Cameron Blake's Baltimore CD Release Concert
with opening act The Bumper Jacksons
$15 (Includes a copy of Cameron Blake's new record Without the Sound of Violence)
$10 General Admission
The talent of Cameron Blake is refreshingly honest and rare in an age of predictable music. A graduate of the Peabody Institute of Music, Cameron first began his career as a classical violinist. After a near mental breakdown at the conservatory in 2006, he began paving a new path as a performing songwriter by teaching himself to play the piano and guitar. Cameron has since released four records of original music and has performed in many of the great folk and rock venues throughout the United States, as well as in Europe. His nuanced vocals and soulful lyrics have garnered praise from The Washington Times, Baltimore City Paper, Revue Magazine and Maryland’s NPR station where his songs have been described as “refreshingly poetic,” “evocative” and “profound." In 2010, he released Cameron Blake with Strings: LIVE, a beautiful live show accompanied by string quartet and percussion and recorded at An Die Musik LIVE! This will be Cameron Blake's fifth appearance at the venue.
"Wammie-nominated DC band Bumper Jacksons will be starting off the evening for Cameron Blake's CD Release at An Die Musik this Saturday, March 23rd. Wielding clarinet, washboard, guitar, and banjo, Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley of Bumper Jacksons will be joined by Melissa Wright of Acoustic Bugoo on upright bass, and Dan Cohan of the Manly Deeds on suitcase percussion. As a quartet, the group has a powerful, nuanced and versatile sound, spanning genres from traditional jazz and ragtime to classic country and their signature saucy blues tunes. This will be a participatory performance. The Bumper Jacksons are known for their call-back tunes, through-the-crowd second lines, and Jess's hand-built washboards that she encourages folks to play.
The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party. Hot and sweet, their trad jazz and pre-war country repertoire paint's America's story from New Orleans' brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. A group born from very different parts of the American South, the musical synergy created is undeniable. They perform the old traditional sounds of America, heart-wrenching and youthful, and always in the spirit of raw adventure.