Legends Peter Asher & Albert Lee Kick Off A Week of Classic and New Music with Soulcial Hour, Bruce In The USA, The Nighthawks Film Premiere & More

Peter Asher and Albert Lee plus Naked Blue, Premier of The Nighthawks Down The Blue Highway Documentary, Bruce in the USA, Soulcial Hour and Darrell Hill, Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers, Unit 3 Deep at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, August 2016Tuesday (8/16) Music legends Peter Asher and Albert Lee will take to the BBJ stage! As one half of Peter & Gordon, Asher’s voice soared through Carnegie Hall while Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and The Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. A 25-year run as Music Director of his beloved Everly Brothers coincided with studio and stage work with Vince Gill, Roseanne Cash, and also Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr (“The Concert for George”). We came to know Peter Asher via 10 Top 40 hits with Peter & Gordon, whose debut “A World Without Love” topped the charts in the US, UK, and over 30 other countries. His days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Asher & Lee will perform “I Go to Pieces,” “The Highwayman,” “Handyman,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Bye Bye Love,” and other beloved tunes. Special guests Naked Blue draw from the Americana tradition, are firmly grounded with a pleasing pop sensibility, and have become a mainstay on the folk/pop scene. The concert starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (8/17) Come out for Soulcial Hour! Soulcial Hour is a smooth jazz, R&B, and soul band from the Washington, DC area – as smooth and funky as George Benson and Brian Culbertson, as soulful as the Average White Band, Luther Vandross, and Chaka Kahn, with the pizzazz of Jill Scott and Ledisi and the ingenuity of Earth, Wind & Fire. Also on the bill is Darrell Hill, who auditioned for the Apollo Theater Live and made his debut in 2012. While hanging with rap artist Mob Deep, Darrell received the opportunity to sign with the record label, 25 to Life. He wrote songs for people such as G-Eddie and F MC Shan. Later, he became a member and sang with Bowie, MD-area group, 99 Percent before taking on his own musical career. Some of Darrell’s inspirations are legendary singers such as Luther Vandross and Teddy Pendergrass. Darrell Hill brings plenty of R&B passion to the mic. The show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (8/18) Come out and enjoy some great local music with Lock 7 and The Mighty Peacemakers! Lock 7 performs guitar-driven rock and blues classics from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, as well as some hard-charging originals. Veteran DC-area musicians, Martin McGurn, Ian Davis, and Will Travis have come together to produce a large, full, driving sound – its sum being greater than its individual parts. McGurn leads with a high-energy beat and seasoned, soulful vocals from behind the drum kit. On guitar, Davis delivers a blistering, bluesy performance, while Travis completes the sound from the back row, with a steady bass groove providing depth and structure. The Mighty Peacemakers – veteran musicians and a longtime staple in the DC music scene – deliver a mix of classic rock, blues, and originals behind the lead vocals of Rob Kilgore. TMPM’s song selection is guitar-driven rock like The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Santana, and Pink Floyd, as well as original songs. Mike Nakamura and Dan Lopez provide a blend and variety of styles with their slide and lead guitars and vocals, the rhythm section is driven by Bruce Allen on drums and vocals and Jim Grice on bass. This rockin’ musical journey gets started at 7:30pm.

Friday (8/19) Don’t miss the DC Metro-area premiere of Nighthawks on the Blue Highway documentary film! The movie will start off the night, followed by the area debut of Chicago’s North Avenue Stompers, featuring Eric Shoutin’ Sheridan. Longtime locals will remember Sheridan as the voice behind The Uptown Rhythm Kings. The Nighthawks will close things out with a killer set! The evening’s festivities start at 7:30pm.

“In this unflinching documentary film, the Washington DC-based Nighthawks struggle to keep their music alive after more than four decades in the brutal music business. Hopeless record deals, weary days on the road, and conflict among the four members threaten to bury them. But the hardest working blues band in America soldiers on, carrying the torch of the blues into the 21st century. Directed by Washington DC native and Johnny Cash biographer Michael Streissguth, the film stars George Thorogood, John Hammond, Luther ‘Guitar Junior’ Johnson, and Mark Wenner.”

Saturday (8/20) More than just another tribute… This is Bruce in the USA! This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band show. Matt Ryan is a veteran of professional live performance artist in full scale production shows on the Las Vegas Strip and around the world. He has performed the Springsteen character as a cast member of the world famous Legends In Concert since the year 2000. 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. This show has met with critical acclaim from Vegas to large performing arts centers to Bruce’s old stomping ground, The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Sellout crowds are on their feet from the first song to the last! This homage to The Boss starts at 8pm.

Sunday (8/21) Unit 3 Deep is a bold new direction in jazz and R&B featuring three of the industry’s world-class musicians. Super Bassist and Billboard-charting artist David Dyson (Pieces of a Dream, Lalah Hathaway, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Bobby Lyle, Phillip Bailey) joins forces with the dynamic and sultry piano melodies of Billboard-charting artist Patrick Cooper who has performed with the likes of Angela Bofill, Jean Carne, Nick Colionne, Bobby Lyle, to name a few. Wayne Thomas, who has built a solid reputation as one of the industry’s most sought after drummers, adds his prolific skills to this awesome group. The show starts at 8pm.

Of course, we’ve got more music coming right up! Check out our Music Calendar for upcoming shows including Kenny Lattimore, Poppa Chubby, Jeff Bradshaw, Mike Peters of The Alarm, Rahsaan Patterson, Marcus Johnson, a Michael Jackson Birthday Tribute Concert and much more.

