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Happy Holidays! Welcome Winter with NRBQ, Christmas with Cassandra Wilson, & Soul-Driven Holiday Parties by Secret Society and Soul Crackers

NRBQ, Cassandra Wilson, Secret Society, and Soul Crackers at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, December 2016Tuesday (12/20) NRBQ‘s music is a blend of styles from rockabilly to Beatles-influenced pop to Thelonious Monk-inspired jazz. They have attracted fans as diverse as Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, and Penn and Teller. NRBQ songs have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Dave Edmunds, and many others, and the group even served as the unofficial “house band” for The Simpsons for seasons 10-12. In their 50-year history, NRBQ’s records have been released by many record companies, including Columbia Records, Kama Sutra Records, Mercury Records, Virgin Records, Rounder Records, and more. The band never works with a set list, so fans never know what songs to expect! Come out and enjoy the surprises! The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (12/21) Join us on the occasion of the winter solstice for a special concert experience by the one-and-only Cassandra Wilson. Celebrated for her rich, husky sound and her improvisational and interpretive gifts, Wilson has expanded jazz singing with her exploration of standards and old blues, country and folk songs, and the music of Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, and others. Making her name in the 1980s as a founding member of Steve Coleman’s free-ranging M-Base Collective, Wilson’s breakthrough 1993 album, Blue Light Until Dawn, was a prime collection of originals and songs by Robert Johnson, Mitchell, Hank Williams, and Van Morrison. She won a Grammy for 1996’s New Moon Daughter, and the following year sang on the recording and tour of Wynton Marsalis’ Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio, Blood on the Fields. Wilson’s singular 2015 recording, Coming Forth By Day, is an original homage to Billie Holiday on the centennial of her birth. We have two chances to see and hear Christmas with Cassandra, at 7pm and 10pm.

Thursday (12/22) Come celebrate the holidays with Secret Society at the 3rd Annual Urban Soul Holiday Party! Dance to the soulful sounds of one of DMV’s finest bands, as they perform hits that get you moving all night. DJ Eclipse will be on the 1’s & 2’s. There will be plenty of fun, great food, drinks and holiday cheer. Formed in 2008, Secret Society, the brainchild of Washington-area musician Bryan Mills, was created to bring the “live band” sound back to today’s heavily computerized music market. The combination of talent, experience and influences stemming from the seeds of John Coltrane, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Police, Rick James and a host of others gives this band their own unique sound. The group calls it “Feel Good Music” to define exactly what it is they offer. The party starts at 8pm.

Friday (12/23) The Soul Crackers annual Holiday Party is a legendary blowout and a treasured rite of the season for hundreds of music lovers. This will be the band’s third holiday happening at Bethesda Blues and Jazz. Sprinkled in with soul classics from the likes of Al Green, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & Otis Redding will be a handful of soulful Christmas chestnuts. This show is known for bringing together friends and families of all ages from across the region for informal reunions for a night of great music, dancing and reconnecting. The band features Washington Area Music Association Hall Of Fame vocalist Tommy Lepson, guitarist Keith Grimes, Chuck Sullivan on drums, Spencer Hoopes on keys, saxophonist Wayne Sulc, Chris Hutton on trumpet, and bassist Ronnie Newmyer. To top it off, this performance will feature the stellar backing vocals and dynamic showmanship of the Too Much Sisters aka, Anita King & Caz Gardiner. The music starts at 8pm.

Don’t forget to Give the Gift of Music! Now until December 25th, buy 3 tickets and 1 FREE (excludes 12/31, 2/13, and 2/14). Use code BBJ4. We do hope you are enjoying our shows for the season, including all those happening this week plus the upcoming “Auld TWANG Syne” with Ruthie & the Wranglers and The Thrillbillys and New Year’s Eve with Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Get the details of these and all our other shows on our Music Calendar.

We wish you the happiest of holidays!

 

Rick Brown

Get Soulful with Kenny Lattimore, Conya Doss, and Anton & Leadhead…
and Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars!

