THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
THE GRANDSONS’ ALAN MACEWEN & SCOTT MCKNIGHT
Alan MacEwen & Scott McKnight
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
NOTE: Victoria Vox apologizes for having to withdraw from February’s concert.
Her travel took her to the West Coast unexpectedly. She hopes to reschedule soon.
Alan MacEwen is the bandleader and founding member of the award-winning American roots quartet, the Grandsons. Now in their 29th 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.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scott McKnight is a mainstay of the Washington. DC-area country-rock community, having played with combos including Last Train Home, Kevin Johnson and the Linemen, The Graverobbers, the Del Swarthmores, and his own Naughty Pine as well as contributing songs to the live and recorded repertoires of artists such as the Grandsons and Cowlick Lucy. These days you'll find Scott playing guitar with Exit 10, playing and singing with Jelly Roll Mortals or playing bass with the Grandsons. McKnight's first solo release, “It Works for Me,” is available from Sam Records. He’s also featured on “Americana Motel,” an album featuring an all-star cast of DC-based roots rockers.
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, “Why Do You Make Believe?” 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. Downbeat Magazine has called it one of the world’s best jazz venues. 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:
Mar. 6: Karen Collins & Mark Brine
Apr. 2: Benefit show: Baseball songs
Apr. 17: Rodney Henry & Tony Denikos
May 15: TBA
May 21: Benefit show: Night of 1000 Dylans