Eddie Money at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

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Approximately 37 years after launching his career in the late 70’s and becoming an early MTV luminary in the 80’s, iconic rock star Eddie Money rolled back the clock for an hour at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Friday night, cranking out all of his classic hits.

Backed by a fantastic four-member band, consisting of guitarist Tommy Girvin, bassist Lee Beverly, drummer Glenn Symmonds and keyboardist Chris Grove, Money opened the show with “Baby, Hold On To Me,” the lead single from his self-titled debut album, welcomed by thunderous cheers and applause.

“What a beautiful night and place for a rock ‘n roll show,” Money roared. “Are we going to get a little crazy tonight?!”

Fans, who appeared to range in age from 21 to 61, were ready to rock, rising to their feet during “Walk on Water,” a song that propelled a quick-fire session for the rocker that included impressive harmonica highlights on “No Control,” and a touching tribute to military veterans with his new single, “One More Soldier Coming Home.”

Eddie Money. Photo courtesy of his website.
Eddie Money. Photo courtesy of his website.

Between songs, Money put on his entertainer hat, telling numerous jokes, walking briskly around the parameter of stage and interfacing frequently with audience members. In due course, he returned to his designated calling and pulled out his saxophone for “Trinidad,” and chants of “Eddie, Eddie,” preceded the run through “I Wanna Go Back.”

A surge of energy erupted when Money introduced “Take Me Home Tonight,” and the excitement continued through the setlist closing of “Think I’m In Love,” and “Two Tickets to Paradise.”

Money capped off the night with an anticipatory/obligatory encore, concluding with his 1982 hit “Shakin’” and extending an open invitation to stay for a second round of his show. Even at 66, Money demonstrated that he can rally, shake and rock it for a happy hour.

Running Time: Approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.

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Eddie Money performed two shows on May 1, 2015 at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club – 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, in Bethesda MD.  Future events at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz and Supper Club can be found on their website.

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