Anton & Leadhead with Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes, Kenny Lattimore, Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars, Soul Sessions Featuring Conya Doss at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Wednesday (8/24) Don’t miss Anton & Leadhead! Anton Dickerson started the group Leadhead over 30 years ago. He was playing guitar with another group from Washington, DC called The DC Playboys. He had a different sound and a look in mind so he left the Playboys and started Enterprise, which was eventually renamed Leadhead. Leadhead has worked with many of the greats: Earth, Wind and Fire, New Birth, Parliament-Funkadelic, Cameo, The Commodores, Kool and the Gang, and Rare Earth, just to name a few. Leadhead’s current stage show features some of the top songs from the ’70s and ’80s R&B and Funk sound. Their fast-paced and energetic show will bring back memories! Joining them for the evening will be Bobby Felder and his Blue Notes. The music starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/25) Growing up in Washington, DC, Kenny Lattimore was raised on gospel music and R&B/pop icons like Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. His freshman year at Howard University gave way to Lattimore becoming the lead singer for R&B group Maniquin. Signed to Epic, the group released the single “I Wanna Ride,” produced by the Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson. In 1995, he relocated to New York City as a solo act and was signed to Columbia in 1995. Ushering in an R&B resurgence that counted D’Angelo and Maxwell in its ranks, Lattimore released his debut solo album a year later. The self-titled, gold-certified set spun off two top 20 hits: “Never Too Busy” and the romance classic “For You,” which peaked at No. 6 on the R&B charts. Now the “modern soul man” is back with another hit in the making, “Love Me Back.” The simple feel-good track is the lead single from Lattimore’s seventh solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song. Hear him perform this new tune and so much more! He’s here for two shows at 7pm and 10pm.

Saturday (8/27) Get down and boogie to the outrageous music of Washington’s favorite ne’er-do-well, Root Boy Slim!  Boogie Til You Puke with The Root Boy Slim All Stars is a must-see rare performance – top shelf musicians representing every band Root Boy Slim toured and recorded with from 1977 until his passing in 1993. The featured musicians include Tommy Lepson, Ron Holloway, Dan Hovey, Marshall Keys, Albert Bashor, Brent Mingle, Torro Gamble, John Zidar, and Ray Tilkens, with the original Rootettes Cherie Grasso & Dick Bangham. You’ll also get a sneak preview of film clips from Boogie Til You Puke: The Legend of Root Boy Slim – the feature length documentary now in production! The party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (8/28) Incredible artist Conya Doss has a voice that sounds like it’s both from the past and the future. She is classical-influenced, blues-influenced, R&B-influenced and rock-influenced, which herein lies the brilliance of how she collectively and seamlessly creates great music. Doss has built a solid reputation over the years as the modern benchmark for any young female artist and her new studio project, Seven, highlights that. With beauty, grace and confidence, the poised songstress has composed a song compilation of warm and personal tracks that are full of soul with huge melodies. The skillful arrangement of horns, strings and piano riffs suit her finely crafted lyrics about love, life, and pursuing one’s dreams. Listen in for the new songs, as well as standouts “Just Me” and “Where Do We Go From Here” from her last recording, Pocketful of Purpose. All of Doss’ album titles are authentically steeped in the spirit of growth and change, and Seven is no different. At this live performance treat, you’ll hear the songbird’s breezy voice twisting through candid sentiments of a young woman who is comfortable in her own skin. The concert begins at 8pm.

We’ve got more great stuff coming right up at BBJ! The Michael Jackson Tribute Birthday Concert, M3 (Marcus Mitchell, Marcus Young, and Marcus Anderson), Popa Chubby, Jeff Bradshaw, First Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger & Friends, an Amy Winehouse Tribute by American Idol Finalist Elise Testone… and there’s more where that came from! Visit our Music Calendar for more information and more upcoming events.

