Sun Jun 11
409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Christina Van Norman and Bob Pyle have been frequent performers at the Roots Café, and they return with a new batch of songs and some old favorites. They will be joined by Roots Café host Geoffrey Himes and Roots Café music director Willem Elsevier for the best in Maryland singing and songwriting.
Christina Van Norman is an Americana/Roots, singer, songwriter, guitarist, cellist and banjo player who has been performing around the Baltimore/Washington Area for longer than she cares to mention. She is known both as a solo artist and as a performer with such bands as The Cosmic Cowgirls, Cryin’ Fridays, Kemp and Van Norman, Edge City, Billy Kemp and the Paradise Rockers, and the Beltway Bandits. Her lyrics reflect her interests in dogs, politics, pirates, humor, love, conspiracy theories, and the rain. https://www.facebook.com/ChristinaVanNorman/
Bob Pyle is a clawhammer banjo player and comic singer. He flips the banjo, yodels, tells jokes,and writes songs that make you smile. Bob's song, “When J Edgar Hoover Wore a Dress,” was played on the Dr. Demento Show, and was voted one of the top 25 comedy songs of 2013. A native of Baltimore, Bob also has vegan songs and an album called “Apples and Oranges” that was played on radio stations around the world. One of the songs from “Apples and Oranges,” “I've Been Restored,” was made into a TV commercial for Farmers Insurance. Bob's musical influences include Grandpa Jones, Uncle Dave Macon, and early old- time string bands. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/bob-pyle-mn0001992776/biography
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 debut his latest song, “Don’t You Worry About Me.” http://www.facebook.com/RootsCafeBaltimore
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.
In-person seats: $15 / $10 full-time students with valid ID
Attendees receive a link to the recording to view for one week.
Streaming Cost is $12
The link will be revealed to live stream participants 15 minutes before the show
and will remain active thru June 18