Tony Denikos’ latest album, “Under the Church," album 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. No wonder the Washington Post called him “a tunesmith in the best sense of the word.” "Tony Denikos' songwriting is filled with emotion and romanticism, moving from social commentary to small portraits of American life,” added Italy’s Roots Highway. 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. www.tonydenikos.com
Often compared to Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin, Patty Reese has won 17 Wammie Awards from the Washington Area Music Associations, including Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Roots Rock Vocalist. “Her performing presence and Patsy Cline-meets-Bruce Springsteen sound have matured into her own style,” the Washington Post has said, and she presents her original songs from her latest album, “Let in the Sun,” in the unplugged setting of the Roots Café. http://pattyreese.com
Geoffrey Himes celebrates his birthday on the day of this concert. 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, 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, Tony Denikos, Alan MacEwan, Ed Pettersen, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere a new song: “Whatever the Weather.” http://www.facebook.com/RootsCafeBaltimore
Willem Elsevier is a conservatory trained violinist who has found success in both the classical and jazz worlds. He is best known, however, for his role in Love Riot, the Baltimore rock band that recorded with producer Eric Ambel and toured widely. Elsevier’s sophisticated solos helped the band beat out 2,500 other bands from around the globe to win the Yamaha Music Quest competition in Japan in 1994. Elsevier has also recorded with such acts as Billy Kemp and Milkshake. Since 2012, he has been performing and songwriter in a duo with Geoffrey Himes.
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