THE ROOTS CAFÉ PRESENTS:
HAGGARD AND JAGGER NIGHT
WITH JAMES VON LENZ,
DOUG STEVENSON & GEOFFREY HIME
JULY 22 AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE
James Von Lenz, Doug Stevenson
and Geoffrey Himes perform
songs written by Merle Haggard and Mick Jagger
as well as original songs influenced by Haggard and Jagger
at An Die Musik Live
Sunday, July 22, at 5 pm
$10 in advance, $13 at door,
409 Charles Street, (410) 385-2638
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JAMES VON LENZ:
Whether performing as a solo artist or as a principal singer-songwriter in the much-loved Baltimore bands Thorn Apples and Voodoo Pharmacology, James Von Lenz combines old, creepy Appalachian music, off kilter honky-tonk, murder ballads, yodeling, and down-and-out blues stomps. He claims his songs “have been filtered through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, which imparts a distinct smoothness to the music.”
Doug Stevenson is the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist in Doug Stevenson & the Spades, a country band active since 2012. In Washington in the ‘90s, Doug led the rock band Raised By Wolves and was featured in the alt-country band Hooverville. Since relocating to Baltimore, his hometown, he has performed in theatrical shows at the Baltimore Theatre Project and at Fells Point Corner Theatre and with such local groups as the Austin Harp Family and Dan Van and the Mans. Doug's songs--which include country waltzes and shuffles, roots-rock story songs, power-pop tunes, bluegrass numbers and full-fledged rockers—have been honored several times by the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and many more, Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Si Kahn, Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Tony Denikos, Alan MacEwan, Ed Pettersen, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others.
Willem Elsevier is a conservatory trained violinist who has found success in both the classical and jazz worlds. He is best known, however, for his role in Love Riot, the Baltimore rock band that recorded with producer Eric Ambel and toured widely. Elsevier’s sophisticated solos helped the band beat out 2,500 other bands from around the globe to win the Yamaha Music Quest competition in Japan in 1994. Elsevier has also recorded with such acts as Billy Kemp and Milkshake. Since 2012, he has been a performer and songwriter in a duo with Geoffrey Himes.
AN DIE MUSIK:
An Die Musik is Baltimore’s finest listening room. Downbeat Magazine has called it one of the world’s best jazz venues. With 84 armchairs, great acoustics, the city’s best piano and a lobby bar, this performance space above the venerable record store is as intimate as it is inviting. The street parking meters are free on Sundays; the venue offers discount coupons for the area’s ethnic restaurants, and the 5 pm start time keeps the afternoon free while allowing a good night's sleep before the work week. Here, at last, is a music experience designed for adults.
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE:
August 12: Tony Denikos & Patty Reese
September 30: Jacob Panic & TBA
October 14: TBA
November 11: Victoria Vox
December 2: Christmas Show