Baltimore, MD & Los Angeles, CA (August 18, 2015) AEG Live (Anschutz Entertainment Group) one of the world’s leading producers and promoters of live entertainment and operators of live music venues has acquired Baltimore’s Rams Head Live!, one of the leading live music venues in the country, it was announced today by Shawn Trell, Chief Operating Officer, AEG Live.
The acquisition of Rams Head Live!, ranked in 2014 as the Baltimore region’s top club, further solidifies AEG Live’s business operations in the Mid-Atlantic region, joining AEG Live’s roster of recently acquired venues which also includes The National Theater in Richmond, Virginia and The NorVa Theatre in Norfolk, Virginia.
Located in the Power Plant Live section of downtown Baltimore, the 1,500-seat capacity music venue opened its doors in 2004 and has hosted more than one million guests and concerts starring hundreds of the nation’s top musical acts including the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, John Legend, Pat Benatar, Avett Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Ed Sheeran and The Black Keys. Consistently ranked as one of Pollstar magazine’s top club venues each year, Rams Head Live! has also been awarded Best New Club and Best All Ages Venues to See Bands by Baltimore City Paper, as well as Best Live Music Venue by Baltimore Magazine.
“Acquiring Rams Head Live is a perfect fit for our AEG Live portfolio of venues and serves to strengthen our presence in the Mid-Atlantic region as we continue to expand our footprint,” said Trell. “We look forward to operating this special venue that means so much to Baltimore and building upon the great reputation that it has earned throughout its history.”
“After nearly a year of discussions with AEG, we are pleased to announce that the future of the Rams Head Live! is in great hands. We are excited to have AEG continue our goal of putting Baltimore on the music map,” said Bill Muehlhauser, Managing Partner, Rams Head at Baltimore, LLC. “While it is bittersweet to say goodbye to a facility we built from the ground up, we are excited for our team members who will begin their next chapter as AEG employees.”
“As we move on to pursue other growth opportunities, we are thankful to our dedicated staff, our promotional partners, the loyal music fans, and the tremendous artists who have graced the stage, said Erin McNaboe, president of the Rams Head Group. “It’s been an honor to serve the Baltimore market and the music industry at Rams Head Live!”
With ticket sales of nearly 100,000 in 2014, Rams Head Live! was ranked #35 in the world, #30 in the United States and #1 in Baltimore in Pollstar magazine’s 2014 year-end rankings.
About Rams Head Live!
Opened in 2004, Rams Head Live is located in Baltimore, Maryland. With a capacity of 1,500, Rams Head Live has hosted more than one million music fans since inception. In Rams Head Live’s short history, it has come to host some of the nation’s top musical acts. Winning over bands and artists one at a time, this club is well respected in the industry for its gracious environment for the bands and their fans. Rams Head Live has been awarded Best New Club and Best All Ages Venues to See Bands by Baltimore City Paper, as well as Best Live Music Venue byBaltimore Magazine. www.ramsheadlive.com
Rams Head Live! has been host to notable acts such as Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Elvis Costello, All Time Low, B.B. King, John Legend, Pat Benatar, Avett Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Ed Sheeran, The Black Keys, Trey Anastasio, Slash, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, The Lumineers, Miranda Lambert, Shinedown, Kendrick Lamar, Zedd, Grace Potter, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sugarland, Journey and more.
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival, broadcast, merchandise and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices, and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. The current and recent concert tour roster includes artists such as Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Bon Jovi, Carrie Underwood, Cher, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, J Cole, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Kenny Chesney, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, The WHO, Trey Songz and Juanes. The company is also currently producing residency shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas including Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Shania Twain and is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
About The Rams Head Group
The Rams Head Group, an Annapolis-based restaurant and entertainment company, currently owns and operates four restaurant locations in the region: two Rams Head Tavern locations (Annapolis and Savage, Maryland); Rams Head Roadhouse in Crownsville, Maryland; and Rams Head Shore House in Stevensville, Maryland., Rams Head also owns & operates national entertainment venues: Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, Maryland; and Pier Six Pavilion located waterside in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Additionally. the Rams Head Group books entertainment for Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Maryland, Jergel’s Rhythm Grill in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Key West Theatre in Key West, Florida. www.ramsheadgroup.com