Rams Head and Indigo Girls sell out Maryland Hall

| April 19, 2014
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Rams Head On Stage is batting one thousand. Just before the Christmas holidays, they produced a Michael Bolton show at Maryland Hall. It sold out. Shortly thereafter, Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam nearly sold out. And tonight, not a seat was to be had when Shirlette Ammons and the Indigo Girls took the stage at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Shirlette Ammons

Shirlette Ammons is a poet/musician whose second collection of poetry will be published by Carolina Wren Press. She is also vocalist for Durham, NC-based, Mosadi Music and author of Stumphole Aunthology of Backwoods Blood (Big Drum Press, Chapel Hill, NC). She recently completed a collaborative project called And Lover’s Like, with Chapel Hill-based rock band, The Dynamite Brothers.

Tonight, her poetry featured raps from her recent album Twilight For Gladys Bentley, a tribute of sorts to the blazing blues singer. Her set was hard delivered in a hard rap and to many in the audience, seemed to be at odds with the headlining Indigo Girls. And maybe that was on purpose–the Indigo Girls have never shied away from non-conformance.

Indigo Girls

After a brief intermission (and refills on wine and beer), Amy Ray and Emily Saliers took the stage to thunderous applause.

The duo’s constant touring, as well as staunch dedication to a number of social and environmental causes, has earned them a fervidly devoted following over the years. So many artists who launched their careers in the late 1980s have slipped from our collective memory. In contrast, the Indigo Girls stand tall, having earned the lasting respect and devotion of a multi-generational audience which continues to experience their creative evolution in the studio and on stage.

This tour, for the Grammy winning duo supports their 14th studio album, Beauty Queen Sister which delivers a beautifully crafted batch of songs that revel in spirited simplicity. Alternating richly textured storytelling with moody ruminations on modern-world worries.

Amy and Emily had the audience laughing between songs as they chided Annapolis for their wealth. Their hotel featured an “Easter Tea” for the children

which they thought was amusing; and recollected their childhood with Emily discussing her fondness for the black jellybeans and her tenacity for putting things in her mouth.

In all, the crowd was thrilled with the performance! Judge for yourself.

And continuing their streak–Rams Head On Stage will be bringing Martin Short to Maryland Hall next month for a sold out show and then Rams Head Promotions will be presenting the Silopanna Music Festival in August–stay tuned for lineup and ticket information!

Upcoming Local Shows at Rams Head On Stage
October 20 The Secret Sisters
October 21 Southern Culture on the Skids
October 22 The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band feat. Herb Pedersen, Mark Fain & Jon Randall
October 23 Danielia Cotton
October 24 Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
October 25 Voyage: A Tribute to Journey featuring Hugo (6:30pm Show)
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John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for more than 15 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news--and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009. John's background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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