Rams Head on Stage

Address: 33 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 268-4545 | Presenter

Nightlife | Music Venue

About Rams Head on Stage

Rams Head on Stage

The top music club under 500 seats in the world!  This beautiful smoke free seated nightclub offers an amazing array of national talent.  Food and beverage served before and during show.

Attraction

General

- Reservation Recommended

Onsite

- 100% Smoke Free

- Alcohol Served

- Alcohol Served

- Live Music/Entertainment

- Restrooms Onsite


Dining

Group Dining

- Banquet Room Capacity

312.00

- Inside Number of Seats

312.00

- Number of Banquet Rooms

- Private Rooms Available #

Meals Served

- Dessert

- Dinner

- Late Night

Onsite

- 100% Smoke Free

- Alcohol Served

- Alcohol Served

- Live Music/Entertainment

- Restrooms Onsite

Policy

- Attire

casual

- Reservations Accepted

- Reservations Required

Pricing

- Dining Cost

Moderate,

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Accessibility

- Wheelchair

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- Dining Cost

Moderate,

Here Come The Mummies
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Here Come The Mummies

October 5, 2017

Here Come the Mummies is an eight-piece funk-rock band of 5000 year-old Egyptian Mummies with a one-track mind. Their "Terrifying Funk from Beyond the Grave" is sure to get you into them (and possibly vice versa). Since their discovery, Here Come The Mummies has opened for P-Funk, Al Green, and Cheap Trick, rocked Super Bowl Village 2012, become a regular on The Bob and Tom Show, been invited to play Summer Camp Music Fest 2015/16, Common Ground 2015, Voodoo Fest 2015, Musikfest 2016, Summerfest, and Riverbend 2016, and sold tickets by the thousands across large swaths of North America. Maybe that’s why the ladies (and some dudes) can’t stop losing their minds over these mayhem-inducing mavens of mirth. Some say they were cursed after deflowering a great Pharaoh’s daughter. Others claim they are reincarnated Grammy-Winning studio musicians. Regardless, HCTM’s mysterious personas, cunning song-craft, and unrelenting live show will bend your brain, and melt your face. Get ready, for Here Come The Mummies. • HCTM “‘KILLED’ it… Not only did they pack their stage - they were the hit of the night when they jumped on stage with moe. in front of 20,000.” - Jay Goldberg, Summer Camp Music Festival - May 24, 2015• “Here Come The Mummies are one bad-ass band, a hybrid of Idris Muhammad, George Clinton, Ohio Players, and Earth, Wind & Fire.” -Blurt Magazine• “A band unlike any other.” -examiner.com• “That’s the most fun I've had in 20 years.” -Bob Kevoian, The Bob & Tom Show

Terri Clark
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Terri Clark

October 4, 2017

Hailing from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, TERRI CLARK got her start playing for tips at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a honky-tonk bar across the alley from Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. She signed with Mercury Records and emerged as a distinctive voice on the country music landscape - driving, passionate, spirited - and every bit her own woman.The 8-time CCMA Entertainer of the Year has also taken home the CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year award five times. She has made her mark on radio with more than twenty singles, including six Number Ones in Canada and the USA - hits such as such as "Better Things To Do," "Poor Poor Pitiful Me," "Girls Lie Too," and "I Just Wanna Be Mad." Terri has sold over five million albums and achieved Gold, Platinum, Double Platinum, and Triple Platinum status as certified by the CRIA and RIAA. She also has the honor of being the only Canadian female artist to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Terri is a dynamic, no-holds-barred live performer and one of the rare female country artists capable of throwing down some impressive guitar work. Terri has toured with such superstars as Brad Paisley, Toby Keith, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, and George Strait. In addition, she continues to headline sold-out tours throughout the US and Canada.

Wynonna & The Big Noise
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Wynonna & The Big Noise

September 28, 2017

WYNONNA and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband/drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 .WYNONNA has described the new sound as "vintage yet modern" and a "return to the well." It's a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B Schmit. NPR's Ann Powers noted that "With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she's home…You can just feel the grin on her face."

Jeffrey Osborne
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Jeffrey Osborne

September 24, 2017

Jeffrey Osborne is the five-time Platinum and Gold Record winner who gave us such indelible hits as “Stay With Me Tonight”, “Only Human” and of course “On The Wings Of Love”. No other artist has made a singular impression on contemporary and popular music quite like Jeffrey Osborne. If you’re a lover of music, you won’t want to miss this legend live – who after more than four decades is better than he’s ever been! Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as "Don't You Get So Mad," "Stay With Me Tonight," and "Love Power," which he performed with Dionne Warwick.Born in Providence, RI, Jeffrey Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was constantly bombarded with music as he was growing up. He had five brothers and six sisters, some of whom went on to have music careers. His father, Clarence "Legs" Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, and died when Jeffrey was only 13. His mother, Wanita, is ancestored by a Pequot Indian sachem. His oldest brother, Clay Osborne, is a singer and pianist, and Billy, another brother, is a songwriter and producer in Los Angeles. But Osborne's father had the greatest influence on his musical career; Clarence "Legs" Osborne turned down many top band offers during his career to be with his family. It was only after receiving his mother's encouragement that Jeffrey left for Los Angeles to play with L.T.D. At the age of 15, he sat in with the O'Jays when the drummer was too tired to play, and went on to play with them for two weeks. It was at a Providence nightclub that fate brought him together with the band Love Men Ltd. in 1969.Osborne's solo career has brought him five gold and platinum albums, including Stay With Me Tonight and Only Human. He also recorded an album of duets with popular singer James Ingram, and scored an international hit with "On the Wings of Love" in 1982. Osborne's touring and recording continue to keep him busy much of the time, but he also devotes some of his time to charity work.- Kim Summers, AMG

THE WEIGHT BAND feat. Members of The Band, Levon Helm Band & Rick Danko Group
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THE WEIGHT BAND feat. Members of The Band, Levon Helm Band & Rick Danko Group

September 16, 2017

Performing songs of The Band, THE WEIGHT BAND is keeping the spirit and the music alive that helped define an era. Members of THE WEIGHT were either actual members in The Band, or are directly and deeply connected to their legacy. The group features Jim Weider from The Band, Brian Mitchell of the Levon Helm Band, Marty Grebb, who wrote for The Band and worked with Rick Danko and Richard Manuel, Albert Rogers from the Jim Weider Band and frequent performer at The Barn’s Midnight Rambles. Michael Bram, the newest member of THE WEIGHT, played with Jason Mraz.Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like "The Weight", "Up On Cripple Creek", "Ophelia", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Rag Mama Rag" and so many others. Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band's music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.” Come and take a load off.Jim Weider (VOCALS / GUITAR)Thirty years ago, Jim replaced Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist, singer and songwriter for The Band. Featured on Jericho, Jubilation, and High On The Hog albums, Jim toured with the group right up until the end and appeared in numerous Band performance videos and documentary segmentBrian Mitchell (VOCALS / PIANO / B3 / ACCORDION / HARMONICA)As a member of The Levon Helm Band, Brian played piano, organ and accordion as well as contributing to vocals. He now fills those same roles within THE WEIGHT. Highly regarded within the music industry as the consummate musician, Brian has performed with Bob Dylan, Al Green, BB King and countless others.Marty Grebb (VOCALS / B3 / PIANO / ACCORDION / SAXOPHONE)A talented multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Marty’s connection to The Band runs deep. He wrote for the Jericho and Jubilation albums and performed on Jubilation, as well as having worked on projects with Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, and Garth Hudson. Like the other members of THE WEIGHT, Marty has toured with many great artists, including Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and Etta James, just to name a few.Albert Rogers (VOCALS / BASS)Albert plays bass and shares vocal duties as a member of THE WEIGHT. A long-time collaborator with Jim Weider, Albert has played with Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of The Band, as well as Albert Lee, Jim Quick, and Grayson Hugh.Michael Bram (VOCALS / DRUMS)Soulful singer and multi-instrumentalist, Michael "Leroy" Bram has toured with Jason Mraz and recorded tracks with Bob Margolin of The Last Waltz fame. His connection to The Band comes by way of the extended community who played at Levon Helm Studios in the Chris O'Leary Band, an offshoot of players from Levon's band, The Barnburners.

