“A Little Jazz Pizzazz on Saturday nights in Reston Town Center
May 31, 2010 8:37 PM
Reston Places & Faces Herald Examiner DC by
It’s a hot, steamy Saturday night in Reston Town Center. You’re looking for someplace comfortable and cool, with live music and good food. What do you do? Most restaurants are crowded and live music is hard to find.
Starting in June, the go-to spot may be the Market Street Bar & Grill at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, where every Saturday night vocalist Bobbe Shore and her Trio play jazz, blues and swing music from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The group has performed throughout the D.C. metro area, and has performed at the restaurant biweekly since January.
I visited the restaurant this Saturday night with my wife, for dessert and coffee and was pleasantly surprised. The ambience was quiet and comfortable, the wait staff attentive and professional, and the music and vocals were the perfect complement to the evening. “It’s very comfortable there,” says singer Bobbe Shore. “The jazz I do is a little more cabaret oriented, and that’s one of the reasons that I like the venue so much. It’s more intimate and gives me a chance to interact with the audience.”
The Bobbe Shore Trio plays the “Great American” songbook that she says crosses all demographics. “The 20-somethings are hearing it for the first time and really enjoying it, and the 60s- and 70s-year olds are remembering it.” She also includes selections from such contemporaries as Nora Jones and Madeline Peyroux. “We try to get the music a little more diversified,” she said. Ms. Shore says that Eva Cassidy is a significant influence on her music.
The chocolate cake was fresh and tasty and, alas, likely heavy on the calories. Fortunately, walking along Market Street later (closed to vehicles and only pedestrians allowed on Saturday nights), helped reduce the guilt if not the calories. The clientele on Saturday was varied, with some out-of-towners likely visiting family or on business, and locals looking for a pleasant atmosphere and music.
The restaurant is part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which readers of the Conde Nast Traveler Magazine named a “Readers Choice Top 100 Hotel” for 2009. The Bar and Grill partners with Reston’s Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) to showcase local musicians. GRACE was founded in 1974 by artists and art lovers as a source of cultural enrichment for the then-new town of Reston.
Market Street Bar and Grill is located at the corner of Market and Presidents streets in Reston Town Center, near Reston Parkway and just north of the Dulles Toll Road. For reservations or further information, call 703-925-8250. There is no cover charge and parking is plentiful and free.”
- CHUCK MIRO
HERALD EXAMINER DC, RESTON INSIDE OUT