THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
JESSE PALIDOFSKY & DOUG STEVENSON
Jesse Palidofsky (Photo by Michael G. Stewart) Doug Stevenson (Photo by Byron Russell)
Jesse Palidofsky & Doug Stevenson
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Jesse Palidofsky has performed his original songs at the National Theatre, at the Washington Folk Festival and on the sloop Clearwater with Pete Seeger. He has played blues piano at the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival and the Kennedy Center. His "I Am An Immigrant" was the #1 song on the international Folk Radio DJ charts in November, and he was the #4 overall artist on the Folk Radio charts in December, while his latest album "Dancing Toward the Light" was the #5 CD. His songs that combine Appalachian roots with themes of social justice have won numerous awards in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest. He is currently artistic director for the highly successful Carroll Cafe folk/roots series in Washington, D.C.
Doug Stevenson is the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist in Doug Stevenson & the Spades, a country band active since 2012. In Washington in the ‘90s, Doug led the rock band Raised By Wolves and was featured in the alt-country band Hooverville. Since relocating to Baltimore, his hometown, he has performed in theatrical shows at the Baltimore Theatre Project and at Fells Point Corner Theatre and with such local groups as the Austin Harp Family and Dan Van and the Mans. Doug's songs--which include country waltzes and shuffles, roots-rock story songs, power-pop tunes, bluegrass numbers and full-fledged rockers—have been honored several times by the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest.
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:
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:
Aug. 14: Kristen Toedtman & Mary Battiata
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