Sun Mar 4

Billy Kemp: Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series

Sun, March 4
5PM / $12
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An die Musik Live!

409 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series

Artists present their own songs in the round, with Geoffrey Himes & Willem Elsevier

Billy Kemp was born and raised in Baltimore, where he led the area’s best country-rock band of the ‘70s and ‘80s (the Paradise Pickers) and its best rock'n'roll band of the ‘80s and ‘90s (the Paradise Rockers). The singer-guitarist has played with Tommy Conwell at the Meadowlands, with Jeanne Pruett at the Grand Ole Opry and with Tommy Overstreet in Europe. He produced albums for Edge City and Linda Nelson and composed music for “Bo and Mo: A Rockabilly Musical,” Maryland Public Television and the American Visionary Art Museum. For most of this century, he has been writing, recording and touring North America and Europe as half of the Appalachian folk duo Jeni & Billy. He has re-launched his solo career with his first solo album in 12 years: “Another Life,” a celebration of his roots in Maryland. For this show, he will reunite with his former co-writer Geoffrey Himes. www.billykemp.com

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, 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, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere a new song: “A Thirty Year Old Fool.” 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 a performer and songwriter in a duo with Geoffrey Himes.

Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time student with ID


2018 Series Dates:
March 4: Billy Kemp
April 8: Baseball Show
May 20: Lea Gilmore
June 10: TBD
July 22: TBD
August 12: TBD
September 16: TBD
October 14: TBD
November 11: Victoria Vox
December 2: Christmas Show

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Sun, March 4

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