Newly Announced This Week at Rams Head On Stage!

While you all were out doing-what-you-do on Tuesday, I was putting 8 new shows on sale here at Rams Head On Stage! Yes EIGHT. Okay so a couple aren’t happening until the Spring of 2014, that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels, because (and I hate to point this out) it’ll be here before you know it. Here’s what’s coming:

Satellite plus Jillette Johnson
Sunday, September 1

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SATELLITE’s distinct sound has been called a mash-up between “Kings of Leon + Snow Patrol” and, “Springsteen meets the UK.” I also hear some Coldplay in there, which I enjoy. Continuing to gain momentum in Southern California, the band has quickly built a fan base through television and film placements, and media buzz surrounding their live shows. Here’s a taste of what to expect:

Jillette Johnson is a talented up-an-coming young sing songwriter. Check out her album trailer for “Water in a Whale”:

Free State Review Poetry Issue 2: Summer 2013 Launch Party
Sunday, September 8
*All Ages Matinee 1pm

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It’s nice to mix it up a little and throw in a poetry reading every so often. The last Free State Review event occurred earlier this year and also shared the stage with some music, so we’ll see what they bring this time around!

The featured poets are Sandra Ramirez, Robert Cooperman, Heidi Shuler, Gary Fincke, Heather Fuller and Anna Schachner.

Goapele
Monday, September 9

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Singer/songwriter Goapele broke out of Bay Area at the beginning of the last decade determined to make a difference in the world of music. Seamlessly blending genres while refusing to be limited by the “neo-soul” tag, the eloquent singer/songwriter completed her first release, Closer in 2001 and never looked back. Embraced from the beginning by critics and fans alike, Goapele craved the perfect niche for herself as she created music that fused jazz, soul and hip-hop with her own beautiful poetry.

An Evening With Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Thursday, November 21

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, a.k.a. Will Oldham, is known for his “do-it-yourself punk aesthetic and blunt honesty” and his music has been likened to Americana, folk, roots, country, punk, and indie rock. He has been called an “Appalachian post-punk solipsist”, with a voice that has been described as “a fragile sort-of warble frittering around haunted melodies in the American folk or country tradition.” (I wonder who called him all of that..?)

Christmas With The Celts featuring Laura McGhee & Michael Stribling
Tuesday, December 3

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Christmas With The Celts can be described as an uplifting and spirited holiday celebration hosted by the internationally known Celtic music group, The Celts, along with a cast of special guests.

With the energy of a rock concert and often described as “where ancient meets modern”, a brilliant nine piece band, smoking hot fiddling and piping from the world’s best, electrifying drums, moving and dramatic vocals, spirited Irish dancing and rousing strings, Christmas With The Celts is a must-see experience.

Seen on over two hundred PBS stations, the show provides the perfect background to celebrate the holiday season, that will begin in 112 days from the day that I have posted this blog (day after Thanksgiving it’s official, right??).

Greg Brown
Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Greg Brown’s seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision.

Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been performed by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Michael Johnson, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He has also recorded more than a dozen albums, including his 1986 release, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, when he put aside his own songwriting to set poems of William Blake to music.  We haven’t seen the likes of Greg since 2011 so we’re happy to have him back!

Average White Band
Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ the band‘s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multiple Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes – people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others – and developed their own ‘authentic’ sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere.

But enough about that. It’s AWB!! They always put on such a great show!

The Flamingos feat. Terry “Buzzy” Johnson
Friday, April 11, 2014

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The Flamingos are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Doo Wop group, most popular in the mid to late 1950s and best known for their 1959 version of “I Only Have Eyes for You”. Billboard magazine wrote The Flamingos are universally hailed as one of the finest and most influential vocal groups in pop music history; their music being defined as elegant and sophisticated.

If you’re not completely familiar, folks who like The Cleftones, The Platters or the Five Satins will really dig these guys.

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