THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
JAMES VON LENZ & WOODY LISSAUER
James Von Lenz & Woody Lissauer
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
JAMES VON LENZ:
Whether performing as a solo artist or as a principal singer-songwriter in the much-loved Baltimore bands Voodoo Pharmacology and the Thorn Apples, James Von Lenz combines old, creepy Appalachian music, off kilter honky-tonk, murder ballads, yodeling, and down-and-out blues stomps. He claims his songs “have been filtered through ten feet of sugar maple charcoal, which imparts a distinct smoothness to the music.”
Woody Lissauer's one-man show often sounds more like a full band, thanks to his skillful use of samples and loops. A major figure in the Mid-Atlantic rock scene of the ‘80s and ‘90s, this career musician now performs mainly his own material in a solo format. His newer songs reflect Americana, English folk, French jazz, Russian bardski musik, Spanish classical, rock and jazz—all performed with intricate guitar picking in the vein of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. With a music degree and 35 years full-time experience in the U.S. and overseas, Lissauer has just released his newest batch of original songs on the album, “A Guest in the House of the Wind.”.
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, Paul Margolis, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere two new songs: “Los Angeles” and “Wanda Cut Up Her Wedding Gown.”
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:
May 21: Benefit show: Night of 1000 Dylans
with John Schock, Mike Barth, David Vermette, James Von Lenz & TBA
June 5: Ken & Brad Kolodner