We jammed to some blues, we put our legwarmers on and partied with the 80's cover band, we swing and salsa danced. Now, are you ready for some live jazz, old school, Motown, funk and R&B? Yes, you can get it all at this little gem on U Street, Jojo Restaurant and Bar (http://jojodc.com/).
A little bit of history on JoJo’s (as posted on their website):
Back in the golden era of jazz, musicians such as Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong found comfort in DC. Because of the strong Black community that lived around and owned businesses along the U Street Corridor, the neighborhood became an attraction for many renowned and rising musicians of that early 1900s. Similar to the later renaissance in Harlem, the richness of the Black Community in the area nurtured these artists and their then-new art form.
Yet, before there was a “Harlem” there was “U Street.” And while Harlem eventually laid claim to Jazz, she was nurtured in her infancy on “U Street.” True to the Spirit of U Street, JoJo Restaurant and Bar works hard to provide the ambiance and sound that blends the nostalgia of the early 1920s with a contemporary flair. Flavorful cuisine and nightly live music set the tone, and provide the adventure seeker with a refreshing escape from the mundane and monotonous. At JoJo, we invite you to shut out the world and its cares.
Food is supposed to be delicious, great atmosphere and amazing music. Two bands are performing on Friday: Cabasa - Brazilian Jazz (early) from 6 pm-8:30 pm followed by JUS US BAND AND SHOW with Little Robert performing OLD SCHOOL, MOTOWN, FUNK and R&B from 10 pm – 2 am. And there’s NO cover charge!
There are two levels at JoJo’s, both have adequate seating–the tables, chairs and barstools, and both feature a full bar. The downstairs is more intimate; that is where the band plays. Upstairs is mostly for dining, but you can still hear the band.
Reviews say the restaurant is rather small, so we’ll definitely have to make a reservation if we want to dine there. Post a comment if you’re interested in grabbing a bite to eat. Their happy hour goes from 5-7 pm. Yelp gives it 4 stars: http://www.yelp.com/biz/jojo-restaurant-and-bar-washington
Hope to see some of you!