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Soul, Jazz, & Soulful Jazz – Join Us for Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, Marion Meadows,
A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman, and The Rat Pack Together Again

Angie Stone, Alvin Fisher, A Tribute to the Music of Phyllis Hyman, Marion Meadows, The Rat Pack Together Again at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March – April 2017Tuesday – Wednesday (3/28 and 3/29) GRAMMY-nominated singer Angie Stone is an artist with the Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. We are proud to have her here at BBJ for two shows! In the 1970s, it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records as a member of the first recorded female rap group, Sequence. Their hit, “Funk You Up,” is a classic that gets folks moving to this day. Fast forward to the early 2000s when music industry A&R icon Clive Davis tapped Stone’s classic sound when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label. This in-demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she’s starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. She will perform both nights at 8pm.

Thursday (3/30) In 2005, while working his “day job” at XM Satellite Radio as Director of Information Technology, Alvin Fisher was invited by a host of his friends to strut his musical stuff and play his flute before hundreds of people on the popular Smooth Jazz All-Star Cruise. All but stealing the show from A-list headliners Norman Brown, Michael Manson, Bobby Lyle, Candy Dulfer, Nick Colionne, and Brian Culbertson, the Washington, DC born and raised musician rediscovered the early musical dreams he set aside when he launched a successful 30-year career as an IT manager. Focused full time on his musical career since leaving XM in 2010, Fisher has been touring with an exciting new band of top DC musicians. His sound fuses styles from smooth and straight-ahead jazz to pop, R&B and funk, and Fisher’s set list features numerous originals as well as soul classics like “Lovely Day,” “People Make The World Go Round,” “Alfie,” “Summertime,” and “Harlem River Drive” by jazz/funk flutist Bobbi Humphrey. This concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (3/31) Come on out and join us as BRENCORE Entertainment Presents A Tribute to the Music of Phyllis Hyman featuring International Recording Artist SHANG and The BRENCORE ALLSTARS Band. Don’t miss the sensational SHANG as she pays respect to one of the greatest singers of all time. Singer-songwriter and actress Phyllis Hyman was best known for her singles from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, “You Know How to Love Me,” “Living All Alone,” and “Don’t Wanna Change the World.”  She also performed on Broadway in the 1981 musical based on the music of Duke Ellington, Sophisticated Ladies. The musical earned her a Theatre World Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical. Close your eyes at this tribute performance and you will hear the spirit and voice of the late great Phyllis Hyman as SHANG performs her great hits including “Betcha By Golly Wow,” “Old Friend,” “Meet Me on the Moon,” and more. The show starts at 8pm.

Saturday (4/1) The career of smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows started out as that of a well-known sideman, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing, Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb, John Lee, among many others. In the late ‘80s, Meadows stretched his boundaries by becoming a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. In 1990, Meadows was signed to RCA records where he released For Lover’s Only, which was a huge success, It was followed by his groundbreaking Keep it Right There album. He became a staple of the contemporary jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Body Rhythm (1994) and Forbidden Fruit (1996), Passion (1997), Another Side Of Midnight (1999), Next To You (2000), In Deep (2002), Players Club (2004), Dressed To Chill (2006), Secrets (2009) Whisper (2013) and his current release, Soul Traveler. Marion Meadows will perform live at 8pm.

Sunday (4/2) How would you like to see The Rat Pack Together Again? Now you can through this Tony Sands Production! It will be a thrilling night of great music and song. Experience Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. performed with a wonderful mix of song, comedy, sketches, and brilliant musical arrangement accompanied by their eight piece live Big Band sound. This is a sensory experience you don’t want to miss, and the music that inspired and thrilled an entire generation. The Rat Pack Together Again brings these characters to life and makes them truly vibrant. The Times Herald says, “One of those shows that you simply must see while you’re in town.” They’ll perform two great shows at 1pm and 7:30pm.

Keep up with Bethesda Blues and Jazz on our Music Calendar! Upcoming shows include a Merle Haggard Tribute, Gino Vannelli, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, Motown & More, The Chuck Brown Band, Laurel Canyon – Golden Songs of Los Angeles 1966-1972, After 7 on Mother’s Day, and Lenny Williams on Father’s Day.

