THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
THE PATAPSCO DELTA BOYS'
BOB FRIEDMAN & TOM CHALKLEY
Bob Friedman and Tom Chalkley
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
and guest violinist Willem Elsevier
at An Die Musik Live
Sunday, January 25, at 5 pm
$9 in advance, $13 at door
409 Charles Street, (410) 385-2638
Bob Friedman is perhaps best known as the co-founder and continuing co-leader of two beloved, longtime bands on the Maryland scene: Mambo Combo and the Mooks. Yet his earliest musical inspiration was the Newport Folk Festivals of the early-'60s, and he has translated that enthusiasm into a 30-year career as a professional musician and songwriter with rock'n'roll combos, Latin bands and folk groups as well as working in local recording studios on both sides of the board and teaching young musicians. Recently he has joined forces with frequent collaborator Tom Chalkley in the folk-blues duo the Patapsco Delta Boys.
Tom Chalkley is best known as one of Baltimore’s best cartoonists, creating both political and whimsical cartoons for local publications since the ‘70s. But he is also a singer, harmonica soloist and songwriter. In 1981, along with Craig Hankin, he recorded a near-famous novelty record, "Bruce Springstone Live at Bedrock," and then receded into obscurity. In recent years Chalkley has resumed his singing and songwriting career with impressive results, performing often for the Roots Café at both An Die Musik and the Creative Alliance. This led him to a new project with Bob Friedman: the Patapsco Delta Boys.
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, Ed Pettersen, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new songs, “Abell Avenue” and Elkader Road," and will be accompanied by violinist Willem Elsevier, who was a longtime member of Love Riot.
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:
February 16: Tony Denikos and Steve Johnson
March 8: Dominick Murray and Mac Walter
April 19: TBA
May 30: “Singles & Hits: An Evening of Baseball Songs”