribute to Her Father, Sam Cooke – Plus New Jazz Vocalists in The Vocal Workshop Showcase

Vocal Workshop Showcase, The Vi-Kings, Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band, and a Tribute to Sam Cooke with Carla Cooke at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, January 2017Wednesday (1/18) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Lenny Robinson on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. At 7pm, the featured vocalists will be Joanne Wertz, Marsha Meekins, Molly Pruett, Linda Stone, Art Medici, and Kelly Jerosch. At 9pm, we’ll hear Crista Cueto, Karuna Shinsho, Nomonde Nolutshungu, Jack Feder, Mona Verrico, and Ghada Rihani. Your $10 admission fee is good for either or both sets.

Friday (1/20) The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life: Beatles Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. This music endures, and is as fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. In these turbulent times, they have made The Youngbloods’ plea, “C’mon people now, smile on your brother…” the theme for this show. The VI-Kings are Joe Dolan (Beatnik Flies), Stock Wilson (The Loggers), Matthew Maury (Friends of the Family, Center Stage), Bill Craig, and the legendary Bob Berberich. Bob Berberich was the original drummer in The Hangmen, who had a #1 hit with “What a Girl Can’t Do” in 1966. He then went on to be a founding member of Grin with Nils Lofgren. Singer-songwriter Annie Sidley will share the stage. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (1/21) It’s time to rock! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s by Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, The Police, Wilson Pickett, Bad Company, and others. Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band is Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnettee on bass, guitarist Mike Moore, keyboardist Bruce Buchanan, and Ralph Dweck on drums. The band starts at 8pm.

Sunday (1/22) The legendary Sam Cooke was about music, religion, romance, and history. January 22nd would have been his 86th birthday! Join us as Carla Cooke, the youngest daughter of Sam Cooke, pays tribute. Carla has performed in concert with the Legendary Four Tops, Freda Payne, Sheila Raye Charles, Claudette King, Jeff Pitchell, Rhonda Ross, and Tasha Taylor. She has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the United States. Her personal style is diverse in gospel, Christian, R&B, soul, pop, as well as today’s contemporary sound, and her stage presence commands the environment wherever she performs. Recently Carla signed with Soul South Entertainment and we are pleased that she has made Bethesda Blues a stop on her current East Coast tour. The concert begins at 7:30pm

We’re all looking forward to our big 4th Anniversary event featuring the amazing Dionne Warwick on Wednesday, March 1st! Other great upcoming shows include Gino Vannelli, guiltypleasures, The Chuck Brown Band, Joey Vega, Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux, and Denny Laine will be here at BBJ celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour! Those are just a few of the shows we’ve got planned, so make sure you check out the latest on our Music Calendar. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

All About the Very Best! Legendary Wings Singer-Guitarist Denny Laine performs Band on the Run, inGratitude – A Tribute to Earth, Wind, & Fire,
and Classic Rock Saturday Night

Angela Hill, inGratitude – Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, The Vi-Kings, Denny Laine performs Band on the Run at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club 5/16/16Monday (5/16) At ease equally with Country, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, and Rock ’n’ Roll, stellar vocalist Angela Hill returns to our stage. She is a large package of dynamite in a small frame! She has been compared to Brenda Lee, and she leads two Gospel choirs in Washington Metropolitan churches when she’s not moonlighting on the nightclub and festival concert circuit. Chicago native 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. It’s a Dance Night with ½ off select bottles of wine and NO COVER (Only $10 minimum food or beverage). The show starts at 7:30pm.

Friday (5/20) Get into the sounds of one of the most prolific musical ensembles in history! inGratitude: A Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire will rule the stage with an impressive body of familiar EW&F tunes, emphasizing the classic years from 1973 to 1985. The 13-piece band is led by four exceptional male vocalists and includes talented and established musicians who have performed and recorded with many of the world’s greatest artists such as Nancy Wilson, Teddy Pendergrass, Bonnie Raitt, Chaka Khan, Bootsy Collins, Phyllis Hyman, John Scofield, and George Clinton. Members of Pockets, the EW&F-produced, Baltimore-based, 80’s band are featured as principal members. This tribute has been selling out area venues including Rams Head on Stage, Maryland Live Casino, The Hamilton, and The Birchmere. inGratitude offers an enthusiastic evening of appreciation of the legendary Maurice White, of the soundtrack of a generation, and of some of the greatest music of our time. The tribute starts at 8pm.

Saturday (5/21) Come out and welcome back Bethesda’s hometown band, The VI-Kings, as they return for their 4th headlining appearance at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club! What’s in store when you go to a Vi-Kings show? You might say their breeze blew through Liverpool, Surrey, and Richmond, out of the Haight, down Sunset Boulevard, up the Mississippi, and along South Michigan Avenue. It blew down Beacon Street, across Washington Park, and into Georgetown. Basically, the music of The VI-Kings is the 1960’s soundtrack of your life. You’ll hear The Beatles, The Stones, The Kinks, Credence Clearwater Revival, Dylan, The Byrds, The Yardbirds, and more… There’s a reason this wonderful music has endured throughout the decades. This will be a joyous celebration of great music and a rockin’ Saturday night! The show begins at 8pm.

Sunday (5/22) Rock royalty Denny Laine will be here to perform a truly classic album! As he celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour, Laine has taken to the road with a live performance of their greatest album, Band on the Run — complete and unabridged! By far the most successful album involving any of The Beatles following their breakup, Band on the Run was created by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine, and Linda McCartney. Band On the Run transcended the era to become an album whose deep cuts such as “Let Me Roll It,” “Picasso’s Last Words,” “Mrs. Vanderbilt,” and “Bluebird” are better remembered-and played more often on classic rock radio-than most hits of the era. Expect other Wings hits such as “Live and Let Die” as well as Denny’s legendary lead vocal on the Moody Blues classic “Go Now” to round out this special anniversary show. We are proud to have this rock legend here to perform these timeless tracks. The concert starts at 8pm.

