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Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Branford Marsalis This Friday, May 17 at 6PM:

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club is pleased to announce a very special event — The Grand Re-Opening ribbon-cutting ceremony which will be held this Friday, May 17th to coincide with the 75th Anniversary of the theatre’s historic building, the Bethesda (Boro) Theater. Following the ceremony which will include legendary jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis, he will take the stage for this special evening.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony which will include remarks from local dignitaries and Marsalis, will begin promptly at 6 pm, followed by a reception and cocktails from 6:30 pm-7:15 pm. Dinner service begins at 7:15 pm, and the performance begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available through the Bethesda Blues & Jazz website www.bethesdabluesjazz.com or at the Box Office, which is open from 10 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday.

Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club is the DC metro area’s newest concert venue, serving excellent food & drink seven nights a week. Top entertainment spanning many genres is presented in an intimate, elegant, and acoustically superb setting that seats 500 patrons. Housed in the historic Bethesda Theatre, Bethesda Blues & Jazz offers live music, monthly dance nights, and a 40′ Art Deco bar and lounge area. For dinner, the Club serves up a blend of Continental and Creole/Cajun cuisine; dishes such as beignets, gumbo, crab cakes, gnocchi, and prime rib are lovingly crafted with only the freshest ingredients.

Since opening its doors to the public on March 1st, Bethesda Blues & Jazz has enjoyed a warm welcome from the Washington area community and exceptionally positive feedback from guests. Beginning with its opening weekend, which featured Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Bethesda Blues & Jazz has sold out many of its shows. This early success continued with two nights starring the rising Country vocalist Maggie Rose and a Saturday evening with Doc and Chou Chou Scantlin & The Imperial Palms Orchestra. The Club has made a name for itself in the local jazz scene with its house big band, the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Orchestra, which plays every Monday.

More recently, Bethesda Blues & Jazz has welcomed to the stage the Motown greats Leonard, Coleman & Blunt of Temptations, Platters, and Drifters fame, as well as the exceptional jazz pianist Keiko Matsui for the S&R Foundation’s Spring Fundraising Gala, a unique performance of “Gia Mora is Einstein’s Girl,” featuring Gia Mora and Charlie Barnett, and an evening with the fabulous blues vocalist Janiva Magness. After her performance, Janiva commended the Club as “a beautiful new venue that knows how to treat the artist and the audience.”

The Club, which is located at 7719 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, is adjacent to the Cheltenham Garage county parking lot and is a block and a half walk from the Bethesda Metro.

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  • I haven’t been there yet, but I’m hoping to get a gig there one of these days!

  • go Helen and Norris!

  • Hey all-

    I actually went on Monday with my boyfriend on a GoldStar coupon. While the music was pretty solid, the service was absolutely horrendous. It was slow, the food wasn’t anything special, and to top it off our server tried to dupe us into tipping for far more than the value of our meal. Basically, the server said that the value of our goldstar coupon was $60, and that we should tip on the full value of the $60 + our meal. First of all, the Goldstar value of the coupon was AT MOST $30 (though it advertised $10 entry, we think the Goldstar stated the value was $15/pp entrance fee). Secondly, that Goldstar was only for entrance to the venue, which you wouldn’t tip on. Either way, my boyfriend wrote to them, and they were accommodating and said they would allow us free entrance to another show. We probably will not take them up on that offer.

  • The sound system has not been updated since it was the Cinema ‘n Draft House. It is terrible. Which is too bad since I found the service to be quite good, and the food wasn’t worse than Blues Alley.

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