THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
BILLY KEMP & SEAN K. PRESTON
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE JULY 23
Billy Kemp & Sean K. Preston
perform their own songs in the round
with singing host Geoffrey Himes
Billy Kemp was born and raised in Baltimore, where he led the area’s best country-rock band of the ‘70s and ‘80s (the Paradise Pickers) and its best rock'n'roll band of the ‘80s and ‘90s (the Paradise Rockers). The singer-guitarist has played with Tommy Conwell at the Meadowlands, with Jeanne Pruett at the Grand Ole Opry and with Tommy Overstreet in Europe. He produced albums for Edge City and Linda Nelson and composed music for “Bo and Mo: A Rockabilly Musical,” Maryland Public Television and the American Visionary Art Museum. For the past 10 years, he has been writing, recording and touring North America and Europe as half of the Appalachian folk duo Jeni & Billy. He’s now at work on his first solo album in 12 years: “Heart & Home.” For this show, he will reunite with his former co-writer Geoffrey Himes.
SEAN K. PRESTON:
Sean K. Preston is an Australian native who moved to Maryland as a teenager, played in local punk bands here, led a folk-rock band in Ireland and a country-blues-punk band back here in Maryland. The last band, the Loaded Pistols, travels from Vermont to Missouri, playing songs from Preston’s four albums. He has released three albums and an EP, the songs ranging from delicate laments and lullabies to fiery sermons and confessions. At the Roots Café, fans will get a chance to hear those songs in an unplugged setting.
Geoffrey Himes celebrates his birthday on the day of this concert. 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. This month Himes will premiere a new song: “Reap the Benefit.”
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 performing and songwriter in a duo with Geoffrey Himes.
AN DIE MUSIK:
An Die Musik is Baltimore’s finest listening room. 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:
Aug. 27: Mary Battiata & Christina Van Norman
Sep. 24: September show with TBA
Sept. 30: Benefit show: Night of 1000 Dylans
Oct. 22: Annual “Evening of Poetry & Song” with Grace Cavalieri and Adam “Red Sammy” Trice
Nov. 12: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
Dec. 3: Christmas Show with Letitia Van Sant & Georgie Jessup