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Adam Swanson


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Ali Ryerson


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Consistently ranked among the top flutists in the Downbeat Jazz Poll for well over a decade,  Ali has recorded and/or toured with jazz greats such as Red Rodney, Roy Haynes, Kenny Barron, Kenny Werner, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, Stephane Grappelli, Harold Danko, Art Farmer, Mike Mainieri, and Joe Beck, as well as a guest appearance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. 

Ryerson has released over two dozen albums on major jazz labels, including Concord Records, DMP, Capri, and legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele’s final jazz label, Red Baron. When Ryerson’s groundbreaking Jazz Flute Big Band released their debut CD, Game Changer on Capri Records, the album hit the ‘TOP 10’ on the US Jazz Charts for six straight weeks. 

 


Andrea Carlson


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Annapolis Jazztet


Photo Contemporary, classic jazz delivered by one of the finest small professional jazz groups in the region with a sensational repertoire that appeals to all ages.


Bach in Baltimore


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Ben Delaurentis


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Betsey Hobelmann


Photo The lovely Betsey Hobelmann returns to the Cabaret in "Milestones: a review of life in song." From auditions, to influential songs and artists, to past and present favorites, Betsey pinpoints the crucial music that shaped her love for singing. She is accompanied by Celeste Johnson on piano.


Bill Toms


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“Bill Toms is a poet, a soul-shouter and guitar slinger with one foot in the gutter and an eye on the heavens above. And man, does he front a great rock n' soul band!”
- Will Kimbrough


Bill Toms: Acoustic


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Billy Colucci


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Bovine Social Club


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“BSC combines poetic mentality, deep grooves, A-list song writing, and a musical sense of humor that leaves you with that “what are they gonna do next good time feeling.”
Lenny Bloch, WCBS, New York, New York

“Bovine Social Club is Pure Americana. Led by Samuel Saint Thomas and his moonshine-weathered vocals, this homespun band of brothers sings of picnics and jamborees while wearing their Raybans proudly! They are country cool!”
Joltin’Joe Pszonek, Radio Nowhere
WMSC-FM, Upper Montclair, NJ


Calla Fuqua


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Carlo Aonzo Trio


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“Il mandolino ha spesso viaggiato in terza classe per mari e continenti, dentro valigie di cartone; ha visto terre sconosciute e ovunque sia approdato ha preso dimora e si è intelligentemente integrato con la cultura locale. Ne è conferma il fatto che lo strumento abbia aspetto e accordature diverse a seconda delle realtà in cui si è stabilito”. Carlo Aonzo


Charisma Wooten


Photo Ms. Wooten returns to Germano’s Trattoria for her fourth year with An Evening of Eclectic Songs. Whether the music is classical, jazz, American show tunes, spirituals, gospel or folk music, this vocalist entertains you with drama and comedy.

"Wooten’s other strength is her confident command of her audience.  She led two of the more effective audience participation numbers I’ve seen of late.    And she performed one of the best bows and runoffs I’ve ever seen in a cabaret – as she rode the crest of her audience’s enthusiasm."

Michael Miyazaki
Cabaret Scenes


Charisma Wooten as Jackie Moms Mabley


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Charm City Junction


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Chris Urquiaga


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“One of the country's hottest up-and-coming composers” – Metro Weekly

“The superstar” – Akon

“Staggering intensity on the piano” – Broadway World

“Genius” – DC Metro Theater Arts

“A crystal clear voice” – Maryland Theatre Guide


Christy Trapp


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Cold Spring Jazz Quartet


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Coup de Bop


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David DeBoy and the Hons


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Debora Galan


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With a powerful voice and soul in spades, Debora Galán is a true talent.”

San Diego Troubadour

“Love it! Will be playing it often ”

David Barron of KSDS 88.3 FM

“Debora Galan brings passion, style, charm and equally energetic and delicate tones to this seamless work of art.”

Jazz Quarterly


Donald Hicken


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Ebb&Nova


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Elizabeth Hart and Siobhan Kolker


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ellen cherry


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Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano Master Class


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Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano


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“EXHILARATING … THE SOPHISTICATED CABARET CHILDREN OF BOBBY SHORT AND LENA HORNE … MR. COMSTOCK AND MS. FASANO ARE TURNING THE NEIGHBORHOOD INTO A HOTBED OF PLEASURE.” ~ Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“MASTERFUL … THEY TAKE IT TO A WHOLE OTHER LEVEL.” 
~ Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal

“AMERICA’S FIRST COUPLE OF CABARET …  A MASTER CLASS IN HOW TO MAKE A SONG A THREE-ACT PLAY … FASANO’S SEXY INTELLIGENCE PLAYS AGAINST COMSTOCK’S IMPISHNESS AND HEART, ALL SET TO THEIR SPARE, JAZZ-INFUSED ARRANGEMENTS.” 
~ Michael Miyazaki, Cabaret Scenes


Erin Costelo


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Gary Rubin


Photo Join Gary Rubin, a local favorite, accompanied by Brent Hardesty at the piano, as they weave their magic, singing the classic songs of Sinatra, Bennett, Darin and Buble. A delightful evening of nostalgic and contemporary classics that will compel you to hum and sing along with them and will make everyday a special occasion. You will walk out smiling!


