Performing their own songs in the round with singing host Geoffrey Himes & violinist Willem Elsevier
Jacob Panic is a singer-songwriter and banjo artist from Maryland. After receiving a scholarship in 2013 to study with the great Pete Wernick (a.k.a. Dr. Banjo) of the group Hot Rize, Panic returned with an earnest desire to make the banjo his primary instrument and the focal point of his performances, which he has been doing for years in the Mid-Atlantic region. His latest record was produced and recorded in Nashville by Grammy-Award-winning producer, Randy Kohrs. It features some of the region's best pickers and players including Kenny Aronoff and members of Mountain Heart. Panic's pop-folk vibe solely using a native bluegrass instrument distinguishes him as a rarity in modern music. He calls his genre: "pop-grass."
Seth Kibel has won an astounding 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” (2003-11) and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” (2005, 2007-8, 2011-14). Though he is best known as a saxophonist and clarinetist, he has emerged in recent years as formidable singer-songwriter as well. His most recent recording, “Seth Kibel Presents Songs of Snark & Despair,” was released in 2017 on the Azalea City Recordings record label. With a progressive outlook, and an unhealthy dose of dark humor, the songs on this album traverse a wide landscape of musical genres, including blues, swing, klezmer, bossa nova, reggae, and more, and feature a variety of all-star guest vocalists. "New Waltz," a song from Seth's 2015 album, “No Words,” 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, 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, James Von Lenz, Ed Pettersen, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. He recently formed a new trio, North East Rising Sun, with singer Lea Gilmore and violinist Willem Elsevier. This month Himes will premiere a new song: “The Twenty-Fourth of October.”
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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