THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
MILKSHAKE’S MIKEL GEHL
& MICHAEL J. HAYS
Mikel Gehl with Natasha Ramirez
& Michael J. Hays with Mark Reilly
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
at An Die Musik
Sunday, September 14, at 5 pm
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.
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.
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, Steve Johnson, Jim Patton, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Andrew Grimm, Letitia Van Sant, Bob Kannenberg and others. Himes, a singer-pianist, performs in a duo with Love Riot violinist Willem Elsevier, and sometimes in a trio with Elsevier and cellist Andrew Histand. This month Himes will perform with Elsevier and premiere his new song, “Hadley Square."
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:
October 4: Tin Pan Alley on Charles Street: Baltimore’s Best Americana Artists Sing the Great American Songbook with Victoria Vox, Lea Gilmore, Lisa Matthews and Kristen Toedtman
October 12: The Polkats’ John Shock and Mike Barth
November 9: Edge City’s Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
December 7: Roots Cafe Christmas show with Alan McEwan & TBA