Geovane Santos


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Gift Certificate


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Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet


Photo Glenn Angus has taken many famous melodies from the Classical Music repertoire [the music of Beethoven, Grofé, Rossini, Grieg, Fauré, Tchaikowsky, and others], and has created jazz charts for them. It is amazing how the music of the masters can change form, shape, and mood in a new jazz style. The quartet's first set will be all classics to jazz. The second set will be more familiar jazz standards. Members of the Glenn Angus Jazz Quartet: Glenn Angus, Violin George Spicka, Piano Phil Ravita, Bass John Kessell, Drums


Holland & Coots


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"Holland and Coots take you on a musical journey that radiates joyful ebullience one moment and wistful lyricism the next."
- Bryan Wright, owner Rivermont Records

"[They] should come with seat belts and a warning about excessive amounts of white-knuckle, adrenaline-charged, exuberant effervescence!"
- Tony Caramia, Director of Pedagogy Studies, Eastman School of Music, regarding Holland, Coots, and Spitznagel's recording "Three's Company"

"[This] is ... piano music at its best, presented in great variety, performed by superb musicians..."
- Max Morath, regarding Holland, Coots, and Wright's recording "Live from Buenos Aires

 


Hot Club of Baltimore with Alexis Tantau


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House of Bankerd


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Jeanne Gies


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Dubbed a 'pro' by Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein, Jeanne is recognized for her full-bodied voice and distinctive phrasing. UK Jazz Waves host Alan Steadman sums it up: 'At a time when there are many vocalists who think they are jazz singers, it's great to hear someone who really is . . .

 


Jennifer Blades and John Bowen


Photo We've all heard songs that trace the story and glory of romantic love. Love found. Love lost. Love the second time around. But what about love that is obsessive, secretive, and self-destructive? Not a show for the faint of heart, Here in the Dark sings the intoxicating siren song of bad decisions, unhealthy behavior, and fatal attraction. Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Patsy Cline, Rihanna, Sara Bareilles, and others coalesce in a heady musical vortex where love just isn't the answer. Baltimore's own cabaret gem Jennifer Blades is joined by music director and pianist John Bowen as they journey into the dark.


Jennifer Blades as Julia Child


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"Always engaging." - Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


Jenny Wilson Trio


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'Pour a jigger of Bill Evans and a shot of Christian McBride into a shaker with a dash of sweet vermouth, stir and strain into a cocktail glass, now ease back and sip a heady mix of the Jenny Wilson Duo.  Listeners thirsty for new currents in post-bop and new wave jazz will find a fresh elixir in this finely crafted pairing of piano and upright bass.' - A.S. Gintzler, Writer 


Joshua Breakstone


Photo Noted New York be-bop guitarist Joshua Breakstone has just added a stop in Baltimore to his world tour.(He tours twice each year in Japan, Europe and in the U.S.)

"Breakstone's playing emphasizes inventive, lyrical single-note melody lines. Though his fingers have been described as 'continual blur' onstage,he never lets frenetic technique detract from his interesting melodies which always have both intellegence and feeling behind them. Breakstone says 'Jazz should sing, be pretty to listen to, and feel good',and he is true to his philosophy. To anyone who has heard him, it is clear he is on his way to making his mark as one of the great jazz instrumentalists."
The Bass Clef, London, England 


Julie Kurzava and Diane Kinsley


Photo Through the endless optimism of the 20s and the deep depression of the 30’s, George and Ira Gershwin’s songs captivated America. George’s energetic, colorful tunes combined with Ira’s breezy wit, set the standard for popular music as the day. Not only were they icons themselves, but they were hugely influential among their peers on Broadway and in Hollywood.  Singer Julie Kurzava and pianist Diane Kinsley go back to that time, presenting standards and lesser known songs by George & Ira Gershwin, plus a few from their friends and contemporaries, including Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern & Cole Porter. Julie Kurzava brings her whimsical style, combined with Ira Gershwins breezy wit – a combination that is just “S’wonderful”.


