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“Live on the BBJ Stage” 4/4 – 4/8

Wednesday (4/4)Earth, Wind and Fire Tribute Band. The Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band is a talented and committed group of musicians and vocalists whose roots are in gospel music. They share a great love and appreciation for the style and musicianship of the premier band of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Earth, Wind and Fire. Selling out venues globally, the Grammy-award winning band continues to record and perform for an endearing fan base still going strong for over four decades. The EWF Tribute Band is based in Maryland and actively supports its local community, performing at fundraisers, church events, and local historic venues.

Friday (4/6)Billy Price Band w/Special Guest Johnny Rawls: Soul Blues Summit. 2016 Blues Music Award Winner Billy Price first attracted national attention during his three-year association with guitarist Roy Buchanan. Price is the vocalist on two of Buchanan’s LPs, That’s What I’m Here For and Live Stock. Since then, Billy Price has recorded and released a total of 15 albums, CDs, and DVDs. Johnny Rawls began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, and the Sweet Inspirations. In 2008, Johnny released Red Cadillac which charted at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart.

Saturday (4/7)Joe Clair & Friends Comedy Show. Host Comedian Joe Clair, radio personality and on-air veteran is no stranger when it comes to Washington, D.C. the native of Seat Pleasant, MD is the current host of WPGC’s Joe Clair Morning Show. Joe Clair & Friends Comedy show brings a line up that is backed with certified funny folks featuring Comedians, Isiah Kelly, Tiana Douglas, Gerald Kelly and House Band Sound of the City.

Sunday (4/8 BRUNCH)Swing For Spring Brunch with Svetlana & The Delancey Five. Svetlana is a critically acclaimed “outstanding” (Wall Street Journal) jazz vocalist from NYC – and her “NYC Darlings” swing band, the Delancey Five (Time Out NY) bring “exuberant foot-stomping party” (WPIX11 News) from “jazz age to the 21st century” (PopDust). Established in NYC underground Speakeasies, and featuring some of the most exciting NYC talents, the band has headlined sold out shows in clubs and Performing Arts Centers, and festivals in the US and internationally.

Sunday (4/8)Nothing But the Sax. National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late legend George Howard. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings. Recording Artist Tony Exum, Jr. saxophone style brings to mind the sultriness of Grover Washington, Jr., the soulfulness of David Sanborn, the silky smoothness of George Howard, and the tender passion of Ronnie Laws. Most artists who put a “Doc” in their name do it out of cleverness, for marketing reasons, or as a crafty way to express their mastery of their instrument or vibe. Since the release of his 2003 debut Saxappeal, Phillip “Doc” Martin has all that down pat, wowing audiences everywhere.

Bethesda Blues will Rock & Roll this Weekend – World-Class Music, Fun & Laughter!

  • Angela Blessett, Marcus Johnson, Joe Clair, and Tracy Hamlin at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club September 2015Thursday (9/17) Algebra Blessett, an Atlanta native, began her career by playing club dates before releasing Purpose in 2008, which included the single “Run and Hide.” She has collaborated with India Arie and Esperanza Spalding, winning Grammys for both collaborations. She is featured on Anthony David’s #1 R&B Adult Contemporary Chart hit, “4evermore.” Her hit “Better for Me” is getting terrific airtime this month! 8:00pm showtime! Algebra Blessett online

Friday (9/18) We welcome the return of Marcus Johnson. Over the last decade, Marcus has released 15 successful studio albums. On Pandora, he receives 5.1 million spins per year with 2,000 new stations added each month, and his music receives a 74% “thumbs ups” rating verses an average of 56%.  Johnson is the owner of a music label, Three Keys Music, and has emerged as one of the young lions of the “DIY” music world. Don’t miss this 8:00pm show! Marcus Johnson online

Saturday (9/19) Our man Joe Clair (WPGC) and the CBC Comedy Show will fill the room for two outstanding shows. When Steve Brown takes the stage he amazes his audience with witty remarks, extremely original jokes, and high-energy physical antics. Kasaun Wilson is a stand-up comedian who has been touring colleges, churches, and theaters all around the country. While earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from the historic Howard University (THE MECCA) in Washington, DC, Kasaun started an acting and stand-up comedy career that is still garnering national attention today. Karlos Miller is the only comedian in the world from the back roads of Oxford, Mississippi! He moved to Atlanta in 2005 to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. He landed a slot cracking snaps on MTV’s “YO MOMMA” and was also featured on season two of Bill Bellamy’s “Who’s Got Jokes?” The shows start at 7:00pm & 10:00pm, and remember: FREE Parking! These shows will sell out, so get your tickets early! Joe Clair online

Sunday (9/20) we welcome back the fabulous Tracy Hamlin! Tracy has performed alongside numerous music legends including Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Jonathan Butler, and Chaka Khan. She has toured internationally as lead background vocalist for Disco Queen, Gloria Gaynor, and Maysa. She was also the lead vocalist with Heads Up International recording artists, Pieces of a Dream and was featured on Love’s Silhouette (2002) and No Assembly Required (2005). 7:00pm showtime. Tracy Hamlin online

Monday (9/21) Customer Appreciation Night with Daryl Davis (no cover) features two outstanding stars! Daryl Davis calls the evening “a double header with two beautiful singer/songwriter headliners.” Hayley Fahey is the lead singer of the popular group Numbering Sundays.  She is a rising star on the indie/alternative/folk scene, whose original tunes guarantees her a successful future.  Michelle Lockey is rapidly establishing herself in the world of songwriting. This singer’s songs have appeared in numerous films and television shows on the ABC, USA, CW, and the MAVTV networks. She is the recipient of multiple awards for her songwriting, including the Grand Prize for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She is also the female lead vocalist with the international duo Blu Cedar. No Cover Charge and ½ price bottles of wine! 7:30 kick off. Daryl Davis online, Hayley Fahey online, Michelle Lockey online

Tuesday (9/22) The Grainger Brothers kick off the third season of the most popular and powerful jam session in DMV! 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. Tuesday’s Special Guests: SEVAOMAR (vocals) and SAMIR ELMEHDAOUI (guitar). FREE admission for AFM Union Member Card holders (Must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door.). 8:00pm start.

Upcoming artists include: Moonchild, Orlando Julius, Amel Larrieux, Otis Clay, Billy Price, Doo-Woop Revue, Miriamm Wright, Chuck Brown Band, Chris Grasso, Bill Evans, Larry Brown, Tom Principato, Fred Wesley, Bobby Caldwell, Art Sherrod, Jr., Tito Puente, Jr., Maria Muldaur, March Fourth, the Vi-kings, and El Debarge!

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

Rick Brown