Bob Sima & Marc Douglas Berardo CD RELEASE PARTY
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401
This event is 21 and over
Bob Sima is the purest of pure singer-songwriters, with absolutely no concern for sticking with a genre. His only true concern is the message and it is always one that leaves the listener in a better place.
His soul-stirring performances straddle the worlds of Indie-Folk, Singer-Songwriter, and Rock with a hint of Soul, Blues/Gospel, and mantra-based songs likened to Eastern/Indian Kirtan tradition.
He delicately navigates audiences on a journey, both individually and as a collective. The whole audience is in it, together. No one is left out.
Flowing with the unique energy at each event and rarely making a set list, he is adept at going from foot-stomp to pin-drop, often in mid song. The audience is guided into a space for things to happen – epiphanies, light bulbs coming on, shifts. It's much more than a concert - it’s a transformational experience. You don’t realize what hit you until you are walking out of the venue to your car. The medicine of the music lingers for days.
His 8 studio albums over 12 years have garnered 25 awards from songwriting staples such as Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower Song Contest, Global Peace Song, and emPower Positive Music Award.
In 2014 Bob Sima won the “Rammie" for 2013 Best Show of the Year at Rams Head On Stage. A local Annapolitan, Bob has slowly developed a loyal national following due to relentlessly releasing new material and steady touring.
He is joined on stage by his partner, premier vocalist Shannon Plummer, whose harmonies are so perfectly attuned to Sima’s. It is as if there is one voice coming from the duo.
Marc Douglas Berardo
Rhode Island-based, Marc Douglas Berardo, is a hardworking, fast moving, adventure seeking, keen observer who lives for the story and the song. In what amounts to song length works of fiction, Berardo’s sharply drawn portraits cast a net on unusual and beguiling characters and places. With a painter’s eye for detail, and music firmly rooted in the great American sound, Berardo sings about circus retirees, expatriates in Florida rum bars, union iron workers, old poets, aimless New York City debutantes, near death car crashes, hard nosed fishermen and of course, the changes that experience brings to everyone. He does this “simply and well” with what Rambles Cultural Magazine calls: “careful images and great tunes.” Regarding the new CD, Marc says: “All of the lyrics on Downhauler are, in some way, about searching for home, the possibility of renewal and the promise of adventure. The characters I was writing about are all at some kind of crossroads or transition." He has been nationally recognized for his music and performances (Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Song contest, Telluride Troubadour Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, 2013 Rams Head On Stage Rammie for Show of the Year). He has a gift for powerful lyrics, haunting melodies and polished story telling. His music is classic and timeless. In the past year he has shared the stage with heavyweights such as The Doobie Brothers, America, Cheryl Wheeler and Livingston Taylor. When not playing his songs all over the place, MDB lives in a heavily secluded and fortified compound on a river near the ocean in Westerly, Rhode Island.
"Berardo sounds like a fishing-town Bruce Springsteen (in Nebraska mode), a soft-toned Don Henley, or a James Taylor with a literary side. The comparisons to singer-songwriter greats are infinite. They're also apt."