Lorrie Morgan
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Lorrie Morgan

August 27, 2017

Loretta Lynn Morgan was born to make music. Barely a teenager when she made her first, and everlasting, impression on country music fans, its legend sand the community, Lorrie Morgan, a child of the Opry, staked her claim as being one of the youngest to have made his/her debut at the Mother Church of Country. Taking center stage at the Grand Ole Opry, alongside her father, George Morgan, young Miss Morgan performed her rendition of "Paper Roses." --Lorrie Morgan, however, was no "imitation," she was as pure and authentic as a freshwater pearl.Three short years later, after her dad's passing, Lorrie became a road warrior to launch her own career, touring with her father's band. Walking in her father's footsteps, she kept his memory alive while winning countless fans encroaching her rights to become a front-and-center entertainer. Applauded for her talents and commitment to country music and her heritage, Lorrie made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of twenty-five; Lorrie was the youngest person ever to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.Today, Lorrie has become the essence of country music femininity. Having blossomed from a bright-eyed Opry starlet to carrying the torch for many a lady trendsetter—Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette—Lorrie Morgan has become a renaissance woman of the genre recognized as royalty by her fans and her peers. A singer, songwriter, worldwide entertainer on the performing and theatrical stage, a producer, duet partner, wife, mother and now, a grandmother, Lorrie Morgan the songstress has sold over six million records and a trophy room adorned with reminders of gold and platinum successes (including fourteen top ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards). Her duet partners have included the likes of Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams and The Beach Boys. She's performed on Broadway and abroad.Lorrie's life story and decorated career attracted the executives of ANR Records. Lorrie is pleased to introduce her documentary entitled Beyond the Interview: Lorrie Morgan (from ANR Records) which includes up-close, intimate conversations with Lorrie who shares stories of her childhood and growing up backstage at the Grand Ole Opry; she reveals her road to stardom and discusses with candor her much publicized personal life (including her marriage to and the death of country legend Keith Whitley). Filmed, in part, at Lorrie's home, the piece is a candid look behind the scenes of Lorrie's life and career and features special appearances by family, friends and industry peers, some of the folks Lorrie has "moved" in his/her life as well as Lorrie's all-time personal musical favorites.

Jim Breuer
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Jim Breuer

August 26, 2017

With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Named one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. In addition to keeping busy on his current comedy tour, Breuer can be heard on his weekly Sirius/XM Radio show “Fridays with Breuer,” featuring guests such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Dennis Leary, and Jeff Foxworthy.Even as a young student at Valley Stream Central High School in Long Island, NY, Breuer knew he wanted to be a stand-up comedian. After spending several years working comedy clubs across the country, Breuer settled in as a regular on the New York comedy club circuit. After being in New York for only seven months, Breuer landed a gig on the nationally syndicated show,”Uptown Comedy Club,” where he spent two seasons. Later he appeared on ABC’s “Home Improvement” starring funny man Tim Allen, before making his big break which came in 1995 when he joined the cast of NBC’s legendary “Saturday Night Live.” During his four years on “SNL,” Breuer quickly became a fan-favorite for his original character “Goat Boy” and his dead-on impressions of actor Joe Pesci.Following his success on “SNL,” Breuer starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the cult favorite film “Half Baked.” He has since appeared in the popular films “Zookeeper,” “Dick,” “Titan A.E.” and “Beer League.” On the small screen, Breuer hosted MTV’s popular “Beach House” and VH1’s “Web Junk 20.” His other television appearances include “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and “The Marriage Ref.” Breuer is also a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show.In 2008, Breuer set out for his “Breuniversity Tour” with his 85-year-old father and a film crew. The footage that was captured blended together to create “The Jim Breuer Road Journals,” which showcased what life is like on the road with a comedian and his father. Videos from that tour also sparked the making of his documentary “More Than Me,” which was shown at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. In July of 2009, Breuer’s one-hour Comedy Central special “Let’s Clear the Air” premiered with hilarious topics that included what “success” really is, his SNL days and life with his elderly parents, his wife and his three daughters. In 2011, Breuer embarked on a national tour with three of the country’s top comedians, Dave Attell, Bill Burr, and Jim Norton, for “The Anti-Social Network” tour. That same year, Breuer’s acclaimed autobiography, “I’m Not High: (But I’ve Got a Lot of Crazy Stories about Life as a Goat Boy, a Dad, and a Spiritual Warrior),” was released on paperback. In the memoir, Breuer sheds light on his early struggles, his rise to fame and the many lessons he’s learned along in an extremely funny, yet personal and touching way that fans have never seen before. Most recently, Breuer taped his latest one hour comedy special “And Laughter for All” at the Gramercy Theatre in New York, New York.

Guitar Legend Dick Dale
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Guitar Legend Dick Dale

August 25, 2017

Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950's. Not the '60's as is commonly believed. He was given the title "King of the Surf Guitar" by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed from sun-up to sun-down. He met Leo Fender, the guitar and amplifier Guru, and Leo asked Dale to play his new creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, he was watching Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards, Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.

Here's To The Night (90s Tribute)
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Here's To The Night (90s Tribute)

August 12, 2017

Here’s To The Night fully immerses listeners in a full-spectrum nostalgic experience, with a song list comprised of some of the most fun and energetic songs from the era of chain wallets, flannel and slap bracelets. From start to finish, audiences are transformed back to their high school heyday, as the party vibe transcends the stage and makes its way to the dance floor. You’ll hear all the alt rock classics, one-hit wonders, boy bands and hip hop legends that can be crammed into a single evening. Be kind and rewind with Here’s To The Night.

Rhiannon Giddens
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Rhiannon Giddens

August 8, 2017

Rhiannon Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett– produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. The elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit that brought the audience to its feet that night is also abundantly evident on Giddens’ critically acclaimed solo debut, the Grammy nominated album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, which masterfully blends American musical genres like gospel, jazz, blues, and country, showcasing her extraordinary emotional range and dazzling vocal prowess.On February 24, 2017, Giddens follow-up album Freedom Highway will be released. It includes 9 original songs Giddens wrote or co-wrote along with a traditional song and two civil rights-era songs, Birmingham Sunday and Staple Singers’ well-known “Freedom Highway,” from which the album takes its name.

