THE ANNUAL ROOTS CAFÉ CHRISTMAS SHOW:
ALAN MACEWEN, KAREN COLLINS & SANTA CLAUS
Alan MacEwen and Karen Collins
perform original and obscure Christmas songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Special guest appearance by
at An Die Musik Live
Sunday, December 7, at 5 pm
$9 in advance, $13 at door
409 Charles Street, (410) 385-2638
Alan MacEwen is the bandleader and founding member of the award-winning American roots quartet, the Grandsons. Now in their 25th year, the Grandsons have performed continuously since 1986, releasing 7 full-length albums. Alan is singer, guitarist, trumpet player and principle songwriter for the group. Apart from his primary efforts with the Grandsons, Alan has built a strong repertoire as a solo performer and has explored Caribbean music with his group, Sir Alan and the Calypso Ponzi Schemers. As a professional trumpet player, Alan has worked as a sideman with artists including Ruth Brown, Howard Tate and Ronnie Spector.
Country singer and coal miner’s daughter,Karen Collins writes exceptional songs that she delivers in a traditional style – Hazel Dickens meets Loretta Lynn Karen stays busy writing songs and playing with her honky tonk band, the Backroads Band, her Cajun/Zydeco band, Squeeze Bayou, and the acoustic country quartet, the Blue Moon Cowgirls in addition to doing solo shows. Karen’s most recent CD with the Backroads Band, No Yodeling On The Radio is receiving airplay across the US and Europe and was recently #2 on the FAR (Freeform American Roots) Chart. Her song “She Dreams” from the new CD was a top-five Country Winner in the 13th Annual Great American Song Contest. Several of her songs have appeared on the NPR show, “Car Talk.”
Santa Claus is the legendary pioneer of Arctic-rock, which swept the northern latitudes in the 1960s. Borrowing elements of Chet Baker's “cool jazz” and Jerry Butler's “Ice Man” soul, Claus crafted a “snowbilly” sound of pounding piano, jangly “sleigh bell” guitar and “bipolar” bass. His singles for Midnight Sun Records, such as “You Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sled Dog,” “Great Balls of Snow” and “Don’t Step on My Blue Suede Mukluks,” were hits from Helsinki to Anchorage. His band, Santa and the Subordinate Clauses, put on famous live shows in matching red outfits lined with white fur and amplifiers painted in red-and-white candy-cane stripes. Claus himself would enter the stage in a sled pulled by four reindeer, jump from the sled onto the piano bench and begin every show with his signature tune, “I’m the Santa Claus of Love.” Claus has come out of retirement to make this special appearance at An Die Musik Live.
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, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Howard Markman, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “Shiny and Brand New." He will be accompanied by Willem Elsevier, violinist for such acts as Love Riot, Billy Kemp and Milkshake.
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:
January 25: TBA
February 16: Tony Denikos and TBA
March 8: Dominick Murray and Mac Walter
April 19: TBA
May 17: TBA
OTHER ROOTS CAFÉ SHOWS:
May 30: “Singles & Hits: An Evening of Baseball Songs” at An Die Musik