“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.

“Live on the BBJ Stage” 3/21 – 3/25

Wednesday (3/21) – 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. The EWF Tribute Band is based in Maryland and pays homage to one of the greatest bands of its era, bringing to life the magical R&B, funk and Jazz sounds that continue to inspire and influence even the contemporary entertainers of today. Read More

Thursday (3/22) – Ronnie Laws. Ronnie Laws CD Release Party will be performing his new single “Settle Down”. In Ronnie Laws began his solo career with the album Pressure Sensitive, which yielded his most famous instrumental song, “Always There.” The song became an instant jazz-funk classic, covered by numerous artists. Laws has also recorded with numerous other artists, including Arthur Adams, Howard Hewett and Brian Culbertson. He co-produced and sang backup on his sister’s hit song, “Very Special.” Read More

Friday (3/23) – Soul Crackers & The Texas Chainsaw Horns feat. Stone Soul Picnic. Soul Crackers have been a popular fixture on the scene for more than 30 years and feature Washington Hall of Fame vocalist Tommy Lepson along with the Too Much Sisters (Caz Gardiner & Anita King), the Dancing Horns, and a rock solid rhythm section. The Texas Chainsaw Horns are made up of some of the DMV’s finest musicians and feature a stunning 5 horn attack as well as and the combined talents of 2 dynamic lead singers, Jeff Watson and Rena Rae. Read More

Saturday (3/24) – Be’la Dona’s Spring Jam. Be’la Dona is so unique in theirmusical presentation that they have branded their style as “Sensual Crank”. This unique style commands an impressive drawing power, attracting many beloved fans and local promoters. They have the ability to play any music genre from Rock, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Jazz and of course their hometown music Go-Go. Be’la Dona captivates their audience and delivers the best performance each and every time. Read More

Sunday (3/25) – Norman Connors is a GRAMMY Award Winning Legendary American jazz drummer, composer, arranger, and producer who have led some influential jazz and R&B groups. He has also achieved great known big R&B hits of the day, especially with love ballads. Norman Connors is possibly best known for the 1976 hit, “You Are My Starship” on which lead vocals were sung by Michael Henderson. Read More

“Live on the BBJ Stage” 3/15 – 3/18

Thursday (3/15) – Jane Bunnett & Maqueque. Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been nominated for GRAMMY Awards and Maqueque’s new CD Oddara earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Latin Jazz CD. “Her band Maqueue, featuring five Cuban women jazz musicians, is the latest example of her extraordinary cross-cultural investigations.” – The New Yorker 
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Friday (3/16) – Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front. Tony Craddock, Jr. is an emerging jazz saxophonist/recording artist whose music uplifts people, just as a cold front lifts warm air. He is the bandleader and musical director of Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front. Tony is set to release his third studio album titled  H2O, featuring GRAMMY Award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and chart-topping jazz  guitarist Ken Navarro. The album is also produced by Ken Navarro.  Read More

Saturday (3/17) – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with “O’Malley’s March.” Celebrate the “High Holy Day” – St. Patrick’s Day with the region’s favorite Celtic rockers for a rollicking evening of traditional and original songs, high octane fiddle, and box pipe tunes, anchored by the ancient sound of the Celtic harp with Martin O’Malley’s March – 7 piece Irish band.  Read More

Sunday (3/18) – Wilson Pickett’s Midnight Movers feat. Curtis Pope & Winfield Parker. The Midnight Movers are a powerhouse of authentic soul music featuring the dynamic trumpeter and singer Curtis Pope as well as talented lead singer Winfield Parker. The band if most famous for its decades long collaboration with “Wicked” Wilson Pickett, and they also toured and recorded with other legendary artist including Issac Hayes, Sam and Dave, The Isley Brothers, The O’Jays and B.B. King.  Read More