THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
KRISTEN TOEDTMAN & MARY BATTIATA
Kristen Toedtman & Mary Battiata
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Kristen Toedtman is one of a rare breed: a working musician. Splitting her time between Los Angeles and her hometown of Baltimore, she sings in the LA Master Chorale with the LA Phil, leads her own women’s choir, sings on soundtracks (Frozen, Minions), is one of the founding members of the Baltimore Afrobeat Society and side woman to the musical project of actor Brendan Hines. Her own music is soulful, bluesy pop (think Carole King & Alicia Keys with a voice like Bonnie Raitt) and she tours the country with guitar or in search of a piano. She has performed with the Milk Carton Kids, David Poe, Duncan Sheik, Barbra Streisand, John C. Reilly and Seth McFarlane among others.
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. No Depression praised its "jangly, jittery shimmer; a roots-rock pageant that shines with scuffed sophistication."
Geoffrey Himes celebrates his birthday on the day of this concert. 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:
“Dead and Gone.”
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 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:
Sep. 18: The Patapsco Delta Boys’ Tom Chalkley and Robert Friedman
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