Mac McAnally
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Mac McAnally

July 29, 2017

Most recently known for his work with with Jimmy Buffett, writer, producer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and all around musical sage, Mac has seen and done it all. Music was the most obvious road for Lyman "Mac" McAnally to take from his Red Bay, Alabama birthplace and Belmont, Mississippi hometown. He was a guitar and piano prodigy who performed in clubs at 13, wrote his first song at 15 and landed as a Muscle Shoals studio musician at 18. Mac signed his first record deal, with Ariola, at 20 and launched two singles to moderate success on the Billboard Hot 100. "It's A Crazy World" peaked at No. 37 and "Minimum Love" topped out at No. 41.His songwriting drew the attention of Jimmy Buffett and Hank Williams, Jr., both of whom cut McAnally songs. Alabama took his "Old Flame" to No. 1 in 1981. The song cemented his status as a hit maker, a reputation that has never waned. Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisly, Toby Keith, Roy Orbison, George Strait and Amy Grant are just some of the artists who cut Mac's songs over the next 20 years. McAnally has also produced several of Buffett's albums and written many of his songs.And even in the midst of creating a prodigious body of behind-the-scenes work, McAnally continued to make his own music. All told, he has recorded 11 albums, all for major labels. In fact, he was the first artist signed to David Geffen's legendary rock label Geffen Records.

Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine
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Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine

July 20, 2017

For the last two decades, keyboardist Alex Bugnon has been a romantic yet energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene - an ambassador from the last days of the Quiet Storm in possession of chameleonic skills befitting him as a straight ahead jazz piano leader and soul as a sideman. Marc’s career boast many #1 hits on the R&R contemporary jazz charts, as well as topping the billboard charts. Regularly touring with contemporary jazz artists like Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber, Jeffrey Osborn, Phillipe Saisse, Brian Simpson and others. This is a jazz duo you do not want to miss! 

Sarah Jarosz
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Sarah Jarosz

July 15, 2017

That evocative imagery is appropriate for Undercurrent, whose 11 original songs seem to reveal new lyrical depth and sonic nuance with every listen. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, a singularly expressive vocalist and a songwriter of rare insight, Sarah Jarosz has been described by The New York Times as "one of acoustic music's most promising young talents: a singer-songwriter and mandolin and banjo prodigy with the taste and poise to strike that rare balance of commercial and critical success."

Euge Groove
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Euge Groove

July 14, 2017

Euge Groove -- a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove -- began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami's School of Music, where he became interested in jazz. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group's 1987 number one single "Seasons Change." He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx. His saxophone appeared on Marx's Top 20 pop and number one AC hit "Keep Coming Back" in 1991. At the end of the '90s, Grove developed the persona of Euge Groove, a corruption of his real name, and recorded a demo that attracted the attention of various labels. This demo soon landed him with Warner Bros. Records. Euge Groove, his debut album, was released in May 2000. At the time, the saxophonist toured in Tina Turner's backup band. He followed up with 2002's Play Date, featuring the singles "Slam Dunk" and "Rewind." In 2004, Grove moved to Narada for the '70s pop-soul-inflected Livin' Large. Grove stuck with the '70s vibe for 2005's Just Feels Right and then incorporated a more gospel approach for 2007's Born 2 Groove. He moved to Shanachie for 2009's Sunday Morning. In 2011, Grove returned with his seventh studio effort, the fittingly titled Seven Large on Shanachie, with two more releases following for the label, 2012's House of Groove and 2014's Got 2 B Groovin. ~ William Ruhlmann

David Bromberg Quintet
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David Bromberg Quintet

July 13, 2017

He's played with everyone, he's toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. Bromberg's sensitive and versatile approach to guitar-playing has earned him a coveted position as the first-call, "hired gun" guitarist for recording sessions, ultimately playing on hundreds of records by artists including Bob Dylan (New Morning, Self Portrait, Dylan), Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon. Bromberg's range of material based in the folk and blues idioms has continually expanded with each new album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music.

Deanna Bogart
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Deanna Bogart

June 30, 2017

Down Beat magazine describes award-winning multi-instrumentalist Deanna Bogart as "an extravagant entertainer"-- and entertain is what Bogart does best. The Maryland-based blues and boogie pianist / saxophonist combines the energy of 1930's style boogie piano blues with contemporary blues sounds emanating from places like New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. "The goal when we play live," says Bogart, "is to create a fusion of all these different musical styles with the blues and boogie genuinely at the core." Deanna's fusion of “blusion” (which combines the best of boogie-woogie, contemporary blues, country and jazz) has garnered her three consecutive Blues Music Awards' Horn Instrumentalist of the Year for 2008, 2009 and 2010 and an endorsement contract with Rico Reeds. She has won, at last count, more than 20 Wammies, the music awards for the hotly contested Washington area.

Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler
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Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler

