THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
VICTORIA VOX AND KAREN COLLINS
Victoria Vox and Karen Collins
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
at An Die Musik
Sunday, April 13, at 5 pm
Eclectic, upbeat and clever, Victoria Vox earned a degree in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music and has become well known among the ukulele community for her refreshingly modern and rhythmic technique. Her songs have been featured on NPR, and she appeared on the Jay Leno Show to demonstrate her mouth-trumpet technique. Vox is a first-place award winner for her French tune, “C’est Noyé,” in the International Acoustic Music Awards. She won multiple Wammie (Washington D.C. Area Music Award) winner for her 2010 release “Exact Change" and again for her 2011 release “Vox Ukulele Cello.” She recently completed her 52 Original Song Project (one original song written and recorded each week for a year) and has now embarked on a “Uketronica” duo with electronica artist Aaron English. Originally from Green Bay, Vox now lives in Baltimore, MD and performs 125+ shows a year across the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
Country singer and coal miner’s daughter,Karen Collins writes exceptional songs that she delivers in a traditional style – Hazel Dickens meets Loretta Lynn Karen stays busy writing songs and playing with her honky tonk band, the Backroads Band, her Cajun/Zydeco band, Squeeze Bayou, and the acoustic country quartet, the Blue Moon Cowgirls in addition to doing solo shows. Karen’s most recent CD with the Backroads Band, No Yodeling On The Radio is receiving airplay across the US and Europe and was recently #2 on the FAR (Freeform American Roots) Chart. Her song “She Dreams” from the new CD was a top-five Country Winner in the 13th Annual Great American Song Contest. Several of her songs have appeared on the NPR show, “Car Talk.”
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, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Andrew Grimm, 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, “Somewhere Where I'm Wanted."
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:
May 11: Sam Nitzberg & Matt Douglass
May 31: Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A Night of Baseball Songs
with Sam Nitzberg & Matt Douglass, Tony Denikos & Geoffrey Himes
June 8: Lea Gilmore and TBA
July 13: TBA
August 17: Rodney Henry and TBA
OTHER ROOTS CAFÉ SHOWS:
April 19: Tony Denikos at Edith May's Paradise