You play a big part in keeping great music and entertainment alive and well in downtown Bethesda. Thanks for being part of the scene. We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux Kick Off the Week, then DC Favorites EU, Be’la Dona, Secret Society with a Tribute to Notorious B.I.G. and a Drag Salute to Dreamgirls

Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux, Notorious B.I.G. Tribute, EU - Experience Unlimited, Be’la Dona, Drag Salute to Dreamgirls Twisted at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, March 2017Tuesday (3/7) Come out to a great singer-songwriter double bill – Rickie Lee Jones and Madeleine Peyroux! Two-time GRAMMY winner Rickie Lee Jones exploded onto the pop scene in 1978 and has made a career of fearlessly experimenting with her sound and persona with over 15 critically-acclaimed albums. A cultural phenomenon, Rolling Stone magazine put her on its cover twice in two years, and Saturday Night Live gave her an unprecedented three songs for her second appearance. Rickie is both a character in the songs and the songwriter singing, defying convention, with her sometimes brazen sexuality and the mixed bag of jazz, rock and what has come to be known as ‘confessional’ songwriter performances. She’ll be joined by Peyroux, who got her start as an American musician on the streets of Paris. A precocious teenager living abroad with her mother, Madeleine quickly became entranced with local buskers, spending much of her time accompanying a regular band on the sidewalks of the Latin Quarter with her distinctive voice, and, by 15, had dropped out of school to join a touring blues and jazz band. Following the whirlwind release and promotion of the critically acclaimed Dreamland in 1996, the 22-year old Peyroux disappeared from the limelight, just as the buzz surrounding the singer was at its peak. Her latest is Keep Me in Your Heart for a While: The Best of Madeleine Peyroux. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (3/9) Join Secret Society as they celebrate one of the greatest of all time — Notorious B.I.G. Biggie is still one of the music industry’s most admired hip-hop artists. His musical style has been emulated by countless up-and-coming artists. This homage by Secret Society will be a night to remember. DJ Eclipse will be on the 1’s & 2’s and the band will perform songs from Biggie’s catalog and Bad Boy Entertainment. Don’t miss this epic event! The tribute kicks off at 8pm.

Friday (3/10) Get ready for a true Washington, DC’s treasure – EU (Experience Unlimited)! This group is one of the original DC Go-Go bands. Fronted by founding member Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, the original members all attended DC’s Ballou High School. The band chose the name Experience due to their respect for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Unlimited because they did not want to limit the range of their music. Their early regional hits included “EU Freeze,” “Lock Your Butt,” and “Knock ‘Em Out Sugar Ray.” Although they are best known for their GRAMMY-nominated, worldwide hit “Da-Butt” from Spike Lee’s School Daze soundtrack, EU scored hits with Salt & Papa (“Shake Your Thang”), with rap innovator Kurtis Blow (“Party Time”), and on their own with “Buck Wild” and “Taste of Your Love.” EU will get the party started at 8pm.

Saturday (3/11) Washington, DC is also the birthplace of the exciting and diverse all-female band known as Be’la Dona! The high-energy concert style presentation and dynamic musicianship exuded on their stage is the selling point of this local group of unsung heroes. The Be’la Dona sound is a unique style of funk, jazz, R&B and rock, commanding an impressive drawing power and attracting many beloved fans. Individually, each band member has toured with national artist such as Nile Rodgers (Chic), Pieces of a Dream, Chaka Khan, Chuck Brown, High Five, EU, Salt & Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Michael Bolton, Elton John and many others. The award-winning Be’la Dona will turn it up at 8pm.

Sunday (3/12) This show is fierce! Don’t miss this special lip-synced theatrical rendition of Dreamgirls Twisted presented by Shi-Queeta-Lee & VanHook Productions, LLC in honor of Salute to the Divas. Female impersonation at its best, Salute to the Divas is a revue featuring the world’s top legends. The audience enters the magical world of illusion as their favorite divas grace the Bethesda Blues & Jazz stage with all the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas show. Based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others, Dreamgirls follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called The Dreams who become music superstars. The musical opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre, and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, and won six. It was later adapted into a motion picture from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures in 2006. You’ve got two chances to catch Dreamgirls Twisted, at 3pm and 8pm.

