THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
A NEW COLLABORATION BY
GEOFFREY HIMES & WILLEM ELSEVIER
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE MAY 20
a new collaboration by singer Lea Gilmore,
singer-songwriter Geoffrey Himes
and violinist Willem Elsevier,
debuts new songs for a complicated city
Lea Gilmore was given the Jazz Journalists Association's 2018 Jazz Hero Award in a ceremony at An Die Musik Live in April. Jazz critic Don Palmer and radio host Marc Steiner lauded Gilmore’s success both as a theater-filling performer in Europe and as an advocate for social justice and African-American roots music in her hometown of Baltimore. Her concerts as a blues, gospel and jazz singer draws large crowds in Belgium and Scotland, and on this side of the Atlantic, she won the Blues Foundation's 2003 "Keeping the Blues Alive" W.C. Handy Award for her website celebrating women of the blues "It's A Girl Thang." Gilmore now rededicates herself to both her roof-rattling voice and her advocacy be developing a new program, “Baltimore Songs.” She offers the first glimpse of this work-in-progress during this show, her first full-length performance in a year.
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: “Better Days (2018 Version).”
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. 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:
June 10: TBA
July 22: TBA
August 12: Tony Denikos & Patty Reese
September 30: Jacob Panic & TBA