Saturday, Aug 16, 2014
Produced by Rams Head Group
Please forgive my confession. As much as any eager child looks forward to a visit from Santa or the Easter Bunny, I become giddy with the prospect of hot summer festivals. Maybe it’s the idea of strolling from booth-to-booth, checking out the vendors’ wares. Perhaps it’s the misty twilight with sweet summer scents and lightening bugs flickering or the ever-present opportunity for tipsy flirting. But most assuredly, it an occasion to celebrate and enjoy great local shows. No matter what your age, Silopanna (or Annapolis spelled backward) is one of the finest festivals in the region. With national bands, local heroes, and sizzling up’n’comers, there’s plenty to look forward to this year. Our Rams Head Hosts have put together a hot little teaser for us here. (And perhaps we can all take a minute to solemnly give thanks to the good Rams Head Group for proceeding with the event again this year!)
Representatives for the group say, they are “looking forward to a great festival this year with the following national recording artists: The Flaming Lips, Dashboard Confessional, Matt & Kim, Eric Hutchinson, Sleeper/Agent, Hellogoodbye, Chappo, Twin Forks and Damn Right! Local & regional bands round out the rest of the billing: Jimmies Chicken Shack, Pasadena, Sweet Leda, Higher Hands, Sun Club, Little Bird, The Baby Grand and Skribe. In the interest of encouraging young musicians to develop their craft, Rams Head will once again welcome School of Rock performers, as well as Brothers Clair from the annual Anne Arundel County Battle of the Bands to open the festival. We expect to announce our list of attending vendors soon, so be on the lookout for that! We've got some really cool ones lined up!”
Fresh on the heels of the Naptown barBayQ, Eastport-a-Rockin’, the Annapolis Irish Festival and One Koast Entertainment’s Jam at the Dam in the Poconos on July 11th and 12th, Silopanna promises to be the fifth in a string of exciting festivals featuring live, local music. And in case you’ve missed it, this area is flush with incredibly talented musicians.
Additionally, he gets mad brownie points in our book for mentoring younger musicians in Annapolis, maintaining his “Ajar Mic Knight” at the Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge for years.
Crazy thing is, they are the most accessible and down-to-earth folks you’d ever want to party with. Maybe that is their trade secret - you leave the event feeling as though you are a close family friend who has stopped in to share a sip (or twelve) of wine and a night full of good stories. This might sound odd to some, but Julie’s a lot like a really good crème brulee – so sweet, reserved and delicate on the surface, but very satisfying with rich, luscious goodness once you crack the surface. You’ll leave after hearing Sweet Leda with a full heart and you can’t wait to catch up again - soon.
This wit translates beautifully into his tight, well-crafted lyrics and secret love for the kazoo. He likes to keep it light but if you can get your hands on a cd, I promise that you’ll play the disc until it melts. This year, Skribe will be playing with his full band, including Ben Gilbert on upright bass and Jacob Panic on banjo. It’s original garage folk at its finest and you’ll love it - guaranteed.
Little Bird, another Battle of the Bands semi-finalist, has been earning their stripes locally on the big stages of Baltimore (Power Plant Live, Baltimore Soundstage), Annapolis (Naptown barBayQ, Eastport-a-Rockin), and OC. They just finished a radio appearance at the beach and are in the midst of an exciting Indigogo campaign, raising money for their first full-length album. In addition, they've just completed their One Koast Entertainment initiation at Jam at the Dam, wowing musicians and audiences alike.
The Baby Grand (Miguel Tenicela) is an indie pop artist out of DC who has been playing around while working on his new EP, due to be released this winter. His vocals are reminiscent of the Violent Femmes and other loose alt-rock artists of the 90s, but his reputation is built upon the intimate and emotional connection that he makes with his audiences.
This year, sponsors and partners include our hosts, The Rams Head Group, plus Fordham & Dominion Brewing, AM/FM (Annapolis Musicians Fund for Musicians), WRNR, Katcef Distributors, and Reliable-Churchill (distributors for Jack Daniels & Finlandia). In addition, WHFS is promoting that they will participate.
So, with the event approaching quickly, it looks at though everything is coming together beautifully and it promises to be a great show. Have you bought your tickets yet?
Bring on the tipsy revelers letting loose under the moonlight - We’re ready!