Many thanks for coming out to our venue, sharing dinner and a show, and for supporting great music in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown

Snarky Puppy Side Project Ghost Note, April Fools Comedy with Joe Clair, a Tribute to Three Soulful Favorites, and More Great Shows All Week

Daryl Davis Presents Tommy Lepson, The Grainger Jam, LA Young and the Unusual Suspects, Ghost Note, Golden State Lone Star Revue, Joe Clair and Friends, A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass and Stevie Wonder at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, April 2016Monday (4/11) DC’s own Blue-Eyed Soul singer and musician extraordinaire, the legendary Tommy Lepson will be live on stage! He has shared the stage with The Kinks, The Righteous Brothers, The Spinners and many others, and his impassioned vocals have wowed audiences all over the United States and Europe.  Daryl Davis tours both nationally and internationally and his CD, American Roots and Alternate Routes, received rave reviews from leading blues magazines, and won several WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) Awards. 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. We’ve got half off on select bottles of wine, too! The music starts at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (4/12) Join us for The Grainger Jam! If you’re a singer or musician, come out and jam with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. The Grainger Jam is a fantastic time whether you join the band or just enjoy the music. Hosted by Brandon Combs and Bryan Fox with friends Vince Evans and Benji Porecki. Start time is 8pm.

Wednesday (4/13) L A Young has performed professionally since the 1990s, and her vocals include blues, R&B, Motown, jazz, hip-hop, classic rock, alternative and Country. Dubbed Maryland’s Queen of Soul, she has appeared at the Maryland State Fair, numerous music festivals, the Hard Rock Café, performed for the Governor of Maryland and the Mayor of Baltimore. L A loves a good story in song and some say she has never met a ballad she didn’t love. Her voice has been described as Chaka Kahn meets Phyllis Hyman. As the new millennium approached, L A formed her own band–The Unusual Suspects. They’re celebrating their 15th anniversary, and you’re invited to the party! The band gets going at 8pm.

Thursday (4/14) If the Grammy Award winning band, Snarky Puppy, was a heart, drummer Robert “Sput” Searight and percussionist Nate Werth serve as its explosive pulse. World-renowned for their artistic communication through rhythm, this dynamic duo debuts their own project – Ghost Note! Come out and hear them expand their percussive voice into a night of melody through innovative grooves and captivating artistry. Robert “Sput” Searight is one of the most influential drummers and producers in modern music. Nate Werth, the undeniable secret weapon of Snarky Puppy, is both rooted in tradition and constantly innovating in the percussion world. Check out Ghost Note beginning at 8pm.

Friday (4/15) It’s time for the Golden State Lone Star Revue! Bandleader and Blues Award winner Mark Hummel started playing harmonica in 1970 and has gone on to become one of the premier blues harmonica players of his generation. He has been featured on over thirty recordings since 1985, including the Grammy nominated 2013 release Blind Pig recording, Remembering Little Walter. Other band members include Anson Funderburgh (Boz Scaggs, Jimmy Buffet), and guitar genius Little Charlie Baty. Don’t miss the opening act, former DC resident and local favorite funny man Rev. Billy C. Wirtz! Combining boogie woogie piano with tunes like “Big Bad Boy with Red Dress On,” “Mama Was a Deadhead,” and “Mennonite Surf Party,” he is one-of-a-kind. Showtime is 8pm.

Saturday (4/16) Get ready to eat, drink and laugh, Bethesda… Our #1 Comedian/Host and DC’s Finest Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5 Joe Clair Morning Show) is bringing in the spring with what we love…a night of LMFAO! This time, Joe Clair & Friends Present the April Fools Comedy Fest! Featured comedians are Howie Bell, Ms. Meme, & Damon Razier. There will be two big shows at 7pm and 10pm! Doors open at 5pm and 9:30pm.

Sunday (4/17) Brencore Entertainment presents A Tribute to the Music of Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, and Stevie Wonder! The Brencore Allstars Band will play the tunes of three favorites from the world of Motown, R&B, and soul! Come out and enjoy the sweet sounds. The show starts at 7:30pm.

Don’t forget to get your tickets for our special Mother’s Day events: Brunch and an evening show – The Rat Pack Together Again featuring Frank, Dino & Sammy! Other upcoming events include Cameo, Davy Knowles, Terry Reid & Cosmic American Derelicts, Chanté Moore, Snarky Puppy, NRBQ and Los Straitjackets, Estelle, Denny Laine of Wings performing all of Band On the Run, and so much more. Visit our Music Calendar to keep up with the latest!

We love the support we get from you in keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Rick Brown