Roots Café - April 2023

Roots Café host Geoffrey Himes will celebrate his 71 st birthday with a special concert at An die Musik Live. To celebrate the occasion, he has cooked up some special arrangements of original and canonical pieces with Roots Café music director Willem Elsevier and with award-winning reed player and songwriter Seth Kibel. Kibel will also play some of his original songs. Come join the birthday party.

Seth Kibel is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists, working with some of the best bands in jazz, swing, klezmer and more. Wowing audiences on clarinet, saxophone, and flute, Seth has been the featured performer with the  Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio, The Natty Beaux, and more. He has won 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). His most recent recording, "When You're Smiling"; was released in 2018 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. But he’s not only an accomplished instrumentalist; he’s also an award-winning songwriter. His song, "New Waltz"; was the Grand Prize winner of 2016 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC), sponsored by the Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW).

Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, American Songwriter, 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, Tony Denikos, Alan MacEwan, Ed Pettersen, James von Lenz, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. His songs have been recorded by Kemp, the Kinsey Report, Denikos, Koller, Mojo Filter, Patton and others. For this show, he will be debuting his latest song.

Willem Elsevier is a 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.

Showtime: 3 pm ET/2 pm CT/1 pm MT/12 pm PT/8 pm GMT
Limited in-person seats: $15
Attendees receive a link to the recording to view for one week.

Advance sales end 1 hr before showtime; tickets can be purchased at the door if any remain.
Streaming Cost is $12
The link will be revealed to live stream participants 15 minutes before the show

and will remain active through April 23

An die Musik Live!

409 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201

  • 410-385-2638