Michael Raitzyk first made his appearance at the Roots Café in the ‘90s as the leader of the Charm City Klezmer Band and of the reggae-funk band Pachamama. Since then the guitarist has been a central figure in Baltimore’s jazz and world-music scenes. He continues to head up the CCKB and also leads the Michael Raitzyk Organic Jazz Trio and the Raitzyk-Geller Family Band. He has recorded four CDs as a leader and seven as a sideman. “Each time I shift to a different project—whether it's the Klezmer band or the organ trio or something else—I have more depth,” he told the Baltimore City Paper, “because I have more experience, not just from my different musical experiences but also from my different life experiences." For this show he will showcase his own compositions: both his instrumental tunes and his vocal songs. www.mraitzyk.com
For contractual reasons, we can’t reveal who our surprise guest is for this show, but she is a longtime favorite at the Roots Café, not only for her ukulele-playing skills and mouth-trumpet solos but also for her seductively appealing original songs. She moved from Baltimore to Southern California last year, and she returns for a homecoming visit to the Roots Café.
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, American Songwriter, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, 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, Ken Kolodner, Josh Charles, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. Himes, a singer-pianist, performs in a duo with Love Riot violinist Willem Elsevier. This month Himes will perform with Elsevier and premiere his new song, “The Hip Dad."
Tickets: $10 in advance/$13 at door/$10 full-time students with ID