Thanks so much for supporting great music and comedy in downtown Bethesda. We’ll look forward to seeing you soon!


Rick Brown

International Music by Polish Saxophonist Maciej Obara, the Legendary Peter Asher and Albert Lee – Stateside Sounds by Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart, Judith Hill, plus A Tribute to the Music of Mary J, Fantasia and Erykah Badu

Obara International Quartet, Lisa Loeb, Marty Stuart, Judith Hill, A Tribute to Mary J, Fantasia, and Erykah Badu, Peter Asher and Albert Lee at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, June 2016Monday (6/20) Saxophonist and composer Maciej Obara burst onto the international jazz scene after winning the Bielska Zadymka Jazz Contest in 2006 for his album, Message from Oyaho. His International Quartet features Polish countryman Dominik Wania on piano alongside two of Norway’s most in–demand jazz players, bassist Ole Morten Vagan and drummer Gard Nilssen. Reviewing a London performance by the group for The Guardian, John Fordham wrote, “Obara displayed an inventiveness and stamina that re­minded me of the veteran improv master Lee Konitz… Obara’s is by inclination a free–jazz group, but it’s one with discipline and a sense of narrative shape.” This event is presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York. Additional support provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC and The concert begins at 8pm.

Tuesday (6/21) Nineties music fans and fans of great pop-singer/songwriter performance, join us for Lisa Loeb, live and in person! Loeb emerged from the New York coffeehouse and club circuits with her trademark Grammy-nominated hit “Stay (I Missed You).” She was, and still is the only artist to ever have a number one Billboard pop single while not signed to a recording contract. Since then, she has been busy with projects including performing children’s music and creating her own line of eyewear. The multi-talented singer/songwriter, inspired to work with co-producer Chad Gilbert, guitarist and founding member of rockers New Found Glory, stirs up a glorious pop/punk rock sound over the course of 12 tracks that are both coolly contemporary yet rough around the edges on her latest musical declaration, No Fairy Tale. Her show starts at 8pm.

Thursday (6/23) If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from the blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. And for a deeper metaphor on the emotional and spiritual level, you might say it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning. No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over forty years Stuart, a Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, and historian, has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. On his latest release with his band The Fabulous Superlatives, the double-disc Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, Stuart captures all the authentic neon and stained-glass hues of country music – from love and sex to heartache and hardship to family and God – in twenty-three tracks. Come out and let Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives entertain you with a mix of Stuart originals, classic covers, and traditional hymns – trading off sawdust and sermon along the way. The show begins at 8pm.

Friday (6/24) Please welcome Los Angeles native Judith Hill! Judith Hill has been a background singer for such legends as Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Ringo Starr, and the late Michael Jackson, serving as the latter’s duet partner on the classic ballad, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” which became a highlight of Jackson’s posthumously released film, This Is It. She appeared in the Oscar-winning documentary, 20 Feet From Stardom, a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of several acclaimed background singers, and she also appeared on The Voice, where she began to cement her identity as a knockout solo artist. After hearing her original songs and watching Hill sing live, the legendary Prince knew he was in the presence of a genuine talent, just as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and other starts realized before him. He went on to play on and produce Hill’s debut solo album, Back in Time. Offered as a free download for two days in March on, the album quickly attracted 200,000 downloads. Come experience the brilliance for yourself! The Judith Hill concert will start at 8pm.

Saturday (6/25) Brencore Entertainment Presents “A Tribute to the Music of Mary J, Fantasia and Erykah Badu! Performing the songs of these three incredible performers will be R&B Recording Artist Halima Peru and the Faycez U Know Music Group. The Miami-born Halima Peru’s high-energy performance is second to none – Close your eyes and you will feel the presence of Mary J Blige, Fantasia, and Erykah as Halima channels her talents to deliver on-point performances honoring these artists. Faycez U Know is an American soul and funk band straight from the DMV. This hometown group has the drive of the DC Go-Go swing that will get you groovin’. They have a relentless showmanship that has been compared to the likes of the Rolling Stones, and the versatility of a P-Funk party! This phenomenal tribute gets started at 8pm.

Sunday (6/26) Two music legends from England are about to take over – Peter Asher and Albert Lee! Whether you’re a connoisseur of rock, folk, music of the 60s and 70s, or simply a fan of the well-crafted song, you won’t want to miss this excellent show. As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher’s voice soared through Carnegie Hall while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by none other than the great Eric Clapton. We first came to know Peter Asher via Peter & Gordon’s “A World Without Love,” which topped the charts in the US, UK, and over 30 other countries.  His days as A&R Director for the Beatles’ Apple Records made history, and he became a legend as Producer and Manager of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of others. Albert Lee began his career as a touring musician in the early sixties, and soon catapulted onto the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris. Lee also had had a 25-year run as Music Director of The Everly Brothers. Asher & Lee will perform “I Go To Pieces,” “The Highwayman,” “Handyman,” “Crying in the Rain,” “Bye Bye Love,” and many other beloved tunes. Their WAMMY Award-winning special guests, The Kennedys, are an acoustic pop act with deep roots in the DC area with influences ranging from the British Invasion to California Country-Rock. They’ll kick off the show at 8pm.

Upcoming Shows: Dave Damiani & No Vacancy Orchestra Present the one-and-only Bobby Rydell, the all-female “sensual crank” DC Go-Go band, Be’la Dona, Newmyer Flyer Presents A Southern Soul Tribute, and much more! Check out our Music Calendar for all the latest info.

As always, thanks for your support and for sharing the love of great music! We’ll look forward to seeing you soon.


Rick Brown