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Thanks for the Swell Summer!

Things are hoppin’ at Doc and Chou Chou’s Bungalow on the Bay, as we get ready for our musical season ahead. Much to do, and we’re rarin’ to go, but, before we get into the swing of swingin’, we want to thank all our wonderful friends who made our events over this past season over-the-top fun! We live to make you happy, but, oh, how happy you make us! There were the balls and galas, romantic weddings, road trips and concerts, including almost being blown away by a summer storm, in an amphitheater build over the water, while the band played on. Chou Chou has announced the sand is finally all out of her little sequined shoes. There was the best of fun on the band bus, and the marathon sleepless back to back events. Doc lost his favorite sleeping cap somewhere along the way. Summer’s swan song couldn’t have been better: A standing-room-only 1000+ house of the greatest audience members ever, followed by a packed concert of guests old enough to remember the great music we play, and cheering like teenagers, while we brought it to life for them. We love how great music presented in an entertaining show appeals to all ages, but there is something really special about playing to those who remember it from the first time ’round. Then there is the tremendous joy of introducing young ones to the thrill of a live Big Band Orchestra for the very first time. Here’s to more fun to come! We’re always planning surprises along the way. Sometimes, there are surprises we don’t even plan, like, if you hang around after a show, if you’re really, really lucky, you may find this: Doc and George giving an impromptu country music performance after the show! Who knew?

New Years Eve with Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra


New Year’s Eve Gala with Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra

Join us for a magical evening of dining, dancing and celebration at the fabulous Carlyle Club. Featuring a 5 course meal, champagne toast at midnight, festive party favors and entertainment by Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra, this is truly DC’s premier and most elegant New Year’s Eve celebration. Tickets are $220 per person + tax and gratuity. $75 is due at the time of reservation per ticket and the balance will be presented at the end of the evening. *Black Tie Optional  Read More…

2nd Annual Grand Masquerade Gala With Doc Scantlin Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club

Doc Scantlin Pre Code Hollywood

Thanks to a recent $8 million renovation, the gorgeous art-deco Bethesda Theatre is now Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a hot spot for live music, dining and drinking.

Hollywood’s saucy side as the 2nd Annual Grand Masquerade Gala takes over the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club. Big band conductor Doc Scantlin leads his Imperial Palms Orchestra in a tribute to the bawdy bygone days of entertainment, before the censors took the spice out. Betty Boop-esque cabaret singer Chou Chou and retro performers The Girlfriends join in for an evening of rare, un-P.C. songs, slightly burlesque dance numbers and a recreation of Sally Rand’s famous Fan Dance. Family fare this not! Fancy dress is optional, but encouraged; there will be a costume contest with prizes. And the dance floor will be open to all blithe spirits looking to cut a rug. Read More…

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club


Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra performed on August 8, 2014 at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club – 7719 Wisconsin Avenue, in Bethesda MD.

Forbes magazine declared Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra the “best band in America.” And that was before they attained a huge following for their entertainment value and focus on music of the 1930’s. Doc Scantlin’s Orchestra’s performance Friday night was likened by many in the audience to going to Birdland or other jazz clubs or cabarets in Manhattan. This magic flowed from the combination of the Orchestra and the setting at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. Read More…