June 22, 2017

Gerald Albright Beginning in the late '80s, saxophone master Gerald Albright recorded numerous successful solo albums for Atlantic when he wasn't busy assisting an impressive, and mammoth, roster of popular R&B artists. Born in South Central Los Angeles, the saxophonist idolized James Brown and took much influence from Maceo Parker and Cannonball Adderley. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. Jonathan Butler  "I can see clearly now the rain is gone…"Amidst a new album bursting with hope, joy, romance and inspiration, including eleven songs penned or co-penned by the artist, it's the Johnny Nash cover "I Can See Clearly Now" that Jonathan Butler elected to record on the So Strong album, his 15th solo collection, that speaks volumes about his outlook after a tumultuous year wrought with immense personal loss, pain and suffering. Butler's tenacious, indomitable spirit and effervescent view of silver-lined clouds infuses his music like a heaven-sent harbinger of healing."Music is spiritual and it heals. It soothes the heart and mind," states Butler, who was born in Cape Town, South Africa. In the past year, his mother passed away, he lost one of his closest friends (Wayman Tisdale), and he supported his wife (Barenese) in her battle against cancer. "Sometimes it's better not to tell people what you're going through (while you're going through it), but tell them after you've come through."Thus So Strong was born. For the singer-guitarist-songwriter-producer known for achieving chart-topping success, Grammy nominations and other accolades for his R&B, contemporary jazz, adult pop and gospel recordings, it's his first urban record in quite some time. Rather than wallow in despair, as per usual the album finds Butler celebrating life and serving as a brilliant beacon of divine light."You can't keep your head down all the time. You have to celebrate. With all that's presently going on in the world, I felt the need to give something to the fans, to offer hope. I had to get to that fun place again. The album is a departure; it's optimistic and positive. It's get up-and-dance, and feel good. It's all about just letting go. It's about fun with flavor and a lot of feeling. I call it the three Fs: fun, flavor and feeling," Butler chuckles. "I come from the urban world and this home-brewed album showcases my freedom to do what comes naturally (to me). It's easy to listen to. The songs reflect my romantic side, my passionate side and my fun side."Butler, who produced and arranged the album, played most of the instruments, including guitars, bass and keyboards. He brought in a few noted horn men – Rick Braun, Dave Koz and Michael Lington – to add heat and drummer Gordon Campbell to lay down beats to a number of tracks. Butler's daughters Randy and Jodie sing background vocals.Opening with a high-energy, syncopated disco beat the vocal cut "So Strong" is an unabashed throwback textured with vibrant strings and jazzy electric guitar riffs. It's the first Urban Adult Contemporary radio single.In the spirit of a Bill Withers tune, "You've Got To Believe In Something" finds Butler crooning from the pulpit on this inspirational affirmation. Adding reassurance is a gospel choir on the chorus and a warmly enveloping horn section comprised of trumpeter Braun and saxophonist Lington. "This song came to me while reading scriptures. We're often lost in our struggles, but you've got to keep going and think about the positive side," conveys Butler.Saxman Koz named and played on the instrumental "Make Room For Me," the first single at smooth jazz radio. The percussion-filled Latin rhythm sets the stage for Butler to "solo like I've never soloed before" on an electric jazz guitar.One of Butler's favorite songs on the album, the mid-tempo "Factual" is a bit mysterious, a little romantic and a hint of sexy. He explains the Urban Adult Contemporary groove as being "me expressing my freedom and liberty. As with anything I do, it's got a spiritual thread woven throughout. It wouldn't be me if that (spiritual thread) wasn't present."According to Butler, "Feels So Good" is a pure, happy love song. While Butler plays an electric jazz guitar, Braun blows a muted trumpet that creates a nighttime vibe. "It's a song of optimism. It's a prime example of the record being about letting go and letting God lead the way," reveals Butler. "The recession has people all over the world hurting and struggling, but we shouldn't get bogged down by the negativity. If we pray, God will answer. Think about it. After you've seen God come through a million times, you then have to just surrender and let go."An urban slow jam, "Be Here With You" is a duet between Butler and Angie Stone that has the timeless, retro feel of a classic R&B record. The chorus shimmers with bells reminiscent of Burt Bacharach's work and Lington pours on the amour with a pleading sax solo. About the song lyrically, Butler says, "Perspective takes on greater meaning with age and wisdom."Aiming to capture the sounds of the early 1980's when artists like George Benson set the standard, Butler used an electric guitar for the instrumental "Avia/For My Baby," which has a Brazilian cha-cha feel. "It felt so different using a (electric) jazz guitar on an instrumental. I've become known for using nylon or acoustic guitars on these type of songs, but I wanted to go back to the era that has influenced my music so strongly. The compositions then were romantic and had great instrumentation."The song is about my granddaughter, Avia. She is the love of my life. I am in such awe (of her). She is such a blessing in our lives. No matter what else maybe going on, she just keeps us going," says the first-time grandfather who is still in his 40s."I'm Right Here" is one of six songs Butler wrote and recorded with Kurt Lykes. "Kurt is like a member of the family. We met through church and he's like another son. He's always here with us. He's a really close friend and a very talented writer and musician." The ballad is a confirmation, a pledge of love and security. "It's another one of those old school R&B songs that you used to play in your basement when you were begging," Butler explains with a laugh.The chill verse explodes into a soul-stirring chorus on "Color Green." On the track, Butler's electric guitar shadows his voice. "Jill Scott inspired this song. It follows the neo soul way of flipping your thoughts and feelings," describes Butler. "Green is my favorite color, but it's not about money. It's about God. Green is earthy and natural.""Good Times" is another early 1980's-influenced slick and sophisticated instrumental on which "I let the guitar do the talking." On the laid back groove animated by Braun's horns, Butler scats note for note while noodling on an elegant electric jazz guitar.Butler opts for a slower, deliberate tempo on his version of "I Can See Clearly Now." He turns the vintage song into a sunny spiritual with the help of a gospel choir chorus. "This track is what I'm all about musically. It's gospel meets jazz meets R&B. It's spirituality meets the soul," Butler reflects. "The song is a confirmation that seasons will change. We need to stand together in faith and prayer in spite of the numerous challenges we face."The album closes with "I Pay Respect," which is as gentle as the setting sun. Koz reappears on sax and Butler's emotive acoustic fretwork vividly conveys a poetic homage to his homeland. Butler declares, "This song is reminiscent of Nelson Mandela. It's reminiscent of Desmond Tutu. It's reminiscent of Miriam Makeba. It's J.B. going home to my African roots. I'm paying respect to my country, to the people who influenced me, and to my faith."Take the lyric in Bob Marley's 'No Woman, No Cry': 'In this great future, you can not forget your past.' You go back to your roots. I'm South African first. I need to make that connection and take people on that journey. It wouldn't be fair to do it otherwise; it wouldn't have the same meaning either."Butler grew up in the townships of South Africa, the youngest of 12 children. He started singing and playing guitar at age seven. Even before he reached age ten, he traveled cross-country performing in villages with a 100-member troupe making money to help support his family. The audiences would vary from poverty-ravaged black townships to opulent halls open only to whites. Traveling accommodations were dismal and atrocious. In his travels, the young entertainer could neither comprehend the extreme destitute nor the harsh treatment he endured and bared witness to under the reign of Apartheid. Afrikaans was his native tongue, but he learned English in his travels.After signing his first record deal as a teenager with British record producer Clive Caulder's Jive Records, Butler's premier single became the first by a black artist to be played on white radio stations in South Africa. The single won a Sarie Award, which is the South African equivalent to a Grammy award. Butler called England home for 17 years. His self-titled debut album put him on the map internationally and garnered two Grammy nominations: one for the R&B-pop vocal statement "Lies" and the other for a poignant instrumental, "Going Home."Butler's albums and worldwide concert tours have afforded him fame and a lifestyle far from what he ever could have imagined as a child performer, but more importantly, it brought him the freedom to follow his passion – music – on his own terms. Residing with his family in the verdant hills of Southern California for more than a decade, an area that he says reminds him of his homeland, Butler remains humble and grateful."Our struggles shape and define us. Growing up under Apartheid helped fashion me into the man I am today. I'm here to serve; I'm willing to serve at a moment's notice. I feel blessed to be in the (music) business this long and to able to use my gifts beyond the church to entertain, to uplift, and to inspire," he says."You take a step in faith on each record and you try to be a voice. You put your heart in it and you put your life story out there for people to tap into. So Strong is who I am and where I am this season. This album is about this season. You can't tell the whole story in one book so you do it in little doses. Each individual song tells who I am and where I am at the moment. Each album is a chapter in the story."Referring back to So Strong, Butler concludes, "It's been a tough year. It's been trying and challenging, but we're still standing." And he's standing with a thankful heart, the sparkle of optimism in his eyes and a glorious smile upon his face."It's gonna be a bright, bright sun-shiny day"

Comedian Louie Anderson
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Comedian Louie Anderson

