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Wednesday (1/18) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Lenny Robinson on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. At 7pm, the featured vocalists will be Joanne Wertz, Marsha Meekins, Molly Pruett, Linda Stone, Art Medici, and Kelly Jerosch. At 9pm, we’ll hear Crista Cueto, Karuna Shinsho, Nomonde Nolutshungu, Jack Feder, Mona Verrico, and Ghada Rihani. Your $10 admission fee is good for either or both sets.
Friday (1/20) The music of The VI-Kings is the soundtrack of your life: Beatles Stones, Kinks, Credence, Dylan, Byrds, Yardbirds, and on and on. This music endures, and is as fresh and as relevant today as it was the day it was released. In these turbulent times, they have made The Youngbloods’ plea, “C’mon people now, smile on your brother…” the theme for this show. The VI-Kings are Joe Dolan (Beatnik Flies), Stock Wilson (The Loggers), Matthew Maury (Friends of the Family, Center Stage), Bill Craig, and the legendary Bob Berberich. Bob Berberich was the original drummer in The Hangmen, who had a #1 hit with “What a Girl Can’t Do” in 1966. He then went on to be a founding member of Grin with Nils Lofgren. Singer-songwriter Annie Sidley will share the stage. The show starts at 8pm.
Saturday (1/21) It’s time to rock! Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band plays a wide variety of classic rock hit songs from the 70’s & 80’s by Booker T and the MG’s, Spencer Davis Band, CCR, The Rolling Stones, The Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, The Monkees, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, Neil Young, The Police, Wilson Pickett, Bad Company, and others. Carl’s Rare Roast Beef Band is Polly Brown on vocals, Steve Stinnettee on bass, guitarist Mike Moore, keyboardist Bruce Buchanan, and Ralph Dweck on drums. The band starts at 8pm.
Sunday (1/22) The legendary Sam Cooke was about music, religion, romance, and history. January 22nd would have been his 86th birthday! Join us as Carla Cooke, the youngest daughter of Sam Cooke, pays tribute. Carla has performed in concert with the Legendary Four Tops, Freda Payne, Sheila Raye Charles, Claudette King, Jeff Pitchell, Rhonda Ross, and Tasha Taylor. She has appeared at festivals and venues throughout the United States. Her personal style is diverse in gospel, Christian, R&B, soul, pop, as well as today’s contemporary sound, and her stage presence commands the environment wherever she performs. Recently Carla signed with Soul South Entertainment and we are pleased that she has made Bethesda Blues a stop on her current East Coast tour. The concert begins at 7:30pm
We’re all looking forward to our big 4th Anniversary event featuring the amazing Dionne Warwick on Wednesday, March 1st! Other great upcoming shows include Gino Vannelli, guiltypleasures, The Chuck Brown Band, Joey Vega, Rickie Lee Jones & Madeleine Peyroux, and Denny Laine will be here at BBJ celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Wings Over America tour! Those are just a few of the shows we’ve got planned, so make sure you check out the latest on our Music Calendar. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Wednesday (7/20) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop! The Vocal Workshop, under the direction of Chris Grasso, is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. This showcase will feature the current singers performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass, and Ele Rubenstein on drums. You are invited to come out and enjoy the performances for only $10, good for either or both sets. Join us at 7pm, and you are welcome to stay for the 9pm show.
Thursday (7/21) We’ve got the incredible Haley Reinhart! Since placing #3 on FOX’s American Idol in 2011, Haley Reinhart has had over 50 million views on YouTube. She was originally signed with Interscope Records, but then went on to perform with Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox. With that group, her cover of Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” was used in an Extra Gum commercial and became a viral sensation. Her latest solo release, Better, debuted at #22 on the Billboard’s Independent Album Chart. Accompanying her will be Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra, who are in constant rotation on XM 71 Siriusly Sinatra and radio stations all over the country. They have done music for POLO – Ralph Lauren, CBS – Vegas, SINATRA 100, Marriott Corporation, FOX, ABC’s Sonoran Living, and many more. The show begins at 8pm.
