Nicknames: "The Virtuoso," "Human Jukebox," "Musical encyclopedia" / Age: 29 / Years at Howl at the Moon: 7 / Favorite song to perform: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band / Favorite artist: Ben Folds A few years ago, Adam Knauss was performing the works of the classical greats, wearing a dashing black and white tuxedo as part of a symphonic choir. These days, the tuxedo hangs in the closet, traded for plaid button-downs and jeans. Knauss started fooling around on toy pianos at the age of 2 and began taking lessons when he was about 6. He continued his music education at Boston University, where he received his undergraduate degree in music composition and theory. After enrolling at the Peabody Institute's composition and music theory pedagogy program, Knauss heard about Howl at the Moon and thought it would be a good fit. He went into the bar for an audition and landed the job. But it was not always smooth sailing. "I never had this kind of experience before," he said. "I have been figuring out songs and playing them for years, but actually being on a microphone and interacting with people was something that I had to learn here. ... It's not as easy as you think." Eventually, Knauss would like to be more involved in music composition -- he aims to write scores for musicals. But for now, he's happy at Howl at the Moon. "I think the best feeling is when a crowd is really into the show because of decisions you and your partner have made," Knauss said. "It's something I never thought I would get to do."
Kenneth K. Lam, Baltimore Sun photo