The Night of 1000 Dylans


The Polkats’ John Shock, Mike Barth & Paul Margolis,

The Old Part of Town's Sam Nitzberg, Matt Douglass & John Seay

Little Pink’s Mary Battiata

and Love Riot's Willem Elsevier

perform the songs of Bob Dylan

in a benefit concert with your singing host Geoffrey Himes

at An Die Musik Live

Saturday, September 12, at 7:30 pm

$12 in advance, $16 at door

409 Charles Street, (410) 385-2638

All profits benefit the Roots Café and An Die Musik Live
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Bob Dylan reinvented American songwriting by combining hillbilly folk music, African-America blues and Beat poetry, and Baltimore’s best singer-songwriters continue to reinvent music in similar ways. For the sixth annual “Night of 1000 Dylans," John Shock, Mike Barth, Paul Margolis, Sam Nitzberg, Matt Douglass,

Mary Battiata, Willem Elsevier and Geoffrey Himes

perform the songs of Bob Dylan—both familiar and obscure—in the

always-surprising ways of Baltimore musicians.








John Shock, Mike Barth, and Paul Margolis have been playing music together for over 25 years. They released three albums with their seminal roots group the Polkats. more recently, Shock and Margolis appeared on Mike Barth's album "Dance This" and Barth appeared on Shock And Margolis' most recent album ("Away") with the Stone Hill All-Stars.  The three continue to record and perform together in different settings, most recently with the Stone Hill All-Stars, Mike Barth's own band, and with accordion legend Billy McComiskey.





The Old Part of Town is a quintet featuring singer-guitarists Sam Nitzberg and Matt Douglass, singer-bassist John Seay, mandolinist Marc Wexler and drummer Steve Raskin. Nitzberg and Douglass are former band mates with The Reactors, a staple in the 1980s Baltimore alternative-music scene. After the Reactors disbanded, Nitzberg spent time as lead singer with the Sway before leaving to form the Odds in order to provide another vehicle for his own songs.  Douglass released his first CD in 2002, winning honorable mention for songwriting that year from MD Music Monthly Magazine.





Based in Arlington, Virginia, Mary Battiata performs both solo and with her band of ace roots-rock regulars, Little Pink. The influential NYC music blog Lucid Culture proclaimed Little Pink's CD, “Gladly Would We Anchor,” one of "The 50 best albums of 2008" alongside Aimee Mann and Elvis Costello. The Washington Post said the album's "15 songs will remind listeners of Rosanne Cash, for starters ... Battiata, in her own quiet, insinuating way, earns such comparisons." The Washington Area Music Association named Little Pink's album, “Cul-de-Sac Cowgirl," the Best Debut Recording of 2001.





Willem Elsevier was the longtime violinist for one of Baltimore’s biggest rock bands of the ‘80s and ‘90s: Love Riot. Elsevier put the fiddle aside for a while to become an architect and start a family, but he has recently returned to the stage, playing his folk-jazz violin and viola with Milkshake, a spin-off act from Love Riot, and in a duo with Geoffrey Himes.





Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Si Kahn, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Howard Markman, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. He hosts the monthly Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series at 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.





September 20: Zane Campbell & Hugh Campbell

October 11: Lea Gilmore & Eric Byrd

November 8: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus

November 14: “Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City”

with Eileen Carson & Mark Schatz and TBA

December 6: Christmas Show with TBA


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