You have to love spring at the Rams Head On Stage. Great acts have released their summer schedules and the Rams Head really hit a home run this year with 10,000 Maniacs, Capitol Steps, Jimmie Vaughan, Toots and the Maytals, and our locally grown Ashley Forrest and the debut party for her new album. Take a look and grab a pair of tickets (or more) while they last!
Wednesday, April 3 |8pm | $20
Paul and Storm have been performing as a comedy music duo since 2004. Before that, they were one half of a cappella band Da Vinci’s Notebook. They also have their own webseries, “LearningTown”, which debuted on January 15, 2013 on Geek and Sundry, Felicia Day’s Premium YouTube Channel.
Monday, April 15 | 8pm | $35
As a founding member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmie Vaughan was one of the leading Austin, Texas guitarists of the late ’70s and ’80s responsible for opening the national market up for gritty roadhouse blues and R&B.
Tuesday, April 23 | 8pm | $15
Hem’s music is calm, dreamy, elegant, and exquisitely bittersweet. “This Brooklyn quartet”, says the Washington Post, “plays sophisticated, subtle orch-pop that just happens to have a twang.” The group forges a lush, poignant sound capped by the incredible voice of Sally Ellyson, a serene yet aching instrument.
Formed in 1999, Hem self-released their debut Rabbit Songs in 2002 to critical acclaim, establishing themselves as one of the most promising bands to emerge from Brooklyn. Since then, they’ve released four full-length albums.
Monday, May 13 | 8pm | $25
Chris Mann is classically trained singer-songwriter who came in fourth on the second season of NBC’s television singing competition The Voice in 2012. He found his niche in combining his classical training with a “poppy” sound. He kicked off 2013 with his very own PBS Special helmed by award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich titled “A Mann For All Seasons”, so tune in to PBS and have a listen!
Sunday, May 19 | 1:30pm | $15 *ALL AGES MATINEE
Local artist from Crofton seems to have generated some strong publicity. With her pending 2013 debut album produced by Grammy-nominated Country music producer Mark Moffatt, Truro Entertainment Group artist Ashley Forrest is set to make a strong impression on Country music fans everywhere.
Wednesday, May 22 | 8pm | $45
One of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last three decades, 10,000 Maniacs, was founded in 1981. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and created the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became know as the alternative rock format on FM radio.
Sunday, May 26 | 1pm | $15 *ALL AGES MATINEE
The Steel Wheels are truly an Americana band, rooted in musical styles that explore the territories between blues and bluegrass, old-time sing-alongs and foot-stompin’ fiddle tunes.
Sunday, May 26 | 8pm | $25
The Monkees’ Peter Tork skyrocketed to fame in 1966, but the stories and musical heritage of this gifted, articulate musician and storyteller have remained unheard –and unseen– until now. Still breaking new ground in a five-decade career, Peter Tork lifts the veil on stage with “In This Generation: My Life in the Monkees and so much more”. Previously unseen photos and footage, unheard songs, and hits fans know and love come together powerfully and gracefully as Tork weaves the tale of a musical education in folk and pop that culminates with his early years as a performer in the clubs of Greenwich Village.
Reissue producer and writer Andrew Sandoval, who has overseen the legacy of the Monkees for over 20 years and arranged their acclaimed 2011 and 2012 tours, is producing the show alongside Peter.
Wednesday, May 29 | 8pm | $49.50
Toots and the Maytals are considered legends of ska and reggae music. Their sound is a unique, original combination of gospel, ska, soul, reggae and rock. Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, the leader of the group, was born Jamaica.
Wednesday, June 12 | 8pm | $45
If music were about pictures, percussionist and Grammy Award winner Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. Whether its salsa, straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, or even elements of soul and blues, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day.
Saturday, June 15 | 8:30pm | $30
A political satire comedy troupe, The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Wednesday, July 24 | 8pm | $12.50
Samantha Crain was raised in rural Shawnee, OK, a town whose remote location influenced her quirky, earthy interpretation of folk music. Although inspired by the sounds of her father’s music collection, including Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, an adolescent Crain took even greater solace in the music of her home state, from the rootsy Americana of Woody Guthrie to the sonic experiments of the Flaming Lips.
Their songs range from straightforward rock to Bolivian waltzes; from heartbreaking, piano-driven laments on loss of life to swashbuckling, raucus marches; and the appeal of their live show is undeniable. With a core of electric / acoustic guitars, bass, piano and drums and appearances by harmonica, xylophone, organ, synth, saxophone, trumpet, viola, charango, glockenspiel, accordion, recorder and even zampona, the show is unlike anything else. When even half of the instruments on stage are sounding at once, it creates a wall of sound that seems to transport the room to another place.
Thursday, July 25 | 8pm | $18.50
Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Lake Street Dive makes the most of pop music virtues: solid, evocative song craft; propulsive grooves; However, it’s a personal strain of pop that is refracted through the band members’ rich backgrounds: a sinewy Motown bass line is reborn with woody heft on Kearney’s upright, Calabrese’s drumming mixes timekeeping with more adventurous jazz-inflected outbursts, McDuck’s nimble trumpet is an unexpectedly warm counterpoint to Price’s singing. It all makes for a sound with familiar roots, but with a slant that is entirely their own.
Sunday, July 28 | 8pm | $25
When it comes to musical styles and genres, Austin native Bob Schneider is a daredevil of versatility – able to go from country crooner to screaming punk, salsa king to reggae mon, funk soul brother to white-trash rapper, all with perfect fluidity and commanding virtuosity. Bob brings his full band with him this time around!
Saturday, August 3 | 8:30pm | $85
Justin Hayward, songwriter and lead singer with the Moody Blues, takes a rare turn away from the band with his new release Spirits of the Western Sky, his first solo effort since 1996′s The View From The Hill. Some 10 years in the making, Spirits of the Western Sky is appropriately cinematic, touching on the Moody Blues’ signature classic rock-meets-classical sound — something Hayward himself had no small part in constructing — even while it takes in fresh new elements from bluegrass to dance music.
Friday, August 9 | 8pm | $29.50
This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E. Street Band show. Matt Ryan, from the World Famous “Legends In Concert” cast, played the Springsteen character for eight years, in their “full scale” Las Vegas show. The great success with “Legends” evolved his character into the Bruce In The USA show. His amazing portrayal of “The Boss” (not to mention his jaw-dropping resemblance) is as close as you can get to see the real thing in concert. Backed by a strong, powerful Clarence “The Big Man” Clemence…and a smokin’ handed “Little Stevie”, Bruce In The USA takes this genre of performance art to a whole new level, making it the World’s #1 Tribute to the E. Street Band’s legacy.