10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD, 21044
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Steve Poltz is not normal.
He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in
Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his
unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen - Canada/USA - but has often said that,
"should a hostage situation arise, I become conveniently Canadian."
Over the course of his life he’s met Elvis Presley (who hugged his sister for far too
long), trick or treated at Liberace’s house (each finger had a diamond ring), was
Bob Hope’s favourite altar boy (according to him), bravely traveled the world
busking before he knew how to do it, famously co-wrote “You Were Meant For Me”
with Jewel, pissed off David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest
people as fans.
He’s also an ex high school wrestler (98 pound class), an obsessed baseball fan, a
yoga practitioner, a hopeless romantic, a smart-ass philosopher and a child-like
adventurer/observer with an absurdist’s view of this crazy world and the various
life-forms that inhabit it. He's interested in it all - the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn't just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by. Time is ticking and he has work to do...
As a recording artist, he’s fronted the semi-legendary Rugburns and is responsible
for a critically lauded body of work on his own: One Left Shoe, Chinese Vacation, Answering Machine, The Barn (a children's album), Tales From The Tavern (a performance DVD), Traveling, Unraveling, Dreamhouse, Noineen Noiny Noin and most recently the soundtrack for the acclaimed Sundance-screened documentary film, Running Wild - The Life of Dayton O. Hyde. As good as his albums are (and they're very, very good), Steve positively owns a crowd when he's on stage, where the proverbial rubber hits the road. His shows are the stuff of legend – no two are alike – and can take an unsuspecting audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of a single song. He is a master of improvisational songwriting and works without a set list to be free to react instantly to the mood of a room. It's also worth mentioning that he is an astonishing guitar player on top of everything else. He is quite possibly the most talented, and engaging, solo performer on this planet. That's what 250+ shows a year on three continents will do for you.
Whether he's Canadian, or American, or simply from space there's no denying
there's only one Steven Joseph Joshua Poltz and to know him is to love him.
Karl Straub sings and writes songs, but he’s not a “singer-songwriter.” He plays guitar and fiddle, but he’s not exactly a “guitarist” or a “fiddler.” He writes and plays rock and roll, country, and jazz, but he’s not a “rock and roll musician,” a ”country musician,” or a (God forbid) “jazz musician.”
Straub has been writing songs and petulantly ignoring genre boundaries since 1985. His band the Graverobbers recorded albums like “Soul Parking,” developing a tiny but rabid cult of fans, and his songs have been recorded by numerous artists across a diverse spectrum including country, rock, jazz, folk, and avant-garde noise.
He’s currently in multiple bands as a sideman on guitar and fiddle, when he’s not busy with his original music group the Karl Straub Combo. He has an online radio show and blog both called Hot Plate, and both are starting to develop tiny but rabid cults of their own. You can find his writing and radio show at http://straubhotplate.blogspot.com.
$15.00 - $20.00
For any wheelchair or ADA needs, please contact the Box Office in advance of the performance at (443)-283-1200.