Friday (7/22) When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent in 2010, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars in his hometown of Logan, WV (population 3,000). Wowing the judges with his back story of homelessness and determination to succeed for his family, coupled with interpretations of classics from Cole Porter, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and others, Landau walked away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers. In response to the devastating flooding in his home state of West Virginia, Murphy, Jr. is teaming up with Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club for a special benefit concert in conjunction with the Red Cross of West Virginia. A portion of each ticket sold will go directly to flood relief efforts to aid the thousands of residents affected by what has been called “once in a thousand years flooding.” The Landau Rebuild West Virginia Flood Relief Benefit Concert begins at 8pm.
Saturday (7/23) Prepare for an electrifying journey to the Caribbean with I&I Riddim! The name captures the spirit of this band’s music: “Riddim” is reggae’s irresistible upbeat dance rhythm, and “I&I” expresses Bob Marley’s “One Love” equality for all people. I&I Riddim thrills audiences with an arsenal of favorite reggae standards, the best modern reggae, and a few reggae-style pop-rock and calypso/soca tunes. I&I Riddim is known for its exciting performance style and has shared the stage with some of the reggae greats including Bunny Wailer and Junior Marvin both from Bob Marley’s Wailers. This award-winning Washington, DC band is well-equipped to transform any stage into a true Caribbean party experience. The reggae sounds get grooving at 8pm.
Sunday (7/24) The first Star Pageantry International 2016 pageant will be held in conjunction with the Miss Intercontinental United States pageant on our stage. The vision of Star Pageantry International is driven by the potential and capacity of a variety of women and men, even those who may have been excluded by other systems. This includes individuals where their opportunities have been hindered due to age or life circumstances. They look for leaders who are ambitious and very savvy, and ready to take on responsibilities focusing on changing the world. Each year, the Miss Intercontinental pageant works to provide a fair environment where young women compete not with each other, but against themselves as they are encouraged to identify goals, overcome roadblocks, and obtain success through preparation, organization, and self-discipline. Doors open at 3pm and the pageantry begins at 4pm. Tickets are available here.
Who’s coming soon to Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club? We’ve got Jazz Meets Korea, Molly Ringwald, The Chuck Brown Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jon B., Kenny Lattimore, tributes to The Beach Boys, Merle Haggard, and Gladys Knight & the Pips, and so much more. Keep up to date by visiting our Music Calendar anytime for the latest.
We’re looking forward to seeing you here soon. Thanks for sharing your summer fun with us here at BBJ!
Monday (3/14) We’ve got a FREE Customer Appreciation Concert by Nolatet! A true jazz supergroup, you may already know the members of Nolatet from acts such as Astral Project, The Stanton Moore Trio, and The Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. Johnny Vidacovich (drums) and James Singleton (upright bass) have been New Orleans’ best rhythm section since 1977. Mike Dillon (vibes and percussion) and Brian Haas (piano) have been sharing co-bills and sitting in with each other’s bands on the same touring circuit for over 20 years. They span four decades in age—Vidacovich is in his 70s, Singleton in his 60s, Dillon in his 50s and Haas in his 40s. All four musicians are fiercely independent iconoclasts and bandleaders who compose, play and navigate their musical lives in their own unique way. Come out and take in this unique musical experience! The concert starts at 8pm.
Wednesday (3/16) Join us for Marcus Anderson and Earl Carter in concert. Marcus Anderson‘s family recognized his talent as a musical prodigy when he was introduced to the saxophone at age twelve. He later became a member of the All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina. After excelling in high school, he studied with Branford Marsalis and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years, achieving many accolades along the way. He has performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson. Following the success of his third album, NOW, Prince called for Anderson to join him. Anderson is currently recording and performing as a featured saxophonist and personality for Prince’s New Power Generation. His latest solo release is Style Meets Substance, on which he continues to challenge the status quo of smooth jazz with his smoldering horn. Earl Carter is a Washington, DC based guitarist, bassist, and saxophonist, whose multi-faceted talent, professionalism, and star-quality has officially sent him into the stratosphere. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, Earl secured his spot as a member of the platinum selling Go-Go band, EU, where he recorded music on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s movie, Do The Right Thing, and so much more. His smooth jazz CD, Simplicity, was released in March 2015 with hit singles “Sitting in the Park,” and “Green Light,” and his first Gospel/Christian CD, My Life in Your Hands, was released in January 2016. The show starts at 8pm.