Welcome to March! Other upcoming shows this month include Band of Roses & Madz Johnson, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s on St. Patrick’s Day with his band O’Malley’s March, We Are One Tribute X-Perience Band honoring Maze, Valerie Simpson, and Newmyer Flyer Presents: Dream Discs – Layla and Other Assorted Eric Clapton. Check out our Music Calendar for more details and all our upcoming events.

Thanks for all you do to support great music in downtown Bethesda! We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Rick Brown

Soul Music Star Angie Stone, Classic Rock with Bruce in the USA and the best in DC-Area Artists: The Jonathan Sloane Band, The Patty Reese Band, Alan Scott,
The Rosslyn Mountain Boys, and Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass

Johnathan Sloane Band, Alan Scott, Angie Stone, Bruce in the USA, Rosslyn Mountain Boys at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, February 2017Tuesday (2/21) We’ve got two great DC area bands for you – The Jonathan Sloane Band and also The Patty Reese Band, who will be celebrating the release of their new CD, Let In The Sun! Jonathan Sloane is a multi-talented, lifelong musician, instructor, guitarist, and lyricist based in Rockville, Maryland. His compositions, tone, and lyrical lead guitar playing are deeply rooted in the blues – expanding into R&B, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, and soul. The Jonathan Sloane Band has played to sold out crowds at both the local and national level. Sloane also performs and writes songs for Jamison and Double-O-Soul, Wayward Dog and the Jonathan Sloane Trio. Patty Reese has been a favorite of critics and fans in the Mid-Atlantic Region for many years. Her work has been recognized by the Washington Area Music Association which has awarded her 17 WAMMIES, including Artist of the Year, Songwriter and Album of the year, and Roots Rock Band & Vocalist. The new recording, Let In The Sun, “just keeps delivering song after song with clever, timely subjects and solid musical prowess.” The show begins at 8pm.

Wednesday (2/22) Join us for Alan Scott, a singer-songwriter from Washington, DC. His earliest musical experiences begin with a vocal performance at Constitution Hall at age 10. His early teens became guitar-intensive, reconciling the guitar work of Curtis Mayfield with Eddie Van Halen, as he took in the bombast of Hendrix and Jeff Beck and the precision of Earth, Wind & Fire. Today, his sound is driving, danceable rock combined with time-honored, blues, funk and Brit Pop influences. Over the past two decades, Alan has shared the bill with James Brown, Cheap Trick, Hot Tuna, Vertical Horizon, Everclear, The Tom Tom Club, and many more. His songs have been played on 98 Rock, DC 101, and featured on the MTV series Celebrity: Undercover. His newest CD, Wake Up Your Stereo, is available on iTunes. Alan is proudest of his opportunity to share the stage with amazing musicians. Mike Echols, Russell Hayward III, Scott Ambush, Sean Rickman, and many others add their unique genius to this original artist. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (2/23) GRAMMY-nominated singer Angie Stone is an artist with the Midas touch. Her buttery smooth honey-toned pipes, undeniable gritty soulfulness and epic songwriting talents have been called upon by everyone from Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. We are proud to have her here at BBJ for two shows! In the 1970s, it was Angie Stone who helped to define the sound of the now legendary Sugar Hill Records as a member of the first recorded female rap group, Sequence. Their hit, “Funk You Up,” is a classic that gets folks moving to this day. Fast forward to the early 2000s when music industry A&R icon Clive Davis tapped Stone’s classic sound when he launched J Records. She recorded her gold-selling Mahogany Soul for the label. This in-demand Renaissance woman moves seamlessly from the studio and stage (she’s starred on Broadway) to television and silver screen without missing a beat. A legend in this tough business, Angie Stone stands in a class by herself. She will perform at 7pm and 10pm.