June 18, 2017

Iconic comedian Louie Anderson, the three-time Emmy Award® winner, is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics; named by Comedy Central as “One of 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.” His career has spanned more than 30 years. He is a best-selling author, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms and he continues to tour the country performing to standing-room-only crowds worldwide.In 2016 Anderson was cast to co-star along with Zach Galifianakis and Martha Kelly in the hit FX comedy series Baskets. Anderson plays the extraordinary role of Christine, the matriarch of the Baskets clan. He based the character on his mother and his five sisters who were all a major presence in his life. Anderson won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Christine Baskets in 2016.“I’m not as nice in the character as my mom was as a person. It really is an extension of my mom, Anderson says, adding that he always aims to make his performance “as real as possible” without “affecting or cartooning it up. It felt like it was divine intervention when I got the call to be on the show, that somehow my mom, from the great beyond, was finally getting herself into show business where she truly belonged in the first place.”Sharing the ups and downs of his childhood experiences as one of eleven children in Minnesota, Louie crafted comedy routines that rang true for his early club audiences while reducing them to helpless fits of laughter, routines that led him from his career as a counselor to troubled children to the first­-place trophy at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition. Henny Youngman, who hosted the competition, recognized the diamond-­in­-the-­rough genius of the young comic and hired him as a writer, providing invaluable experience that soon put Louie in his own spotlight on comedy stages all over the country.Johnny Carson, the comedy icon for generations of rising stars, invited Louie to make his national television debut on the “The Tonight Show” in 1984, and the rest is history. Leno, Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, “Comic Relief” and Showtime, HBO and CMT specials followed, including hosting the legendary game show, Family Feud, making Louie a household name and opening doors for him as an actor. He has guest­starred in sitcoms like “Grace Under Fire” and dramas like “Touched by an Angel” and “Chicago Hope,” and he has had memorable featured roles in film comedies like “Coming to America,” opposite of Eddie Murphy, and the classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” In 2013, he took a dive on the ABC reality series, “Splash” where he conquered his own fears while becoming an inspiration of hope. His standup Special, “Big Baby Boomer” premiered on CMT, in 2013. Also in that year, he competed and inspired on the ABC reality competition show, Splash.In 1995 Louie put his creative energies to work on the Saturday morning animated series “Life with Louie.” The long-­running series based on Louie’s own childhood and his life with his father won three Humanitas Prizes for writing on a children’s’ animated series, making him the only three­-time recipient of this award. It also earned a Genesis Award for its depiction of the proper treatment of animals and, most significantly, two Emmy Awards.His best-selling books include “Dear Dad – Letters From An Adult Child”, a collection of alternately touching and outrageous letters from Louie to his late father, and “Good­bye Jumbo…Hello Cruel World”, self-help for those who struggle with self-esteem issues, and his latest installment on family, “The F Word, How To Survive Your Family.”

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets
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Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets

June 17, 2017

Marshall Crenshaw y Los Straitjackets combines the shared sensibilities of a pop-rock maestro & a band of guitar-wielding masked marauders. Marshall Crenshaw learned to tune a guitar at age ten and has been making music ever since. His first big break came in 1978 playing the role of John Lennon in “Beatlemania” on Broadway. Over the course of a career that's spanned nearly four decades, 13 albums, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations, film and TV appearances (Buddy Holly in "La Bamba") and thousands of performances, Crenshaw's musical output has maintained a consistent fidelity to the qualities of artfulness, craftsmanship and passion, and his efforts have been rewarded with the devotion of a broad and remarkably loyal fan base.“Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” - Trouser PressLos Straitjackets are the leading practitioners of the lost art of the guitar instrumental. Using the music of The Ventures, The Shadows, Link Wray and Dick Dale as a jumping off point, the band has taken their unique, high energy brand of original rock & roll around the world. Clad in their trademark Lucha Libre Mexican wrestling masks, the “Jackets” have delivered their trademark guitar licks to 16 albums, thousands of concerts and dozens of films and TV shows. “…novelty is a key ingredient, but it’s elevated by the band’s good-natured sincerity and skill.” –NPR World Café

The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band (Buckwheat Zydeco Band)
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The Legendary Ils Sont Partis Band (Buckwheat Zydeco Band)

June 17, 2017

• Lee Allen Zeno (Bass Guitar/Vocals) 34 years • Kevin Menard (Drums) 27 years • Mike Melchione (Guitar) 25 years • Curtis Watson (Trumpet/Vocals) 23 years • Sir Reginald Masters Dural (Accordion, Rub Board and Organ) 25 years   From the deep south of Louisiana, do not miss this jazz sensation coming to West Street on June 17th. All age matinee.

The Band of Heathens
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The Band of Heathens

June 14, 2017

“All I’m asking/Let me change your mind”Ed Jurdi: guitar, keys, vocalsGordy Quist: guitar, vocalsTrevor Nealon; keys, vocalsRichard Milsap: drums, vocalsScott Davis: bass, vocalsduende – [duen-de] (noun) 1. a quality of inspiration and passion 2. A heightened sense of emotion, expression and authenticity 3. a spiritDuende, the title of The Band of Heathens’ fifth studio album (and eighth overall), marks their tenth anniversary as a group, and it certainly applies to its overall theme about the collective search for connection and communion in a technology-fueled world increasingly splintered, distracted and lonely. As band co-founder Ed Jurdi, who first learned of the term, explains, “It’s the essence of the artist,” or as partner Gordy Quist says, “It’s a word we don’t have an equivalent for in English, Artistically, that’s where we tried to set the bar, to do what this band does best.”Indeed, Duende lives up to those high ideals, a stylistically diverse effort that takes a leap beyond their last, more acoustic, introspective effort, 2013’s Sunday Morning Record, with an eclectic batch of material that shows where The Band of Heathens has been, but more importantly, where they are going.There are high-energy rockers like the Keith Richards-Chuck Berry guitars and barrelhouse piano in “Trouble Came Early” as well as the Grateful Dead-by-way-of J.J. Cale Oklahoma boogie in “Keys to the Kingdom,” and the New Riders pedal steel country twang of “Green Grass of California,” an ode to the more potent strains of sensimilla on the dispensary shelf and a fervent plea to “legalize it.”Duende also touches on some of The Band of Heathens’ favorite topics, from the sacrifices of a life lived on the road (“All I’m Asking”) to the limits of materialism (“Keys to the Kingdom”), social media absorption (“Cracking the Code”), and a moving depiction of Mexican immigration in an age of increased discrimination (“Road Dust Wheels”).Thematically, Quist’s “Cracking the Code” comes closest to reiterating the album’s desire to reconsider the value of relationships and priorities in a world of virtual reality and social media. “While modern technology has certainly allowed us to stay in touch over vast distances – something a band that lives on the road certainly appreciates – it doesn’t really provide the authentic connection we crave,” says Gordy. “We’ve created a portal through which we lose ourselves and miss what’s really going on right in front of us, hiding the fact our supposed connected culture can be a really lonely place.”“I feel the album brings together all our influences, everything we’ve done over the years as a band,” explains Jurdi. “We’ve touched on every part of our career… our roots, some singer/songwriter contemplative stuff, some high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all us, the record we were supposed to make. Ten years later, that’s what keeps us coming back.”Engineer/co-producer Jim Vollentine (Spoon, White Rabbits, …And You’ll Know Us by the Trail of Dead) helped the album’s diversity sound coherent, adding unique touches such as mellotron and drum machines to the loping rockabilly of tracks like “All I’m Asking.”The term “Americana” was practically invented to describe The Band of Heathens’ approach, which has mutated almost as much as the genre to which they’re identified. And while the Rolling Stones and The Beatles remain touchstones on songs like “Sugar Queen” and “Deep Is Love,” respectively, influences as diverse as Sly and the Family Stone (in the psychedelic fuzz-tones of “Daddy Long Legs”) and Latin music (“Road Dust Wheels”) also rear their heads. Literary inspirations also come into play, ranging from a character in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar depicted in as a strutting cougar in “Sugar Queen” (“She even talks dirty/When she’s on her knees to pray”) to Tom Standage’s A History of the World in Six Glasses, which recounts how beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and Coca-Cola have shaped culture and civilization to modern times (“Trouble Came Early”).Duende is The Band of Heathens playing to their strengths, unapologetically constructed as an old-school 10-track, two-sided vinyl album (which it will be released as, with a second disc encompassing four songs from their Green Grass EP released earlier this year).With Duende, the proof is in the results. Let them change your mind.

