Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Kristen Toedtman's CD Release w/ Special Guest Abby Mott
WHEN: Friday, June 27, 8 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $12 members

With a voice described as “champagne & chocolate,” Kristen Toedtman plays music with its roots in many pots: pop, jazz, Latin, soul, rock, R&B. The singer/songwriter’s new 2-disc set reflects her roots in two places she calls home: Baltimore and Los Angeles. Kristen enlisted bandleader Chris Pumphrey (Baltimore Afrobeat Society, Financial Group) to capture the R&B and soul elements of her new songs with some of the best musicians in Baltimore. Side One: Baltimore was recorded live with a choir of horns and voices added later. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Kristen continues to work with Al Sgro (Joe Purdy, Gary Jules), mixing the Baltimore tracks and creating Side Two: Los Angeles.

"Singer/songwriter Kristen Toedtman currently splits her time between Baltimore and Los Angeles. Out on the West Coast, she keeps busy as a session singer and a choir leader.  But she frequently heads back East to perform with the local super-group she helped to found, The Baltimore Afrobeat Society. Next Friday, Toedtman will be here in town at the Patterson Theatre to celebrate the release of her new solo EP, Limbo. Back in 2013, when she was in town recording the album, she dropped in to the WYPR studios for a visit with The Signal’s Aaron Henkin."
Interview on NPR

Event Link: http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2014/kristen-toedtmans-cd-release-special-guest-abby-mott

The Nighthawks
444 Release Party w/ Clarence “Bluesman” Turner

WHEN: Thursday, July 3, 8:30 PM
$14; $12 members

Celebrate the 4th with one of the country’s greatest all-American/Americana roots blues bands! The Nighthawks premiere their new disc 444 with special guest artist, DC’s fave blues guitarist Clarence Turner. Expect high-energy rockin’ DANCEABLE blues!

444 is a rich American stew of blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and roadhouse country music. In one of the most dynamic live performances, the ‘Hawks play from 444, an organic mix of originals and classic cover tunes. Some are well known, like Muddy Waters’ Louisiana Blues, and some more obscure, like the Du Droppers’ Walk That Walk. Mark Wenner’s Honky Tonk Queen is an original that sounds as if it could have come from an old Rolling Stones’ session outtake. From there the disc ranges from early Elvis songs to a blue grass influenced number.

On the ‘Hawks last disc….“one of the best roots records of the year from a bunch of blues-tinged roaddawgs who still know how to rock.” – No Depression

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WinoVino w/ Charm City Klezmer

WHEN: Thursday, July 10, 8 PM
$12; $10 members

Austin's WinoVino ("why-no-vee-no") has earned the attention of discriminating musicphiles with their refined blend of salty lyrics, bawdy Prohibition-era cabaret, and Eastern European folk music. With vibrant melodies and marvelously florid tempos, these charming miscreants include multiple vocalists, and they also play guitar, fiddle, accordion, sousaphone, trombone, trumpet, drums, washboards, hubcaps, occasionally banjo, and the odd unicycle.

With their love of folk music from around the world and repertoire of traditional songs, as well as high-energy, danceable originals, WinoVino creates a fun danceable playground for their sweaty fans.

Baltimore’s own Charm City Klezmer, the most unorthodox of klezmer bands, offers mad fun dance songs with Judith directing the circle dances, from amped up traditional klezmer to klezmer fallen into a vat of high-energy jazz or pumpin’ James Brown. All of which coalesces to create a cheerful musical mash for a bunch of lucky fans. We have room for sitting and dancing.

“… Austin [has]a tight knit community of Pre-Folk players…upending the city’s sound with wild Appalachian stomps and Old World odes….Among the forefront is Wino Vino, an octet that unleashes ribald gypsy anthems that meld  Balkan flair with fervent energy and attitude as their stellar musicianship brings the Old World anachronistically to bear on the modern.”– Austin Sound

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  • Rodney "Pie Man" Henry
  • The Cold-Cold Heartbreakers
  • Seak K. Preston
  • Rodney Henry's son Waylon James opens!

WHEN: Friday, July 11; 7:30 PM doors open & outside fun; 9 PM Bands
Advance $12; $7 members (no ticketing fees online); At the door $15, $10 members

A celebration of PIE! Get ready for a building wide event, with roller girls, pie tasting contest with Baltimore’s own Pie Man Rodney Henry, vintage clothes, open studios, sweets and treats, Baltimore artists and vendors, and so much more!

Pie Tasting Contest
The Charm City Roller Girls
Go-Go's Retread Threads | Vintage Clothing Bus
Kinver Edge Pinnies | Handcrafted reversible hostess aprons
Lucky Cup Espresso Truck


Joy Ike w/ Ruut & LEA

WHEN: Thursday, July 17, 7:30 PM
$14, $12 members

We showcase new work by women singers/songwriters. Born to Nigerian immigrants, Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing has drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. Her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing.

The granddaughter of a famous opera composer, Ruut grew up in Finland, moved to Budapest, and as a girl came to Nashville, New York, and LA with her accomplished songs and keyboard expertise. Washington DC-based singer/songwriter LEA describes her music as SoulFolk, a seamless blend of gospel, jazz, country, R&B, and contemporary folk. LEA has shared the stage with everyone from Dar Williams to Mavis Staples, and the legendary Odetta.

Describing Joy Ike… “The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complimented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop… a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small." – NPR’s All Things Considered

Of Rutt’s songwriting...
"powerful, moody, talented, unique and, above all else, smart.”
– Frederick News Post

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