Classic Alternative, Sensual Soul, and Amazing Prodigy Jazz: This Week at BBJ with Midge Ure + Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, and Joey Alexander

Midge Ure with Special Guest Richard Lloyd, guiltypleasures, Joey Alexander at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, October 2016Tuesday (10/4) By the time Midge Ure’s single “If I Was” went to #1 in 1985 he had already crammed several musical lifetimes into a 10 year professional career. Slik, The Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy, Visage, and Ultravox had by then all had the guiding hand of his musical navigation. He was at the helm for a series of all-star charity rock concerts: The Prince’s Trust, Wicked Women for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and of course the famous Band Aid. He sang in honor of Nelson Mandela, won a Lord Provost Award for services to Scottish music, and produced for Phil Lynott, Steve Harley and countless others. His iconic video direction of memorable hits by the Fun Boy Three, Bananarama and others adds to the long resume of this great artist. Joining Ure will be special guest Richard Lloyd, who in addition to his solo work performed with the seminal underground band Television, Rocket from the Tombs, Matthew Sweet, and others. The show starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (10/5) Get a taste of some sensual soul with guiltypleasures! Best known for the WHUR-FM Quiet Storm classic, “Anticipation (The Remix),” DC’s own guiltypleasures bears a soulful sound reminiscent of Eric Benét, Incognito, and Brand New Heavies. Both their 2009 debut album, lovestories, and their 2015 sophomore release, cautionarytales, received critical acclaim resulting in multiple Washington Area Music Association Award nominations and Soul Tracks Readers Choice Awards. Bassist Rick White, is the band’s principal writer, arranger and producer and serves as guiltypleasures’ musical director. Vocalists Kal El Gross, Mycah Chevalier, Bléz and Jerrica White  have performed with  artists such as El DeBarge, Ledisi, Maysa, Eric Benét, Lalah Hathaway, Rahsaan Patterson, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michelle, Vivian Green and Kem. The guiltypleasures concert starts at 8pm.

Saturday (10/8), Sunday (10/9) Born on the island of Bali in the city of Denpasar in 2003, Joey Alexander first encountered a piano at the age of six, and was immediately able to pick out the melody of Thelonious Monk’s “Well, You Needn’t” and other jazz standards from his father’s record collection by ear. Joey’s early influences include Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, and John Coltrane, and he has a special affinity for trumpet players including Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Miles Davis, and Wynton Marsalis.  At age 10, Joey was featured at jazz festivals in both Jakarta and Copenhagen, and he won the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine – besting over 200 jazz professionals from 17 countries. In 2014, Joey performed at star-studded galas in New York City for Jazz at Lincoln Center in Rose Hall, the Jazz Foundation of America at the Apollo, and the Arthur Ashe Learning Center at Gotham Hall. On May 12, 2015, he released his highly anticipated debut album, My Favorite Things, on the Grammy-winning Harlem-based label Motema Music. His new album, Countdown, is out now. Joey Alexander will perform three shows: Saturday at 7pm and 9:15pm, and Sunday at 7:30pm.

We are looking forward to so much great music: Morris Day and The Time, Kwam 1 + Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band + JaneliaSoul, Mike Phillips, The BlackByrds, Spyro Gyra, Anissa Hargrove, Kevin Whalum, and Miriamm Wright’s concert in support of the Edith P. Wright Breast Cancer Foundation, to name only a few! Check our Music Calendar for the 411, and get your tickets!

We’re always so glad to see our friends and fans coming out to support great music and entertainment in downtown Bethesda. Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you very soon!


Rick Brown