JOSEPH
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JOSEPH

June 12, 2017

There is nothing like the sound of siblings singing together. Whether it’s the Beach Boys, the Everly Brothers or First Aid Kit, absorbing the same breathing rhythms and speech patterns adds an element to vocal harmonies that can be pure magic. With the August 26 release of ‘I’m Alone, No You’re Not’, the mesmerizing, hypnotic sound of the trio known as Joseph – sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner – joins this elite company. ‘I’m Alone, No You’re Not’ was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis), and features eleven original songs exploding with a mystical exuberance and heart-on-sleeve emotion. In advance of the album’s release, Joseph have already been named a 2016 Spotify Spotlight artist, toured with James Bay, and confirmed festival performances this summer at Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Pickathon and more. They’ll also join Michael Kiwanuka for a European run, and reconnect with James Bay this fall for his next US tour, including dates at Radio City Music Hall, The Ryman Auditorium and more. Choosing their name in deference to their grandfather Jo, and the tiny Oregon town of Joseph where he lived, Natalie Closner and her younger twin sisters Meegan and Allison, grew up in a musical household, but didn’t sing together until just a few years ago. Joseph officially formed when Natalie, an aspiring performer looking for a creative jolt, asked her sisters to form a band together. They quickly discovered their gift for songwriting and vocal alchemy. ‘I’m Alone, No You’re Not’ is a masterclass in pristine 3-part harmony, traversing melodies and rhythms that are indelible and ambitious. Lead single “White Flag” is a cathartic rallying cry, with the sisters’ voices starting as a hum, then verging on a scream by the chorus. The anthemic album opener, “Canyon,” channels Fleetwood Mac at their soaring finest. Elsewhere golden, shimmering pop songs are tucked next to the most delicate ballads: love lost and found, amplified by three unwavering voices.

Devon Allman Band
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Devon Allman Band

June 8, 2017

This young Allman did not come on the music scene riding the coattails of a famous parent. Allman has been living his own musical life for decades. One part blues, one part rock, and one part jam, a triple threat you do not want to miss. 

Josh Ritter
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Josh Ritter

June 7, 2017

Since 1997, American songwriter, guitarist and author Josh Ritter has been creating some of the best folk-rock music to hit the airwaves. He has seen tremendous growth as an artist, and his unique style has been treasured by an ever-growing fan base. In 2006, Josh was named one of the 100 Greatest Living Songwriters by Paste Magazine. Currently on an acoustic world tour, Ritter has put together new arrangements spanning his entire collection of works. With a distinctive Americana style and unforgettable narrative lyrics, Josh Ritter never fails to captivate audiences."How refreshing and inspiring it is to encounter a young artist whose achievements match his ambitions." - The Washington Post

John Mayall
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John Mayall

May 28, 2017

With an ongoing career that spans more than five decades and more than forty albums, John Mayall is revered on both sides of the Atlantic as the "Father of British Blues." Time after time, star performers-most notably Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and Mick Taylor-have passed through the ranks of Mayall's band, the Bluesbreakers. Regardless of the immense musical talents he both sought out and nurtured, Mayall has always been a formidable bandleader in his own right, as well as a musical director who uses his talents as multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter to create bands that reflect his own changing tastes.

Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago
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Beginnings: A Tribute to the Music of Chicago

May 27, 2017

Beginnings is the premiere tribute band to the music of Chicago. They bring to their audiences a flawless replication of three decades of inspired music in a show that includes nearly every charted song and many lesser known esoteric songs that captured the hearts of traditionalist Chicago fans. There are not many bands that can boast 38 million in sales in the US, with 22 Gold, 18 Platinum and 8 multi-Platinum albums resulting in five number-one albums and 21 top-ten singles. This distinction belongs to Chicago. Once self-described as “Rock & Roll with horns”, an observation that soon became only a small part of their musical legacy. Nearly always experimental, introducing more complex harmonies and voicing coupled with intricate rhythm patterns into essentially rock and roll songs. The results changed the way many heard rock and roll and brought jazz elements to a whole new audience.

A Tribute To Duke Ellington Starring The John Blount-Dave Tucker Big Band
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A Tribute To Duke Ellington Starring The John Blount-Dave Tucker Big Band

May 26, 2017

In the jazz world, no one stands taller than Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington – the subject of the latest concert presented by Wings Productions.This urbane man from Washington D.C. produced literally thousands of compositions - works that have become standards and elegant contributions to American Music. From its beginnings in the 1920s to Duke’s passing in the 1970s, the Ellington Orchestra was his “instrument” and a home for many of the most renowned musicians in jazz.The music of Duke Ellington will be played by the outstanding 16-piece John Blount/Dave Tucker Big Band. The concert will feature classic Ellington arrangements from sultry early compositions like Black & Tan Fantasy and Mood Indigo to mid-career swingers like Cottontail and In A Mellow Tone as well as Strayhorn classics such as Take The A Train and Juan Tizol arrangements of Caravan and Perdido. Narrated by Jazz Straight Ahead co-hosts, Jan and Eric Tegler, stories about Duke Ellington and his music will be woven throughout the concert.

The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
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The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

May 25, 2017

Southern Indiana-bred singer-guitarist Reverend Peyton is the bigger-than-life frontman of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. He has earned a reputation as both a singularly compelling performer and a persuasive evangelist for the rootsy country blues styles that captured his imagination early in life and inspired him and his band to make pilgrimages to Clarksdale, Mississippi to study under such blues masters as T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour and David “Honeyboy” Edwards. That passionate inspiration has made Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band America’s foremost country blues outfit and fuels the Rev’s new release, The Front Porch Sessions (to be released on March 10, 2017). Peyton’sdazzling guitar mastery is equaled here by his knack for vivid, emotionally impactful songwriting, and his originals are matched in their authenticity by the deeply felt vintage blues tunes that he covers. The album showcases the Rev’s irrepressible personality while echoing the enduring spirit of such acoustic blues icons as Charlie Patton, Blind Willie Johnson, Bukka White and Furry Lewis, whose “When My Baby Left Me” receives a memorable reading.

