THE ROOTS CAFÉ PRESENTS:
SINGLES & HITS:
AN EVENING OF BASEBALL SONGS
Jason Siemer (composer of “A World of Orioles Baseball”), the Old Part of Town’s Sam Nitzberg & Matt Douglass, the Grandsons’ Alan MacEwen, Milkshake’s Mikel Gehl, the Wretched Outcasts’ Michael J. Hays, Love Riot's Willem Elsevier and more surprise guests
perform both original and classic basebal songs
in a benefit concert with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
at An Die Musik Live
Saturday, May 3 0, at 8 pm
$15 in advance, $19 at door
409 Charles Street, (410) 385-2638
After graduating from Towson State University in 1996, Jason immediately landed a job within the production department of the Baltimore Orioles Major League Baseball Club. During a 10 year career with the Orioles, Jason became the Entertainment Manager while producing various award-winning videos that helped place the Orioles among the most elite teams in Ballpark Entertainment. Over the years, Jason has also developed as a singer-songwriter. In 1998, he wrote, performed, produced, and edited the video for the popular Camden Yards anthem, "A World of Orioles Baseball". In 2001, Jason paid tribute to one of his childhood idols, Cal Ripken, Jr. with the song "What Makes a Legend". The accompanying video montage became the centerpiece for Ripken's historic retirement ceremony.
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.
Mikel Gehl is best known as part of Milkshake, Baltimore’s world-traveling, Grammy-nominated kid’s-rock band. Before that he spent a decade plus in folk-rock and alternative bands such as Love Riot and Beyond Words. Along the way his bands opened for acts such as Wilco and G. Love and shared several songwriting awards. Mikel’s instrumental finger picking style is melodic and influenced by the late Michael Hedges. The Baltimore City Paper has described Love Riot as “an eclectic, passionate pop band that appeared on NBC’s ‘Homicide.’” Gehl's adult songs are an extension of that Love Riot ethos, grounded in the particulars of Baltimore but resonating with experiences common to people everywhere. For this show Gehl will be joined by Natasha Ramirez on vocals, Willem Elsevier on violin and Mark Reilly on piano.
SAM NITZBERG & MATT DOUGLASS:
Former band mates with The Reactors, a staple in the 1980s Baltimore alternative-music scene, these two singer-songwriters have begun playing music together again. Though they both perform solo, their main project is their acoustic American quartet, the Old Part of Town. 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. The roots-rock singer-songwriter's 2008 CD, “Big Lucky,” features 11 originals with an interesting take on rock, country and blues.
MICHAEL J. HAYS:
Michael J. Hays is the lead singer and chief songwriter of Baltimore’s roots-rock quartet, the Wretched Outcasts. Singing his songs on stages since the 70's with some of the finest players this side of Nashville, Hays has written hundreds of tunes that range from the country anthem "Home Grown Music" to the love song "Maybe" to his bluesy rocker "Prisoner of Love." For this show Hays will be joined only by the Wretched Outcasts’ pianist Mark Reilly, allowing the lyrics and melodies of his songs to come through more clearly.
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, 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. He hosts the monthly Roots Café Singer-Songwriter Series at An Die Musik and the annual Night of 1000 Dylans and Streets of Baltimore shows. He will be debuting his new songs “Barry Bonds” and “Hit It Out on Eutaw Street.”
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE:
June 7: Karen Collins & Mary Battiata
July 12: Steve Johnson & TBA
August 23: Alan MacEwen & TBA
September 12: “Night of 1000 Dylans”
September 20: TBA
October 11: TBA
November 8: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
November 14: “Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City”
with Eileen Carson & Mark Schatz & TBA
December 6: Christmas Show with TBA