Friday (2/24) Get ready for the best of The Boss! Bruce In The USA is much more than just another tribute…This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band show. Matt Ryan has performed the “Springsteen” character as a cast member of the “World Famous” Legends In Concert since the year 2000. For more than a decade, Matt has worked as a professional live performance artist in full scale production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the world. After years of perfecting his craft in thousands of shows, Matt has evolved the “Springsteen” character into the national touring show it has become today. The Bruce In The USA Band consists of seasoned world class professional musicians, from such acts as Queen/Paul Rogers, Meatloaf, Blue Oyster Cult, Hall and Oats, Joe Cocker, The O’Jays, Aretha Franklin, David Cassidy, The Temptations, Slash, and others. This high end, powerhouse band has taken this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the world’s #1 tribute to the E Street Band’s musical legacy. The band starts rockin’ at 8pm.

Sunday (2/26) DC’s premier real country and roots rock/rockabilly band, The Rosslyn Mountain Boys, formed in the 1970s. During the wave of country rock that proliferated during that period, the Boys established themselves as the band to emulate in DC, not only for their country and rockabilly proficiency, but also their many distinctive originals. Since 1978, The Rosslyn Mountain Boys have been: Joe Triplett (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Tommy Hannum (pedal steel guitar/vocals/6-string), Peter “Tex Luigi” Bonta (piano/6–string/vocals), Bob Berberich (drums/vocals) and Rico Petruccelli (bass/vocals). The band was inducted into the Washington Area Music Association WAMA Hall of Fame in 2010. Joining The Rosslyn Mountain Boys will be Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass. Don’t miss this countrified, roots rockin’, dance night!

Next week will be an exciting one as we celebrate our 4th Anniversary with two nights of great performances by the one-and-only Dionne Warwick! Other celebratory events include Daryl Davis Presents: The Wonder Women Blues Festival, a tribute to Notorious B.I.G. featuring Secret Society, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Mother’s Day with After 7, and Father’s Day with Lenny Williams. We’re also gearing up for these upcoming shows: Roy Ayers, Soul Crackers, Valerie Simpson, Eric Roberson, and smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows. Check our Music Calendar for details.

Thanks so much for supporting our music scene, and we can’t wait to see you here for dinner and show!

 

Rick Brown

 

 

 

A Solid Week of Soul, Blues, Jazz & Reggae: Junior Marvin’s Wailers’ Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Syleena Johnson, Billy Price Band & The Nighthawks,
Jeff Bradshaw, Denise Williams & Shirley Jones, and The Spinners

Junior Marvin's Wailers, Deniece Williams and Shirley Jones, Billy Price and The Nighthawks, Syleena Johnson, Jeff Bradshaw, and The Spinners at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, February 2017Tuesday (2/7) Born in Jamaica, Junior Marvin moved to London as a child, where his love of both acting and music was nurtured. He appeared in the Beatles’ film, Help, which was followed by a number of other television appearances. In America, he performed with the likes of blues legend T-Bone Walker and Ike & Tina Turner. Back in England he played with bands such as Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, Blue Ace Unit, and White Rabbit. Exodus was Marvin’s first album with Bob Marley and The Wailers and it was voted Best Album of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. Since Marley’s passing in 1981, Junior Marvin has put out four CDs with The Wailers: ID, Majestic Warriors, Jah Message, and My Friends, continuing on with the message and music as Marley asked him to do. Come to the Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, music courtesy of Junior Marvin’s Wailers! The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (2/9) We’ve got an amazing double bill with The Sisters of Soul – Deniece Williams and Shirley Jones! Deniece Williams is an American funk and soul singer, songwriter, and record producer who is known for her hits including “Free,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy,” and “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” as well as for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis. In 1984, she released the album, Let’s Hear It for the Boy. The title track reached Billboard’s #1 and was featured on the soundtrack to Footloose. The song would prove to be the biggest pop hit of her career – and the last. In 1986, she would release her first full-length gospel album, So Glad I Know, for which she won two GRAMMY Awards. In 1979, The Jones Girls’ “You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else” highlighted the magic touch of famed Philadelphia producers Gamble and Huff. Shirley Jones and her sisters had a string of hits including “I Just Love the Man,” “Dance Turned into a Romance,” and their GRAMMY-nominated classic, “Nights Over Egypt.” As a solo artist, Shirley Jones topped the charts with “Do You Get Enough Love” in 1986, which stayed #1 on the Billboard R&B chart for three weeks. Her latest album is My Time To Shine. This performance begins at 8pm.