Of course we’ve got more great shows for you coming right up! We’ll have Father’s Day with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Lisa Loeb, Be’la Dona, The Spinners, The Yardbirds, The Chuck Brown Band, and our very own tribute to a great artist we lost far too soon, Prince. Visit our Music Calendar for more info and tickets to these and all our other events.

Thank you so much for showing up and keeping jazz, blues, plus great classic rock and soul alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Outstanding Halloween lineup! Shows not to be missed!

MarchFourth, Michael Jackson Tribute, Halloween Howl, and The Vi-Kings at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2015

Wednesday (10/28) MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers, and artisans who travel the world year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma! This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance. If you have ever been to one of their performances, you know it is all this and more.  8:00pm showtime.

Thursday (10/29) The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Show in the world is returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz! This live concert captures the true essence of Michael Jackson in a unique manner. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the extraordinary talent of Mr. Michael Clark, featuring the Philadelphia sounds of MFSB. Once Michael graces the stage with his interpretation of Michael Jackson, you will witness the only person capable of mesmerizing audiences of every culture. Michael Clark is not an impersonator, but an interpreter of the great Michael Jackson. 8:00pm show time. Get ready to dance!

Friday (10/30) Halloween Howlwith over 12 outstanding artists, is the perfect show to kick off the bewitching season. Part concert, part Halloween party, this fun filled show features the greatest Halloween hits, plus movie screen projections, costumes, and live, full-band performances of classic Halloween songs including “Werewolves Of London,” “Thriller,” “Psycho Killer,” “Sympathy For The Devil,” & many more. Performances by: The Sidleys, Cal Everett, Alan MacEwen, The Crimestoppers, Liz Springer, Cairo Fred, Janine Wilson, The Hummingbyrds, John Trupp, Brandon Ehrgood and more to be announced. There’s a dance contest, costume contest, and prizes, too! 8:00pm showtime.

Saturday (10/31) Bethesda’s hometown band, The Vi-Kings, return for their third engagement at Bethesda Blues and Jazz and the dance floor will be packed! The VI-Kings celebrate and bring alive the music of the 1960’s – This time, expect some special Halloween surprises! The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life. Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. There will be costume contests with prizes, so dress up and come on down! 8:00pm start. Remember, on Saturdays there is free parking in the Cheltenham Garage.

Upcoming artists include: Teedra Moses, A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, El DeBarge, The Brothers Four, Hot Mess Burlesque, Dave Damiani, Maiya Sykes, Landau Murphy, Jr., Be’La Dona, Chopteeth, Michael Urbaniak, Ronnie Laws, The Hubcaps, Mousey Thompson, Larry Carlton, Maggie Rose, New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin, and the Royal Palms Orchestra!

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

 

Rick Brown

Latin, Blues, and Smooth Jazz at its best this weekend!

Art Sherrod Jr, Tito Puente Jr, Maria Muldaur, Robbin Kapsalis, Gary Grainger, and MarchFourth! at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, October 2015Thursday (10/22) We welcome back local saxophone star Art Sherrod, Jr.  Having performed, opened, or co-headline shows with Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Roy Ayres, Natalie Cole, Boney James, Everette Harp, Najee, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, Cuba Gooding & the Main Ingredient, and others, Art always gets the audience going. He was one of only five Americans to perform in the Brazilian-American Jazz Festival in Rio de Janeiro and he always packs the house! 8:00pm showtime.

Friday (10/23) The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him – imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It’s in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage, he walks in his father’s footsteps. Back for his 3rd trip to BBJ, the house will be jumping! 8:00pm showtime.

Sunday (10/25) Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Don’t miss this special appearance at BBJ this Sunday, 7:30 show time.

Monday – Tuesday (10/26, 10/27) Daryl Davis and Gary Grainger Jams continue with great musicians just dropping in! Come and party with Free Admission Mondays and $5 Tuesdays.  ½ price bottles of wine make it a great night!

Wednesday (10/28) Don’t miss this show! MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization. With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers, and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma. If you have ever been to one of their performances, you know it is all this and more! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (10/29) The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute show in the world is returning to Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. This live concert captures the true essence of Michael Jackson in a unique manner. The concert focuses on the effect his music has had on generations of people throughout our world. The Michael Live Project is a great production built around the extraordinary talent of Mr. Michael Clark. Michael has performed as the lead vocalist for record industry notables such as The Funk Brothers and MFSB. He has shared the stage with Billy Preston, Steve Winwood, Chaka Khan, and the Eagles. Get your dancing shows on for this “Thriller” night! 8:00pm showtime.

Friday (10/30) Come enjoy our Halloween Howl! If you like “Werewolves Of London,” “Thriller,” “Psycho Killer,” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” you’ll love this night featuring 10 outstanding artists! Performances by The Sidleys, Cal Everett, Alan MacEwen, The Crimestoppers, Liz Springer, Cairo Fred, Janine Wilson, The Hummingbyrds, John Trupp, Brandon Ehrgood & more! There’ll even be a Dancing Contest, Costume Contest, & Prizes! 8:00pm showtime.

Saturday (10/31) Bethesda’s hometown band returns for their third engagement at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. The VI-Kings celebrate and bring alive the music of the 1960’s – with special Halloween surprises! The music of The VI-Kings is the sound track of your life. The Beatles , Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. There’s a reason that this wonderful music has endured through the decades. It is joyous, fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. 8:00pm showtime.