THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
THE PATAPSCO DELTA BOYS
(BOB FRIEDMAN & TOM CHALKLEY)
Bob Friedman and Tom Chalkley
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
and guest violinist Willem Elsevier
Bob Friedman is perhaps best known as the co-founder and continuing co-leader of two beloved, longtime bands on the Maryland scene: Mambo Combo and the Mooks. Yet his earliest musical inspiration was the Newport Folk Festivals of the early-'60s, and he has translated that enthusiasm into a 30-year career as a professional musician and songwriter with rock'n'roll combos, Latin bands and folk groups as well as working in local recording studios on both sides of the board and teaching young musicians. In recent years he has joined forces with frequent collaborator Tom Chalkley in the folk-blues duo the Patapsco Delta Boys.
Tom Chalkley is best known as one of Baltimore’s best cartoonists, creating both political and whimsical cartoons for local publications since the ‘70s. But he is also a singer, harmonica soloist and songwriter. In 1981, along with Craig Hankin, he recorded a near-famous novelty record, "Bruce Springstone Live at Bedrock," and then receded into obscurity. In recent years Chalkley has resumed his singing and songwriting career with impressive results, performing often for the Roots Café at both An Die Musik Live and the Creative Alliance. This led him to his current project with Bob Friedman: the Patapsco Delta Boys.
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, Ed Pettersen, Ken Kolodner, Tony Denikos, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere a new song: “The Man Who Didn’t Know Who He Was.”
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, Mary Battiata 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:
Oct. 1: Benefit show: Songs of Baltimore with Mikel Gehl & Natasha Ramirez Leland,
Oct. 30 : Poetry & Song with Grace Cavalieri and Adam Trice
Nov. 13: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
Dec. 4: Christmas Show with Christina Van Norman & TBA