THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
LEA GILMORE & ERIC BYRD
Lea Gilmore & Eric Byrd
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Though Lea Gilmore has long lived in Baltimore, she is better known in Europe than in America as a powerful blues, folk, gospel and jazz singer and classically trained pianist. More than 300,000 people have attended her concerts in Belgium alone. She has released three acclaimed gospel albums: “Gospels for Damian," "Somehow I Made It" and “In the Spirit.” She has also released two successful blues records: “I Don’t Know Where You Are” and “Classically Blue.” The latter features Roots Café favorite Phil Wiggins. As a socially conscious artist, she has been active in the anti-leprosy campaign in Africa, in the Common Ground program in Maryland and in the American Civil Liberties Union. Essence Magazine has called her one of the “25 women shaping the world,” and disc jockey Marc Steiner has said, “Lea has one of the finest blues and gospel voices I have ever heard,"
Cited by Urbanite Magazine as one of 10 "Movers and Shakers" in the Baltimore area, pianist/vocalist Eric Byrd, has played professionally for over 30 years. Swing, bebop, gospel and the blues are essential core elements of Byrd's expansive performance style. The leader of the Eric Byrd Trio has also performed with such prominent artists as Wynton Marsalis, Charlie Byrd, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker, Tim Green, Warren Wolf, Jeff Majors and Yolanda Adams. In addition to his own recordings as a leader, Byrd has guested on over a dozen CDs. Byrd has taught gospel and jazz at McDaniel College
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, Ed Pettersen, Paul Margolis, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “A Drunken Man Will Say (What a Sober Man Will Think).” Himes will be accompanied by Willem Elsevier, the acclaimed violinist for the bands Love Riot and Milkshake.
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:
November 8: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
November 14: “Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City” with Eileen Carson & Mark Schatz,
December 6: Christmas Show with Victoria Vox