There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
More than 50 years after the primes of their careers, Maxine Brown, Baby Washington, and the members of D.C. girl group the Jewels have held on to their talents: strong voices rooted in the gospel of African-American Baptist and Pentecostal churches. They continue to entertain folks who grew up hearing soul music as well as those who learned the style from later performers like their Sunday co-headliner, Shirleta Settles. South Carolina-born Maxine Brown moved to New York City in her teens and was soon singing dramatic relationship tunes like the 1964 Carole King and Gerry Goffin number “Oh No, Not My Baby.” Baby Washington’s 1963 rendition of “That’s How Heartaches Are Made,” her one pop hit out of many R&B ones, found her deep voice soaring over strings and backing harmony vocals. In this show, Brown and Washington will receive vocal support from members of the Jewels, who will also perform their own set. It’s sure to include “Opportunity,” the group’s rocking 1963 track full of passionate testifying that can lift audience members out of their seats. Maxine Brown performs with Baby Washington, the Jewels, and Shirleta Settles at 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Blues and Jazz, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $35. (240) 330-4500. bethesdabluesjazz.com.