July Fourth starts on Thursday the 3rd as this tribute to Carlos Santana makes its debut at the historic Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Located in the strikingly cosmopolitan, upscale Bethesda, just minutes away from the Capitol Mall in DC – the club is a historic landmark and its recent revitalization is a testament to the growing music scene just a few blocks below in Northwest DC.
A night at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club is a cozy treat for music lovers with its ornate stage and dimly lit dining area complete with white tablecloths and dinner service. Check out the menu here. The place has a cool, retro meets contemporary vibe and the dance floor in front of the stage is irresistible; just close enough to the band that you can almost reach out and touch them.
As for the band, Gringo Jingo has a few new songs to treat fans to and as usual, a fun, energy-packed show. Audience participation is required. “There’s one goal for us when we play, and that’s to get people up on their feet to dance,” says the band’s lead guitarist, Steve Reed. If you’ve ever seen Reed perform as Carlos Santana, you know how well he portrays that free, easygoing but energetic persona that Carlos does on stage. Watching Reed work the stage is a treat. “Its amazing what he can do with that guitar,” one fan from Maryland Live noted.
The full cast of band members are all amazing in their own right as well. We can’t say enough about the booming percussion section; in a word you might call it “acrobatic.” Some people might come just for drum solos. The vocal power is superb, something you need for a proper Santana Tribute. Remember, the old Santana may be full of long instrumentals and guitar solos, but his newer work is full of powerful vocals and copious lyrics. Its good stuff, old or new, and Gringo Jingo does it all, gets it perfect, and brings the house down every time.