Thursday (3/17) Celebrate the “High Holy Day” – St. Patrick’s Day – with former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley! Come out for the party as he leads the region’s favorite Celtic rockers, O’Malley’s March, for a rollicking evening of traditional and original songs, high octane fiddle, box, and pipe tunes, anchored by the ancient sound of the Celtic harp. Growing up outside of Washington, DC, O’Malley has played Irish music all of his life. He was raised on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, educated by the Jesuits and Wolfe Tones, emboldened by Shane MacGowan, and seasoned by Christy Moore. In 1985, Martin O’Malley started appearing solo, until 1988 when O’Malley’s March was formed. Since then, O’Malley’s March has grown to the current group of seven members. Doors open at 5:30pm and the Celtic fusion show kicks off at 7:30pm.
Friday (3/18) Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette! Felten began studying trombone at age nine with his grandfather, a veteran of east-coast bands from the Swing Era. At 24, Eric was named best new jazz trombonist by the International Trombone Association. In 1993 he released his first album for the respected European jazz label Soul Note, T-Bop, which earned four stars in Down Beat magazine. The prestigious Penguin Guide to Jazz declared that Eric “has the music in his genes…a more than promising talent, he’s a man we’re going to hear a lot more about.” Eric’s second album as a leader, Gratitude, was a modern take on the classic recordings of Duke Ellington’s small groups in the 1930s. The Washington Post called Gratitude “One of the year’s genuine jazz treats.” The Eric Felten meets the Dek-tette project salutes the many memorable recordings made by Mel Tormé with the band when it was led by Marty Paich. The show starts at 8pm.
Saturday (3/19) The Avon Lucas Project will take the stage. This jazz-oriented experience features world-class bassist Avon Lucas; most R&B listeners are already familiar with some of Avon’s hit studio recordings and live performance credits with artists like Peaches & Herb, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, and Atlantic Starr’s hit recording, “Touch a Four Leaf Clover.” Avon plays both electric and upright Basses, satisfying even the most demanding Jazz purist. His cutting edge 9 string bass playing is truly entertaining as most listeners have never seen a 9 string bass nor experienced anyone who performs on these unique instruments. Whether it’s jazz, swing, R&B, fusion, pop, smooth jazz or world beat, there is never a boring musical moment for listeners when Avon Lucas is at the helm! Join us for this phenomenal show at 8pm.
Sunday (3/20) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass; and David McDonald on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. For the $10 fee, you are welcome to stay for either or both sets, which begin at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.
Sunday evening, we’ve got Eddie Jones and the Young Bucks! The group was formed in 1955, under the direction of Earl Simpson and turned over to Eddie Jones in 1970, formerly of the Legendary Orioles. The band members have played with groups including Harold Melvin and the Blues Notes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Legendary Orioles, Black Heat, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, and a host of other top notch groups. The voices of Earl and Eddie Jones take you back to the days of Sam Cook and Marvin Gaye. The Young Bucks have the reputation for being a top Oldie-but-Goodie, Doo-Wop, and R&B group in the area, having played on the South Lawn of the White House, for several Caucus, Senatorial, and Congressional affairs, and even for a few Inaugurations. Their new CD, For Lovers Only, has top sales in the DC Area. Come out and enjoy the classic sounds! The show begins at 8pm.
Upcoming artists include Lalah Hathaway, Be’la Dona, King Soul and the Texas Chainsaw Horns, Ghost Note, Davy Knowles, Chanté Moore, Steve Tyrell, Snarky Puppy, and much more. Check our Music Calendar for more info.
Here’s to great music and a great spring season for all. We look forward to seeing you!
Monday (2/22) Deletta Gillespie brought the house down last November, and she’s back by popular demand! One of the finest blues, jazz and R&B vocalists you’ll find anywhere, the singer/actress has performed for Michael Jackson, Patti Austin, Al Jarreau and others. She also serves as a university Performing Arts coach, teaching countless other artists how to work a stage. Come see Deletta Gillespie strut her own stuff and show us how it’s done! Host Daryl Davis is a Howard University graduate who, apart from The Daryl Davis Band, has worked as a master piano player with Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, Chuck Berry, The Legendary Blues Band, Percy Sledge, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, and many others. We’ve got half price on select bottles of wine and admission is FREE. The show starts at 7:30pm.
