THE ROOTS CAFÉ
SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
TONY DENIKOS & THE KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE'S STEVE JOHNSON
Tony Denikos &
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
at An Die Musik Live
Sunday, March 23, at 5 pm
$9 in advance, $12 at door
409 Charles Street, (410) 385-2638
More info: www.rootscafe.org or www.andiemusiklive.com
Tony Denikos’ most recent release, 2012’s “Under the Church," boasts 10 originals that blend personal
storytelling and foot-stomping backbeats in a manner that reflects the
influence of everyone from John Fogerty to John Prine, from Lowell George to Graham Parker. “’Under the Church’ goes to
places both darker and more light-hearted than my previous releases,” Denikos says. “It allows me to claim my working class
roots, reveal my small town disposition, and provide commentary on our current
political climate. It may well be my best CD to date. I'll let you be the
judge.” A grand-prize winner in the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Denikos performs both as a solo-acoustic act and with his
electrified band, the Working Poor.
Steve johnson is a singer-song writer who plays with the Annapolis-Baltimore band the Kings of Crownsville, who have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including An Die Musik. This time, however, Johnson steps on to the stage without his musical buddies to play stripped down versions of the songs they have performed and recorded over the last 10 years. Spending half his childhood in Jackson, New Orleans and Memphis , Johnson’s musical brain woke up somewhere in the Deep South and still returns there for inspiration. Indie Music describes his Americana songwriting as “extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining,“ while Chesapeake Taste Magazine says the Kings “have to be heard to be believed because New Orleans blues has no business sounding so good so far north.” On Sunday Steve will play what he plays for the Kings before they make his song their own.
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, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “It Should Have Been Me.” Himes will be accompanied by Willem Elsevier, the acclaimed violinist for the bands Love Riot and Milkshake.
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:
April 13: Victoria Vox and Karen Collins
May 11: Sam Nitzberg & Matt Douglass
June 8: Lea Gilmore and TBA
OTHER ROOTS CAFÉ SHOWS:
April 19: Roots Café House Concert Series at Edith May's Paradise with Tony Denikos
May 31: "Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A Night of Baseball Songs" at An Die Musik Live
May: Sixth annual Night of 1000 Dylans at the Creative Alliance