Friday (2/10) Billy Price has been entertaining audiences since first performing in Pittsburgh, PA with the Rhythm Kings in the early 1970s. In April 2016, he was officially recognized and inducted as a Pittsburgh Rock ’n Roll Legend. His latest recording, This Time For Real, with recently deceased Chicago soul singer Otis Clay, received a 2016 Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee in the category of Best Soul Blues Album. Price formed The Billy Price Band in 1990. The Nighthawks are America’s seminal roots music band! The Washington, DC-based quartet of Mark Wenner (harmonica/vocals), Paul Bell (guitar/vocals), Johnny Castle (bass/vocals) and Mark Stutso (drums/vocals) touch all bases with excursions into blues, soul, rock ‘n’  roll, roadhouse country and rhythm and blues. This Blues Music Award-winning band can always deliver the goods! This show gets rockin’ at 8pm.

Saturday (2/11) GRAMMY-nominated vocalist and writer Syleena Johnson is one of the greatest singers and performers of her generation. She has scored major R&B hits and been invited to collaborate with the likes of Kanye West, R. Kelly, and Musiq Soulchild. Syleena’s last album, Couples Therapy, deals with love and relationships. The album opens with the upbeat and lyrically honest song “All This Way for Love.” Leela James accompanies Syleena on the soulful 60’s throwback “Fool’s Gold,” and the incomparable Dave Hollister joins her on the moving and triumphant “Harmony.”  Syleena Johnson is also a popular television personality as one of the original cast members on R&B Divas Atlanta for 3 seasons, among other notable appearances. Her performance begins at 8pm.

Sunday (2/12) As a boy in Philadelphia, Jeff Bradshaw performed with brass bands on Broad Street, just a stone’s throw from the spot where Philadelphia’s most prestigious performing arts center, The Kimmel Center, stands today. He dreamed: Why not bring the crème-de-la-crème of singers and players to The Kimmel for a genre-crossing one-night-only musical event that would replicate the excitement of the classic R&B revues for this generation of fans? Since Bradshaw’s trombone has propelled horn-sections for everyone from Jill Scott to Jay Z and Erykah Badu to Kirk Franklin, this was an easy sell. Bradshaw’s Kimmel Center dream came to fruition on May 28, 2014 and the result was a sold-out success in front of a rapturous, wildly appreciative audience. He has been creating Jeff Bradshaw & Friends happenings since then, and returns again this year for another Valentine’s celebration. The concert begins at 8pm.

Monday & Tuesday (2/13 & 2/14) Most often thought of as a Motown recording act, the classic group sound of legendary R&B recording artists The Spinners has never lost its universal appeal. Throughout the years they have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts. Today, original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck. A soul-infused 5-piece band, led by Keith Ferguson, backs them up. Just a few of the group’s many hits and fan favorites are “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” “Working My Way Back to You,” and  “Could It Be.” The Spinners have six GRAMMY nominations, have also been awarded the Rythym and Blues Foundation Award, and were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. What better way to spend a Valentines dinner date than with the passionate and memorable music of The Spinners! The group performs at 8pm each night.

Other great upcoming shows include the Bethesda Blues and Jazz 4th Anniversary Celebration with Dionne Warwick, Daryl Davis Presents: The Wonder Women Blues Festival, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Mother’s Day with After 7, Father’s Day with Lenny Williams, and The Chi-Lites. Check for details on our Music Calendar, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Rick Brown

Great Tributes to James Brown, Donny Hathaway, and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll!

