Rams Head venue alums rock Firefly

As I attended the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware last weekend, I couldn’t help but think how vital our venues are to bands to establish the audience connection and name recognition necessary to be featured on large regional/national festivals such as Firefly, Bonnaroo, Coachella, etc.

All you have to do is take roll for each day to see that this particular lineup was littered with featured acts that we have booked over the past few years.


Friday night featured an early evening set by our old friends The Avett Brothers. The Avetts and Rams Head have a long history together. In the most recent chapter, The Avetts rocked the docks with us last year at Pier Six Pavilion for an amazing, sold out show. We continue to get comments, emails, Facebook posts, tweets and calls telling us how good the show was, and asking when we’ll have them back. The Avetts have probably played more Rams Head venues than any other national performer, having played Pier Six, Rams Head Live, Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, and even Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville! (Yes, it’s true!)

It’s always great to see when bands graduate from opening act to Festival featured act. This is the case with Atlas Genius, who rocked the Lawn Stage on Friday afternoon to one of the largest crowds at that stage that day. The Austrailian trio impressed a sold out crowd in Baltimore this past October as the first of two openers for Silversun Pickups at Rams Head Live.

Also on Friday:
Django Django – June 20, 2013 – WRNR Private Artist Showcase at Rams Head On Stage
Dr. Dog – March 17, 2012 – Rams Head Live
Leagues –  November 17, 2011 – Rams Head Live (opening for The Airbourne Toxic Event)
Sister Sparrow – April 23, 2012 – Rams Head Live (opening for Delta Rae)
Dan Deacon – September 29, 2010 – Rams Head Live
Public Enemy – March 13, 2007 – Rams Head Live

Two of Saturday’s featured acts, and two of the best performances of the day, featured two acts that came to Rams Head Live in Baltimore just as they were breaking big.

Kendrick Lamar had a huge 2012 with the release of “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” which topped a lot of critics year end lists, and was widely recognized as one of the best hip hop/rap albums of the year.  Kendrick visited Baltimore on the BET Music Matters tour on September 12, 2012 just before the release of the album. His singles, “Poetic Justice,” “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe,” and “Swimming Pools (Drank)” made Kendrick a need-to-work-with artist – He’s since been enlisted by Drake, J Cole, B.O.B., Solange, The Game, T.I. and more for feature appearances on new tracks.

Alabama Shakes rocked a sold out  Rams Head Live on April 7, 2012, just before the release of their debut album “Boys & Girls,” but word had already spread about this phenom – “Hold On” was the most added song to alternative and Triple A radio at the time, and the Shakes were getting calls to be  a part of every festival lineup imaginable. Firefly this weekend felt like their “victory lap” performance as the band wraps up 2013 with a few fall dates and goes into hibernation mode to work on their sophmore album, due out sometime next year.

Also on Saturday:
Kopecky Family Band – May 18, 2013   – Rams Head On Stage
Blondfire – June 10, 2013 – Rams Head Live (opening for Foals)
Hey Marseilles – June 23, 2013 – Rams Head On Stage
ZZ Ward – September 24, 2012 – Rams Head On Stage
A Silent Film – February 5, 2013 – Rams Head Live, July 23, 2012 – Rams Head On Stage
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – WRNR Private Artist Showcase 2010 – Rams Head On Stage


On Sunday, the only act anyone was talking about was Matt & Kim. The duo had the most energetic set of the weekend by far, and arguably one of the best. (It’s pretty hard to compete with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty in that department, but take those two out of the conversation, and this set was hard to top.) Matt & Kim filled Rams Head Live with their happy, hip-hop influenced indie pop on June 1, 2011, and if you missed that performance, you’re in luck! Matt & Kim return to Baltimore for a FREE SHOW August 9 in the Power Plant Live plaza, right outside the front door to Rams Head Live. This isn’t just a show, it’s a party! Don’t miss it!
Also on Sunday:
Delta Rae – September 5, 2012 – Rams Head On Stage, November 14, 2012 – Rams Head Live, and April 21, 2012 – Rams Head Live
Wheeler Brothers – December 12, 2012 – Rams Head On Stage
The Last Bison -December 8, 2012  – Rams Head On Stage
Dispatch – (Chad Stokes performed with his band State Radio) October 25, 2012 – Rams Head Live
Amanda Palmer – (She performed with The Dresden Dolls) – December 27, 2007 – Rams Head Live (w/ All Time Low)
Passion Pit – June 2, 2012 – Rams Head Live



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