Rockin’ the Classics: The Spinners, The Yardbirds, The Great American Songbook with Spencer Day, R&B Songstress Meli’sa Morgan + a Discount Wednesday with Rising Star Dontae Winslow!

1st Tuesday Jam with Gary Grainger and Friends, Dontae Winslow, Spencer Day, The Spinners, Meli’sa Morgan, The Yardbirds at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, July 2016Tuesday (7/5) Come along to the jam session with Gary Grainger and Friends! This First Tuesday of the Month event gives YOU the chance to jam and sing with bassist Gary Grainger, drummer Greg Grainger, and their world-class musician friends. It’s a great time whether you join the band onstage or just come out and enjoy the music. We offer free admission for AFM Union member card holders (must present Union Card and valid picture ID at door). The Jam starts at 8pm.

Wednesday (7/6) We’ve got Dontae Winslow and The Winslow Dynasty with special guest Gary Thomas! Dontae Winslow is a Music Producer/Songwriter/Arranger who is currently on tour with the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience World Tour, and has performed on SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, and Ellen. Dontae has written songs for Jay-Z, Kanye, Keyshia Cole, Mary Mary and Kendrick Lamar. Dontae Winslow & Winslow Dynasty’s latest album, Enter The Dynasty, features guest appearances by Quest Love, Chick Corea, Roy Hargrove and Dennis Chambers. His trumpet is heard around the world from Aloe Blacc’s “I’m The Man” Beats By Dre Commercial to Tyler Perry’s “Haves and Havenots” TV show Theme song. That’s some creative star power! Join us for the show at 8pm. SPECIAL DISCOUNT JUST ADDED: Use Discount Code BBJDontaeW when buying your tickets for 50% OFF!

Thursday (7/7) Come celebrate the “Big Five” songwriters with contemporaries Spencer Day and Dave Damiani &The No Vacancy Orchestra. This evening will be all about composers Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and the Gershwin Brothers. Spencer Day is an amazing songwriter in his own right. His hit “Til You Come To Me” was ranked the #1 cut of 2010 by The Smooth Jazz Top 20 Countdown. He has performed all over the world. Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra is 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 more. The concert starts at 8pm.

Friday (7/8) Don’t miss these legendary R&B recording artists… The Spinners! The Spinners have a universal appeal and throughout the years they have sold millions of records and topped both the Pop and R&B charts with smash hits like “I’ll Be Around” and “Then Came You.” Today, original member Henry Fambrough is joined onstage by lead singer Charlton Washington, high tenor Marvin Taylor, tenor Ronnie Moss, and bass singer Jessie Peck. A soul-infused 5-piece band led by Keith Ferguson backs them up. After a brief time at Motown, The Spinners signed to Atlantic Records. There, under the helm of producer and songwriter Thom Bell, The Spinners charted five top 100 singles (and two top tens) from Spinners (1972). A partial list of their hit singles on Atlantic include “Mighty Love,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “One Of A Kind (Love Affair),” “Games People Play,” and “Could It Be.” In 1979, they completed their first collaboration with producer Michael Zager, and by early 1980, “Working My Way Back to You” topped the Pop and R&B charts giving the group its 12th gold record. Today, The Spinners maintain an active touring schedule, performing for fans of all ages in sold out houses around the world. The show kicks off at 8pm.

Saturday (7/9) This R&B songstress exploded onto the music scene in the late 1980s – a sultry singer with a silky voice made for slow R&B ballads and funky soul. She is none other than Meli’sa Morgan and she’s ready to deliver a delicious performance for us live and in person, along with her special guest Harlem talent Cartier Conway. Blessed with the gift of song with a passion, her vocal style and sound is captured in hit songs like “Do Me Baby, “Do You Still Love Me,” Fool’s Paradise,” and “Now or Never.” Her vocals are as strong and powerful as Chaka Khan or Aretha Franklin while bringing soft, kitten sensuality that will pull you in and musically speaking …seduce you. Morgan has performed backing vocals for Chaka Kahn, Whitney Houston, and Kashif, and she has opened the show for Gladys Knight and the Pips. Her writing credits have won Platinum for her work with artists including Mary J Blige and Jay-Z. Her new dance song, “So Good” was voted #1 on the DJ Dance Pool Charts in NYC, is being added on radio stations in Nigeria, Aruba, and London, and is getting great reviews by DJs and fans around the world. The music starts at 8pm.

Sunday (7/10) A Classic Rock institution will take the stage at BBJ – The Yardbirds are more than a mere rock band. In the brief period from 1963 to 1968, the group made an indelible mark on the “Shapes of Things” to come. To the casual music fan, The Yardbirds are best known as the band that honed the skills of future “guitar gods” Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page; and for their slew of chart hits, including “For Your Love,” “Heart Full of Soul,”  “I’m A Man,” and “Over Under Sideways Down.” Led by core members and songwriters Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar/bass) and the late Keith Relf (vocals/harmonica), the band’s experimental explorations also provided the crucial link between British R&B, Psychedelic Rock, and Heavy Metal, while pioneering the use of innovations like fuzz tone, feedback and distortion. Reuniting decades later, McCarty and Dreja brought The Yardbirds boldly into the 21st Century with the 2003 release of the acclaimed CD, Birdland. In 2015, Jim McCarty debuted the new touring lineup of The Yardbirds with guitarist Johnny A, bassist Kenny Aaronson,singer/harpist/percussionist Myke Scavone, and guitarist/singer John Idanto. As Goldmine Magazine stated, “the band’s hallmark of top-notch musicianship remains. There are no passengers in this band.” The Yardbirds and special guests Johnny Bombay & the Reactions start at 8pm.

More great shows are coming right up! Peter Erskine, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, Haley Reinhart, Molly Ringwald, Kandace Springs, and Jon B… just to name a few! Check our Music Calendar any time to see what we’ve got in store.

Hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July, and we look forward to seeing you here soon. Thanks for keeping great music alive in downtown Bethesda!


Rick Brown