Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series
Sandy Asirvatham and Savannah Valentino
perform their own songs and some holiday favorites in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
and a special guest appearance by Santa Claus
for the fifth annual Roots Café Christmas Show
Tickets: $7 in advance, $9 at door
Sandy Asirvatham was a respected journalist and award-winning City Paper columnist before launching a second career as a pianist and singer-songwriter. Of her eclectic jazz-pop songs, WRNR DJ Michael Buckley says, "When it comes to crossing invisible musical boundaries, Sandy Asirvatham is an innovator." She is currently working on “Mobtown Moon,” a new full-length arrangement of Pink Floyd's classic album, “Dark Side of the Moon,” co-produced with ellen cherry and performed by a collective of excellent Baltimore musicians from all genres. With one foot still in the world of creative writing, Asirvatham recently completed the first draft of a memoir entitled “Songs Can Save Your Life.”
Savannah Valentino may be only 19 but she has already impressed many figures in the Americana field. Eric Taylor, whose songs have been recorded by Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, is producing Valentino’s debut album in Texas because, he says, “I've done several shows with Savannah over the past few years, and she keeps growing with talent and composure. A beautiful voice with a writer's edge, and she's not afraid of the guitar. There is something about her focus that has an appeal rarely seen in someone so young." Valentino has also opened shows for Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook and John Fullbright and impressed them with her personal stories and understated, breathy voice.
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Howard Markman, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “Great Googily Moogily."
AN DIE MUSIK:
An Die Musik is Baltimore’s finest listening room. With 84 armchairs, great acoustics, the city’s best piano and a lobby bar, this performance space above the venerable record store is as intimate as it is inviting. The street parking meters are free on Sundays; the venue offers discount coupons for the area’s ethnic restaurants, and the 5 pm start time keeps the afternoon free while allowing a good night's sleep before the work week. Here, at last, is a music experience designed for adults.
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE:
January 27: Victoria Vox & TBA
February 17: Anne Watts & Howard Markman
OTHER ROOTS CAFÉ SHOWS:
May 18: Fifth annual Night of 1000 Dylans