Anders Osborne Solo
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Anders Osborne Solo

May 21, 2017

The depth of one’s life is evident through their music. The more sorrow, laughter and adventure experienced, the more interesting curves and crevices are carved into an artist’s songs. The miles traveled leave rich lines in the verses that only time, misadventure, and hard-won wisdom can produce. Anders Osborne is a map of intensely felt, passionately engaged living, a fractured but healing topography of heartbreak and hope for fellow travelers to explore.Osborne’s music is redolent of the blues bathed in West Coast sunshine and brotherly compassion, a torchbearer for rock ‘n’ roll with blood in it’s veins and a heart in it’s hands. His long awaited new full length, Spacedust & Ocean Views, offers up graceful songwriting and signature guitar work on one of the strongest releases in his storied career. A strong sense of place runs through the album. From an evocation of geography to a questioning of one’s place in the universe, big ideas are condensed in thoughtful, smoothly swinging ways. It’s the album his fans have been waiting for- one that only he can deliver.“These twelve songs speak about places dear to me, places I feel something profound about, but there’s also the presence of the universe,” explains Osborne. “I think one of the main struggles we all face is the separation from unity. I want to understand how I can feel unified with the world and others, with the universe writ large. I can arrange the ideas intellectually but the feeling of longing remains. The whole thing is a mystery, sometimes a sad, baffling mystery and sometimes very enchanting, but overall I just don’t understand and want to desperately. That’s what this music is, an attempt to understand it all.”And what an attempt it is.Producer Mark Howard (Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois, Iggy Pop) uses Osborne’s seasoned, searching voice like a river running through the song cycle. It’s a distinctly human element that continually tenderizes the listener as his sinewy, emotionally charged guitar dances with longtime bassist Carl Dufrene, guitar foil Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), and the shared drumming of Brady Blade and Tony Leone. New Orleans percussion master Johnny Vidacovich, bassist James Singleton, and pop-jazz legend Rickie Lee Jones join Osborne for the cosmically charged album closer “From Space.” On the other hand, Spacedust’s lead single “Lafayette” is a roots-fueled rocker- a track that finds Osborne simultaneously sticking to his guns and exploring new territory as an artist.This special collection of compositions is the culmination of years of writing and touring. “This is the last chapter before something new emerges. I’m wrapping some stuff up and figuring some fresh stuff out,” says Osborne, who’s been moving beyond his complicated past for close to a decade. “Now my life is about a human experience in a larger sense. Now, I feel I’m standing on my own two feet, trying to be a grown man doing the right thing.” In an ever changing musical landscape, Spacedust & Ocean Views firmly plants Anders Osborne as one of American music’s elite guitarists and songwriters.

The Lettermen
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The Lettermen

May 21, 2017

The beautiful voices of the singing trio, The Lettermen, first hit the music charts in 1961 with "The Way You Look Tonight" and "When I Fall In Love". They continued to stay on top with beautiful harmony and love songs, while becoming one of the top college concert attractions of the 1960's. 

Morgan James
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Morgan James

May 19, 2017

One voice is all it takes. The right vocalist can make you fall in love at first listen, elicit tears, or bring you back to a different era altogether. A microphone and a stage remain the only necessities. That holds true for New York-based soul singer, songwriter, and Broadway chanteuse Morgan James. On her full-length debut for Epic Records, “Hunter,” she casts an unbreakable spell with a powerhouse voice, theatrical swing, and a soulful poise.

Big Sam's Funky Nations
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Big Sam's Funky Nations

May 17, 2017

Big Sam’s Funky Nation is a driving force of urban funk. Ryan White, of the Oregonian, says the band is “tight enough (and hot enough) to turn coal into a diamond!” The band is led by trombone powerhouse, Big Sam Williams, formerly the trombonist for the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who the San Francisco Chronicle calls “the top man on the slide trombone in the birthplace of jazz.” Big Sam refuses to let the audience sit still. Between the band’s solos, Big Sam’s signature dance moves and his distinctive trombone riffs, the energy level is high voltage when this band takes the stage!The Funky Nation is a stellar group of world-class musicians who meet the challenges of their funky band leader. BSFN’s signature Noladelic Powerfunk sound masterfully combines a rock sensibility with improv-style associated with jazz and the horn-heavy front section that’s the hallmark of big band funk. Big Sam began playing with the Dirty Dozen at the tender age of 19 before striking out on his own and creating the Funky Nation. Big Sam powered-up the horn section on the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, “River in Reverse” and is prominently featured in "Hot as a Pistol, Keen as a Blade" the concert tour DVD. While touring with Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint, in the Fall of 2006 and Summer of 2007, he earned consistent reviews as a musical force and star soloist. Big Sam has played with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Dave Matthews, Ozomatli, and Widespread Panic. He has also shared the stage with U2 and Green Day for the emotional and energetic re-opening of the Superdome which was broadcast live on Monday Night Football.

Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend Lives On
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Gordon Lightfoot: The Legend Lives On

May 16, 2017

Back by popular demand, Rams Head is thrilled to welcome Gordon Lightfoot to Annapolis again! After 50 active years of hit song making it's safe to say that the esteemed singer-songwriter and musician resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats. His vast song catalog includes such immortals as “Carefree Highway,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Early Morning Rain,” “Sundown,” “(That's What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Ribbon Of Darkness," "Beautiful," "Song For A Winter's Night" and "Rainy Day People" to name a few.

Reckless Kelly
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Reckless Kelly

May 12, 2017

 In one sense, it’s utterly natural that Reckless Kelly, born in the dreams of the two Braun brothers and their heritage but nurtured in the bumpy road of maturity, became the very essence of Americana music in all its far-flung glory.

Timothy B. Schmit
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Timothy B. Schmit

May 2, 2017

He was in his teens when he charted for the first time. At the turn of the decade he joined POCO and helped steer the band into its pioneering fusions of country, rock and folk. In 1977 he became a member of the legendary EAGLES, an association that would continue on and off for decades.

BoDeans
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BoDeans

April 30, 2017

Long known as one of the best live acts in the business, BoDeans continue to tour year round and continue to deliver amazing, high-energy performances. “I realized some time ago that the key to the BoDeans identity is the fans’ connection to our music–nowhere is that more evident or rewarding as when we come together–live. We love to connect with the fans who have supported us for so long and who have brought us so much inspiration,” says Kurt Neumann, the band’s founder and frontman. “We will continue to play as long as they continue to come out and sing along.”Chart topping songs like “Fadeaway,” “Only Love,” and “Dreams” won them Rolling Stone‘s readers poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and they were part of a small contingent of bands that inspired a new radio format known as Adult Alternative, Album Rock-Triple A. Their reputation for delivering a dynamic live show garnered support slots with U2/Joshua Tree Tour, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie, and appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, and ACL, among others. They’ve been featured on SNL, Letterman, Today, Imus, CNN, ESPN, and many more.In the nearly 30 years that followed, the band released several albums which embody multiple more songs played heavily at radio, in TV shows, and movies, and defined a sound that a generation embraced–songs like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer to Free,” “Stay,” “American,” and “All the World,” which was recently featured on CMT.BoDeans now reside in a small group of bands that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the industry, remaining true to their sound and their style, for nearly 30 years. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum has them permanently displayed as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit.

TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band
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TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

April 28, 2017

TUSK covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The Fleetwood Mac story is an episodic saga that spans more than 30 years. It is the saga of a British blues band formed in 1967 that became a California-based pop group in the mid-Seventies. In between came a period where Fleetwood Mac shuffled personnel and experimented with styles, all the while releasing solid albums with chart topping hits such as Landslide, Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Don’t Stop, Dreams, Say You Love Me, Hold Me and many others.The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising TUSK have been making music together in various combinations and styles, from complete originals to covers, for over 30 years themselves. It is only fitting that they should come together to form the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute, and pay homage to a group that dominated the charts during the band members’ formative years. Fronted by solo artist Kathy Phillips (vocals) and supported by veteran players Scott McDonald (guitar, vocals), Kim Williams (keys, vocals), Randy Artiglere (bass) and Tom Nelson (drums), TUSK takes its audience members on a sweet ride down memory lane.Authentic-sounding and always respectful, TUSK leaves no stone unturned in replicating the sounds of one of the world’s best-loved, top-selling bands.

The Jayhawks
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The Jayhawks

April 25, 2017

The incredible harmonies and distinctive arrangements of The Jayhawks set them apart from the rest of the Minneapolis music scene that emerged in the 1980s. By the early 90's they became a driving force and inspiration behind the growing Americana movement.

Dave Davies of THE KINKS
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Dave Davies of THE KINKS

April 24, 2017

Dave Davies founded the Kinks in the early 1960s and forever changed music after he sliced up the speaker cone of a little green amp and created a revolutionary, distorted guitar tone and frenetic solo on the song “You Really Got Me.” Always an innovator, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dave Davies has worked on a slew of critically acclaimed records, ranging from solo hit song “Death Of A Clown” to experimental Kinks records like Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur and classic song “Lola” in the 70s. 

Average White Band
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Average White Band

April 20, 2017

AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. 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 multi- Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washington
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Bela Fleck & Abigail Washington

April 16, 2017

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Their performances embrace a diversity that is almost unthinkable - coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn's beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck's riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture.

THE MUSICAL BOX: The Exclusive Authorized by PETER GABRIEL Recreation of GENESIS “Black Show" version of "Selling England By The
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THE MUSICAL BOX: The Exclusive Authorized by PETER GABRIEL Recreation of GENESIS “Black Show" version of "Selling England By The

April 13, 2017

Renowned for their high quality reproductions of historic Genesis performances since 1993, The Musical Box, the only group licensed and supported by Genesis and Peter Gabriel, takes fans along for a time-travel ride, offering people a chance to relive the magic of this unique experience. These replicas have required exhaustive visual, scenic, audio and musical research even tracking down the original music instruments used at the time. The visual aspect of The Musical Box shows are based on thousands of photos and many amateur films taken at Genesis concerts, as well as the original slides used by the group during their shows.

Marcus Miller
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Marcus Miller

April 7, 2017

As a multi-instrumentalist, Marcus Miller is highly proficient as a keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, as a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics' and readers' polls for three decades. His résumé as an A-list player brims with over 500 recording credits as a sideman on albums across the spectrum of musical styles: rock (Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton), Jazz (George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter and Grover Washington, Jr.), pop (Roberta Flack, Paul Simon and Mariah Carey), R&B (Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan), hip hop (Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg), blues (Z.Z. Hill), new wave (Billy Idol), smooth jazz (Al Jarreau and Dave Koz) and opera (collaborations with tenor Kenn Hicks and soprano Kathleen Battle).

An Intimate Solo / Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope
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An Intimate Solo / Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope

April 5, 2017

“Rawness improbably balanced by a mixture of danger and delicacy,” says one Rolling Stone writer, “is what gives Citizen Cope his edge. As a singer, songwriter and producer, he stands alone—an artist immune to corruption.”Dug deep into the rich soil of American music, Cope’s roots are complex You may think of Bill Withers or Neil Young or John Lee Hooker or Van Morrison or Willie Nelson or Al Green. Yet, listening to Cope, you also may think of none of the above. You may not think at all, but rather feel a man exposing stories that haunt his heart.

Fourplay
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Fourplay

April 4, 2017

For over 25 years the legend of Fourplay has grown. Exploring the limitless possibilities of jazz has allowed the quartet to evolve musically, drawing musical elements from a wide range of styles, to hone their own unique and innovative sound.

Jack Ingram & Crystal Bowersox
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Jack Ingram & Crystal Bowersox

April 1, 2017

Jack Ingram:  Throughout a recording career that has spanned more than 20 years, Jack Ingram has maintained a reputation for uncompromising songs and energetic performances that has earned him prominent stature in a prestigious tradition of iconoclastic singer-songwriters. After a seven year hiatus, his eighth studio album Midnight Motel, was released in August 2016 (Rounder Records). It is his most authentic, touching work to date and reflects the self-assuredness Ingram has gained over the course of a celebrated career. Ingram began writing songs and playing gigs while studying psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Over the year’s his music gained recognition and he became a regular on both the Country and Americana charts.   Crystal Bowersox:  Crystal's emotive folk-rock-country style has been catapulted from the cramped coffeehouses and cavernous subway tunnels of Chicago to millions of homes across America when she placed second Season 9 of American Idol. Along with her old soul of a voice, her care-free style and "don't mess with me" attitude set her apart from the other contestants and eventually landed the self-taught songstress performances with the like of the legendary Joe Cocker, Harry Connick, Jr., and Alanis Morrissette.

"Back To The 80s" Murder Mystery feat. Justin Schlegel of 98 Rock
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"Back To The 80s" Murder Mystery feat. Justin Schlegel of 98 Rock

March 28, 2017

This Ferris Bueller, Marty McFly and all things 80’s murder mystery mashup stars 98 Rock morning show host Justin Schlegel. Die Laughing Productions is back with another hilarious whodunit Murder Mystery Comedy Show. From the people who brought you “Sing For Your Life” and “The Newly Dead Game” comes “BACK TO THE 80’s". You are attending an event at Glenbrook North High School in Chicago, IL. Students, faculty and alumni are gathering to open a time capsule that was planted exactly 30 years ago. But a still unsolved murder case will transport you back to that time when gas was under a dollar a gallon and cell phones were the size of a brick.Joining Justin will be comedians Rob Maher, Joe Robinson and Tommy Sinbazo (also 98 Rock regulars), plus Kim Ambrose and the show-stealing Erik Woodworth. However, the real stars of the show are once again, you the audience. Some of you will get to play parts in the show and all of you will guess who the murderer is. Guess right and you could win something bitchin’. Guess wrong and you’ll be a butt-head! Jean jackets and leg warmers are encouraged. Eat. Drink. Laugh. Solve a murder.