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Rams Head On Stage Show Review: Taj Mahal Trio (by Matt Ellis)

Very few musicians from the 1960s are still touring these days, let alone capable of recreating the sound and sensation that made them famous in the first place. I was lucky enough to catch Booker T. Jones and Taj Mahal back to back at Rams Head On Stage late last week, and it’s clear both men have been able to maintain their instrumental prowess, charming personalities, and most importantly, their rich and soulful voices over the long, hard years. Whereas Booker T. brings an effortless cool factor, Taj Mahal sweeps you away to an island beach bonfire under the setting Caribbean sun.   Wearing a tropical-themed, floral-pattern shirt and straw hat, Taj Mahal, and cohorts Bill Rich and Kester Smith, played a number of old favorites to a sold out crowd Friday night.  Taj Mahal was his normal charismatic self, casting… Read More >

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Rams Head On Stage Show Review: Band Of Heathens w. Whitehorse on April 10th

Two acts: one, a band of long-haired Texas rockers, and the other, a pair of southern-dreaming, North Country lovers, met in the middle of Annapolis on April 10th for an all-Americana showcase. Before Wednesday night, I had never been to a concert at Rams Head On Stage, so when I sat down at a small dinner table to the left of the stage as other patrons filtered into the seats surrounding me, I wondered how a raucous band, known as the Heathens, could manage not to blow the doors off the place, along with most of the middle aged crowd that ambled in one after one. I had just finished interviewing the Heathens’ two main vocalists, and as I waited for the show to start, I spoke to one man in the crowd, a freelance photographer, who had come to… Read More >

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