Tuesday (2/23) Calling all musicians and singers! Bring your voices and musical instruments out to The Jam! Gary Grainger & Friends, some of the nation’s most talented musicians, are ready to back you up on our stage. Get on the mic or just come out and enjoy some incredible music. The Jam gets going at 8pm.
Wednesday (2/24) Don’t miss NYC-based Red Eyed Sinatra! This instrumental power trio weaves through funk, rock, electronica, ambient, and improve and draws upon influences spanning Wayne Krantz, D’Angelo, Bill Frisell, Jimi Hendrix, Rush, Miles Davis, and Radiohead. You already know the band members from other popular endeavors. The band is guitarist Bob Lanzetti (seen with the Grammy-winning band Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, and Lalah Hathaway), bassist Steve Jenkins (seen with Vernon Reid, Screaming Headless Torsos, Cindy Blackman, and others) and drummer Devin Collins (seen with Elliot Moss, Felix Pastorius, and others). It would be easy to call the band a “supergroup” but it’s fueled by its own unique chemistry first and foremost. Also performing will be Beast from the East. The show begins at 8pm.
Friday (2/26) We’ve got two exciting performances by Rahsaan Patterson! Longtime fans have watched Rah grow from the skinny, wide-eyed boy with the big eyes and bigger voice on the classic children’s program, Kids Incorporated, to one of the most influential, yet underrated soul men on the planet. His performances in clubs and concert halls around the globe are powerful affairs where the artist and the songs bleeds out joy, pain, longing, despair, and ecstasy. There’s a veritable who’s who of talented folks Patterson has written and produced for and with (from pop diva Brandy to fellow under-sung MVP Van Hunt), and collaborated with (Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway). Icons including Chaka Khan have sung his praises and ushered him into the hall of the greats. Doors open at 5pm for the 7pm concert, and at 9:30pm for the show beginning at 10pm.
Saturday (2/27) Don’t miss the next performance of The Vocal Workshop. The singers will be performing some great music, accompanied by Chris Grasso on piano, Zack Pride on bass; and David McDonald on drums. The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide aspiring vocalists in their journey towards becoming jazz singers. The Workshop offers high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the same goals. For the $10 fee, you are welcome to stay for either or both sets, which begin at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.
Next up on Saturday night… our #1 Comedian/Host and one of DC’s finest, Joe Clair (WPGC 95.5, Joe Clair Morning Show)! Joe Clair and Friends will bring us the Oh So Cold Comedy Show – Expect a night of LMFAO! The featured comedians will be Timmy Hall, Alex Scott, & Big Mac. You know what times it is! Get ready to eat, drink, and laugh because in Be’thesda… #thefunnydontstop! Seating begins at 5pm and 9:30pm for our two big shows at 7pm and 10pm.
Sunday (2/28) It’s the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club 3rd Anniversary! You are invited to celebrate this auspicious day with us as we are entertained by, perhaps, the greatest of all jazz bands – The Duke Ellington Orchestra! Joining the orchestra will be the incredible vocalist, Sharón Clark. Duke Ellington, a native Washingtonian, gave American music its own sound for the first time, and is best remembered for the over 3000 songs that he composed including “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” “In a Mellotone,” and “Satin Doll.” Known as the originator of big band jazz, Ellington received 13 Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His legacy will endure, and his music comes all the more alive through the performances of The Duke Ellington Orchestra. Sharón Clark, another Washington, DC native, is an interpreter of song who has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe. Her most recent album, Do It Again, is a fantastic set of songbook standards.
Come out and share this occasion with us! There are two shows: Doors open at 11:30am for the 12:30 performance, and at 4pm for the 5pm show.
Visit our Music Calendar for an up-to-date lineup of performances. Just a few of our upcoming shows include Cory Henry, DC Fusion, Kenny Lattimore, St. Patrick’s Day with O’Malley’s March, Lalah Hathaway, Snarky Puppy, and Mother’s Day Brunch with The Rat Pack featuring Frank, Dino & Sammy!
Thanks for being with us for these first three years of keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda. Here’s to many more!