Just Announced and On Sale at Rams Head On Stage

The following shows were announced and put on sale earlier in the week. Here’s a recap:

Our Holiday themed December shows are really coming along nicely!

Motown & More: A Holiday Celebration
Sunday, December 8

Celebrate the season with an old school musical revue, holiday style! It’s the music of our times, Motown & More, from legends like The Temptations, The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Sam Cooke, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Marvin Gaye and more. Hear traditional soul and R&B classics with a few holiday tunes to insure a unique holiday experience for all. Led by the extraordinary vocals of Bryan Fox, Gene McBride, and Jeffrey Walker, the Motown & More musical accompaniment features Carl Anderson (drums), Randy Choice (keyboards), Moe Daniels (keyboards), Robert “WaWa” LeGrand (guitar) and Rick Watts (bass) with special guests, songstress Shang and saxophonist Art Sherrod, Jr.

Rick Springfield – 2nd Night Added by Popular Demand
Tuesday, December 10

Grammy award-winning musician, actor and New York Times bestselling author Rick Springfield is hitting the road for his first ever solo tour. “The Stripped Down Tour,” will include storytelling, some of Springfield’s many hits, songs from his latest CD, “Songs for the End of the World,” old favorites that the singer has never played live, and a question and answer session with the audience.

How cool is that?

Here are a couple of questions that I’ve been sent from fans, that I will pass along to Rick (first name basis, haha):

– “What inspired songs like ‘What Would The Children Think’, ‘The Unhappy Ending’ (from Beginnings), and ‘Misty Water Woman’ (CBHs)? Also, was it your arrangement of the harpsichord on ‘The Photograph’ (CBHs)? I know these songs are very” old school, but I’ve often wondered about them. Thanks!”

-“Ask him about the dogs he’s had over the years. They seem to be more than just pets…and ask him about the Sound City Project. Thrilled to see him get credit for his musical talents.”

-“How the hell do you still look like that?? Is there a painting aging in your attic?????”

Rick Springfield will also be performing the following night, December 11th.

The Fighting Jamesons
Sunday, December 15

The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of Celtic music with an aggressive and energetic modern approach. Formed in 2009 in the tradition of legendary Celtic acts such as Flogging Molly and the Pogues, the Fighting Jamesons have quickly developed a strong national presence thanks to their updated versions of classic Irish and American folk songs, as well as a growing catalog of original tunes.

For Fans Of: Flogging Molly, The Pogues, The Young Dubliners, Dropkick Murphys

Tom Principato
Friday, January 3

Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, D.C. In the 1970’s, Tom was leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, an East Coast phenomenon who released an album “Night Life” to critical acclaim. Tom also did a one year stint with Geoff Muldaur and recorded an album “I Ain’t Drunk” with the band Geoff Muldaur and His Bad Feet members of which included Andy Stein (Asleep At The Wheel), Mark Kazanoff (Earl King) and Sarah Brown (Lou Ann Barton).

In addition to winning first place in the WHFS/Harmony Hut “Guitar Talent Hunt”, Tom has won a total of 22 “WAMMY” Awards from the Washington Area Music Association.

For Fans Of: Jimmy Thackery, Duke Robilliard, Ronnie Earl, Tinsley Ellis

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Thursday, January 9

To describe how the Dirty Dozen Brass Band has arrived at its 35th Anniversary, trumpet player Gregory Davis employs a tried-and true New Orleans-centric analogy: “It ends up being like a pot of gumbo – you drop in a little okra, drop in a little shrimp, you drop in some crabs. Before you know it, you’ve mixed in all these different ingredients and you’ve got a beautiful soup. That was our approach to music early on and it still is today.”

For Fans Of: Trombone Shorty, North Mississippi Allstars, Dr. John

Robert Earl Keen
Tuesday & Wednesday, January 21 & 22

As singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen has built a reputation as one of the nation’s finest musical storytellers, he has been guided by several self-imposed rules and traditions that are often the antithesis of music industry standards. It’s a formula that has worked well for Keen since he began performing in 1981 and paving the way for a generation of songwriters and performers who make a living on the road. His songs are infused with such deep insight and humor that a new meaning and perspective is revealed with each listen, allowing his songs to grow more profound with time. That’s why artists including George Strait, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett and the Dixie Chicks have chosen to record his songs over the years.

For Fans Of: Jerry Jeff Walker, James McMurtry, Hayes Carll, John Prine

Keiko Matsui
Sunday, February 23

A producer, contemporary Jazz Pianist and composer, Keiko Matsui’s career spans three decades, over twenty CDs, and numerous continents receiving international acclaim. Her music transcends geographic, generational, and musical boundaries and her unique melting pot of musical influences have garnered her a devout international following. “Music has no borders and it creates a oneness among people,” confides Matsui. “There have been many occasions when I have felt like music saved me. There is a connection between my fans and I, and together in my music we are sharing harmony.”

For Fans Of: Acoustic Alchemy, Hiroshima, Pieces of a Dream, Eugo Groove, Peter White

Los Lobos: 40th Anniversary Tour
Friday, February 28

More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their unforgettable version of “La Bamba” which topped the charts in 1987. While they draw equally from rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, and traditional Spanish and Mexican music, their music never sounds forced or self-conscious. Instead, all of their influences become one graceful, gritty sound. The triple Grammy-winning group have become living legends continuing to find ways to redefine and expand their sound, without ever straying from the musical traditions that form the heart and soul of the band.

And guess what? Click on this link and you can request a song at their show! www.loslobos.org/popup-request.shtml

For Fans Of: Los Lonely Boys,  BoDeans, Texas Tornados, Alejandro Escavedo

See ya’ll next week!



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