Kash Wright Trio


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Kings of Crownsville


Photo Annapolis-based act Kings of Crownsville are a roots Rock band with a New Orleans flavor. The brainchild of New Orleans-raised guitarist/singer/songwriter Steve Johnson, the Kings play a rollicking, entertaining set that stirs Americana, Blues, and Jazz into the mix. Their signature horn section transports listeners to the streets of the Big Easy, while they also add precise three- and four-part harmonies to their musical gumbo. Think Louis Armstrong meets Steely Dan. Finalists in the 2012 Baltimore Blues Society competition, the Kings perform regularly throughout the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. The Kings of Crownsville features Johnson backed by Ed Justice on trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals; Jim Tavener on trombone, percussion, and vocals; Mike McCormick on keyboards and vocals; David Vermette on bass and vocals; and Rob Creath

"Homegrown Americana boogie blues and big band rockin' swing jazz is a chunky description of the Kings.  The 6-piece band lends guitar, bass, drums, piano, trumpet, trombone, and vocal harmony.  The result is a robust, polished sound that makes for easy toe-tapping and dancing."

 

Stephen Perraud. The Live Wire. June 2011


Kipyn Martin


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Larry Brown Quartet


Photo Pianist Larry Brown leads one of the most accomplished straight-ahead jazz groups in the Mid-Atlantic area, having performed at An Die Musik, Blues Alley, the Meyerhoff, the Kennedy Center, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, East Coast Jazz Festival, Baltimore-Washington Jazz Fest, Alexandria Jazz Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Jazz Festival, Strathmore Mansion, and the Black Rock Center for the Arts. JazzReview.com describes The Larry Brown Quintet as "Straight-ahead jazz at its best, with a forthright approach to well chosen material, supported by first rate soloists and a rock-solid rhythm section." The group’s four CDs receive airplay all over the country, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Russia, and Japan. The band, which reprises the hard-bop style of the legendary Blue Note era, was recognized by the Washington Area Music Association (WAM

Washingtonian magazine says, “Larry Brown is a pianist whose rendering of ballads is particularly moving”. The Washington Post calls him “an artist deserving of greater exposure” and says Brown “evokes the master touch”. 


Lauren Tart and Sam Dixon


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Laurette Hankins-O'Connell


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REVIEW from Capital Gazette, June 2019: “Blessed with an extraordinary voice, great comedic timing and a generous spirit…Gifted with wit and self-deprecating humor, Hankins-O’Connell charmed the audience” -- Sharon Lee Tegler

 

REVIEW from CABARET SCENES Magazine, June 2016: “Hankins-O’Connell has an offhanded charm and forged a solid connection with the audience.  She is an effective comedienne, and did a stellar job in wringing out laughs from “My Mother’s Wedding Day” (Brigadoon).  Her patter was well-crafted, wittily providing interesting insights in the transition from stage to cinema of the works she was saluting.” -- Michael Miyazaki


LOW LILY


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"(Low Lily) takes roots music into areas that have not been explored fully and it sounds exceptional and refreshing" –No Depression 

“...compellingly yet unassumingly mix contemporary folk and bluegrass sensibilities with a sensitive use of their keen musicianship." –Fatea 

"Clean, economical arrangements... a wonderful album." – Sing Out!'s Best of 2015

"(Low Lily has) an incredible knack for putting a little pop twist on a traditional folk/Americana sound... it's a blend that works beautifully." – PopMatters


Marcus Dagan


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Mariah Bonner


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"No need to go to New York for an evening of sophisticated Cabaret. Ever since Mariah Bonner returned to Baltimore, she has brought excitement and entertainment with her witty and smooth repertoire. The great American songbook is her base.  From there you never know where she will take you. Be assured...it will be a very pleasant ride!  

- Beth K.

 

We really enjoyed hearing Mariah. Wonderful music selection and very expressive!

- Kathy E.

 


Mark Kraemer


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“Playing saxophone is an extension of my soul, playing jazz is a way of life.”


Mark Nadler


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“Mark Nadler, aka Mr. Show Business, is Danny Kaye freshly reincarnated as a hyperkinetic piano man visiting from vaudeville heaven...a comic spark plug touched with brilliance!”

Stephen Holden, The New York Times


Markia Nicole Smith


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Michael Brown, Sr.


