THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
JACOB PANIC & SETH KIBEL
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE SEPTEMBER 30
Jacob Panic & Seth Kibel
perform their own songs in the round
with singing host Geoffrey Himes
& violinist Willem Elsevier
at An Die Musik Live
Sunday, September 30, at 5 pm
$10 in advance, $13 at door
409 Charles Street, (410) 385-2638
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Jacob Panic is a singer-songwriter and banjo artist from Maryland. After receiving a scholarship in 2013 to study with the great Pete Wernick (a.k.a. Dr. Banjo) of the group Hot Rize, Panic returned with an earnest desire to make the banjo his primary instrument and the focal point of his performances, which he has been doing for years in the Mid-Atlantic region. His latest record was produced and recorded in Nashville by Grammy-Award-winning producer, Randy Kohrs. It features some of the region's best pickers and players including Kenny Aronoff and members of Mountain Heart. Panic's pop-folk vibe solely using a native bluegrass instrument distinguishes him as a rarity in modern music. He calls his genre: "pop-grass."
Seth Kibel has won an astounding 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). Though he is best known as a saxophonist and clarinetist, he has emerged in recent years as formidable singer-songwriter as well. His most recent recording, “Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair,” was released in 2017 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. With a progressive outlook, and an unhealthy dose of dark humor, the songs on this album traverse a wide landscape of musical genres, including blues, swing, klezmer, bossa nova, reggae, and more, and feature a variety of all-star guest vocalists. "New Waltz," a song from Seth's 2015 album, “No Words,” was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW).
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, Geoffrey 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, James Von Lenz, Ed Pettersen, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. He recently formed a new trio, North East Rising Sun, with singer Lea Gilmore and violinist Willem Elsevier. This month Himes will premiere a new song: “The Twenty-Fourth of October.”
Equally versed in the written and the improvised, Willem moves easily between performing with an orchestra at Lincoln Center and Americana groups at An Die Musik. During his six years co-hosting the monthly Roots Café shows with Geoffrey Himes, Elsevier has accompanied such luminaries as Lea Gilmore, Si Kahn, Amy Rigby, Kevin Gordon, Phil Wiggins, Zane Campbell, Ken Kolodner, Victoria Vox and Billy Kemp. A founding member of the Baltimore rock band Love Riot, Willem's sophisticated solos helped the band beat out 25,000 other bands to win the Yamaha's international Music Quest competition in Japan in 1994. The band recorded with producer Eric Ambel and performed at venues such as celebrated performances at New York's Bottom Line, Washington's 9:30 Club, L.A.’s House of Blues and New Orleans’ Tipatina's.
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:
October 14: Patterson Barrett & Brian Langlinais
November 11: Victoria Vox
December 2: North East Rising Sun
(Lea Gilmore, Geoffrey Himes and Willem Elsevier)