Friday, February 17 at 8pm: Jill Sobule
Rescheduled from Jan. 20 date, when Jill was ill and lost her voice. Tickets are $40 (all proceeds go to the artist and this cost is so we can reach her guarantee).
Jill Sobule is an amazing singer/songwriter who hit it big in the 1990s with two hit singles: the LBGTQ-anthem (and then-controversial) “I Kissed a Girl” and the satirical “Supermodel” from the Clueless soundtrack. Both songs were propelled by hilarious videos and Sobule’s wry and joyous songwriting, which highlighted her pop sensibilities as well as her witty charms. Far from a two-hit wonder, though, Sobule is a veteran of nearly 30 years in the industry, having toured around the world and played with such artists as Warren Zevon (with whom she shared a gift for smart songwriting and a big novelty hit song), Cyndi Lauper, and Steve Earle. Through eleven critically-acclaimed albums, Sobule has established herself as one of our finest songwriters, and, as a big fan back to her Things Here Are Different album, I don’t think she’s played Baltimore since in at least 10 years. We can’t think of a better way to spend Inauguration Day than enjoying independent music with a political, out, and whip-smart singer-songwriter like Jill Sobule. Please join us. E-mail email@example.com to reserve your spot. Watch Jill sing the anti-Trump song “Our America Back” this year here.
Saturday, March 18: Andru Bemis. Tickets are $10.
Since 2001, Andru Bemis has wandered the ends, edges and in-betweens of North America like a musical Johnny Appleseed, tuning neglected pianos and bringing joy to audiences wherever he goes. Traveling almost exclusively by foot, thumb, and public transportation, Bemis carries the tools of his trade in his pack: a piano tuning kit and an assortment of battered musical instruments—banjo, fiddle, guitar, and occasional banjolele. His unmistakeable voice, exquisitely crafted songs of travel, love and longing, uncommon skill on multiple instruments, quirky humor, and engaging stage presence have endeared him to countless audiences and fellow performers in venues of every size and description.
He’s toured twice with actor-musician John C. Reilly, opening up for him and playing alongside him in his band, and has been called “one of the greatest treasures of this country’s folk music.” We can’t wait to host our friend Andru Bemis in March!
Friday, April 21: Dan Bern. Tickets are $30.
The prolific and acclaimed American songwriter (and novelist, artist, film soundtrack creator, painter, children’s recording artist, and filmmaker) Dan Bern has released two dozen albums since 1997; performed and recorded with such luminaries as Emmylou Harris and Ani DiFranco; and been compared to artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Woodie Guthrie. He brings with him his repertoire of 1000+ songs, which range from quirky anthems about pop culture figures to songs about baseball to political screeds to powerful examinations of the human condition: sometimes all once.
“With his acoustic guitar and a batch of witty and insightful songs, Dan Bern is rapidly becoming the voice of a new generation of folk music.” – NPR
“Dan Bern is a throwback, a singer-songwriter who marvels at life’s beauty, fragility, and complexity with a fresh, defiantly uncompromising style. In a perfect world, he’d be as beloved as Dylan or Lennon—he’s that good!” – Stereophile
Friday, May 19: Brenda Kahn
In the early to mid-1990s, Brenda Kahn was one of the most acclaimed artists to rise out of New York’s “punk folk” movement, and the recognition she received for her early albums helped her play to sold-out clubs all across Germany, France, and North America. She shared the stage with Bob Dylan in Europe, with Chrissy Hinde while playing Lilith Fair in the U.S., and toured around the continent with the iconic Jeff Buckley, who was a friend and collaborator.
Personally (this is Mark here talking, the “ark” of Quark House Concerts), Brenda’s first few albums have been ones that I go back to time after time for their poetry, wit, and poignancy. My blog Epiphany in Baltimore is a direct homage to her Epiphany in Brooklyn album.
Kahn has taken time off the national stage in recent years, in part to raise her two children, but as she engagingly describes on her newly-redesigned website, she is finding inspiration in “that same intimate conversation, sometimes scathing commentary, sometimes beautiful irony of being a mom, of being a creative woman, and of being Bren” as she did when she was the splashed across People and Rolling Stone in the early 1990s.