THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
TONY DENIKOS AND THE GRANDSONS’ ALAN MACEWEN
Tony Denikos & Alan MacEwen
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
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.
Alan MacEwen is the bandleader and founding member of the award-winning American roots quartet, the Grandsons. Now in their 25th year, the Grandsons have performed continuously since 1986, releasing 7 full-length albums. Alan is singer, guitarist, trumpet player and principle songwriter for the group. Apart from his primary efforts with the Grandsons, Alan has built a strong repertoire as a solo performer and has explored Caribbean music with his group, Sir Alan and the Calypso Ponzi Schemers. As a professional trumpet player, Alan has worked as a sideman with artists including Ruth Brown, Howard Tate and Ronnie Spector.
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, Geoffrey 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 his new song, “Piece of My Heart.” 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:
September 12: “Night of 1000 Dylans” with John Shock, Paul Margolis, Mike Barth,
the Old Part of Town and Mary Battiata
September 27: Zane Campbell & Hugh Campbell
October 11: Lea Gilmore & Eric Byrd
November 8: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
November 14: “Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City” with Eileen Carson & Mark Schatz,
December 6: Christmas Show with TBA