The Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series presents:
MAMBO COMBO'S BOB FRIEDMAN &
BRUCE SPRINGSTONE'S TOM CHALKLEY
Bob Friedman and Tom Chalkley
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Tickets: $7 in advance/$9 at the door
Bob Friedman is perhaps best known as the co-founder and continuing co-leader of two beloved, longtime bands on the Maryland scene: Mambo Combo and the Mooks. Yet his earliest musical inspiration was the Newport Folk Festivals of the early-'60s, and he has translated that enthusiasm into a 30-year career as a professional musician and songwriter with rock'n'roll combos, Latin bands and folk groups as well as working in local recording studios on both sides of the board and teaching young musicians . Not unlike his original blues heroes, he laughs just to keep from crying.
Tom Chalkley is best known as one of Baltimore?s best cartoonists, creating both political and whimsical cartoons for local publications since the ?70s. But he is also a devoted singer-songwriter. In 1981, along with pal Craig Hankin, he recorded a near-famous novelty record, "Bruce Springstone Live at Bedrock," and then receded into obscurity. Among his newer compositions is "Money Woes," a song for our times, presciently written 18 months ago in a state of clinical recession. Tom dwells with his wife and daughters in NE Baltimore City.
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, Ed Pettersen, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, "A Dog Named Blue."
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFE SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE:
March 4: Disappear Fear's Sonia & Howard Markman
April 15: Phil Wiggins & the Grandsons' Alan MacEwen
May 6: Victoria Vox & TBA
June 3: Arty Hill & TBA