Daryl Davis, Josh Christina, Gary Grainger, The Fabulous Hubcaps, Ronnie Laws, Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience, Tribute to Donny Hathaway at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, November 2015Monday (11/23) TONIGHT! Daryl Davis Presents: An Evening with Josh Christina! Josh Christina is “The Killer” personified. This young Jerry Lee Lewis-inspired performer is barely in his 20’s and is a force of nature who must be seen to be believed. Born decades after the creation of rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly, he carries on the tradition and does it proud. Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire! – Don’t miss him! Host Daryl Davis was mentored by legendary pianists Pinetop Perkins and Johnnie Johnson. Aside from The Daryl Davis Band, he has worked with Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, Percy Sledge, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and others. There is no cover charge and the show begins at 7:30pm.

Tuesday (11/24) On Tuesdays, we host THE JAM with Gary Grainger & Friends. Players & singers, come out and perform with some of the best! This is the most popular and powerful jam session in the DMV. We also offer free admission for AFM Union Member Card Holders (Please present your Union Card and valid picture ID at the door.) THE JAM starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (11/25) Performing together since 1974, The Fabulous Hubcaps show no signs of slowing down. Doo-wop harmony, classic rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, Motown, and R&B is the name of their game. The seven-piece band captivates audiences with high energy tributes to artists like Little Richard, James Brown, Tina Turner, Bobby Darin, Cher, The Flamingos, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and many more. The group has even had the honor of performing on the South Lawn of The White House and in 2013, was inducted into The Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame. The Fabulous Hubcaps are heralded as one of the best nostalgic show bands in the country. They start at 8pm.

Friday (11/27) We are happy to present the amazing Ronnie Laws. His first hit, “Always There,” was one of the most popular, sax-driven, cross-over hits of the 70’s Jazz-Funk Fusion era. Laws ushered in a sensual approach to the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems including “Grace,” “Karmen,” and “Just Love.” Having worked with highly esteemed artists like Quincy Jones, Ramsey Lewis, Earth, Wind & Fire, and his brother, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of jazz with the broader reaching strains of soul and pop music. His concert will begin at 8pm.

Saturday (11/28) Stay on the scene this Saturday night and groove to the sounds of Mousey Thompson and The James Brown Experience! This all-star ensemble faithfully performs the most popular songs by one of greatest music legends of our time. Drummer Robert “Mousey” Thompson, who performed with James Brown from 1993 until his passing in 2006, leads this outstanding band. Thompson was born and raised in Washington, DC, and he has also performed with other renowned musical artists including Wilson Pickett, Lloyd Price, Rufus Thomas, and Peaches & Herb. After the passing of James Brown, Thompson assembled a stellar group of talented local musicians to perform in tribute to a great musical legacy. Come out and celebrate to “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” “I Got You (I Feel Good),” “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World,” “Cold Sweat,” “I Got The Feelin’,” “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine,” “Super Bad” and many, many more. Remember there’s free parking on weekends at Cheltenham Garage, and the funk party starts at 8pm.

Sunday (11/29) We’ve got another great tribute – this time to the music of the infinitely soulful Donny Hathaway. In a ruefully short life, singer, songwriter, arranger and pianist Donny Hathaway made one of the most timeless contributions to soul music. On this evening, two equally talented artists, Sam Prather and Brandon Combs, will pay tribute to this legendary singer-songwriter’s body of work. Sam Prather is an exciting and multifaceted pianist, drummer, and vocalist born and raised in Washington, DC. He’s equally comfortable in jazz, funk, Gospel, Brazilian, Latin, neo-soul, and R&B. He has worked on keyboards and/or drums with YaMama’Nym, 76 Degrees West, Fred Yonnet, J-Hayden, Pharoh Saunders, Greg Osby, Heidi Martin, Warren Wolf, Antonio Parker, and Joey Omicil. Cincinnati native Brandon Combs began to develop his captivating talent while taking in Donny Hathaway and Richard Pryor albums throughout his formative years. He has worked with the likes of Kurt Elling, Ray Brown, Jeff Hamilton, Gene Harris, and The Eddie Love Big Band. You’ll love this performance; it starts at 7:30pm.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this week. Thanks so much for keeping great live music performance alive and well in downtown Bethesda!

 

Rick Brown