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Shooter Jennings: Son of a Legend, Performance of a Lifetime at Rams Head On Stage

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Plenty of musicians, actors and athletes have wilted under the pressure of following in the footsteps of their famous parents. For every Dakota Johnson (“Ben and Kate” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”) there are tens of wannabe famous people simply not making the cut.

Imagine the pressure felt by Shooter Jennings, a bluesy southern country rocker who was born to a pair of country music royalties — Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter.

Shooter Jennings, who will play at 8 p.m. Thursday at Rams Head On Stage, was influenced not only by his famous parents, but also by family friend Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) and 1980s rockers Guns N’ Roses, quite an eclectic group for an emerging artist, but that is just how it is to be a child of the 80s.

Jennings can excel on piano and guitar, as well as behind he microphone, but he’s not doing any of this alone. Among his touring band are several members of his late father’s band, including drummer Richie Albright and bassist Jerry Bridges.

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Rams Head On Stage box office at 410-268-4545 or visit www.ramsheadonstage.com.

Jake Linger is a professional writer and music lover who lives in Anne Arundel County.

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Rams Head Presents the 3rd Annual Rammie Awards!

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Well here we are again in the midst of Awards Season! On the heels of the 57th Annual Grammy Awards last Sunday, we bring you the 3rd Annual Rammie Awards! Rams Head is excited to take this opportunity to recognize the best of the best in performances that have taken place at our multiple venues throughout the past year.

So take a moment to VOTE on your faves! And while you’re at it, you can enter your email for a chance to win a pair of tickets to any show at Rams Head On Stage, Rams Head Live or Pier Six Pavilion! We will be collecting votes through Friday, February 20th, and announcing all winners on Monday, February 23rd.

Music fans will be voting for Rams Head Live and Rams Head On Stage National Show of the Year, Local Show of the Year, “Up-And-Coming” Artist of the Year, Best Tribute Band and Best Opening Act. We also have categories for Pier Six Pavilion Show of the Season, Best WRNR 103.1 Private Artist Showcase and Maryland Hall Show of the Year.

Additionally members of the Rams Head “Academy” (a.k.a., our staff) will vote on a variety of categories to include Best Stage Prop, Best Concert Photography, Flashiest Tour Bus and more.

Our lucky category winners will take home their very own Rammie Award!

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 The Bacon Brothers: 2014 recipients of Best National Show award at Rams Head On Stage

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Ruben Dobbs of Swampcandy: 2014 recipient of the Best Opening Act award at Rams Head On Stage

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So don’t forget to vote! DO IT!

 

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Living Colour brings its signature noise to Annapolis

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There are certain bands which elicit an immediate thought of their most famous song. Anyone who thinks of Kiss almost immediately jumps right to “Rock n’ Roll All Night.” Beyonce on the brain normally entails “Put a Ring on It.” Some bands, such as Radiohead, absolutely refuse to play their first and biggest hit “Creep” during live shows.

Then there’s New York City-based Living Colour, a band of city boys formed by British-born Vernon Reid in 1984, which unequivocally embraces its success and does not shy away from playing the hits. Their first appearance at Rams Head On Stage in the mid-2000s was a surprise to many in the audience who had no idea the venue’s walls could hold in the thrashing sounds of Living Colour’s Corey Glover-voiced hits “Cult of Personality,” “Glamour Boys” and “Leave It Alone.”

Winners of multiple Grammy and MTV Video Music awards, Living Colour are pioneers of rock with a lineup made of mostly black musicians. The band managed to combine elements of hip hop, funk hard rock and even some glam rock into its repertoire of five studio albums.

The sixth studio offering from the band is “Shade,” scheduled for release in 2015. Living Colour canceled a chunk of their Fall 2014 tour to focus on finishing the album so expect “Shade” to really rock your earbuds.

“While we don’t want to disappoint our fans we need this time to finish recording the new album,” Reid told the band’s website. “We will be back in February with new material. We really appreciate our fans’ support and want to make the best record we can.”

Tickets for the Living Colour performance, at 8 p.m. February 10 at Rams Head On Stage, can be purchased by visiting www.ramsheadonstage.com or by calling 410-268-4545.

Jake Linger is a professional writer and music lover who lives in Anne Arundel County.

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Rams Head’s 2015 Grammy Nominees!

It’s that time of year again: The 57th Annual Grammy Awards takes place this Sunday, February 8th @ 8pm EST, where we’ll get to see live performances by the following artists:

AC/DC, Beck, Chris Martin, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Eric Church, Brandy Clark, Dwight Yoakam, Common, John Legend, Ariana Grande, Herbie Hancock, John Mayer, Questlove, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Tom Jones, Juanes, Miranda Lambert, Lang Lang, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Madonna, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Sia, Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige and Usher.

Yes, that’s a lot of talent in one room. And we want to take a moment to congratulate the numerous talented artists that have Grammy nominations, who are coming to perform at some of our venues over the next several months:

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Best Comedy Album – Mandatory Fun

“Weird Al” Yankovic will be performing at Pier Six Pavilion on June 13, 2015.

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Mastodon – Best Metal Performance – High Road

Mastodon will be performing with Clutch at Pier Six Pavilion on May 16, 2015.

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Mali Music – Best Urban Contemporary Album – Mali Is, and Best Gospel Performance/Song – “I Believe”

Mali Music will be performing at Rams Head On Stage on February 18, 2015.

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Lee Ann Womack – Best Country Album – The Way I’m Livin’

Lee Ann Womack will be performing at Rams Head On Stage on April 21, 2015.

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Ledisi – Best R&B Performance – “Like This”

Rams Head Promotions presents Ledisi at the Modell Lyric (with Raheem DeVaughn & Leela James) on March 15, 2015.

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Here is a short list of some of the artists that have played our venues in the recent past that are also up for Grammy Nominations this year!

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Iggy Azalea (nominated for FOUR Grammys this year!)
John Legend
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Toni Braxton & Babyface
Dierks Bentley
Robert Glasper
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Ed Sheeran (nominated for three Grammys)
Juicy J
Miranda Lambert
Eric Church (nominated for FOUR Grammys)
Anthrax
Dierks Bentley

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Lalah Hathaway
Steep Canyon Rangers
Mindi Abair
Gregg Allman
Taj Mahal
Gerald Albright
Glen Campbell
Noam Pikelny
Dave & Phil Alvin
Judith Hill
Robert Glasper
John Hiatt
Sergio Mendes

And what an honor to have had both Johnny Winter and Jesse Winchester perform at the Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis numerous times – we’re so very happy to see them both honored with nominations this year. May they both Rest In Peace.

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