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Michael Joseph Harris Trio


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Michael Raitzyk


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Michel Nirenberg


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“In terms of style, substance, and execution, Nirenberg ranks high. This is some brilliant Brazilian jazz.” – Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“Here is a player who uses virtuosity not for self-aggrandizement but to glorify the music.” – Raul da Gama, Latin Jazz Network

“Exquisite execution and virtuoso performances underpin a well-curated selection of music.” – Ken Avis, Baltimore Jazz Alliance

 


Minos the Saint


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 "...the amazing edge-slicing chamber-chomping supergroup from Baton Rouge." - Andy Durta, SideBar Nola

“…their collaboration creatively blends their fluencies in regional, roots, jazz, blues and classical music in a way that is easily digested by many types of music fans.” – Jan Rasmey, OffBeat Magazine


Nate Najar and Daniela Soledade with Tommy Cecil


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Occidental Gypsy


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Open Mic Night with Mary Reilly


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Opus Concert Theatre


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Otherworld


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Parker Nolen


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Paul Teie


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Peppino D'Agostino


Photo A native of Italy, Peppino D'Agostino emerged on the musical scene in the late 1980's and helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar. His virtuosic technique, penchant for open tunings, and percussive effects are the basis of his unique compositional style which has been inspiring musicians and audiences alike for years. Add to that his natural warmth, playfulness, and broad musical tastes and you have the recipe for what he calls “minestrone music”.

Peppino’s command of the instrument is amazing, he can play in so many styles, employing many different techniques. He is one of the most versatile acoustic guitarists I’ve ever met.”
–Andy McKee


Philip Thomas


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Philip Thomas Quartet


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Renee Collins Georges


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Renee Collins Georges - Holiday 2019


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Renee Collins Georges - Valentines Day


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Ridge Runners


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“Interesting band, fun sound.”

— JOSH HIGHFIELD, 2018


Roger Schmelzer


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“Roger makes it his business to entertain you.  He is fun, festive, fervent and friendly.  His love for the music is contagious and you’ll love the man who presents it!” MARILYN MAYE, cabaret and jazz artist.  

“Roger is a singer with a charming and winning manner who has audiences in the palm of his hand.  Enjoy the kid glove treatment.” Sidney Meyer, Don’t Tell Mama, NYC 

 

“…a journey to Old World New York Cabaret...a master of the American Songbook” Arnaldo Inocentes, Artistic Director, Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association

 

“By the time he ended his set with “It’s a Miracle” the audience was in a cheerful mood, many dancing in their seats.” Michael Miyazaki, CabaretScenes

 

“Roger is confident, charming and original…quickly connecting with his audience thanks to lively arrangements of melodic tunes with clever or meaningful lyrics…”  MYRA CHANIN, Theatre Pizzazz 

“…charming, quirky and original.” JASON GRAAE, cabaret artist
 
“Affable and engaging... the sincerity of his delivery and song choices reflect a personality marked by warmth and an empathetic attitude.” TOM ALVAREZ, The Indianapolis Examiner 

“The strength of "About Now" is the singer's overall likability factor and unpretentious way." ROB LESTER, Talkin’ Broadway 

 


Ron Lewis


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Russ Margo


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"...an evening of music and fun fit for everyone!"


Sandy and Richard Riccardi


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For a hilarious and dangerous cabaret show, the Riccardis cannot be beat." NYC Cabaret Scenes Magazine June, 2018
"The cabaret duo of Sandy and Richard Riccardi are clearly two leaders of the Trump Resistance—Cabaret Division." Baltimore  Cabaret Scenes Magazine, June 2018


Simone Reynolds and Matthew Gray


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Spenser Charles


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Steve Dorff


Photo Songwriters Hall of Famer Steve Dorff's career spans five decades with over 400 songs and numerous No. 1 hits recorded by legendary artists such as Barbra Streisand ("Higher Ground"), Celine Dion ("Miracle"), Anne Murray("I Just Fall in Love Again"), Kenny Rogers("Through the Years"), George Strait ("I Cross My Heart"), Eddie Rabbitt ("Every Which Way But Loose"), and countless others. Dorff is a gifted composer in every musical field and has over 28 placements in TV series such as Murphy Brown, Growing Pains, Murder She Wrote, Columbo, Reba, Spenser: For Hire, Just the Ten of Us, The Singing Bee, and feature films such as Every Which Way But Loose, Pure Country, Bronco Billy, Rocky IV, Tin Cup, and Honkytonk Man. Enjoy an evening of live entertainment by one of the greatest songwriters and composers of our time.

“I met Steve Dorff when he was working with Snuff Garrett on Every Which Way but Loose. He was wildy talented and well-versed in every genre imaginable. Naturally, I wanted to work with him again, and we did, on Any Which Way You Can, Bronco Billy, Pink Cadillac, and Honytonk Man. Steve wrote some very clever original songs for those films and is a true master of his craft.”

