Friday, July 3, 2015

Blues Alley's 50th Anniversary Concert at Strathmore, July 18th

Ángela Winbush headlines Blues Alley's 50th Anniversary

From our friends at Strathmore...

Strathmore and Blues Alley Present Blues Alley's 50th Anniversary, Featuring Angela Winbush, Kindred the Family Soul, Chelsey Green

Venerable Georgetown venue brings R&B, neo soul, jazz artists to Strathmore for birthday blowout

For 50 years, legendary Georgetown club Blues Alley has played a major role in D.C.’s rich music history, hosting stars like Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Ramsey Lewis, Sarah Vaughan, Wynton Marsalis, Gil Scott-Heron, and hundreds more. The local landmark brings R&B, neo soul, and jazz artists Ángela Winbush, Kindred the Family Soul, and Chelsey Green - a cross-section of the genre’s past, present, and future - to Strathmore for its 50th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 8 PM. The evening’s lineup is the continuation of a long collaborative relationship between Blues Alley and Strathmore, and includes Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna Chelsey Green. Strathmore’s pre-show Party on the Patio begins at 6:30 PM with food and drink specials for concertgoers provided by Ridgewells Catering. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit

This event is supported in part by media sponsor WHUR 96.3 FM.

The trio of acts is anchored by ’80s R&B icon and Howard University alumna Ángela Winbush. She counts among her credits solo hits such as the number one “Angel,” as well as songs from her musical duo René & Angela, such as “Save Your Love (For #1)” and “Your Smile.” Winbush has informed the work of innumerable R&B and hip-hop artists, including The Notorious B.I.G., Foxy Brown, rapper Sylk-E. Fyne, and singer Avant. Winbush and former partner René Moore, of René & Angela, have the distinction of being one of the first R&B acts to prominently incorporate rap in a popular R&B song. Winbush has also established herself as a versatile, multitalented artist, finding success as a songwriter, arranger, producer, and session musician.

Grammy nominated neo soul duo Kindred the Family Soul is comprised of the husband-and-wife team of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon. They rose from the Philadelphia neo soul movement, and were discovered by singer Jill Scott. Rooted in soul and gospel, Kindred incorporates nuanced contemporary sounds into their music, advancing the genre forward while building a core audience appreciative of their devotion to a more mature R&B sound.

Similarly innovative is violinist and Strathmore Artist in Residence alumna, violinist Chelsey Green. The Billboard charting artist fuses traditional classical violin technique with pop, jazz, and R&B genre influences. A doctoral candidate at The University of Maryland College Park, Green is early in a career that has already been met with great success, including a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman as well as engagements at Carnegie Hall, Theater at Madison Square Garden, the BET Honors Dinner, Essence Music Festival, The Howard Theatre, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival and, of course, Blues Alley and Strathmore. She has shared stages with Stevie Wonder, Maysa, MC Lyte, Chrisette Michele, J. Cole, and Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots.

Strathmore Presents
Blues Alley’s 50th Anniversary
featuring Ángela Winbush, Kindred The Family Soul, Chelsey Green
Saturday, July 18, 2015
8 PM

Tickets $48-$88

Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852

For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (301) 581-5100.

About Strathmore:
Strathmore presents and produces exemplary visual and performing arts programs for diverse audiences; creates dynamic arts education experiences; and nurtures creative ideas and conversations that advance the future of the arts. The organization’s hallmark is the Music Center at Strathmore, with a 1,976-seat concert hall and education complex. Its core campus also includes the historic Mansion at Strathmore, which features an intimate Music Room and art galleries. Most recently, Strathmore opened AMP, a 250-seat cabaret-style venue located just up Rockville Pike from the core campus in the burgeoning Pike District of Montgomery County. Strathmore’s signature education, mission-driven programs include the Strathmore Student Concerts, the Artist in Residence and Fine Artist in Residence programs, and its Spring Break @ Strathmore intensive.