— Clint Eastwood


Steve Ross


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 "FRED ASTAIRE MUST BE DANCING ON HEAVEN'S CEILING...
STEVE ROSS IS AN AMERICAN CABARET TREASURE"
 
-   BARBARA AND SCOTT SIEGEL, THEATERMANIA.COM


Stone Hill All-Stars


Photo In recent years, The Stone Hill All-Stars have backed up Chinese pipa prodigee Min Xiao Fen, Rockabilly Hall of Famer Sleepy Labeef, accordian-master Billy McComiskey, rocker Greg Kihn, and many more.  They have also produced a steady output of albums, all marked by their sprawling, countrified, funkified, poeticized rantings.  As always, they will be joined by a series of guests, and will introduce a slew of new songs.

Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

[The Stone Hill All-Stars – Live”] demonstrates why this combo is the cornerstone of the local roots music scene. Paul Margolis spins poetic yarns over guitar parts Ry Cooder might envy, as accordionist/pianist John Shock bobs and weaves through polka/reggae/rock rhythms conjured by drummer Hoppy Hopkins and bassist Dan Naiman. -- John Lewis, Baltimore Magazine

Fifteen live tracks served with style and panache by this Baltimore collective. They are certainly a part of the Americana roots scene, but they conjure up a lot more jazz and world-beat than one might first suspect. That is likely due to the high level of musicianship these guys have. All the more amazing that this is a live recording. -- David Hintz, DC Rock Live

The songs are well arranged and played with an enthusiasm that comes across in the crystal clear recording of the concert. Mixed and produced by the band, the ease of playing and the comfortable slide of the individual songs channel everything that is attractive in folk, rhythm & blues and loose jazz. -- Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway


Tania Grubbs


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The Apple Scruffs: The Beatles "Unplugged"


Photo With a dedication to accurately reproducing the music of The Beatles, The Apple Scruffs perform shows that allow audiences to re-discover the fab four's repertoire all over again. As a quintet, they are able to reproduce songs from The Beatles' later "Studio Years" such as "Strawberry Fields" "I Am the Walrus" and the entire Abbey Road album to name a few. No costumes, no wigs, just the music that changed the world. A charming intimate venue coupled with a tailored set of music that will make you feel that "maybe this is what it would have been like to sit in the studio with The Beatles".


The Baltimore School for the Arts


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The British Are Coming!


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The Encounter


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“I was fooled, as were others, judging by the gasps”  (Cassandra Miller for City Paper)

“...holds up well to the sort of stuff featured in that overblown show 'The Illusionists' at the Hippodrome last season.” (Tim Smith for The Baltimore Sun)

“A highlight...is their chemistry onstage...a beautiful duet between the both of them.” (Jason Crawford Samios-Uy for Backstage Baltimore)


The Golden Gays NYC


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“It’s like vaudeville for the new generation!”

“They had me laughing so hard my cheeks hurt!”


The Hot Club of Baltimore


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The Naama Gheber Quartet


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The Old Part of Town


Photo Join us as Baltimore folkie stars The Old Part of Town says a big THANK YOU to John Seay for his years with the band, and as they welcome new town resident Upright Dave Frieman on bass. John will be playing some songs with the band one last time, and will pass the torch...it's going to be a special night.

The Old Part Of Town is a Baltimore-based Americana band, formed in 2013 to serve as a vehicle for the songwriting and musical talents of Matt Douglass and Sam Nitzberg. Mining the rich musical landscape of folk, rock and roll, country-western and blues, their dynamic live shows are peppered with covers of hidden gems from an eclectic range of musical sources.

$!2 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time student with ID

"Brings you in as friends listening to shared stories." - The Alternate Root
"Homespun Harmonizing." - The Modern Folk Music of America
"What is striking is the enthusiasm and joy with which the band plays its music." - Rudolf's Music


The Tim Murphy Trio and Paul Teie


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The Worthy Brothers Music Group


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Time For A Change Jazz Quartet


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Todd and Shawn Simon


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Todd Harrison Twining


Photo The marvelous composer, vocalist and musician, Todd Harrison Twining, puts us in the holiday spirit in this delightful cabaret of favorites perfect for the whole family.


Tongue in Cheek


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Tony Ziesat


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     "Tony Z's vocal interpretations of the Great American Songbook and jazz standards are beautifully expressive of that body of work.  Hearing him live is a rare opportunity to experience the timelessness of those great songs in person.  Go see Tony Z and Stef as soon and as often as you can!"   -   Jimmy Kachulis, Professor of Songwriting and World Music, Berklee College of Music


Troy Koger


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Victoria Vox


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