Rams Head Group presents
Silopanna Music Festival
The Flaming Lips, Dashboard Confessional, Matt & Kim, Eric Hutchinson, Sleeper Agent, Hellogoodbye, Jimmies Chicken Shack, CHAPPO, Damn Right!, Twin Forks, Colony House, Pasadena, Sweet Leda, Higher Hands, The Baby Grand, Little Bird, Skribe, Brothers Clair, School Of Rock
1450 Generals Hwy
Crownsville, MD, 21032
Doors 11:00 AM
Watch & Listen
Silopanna Music Festival
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Norman, Oklahoma in 1983. Melodically, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "Psychiatric Explorations of the Fetus with Needles", "Free Radicals (A Hallucination of the Christmas Skeleton Pleading with a Suicide Bomber)" and "Yeah, I Know It's a Drag... But Wastin' Pigs Is Still Radical". They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die".
A room full of music and people isn’t so strange. The trick is filling the spaces in between. When truth finds a melody, strangers disappear, and suddenly everyone belongs. And Chris Carrabba knows how to fill a room better than anyone.
He can call it luck, but for more than a decade now, Dashboard Confessional has cultivated the kind of connection with fans that most songwriters spend a lifetime pursuing. Since the release of Swiss Army Romance in 2000, Carrabba’s fearless honesty has inspired fierce loyalty from anyone seeking truth in music. You cannot fake the truth. You can’t even hide from it. So the best songwriters dive deeply into it, coming out the other side armed with sing-a-long anthems.“Music is all things to me,” Carrabba says. “It’s a respite from real life, but it’s also a place contemplate and begin to understand what you’re going through. Music can clarify how things are affecting you.”
Matt & Kim
Connecting with their audience is certainly a key focus for Matt and Kim. The indie dance duo's live shows – which are legendary for constant, in-your-face exuberance – feel more like vibrant, sweaty loft parties than traditional concerts, for both audiences and the band. "I think we've managed to continue to make them feel intimate," says Matt. "When we first started playing venues instead of playing on the floor at parties, we tried hard to keep the vibe of 'we're all doing this together and having a wild time' going. The show is not just the two of us: it's the 3002 of us, or however big the venue is." Or, as in the words of Rolling Stone: "Matt and Kim's reputation as a live act precedes them – and justifiably so. Simply put, they are a two-person dynamo, frantic, tightly wound, and full of good cheer. Their performances are as physical as they are musical. . . . For sheer adrenaline-per-second, no other band comes close."
The band started in 2004, essentially by accident when Matt and Kim were art students at the prestigious Pratt Institute, where they studied film and illustration, respectively. When Kim wanted to learn to play drums and Matt (who'd been in bands before) was getting his head around a new keyboard, the band was born. Since then, they have earned a Gold Record for the upbeat, stick-in-your-head track "Daylight," played festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo, along with international festivals like V (U.K), Pukkelpop (Belgium), Fuji (Japan), Big Day Out (Australia), Primavera (Spain), Oya (Norway), SWU (Brazil), as well as hundreds of shows. They have won 3 MTV awards: a Breakthrough Video Music Award and mtvU Best Video Woodie Award for "Lessons Learned", as well as a 2011 award for Best Live Band.
It’s hard to not feel good while listening to the new Eric Hutchinson record. It is a damn satisfying experience; the joys of melody and counter-melody and a myriad of rhythms from across the globe, as each song manages to reflect a pleasing sense that it is possible to remain transfixed in that nanosecond of pure bliss.
Pure, as in life; living it, seeing it, feeling it and…well, hearing it. “This album in every way was about simplifying,” says Hutchinson. “Stripping away all the layers to figure it out on my own, being in my home studio and asking myself, ‘Can I play this song on the guitar when it’s broken down to its bare basics? Is it a song or not?’”
It starts with the beat, as does all of life; and Pure Fiction is nothing if not a celebration of rhythm – South African, Bossa nova, four-on-the-floor rock and slap-back funk, reminding us we are indeed alive and the thump-thump-thump that keeps it going can and will force us to dance. Just try not to move while listening to “I Got The Feelin Now” or “A Little More” or “I Don’t Love U”.
In the three whirlwind years since Sleeper Agent released its debut, Celabrasion, its members have played everywhere from the Coachella festival to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. They've opened for Weezer, Circa Survive, and fun. And "Get It Daddy," their dizzying anthem about growing up, has appeared in Taco Bell ad, while their bustling high-five to indefatigability, "Not Never," has soundtracked a Nike clip.
These days, the sextet—which also includes singer/guitarist and principal songwriter Tony Smith, bassist Lee Williams, guitarist Josh Martin, drummer Justin Wilson, and keyboardist Scott Gardner—are bent on jettisoning past their title as the Little Act That Could from Bowling Green, Kentucky. "Sleeper Agent started out as a fun, goofy side project," explains Tony. "I don't want this to be silly for the rest of my life. I want to embrace this seriously and treat it with respect for the people responding to it. About Last Night is a stepping stone."
Though their ambitions have grown, Sleeper Agent's approach continues to be disarmingly simple: delivering joyously melodies, even when they're bumming out. For instance, About Last Night's first single, "Waves," manages to be both plaintive and percussive—ruminating on the rigors of touring, then snapping out of that depression. Concedes Tony: "That was me, excavating my emotions."
A lot has happened to Hellogoodbye since the Huntington Beach, California-based act released their breakthrough album Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs! back in 2006. Over the past four years the band have parted with their old record label, retooled their lineup, released a handful of EPs and performed everywhere from the Philippines to living rooms. All of these cumulative experiences play in...to the band’s new album Would It Kill You? a collection of perfect pop gems that not only proves that Hellogoodbye are still relevant but affirms that if anything, they’ve sharpened their musical edge over the past few years—and looking back, the band’s frontman Forrest Kline sees the past few years as an amazing opportunity to hone his craft without pressure.
“I’m super slow at everything no matter what I do,” Kline explains when asked what the process of writing and recording Would It Kill You? was like. “If I’m going to clean out my closet it’ll take me all day because I’ll empty out the whole thing, then I’ll paint it, then I’ll tear off the drawers and get new hardware. Everything becomes a process and musically it’s the same thing,” he continues with a laugh. “If I do one thing, I have to do 900 tasks to get it done, so to be able to take the time with this album was a relief because I didn’t have to stress about not having enough time to accomplish everything I wanted to do with these songs.”
Jimmies Chicken Shack
Jimmie's Chicken Shack has been together since 1993. They have released 7 records, all of which have gone aluminum. They are a live band. They rock. They are from Annapolis and always will be. Their music has been called "muttrock" and "music for people with a.d.d". They are all super models and scholars. They also invented the Internet and socks.
Are we moving? Each moment inevitably becomes a relic of the past. The future appears as a destination within an infinite number of halfway points we may never reach. Will we ever experience time existing in it’s true form? We may discover at any moment, the future and past caving in on itself. All at once. Leaving in it’s wake an inexplicable reality where one is confronted with his future former self.
In CHAPPO’s world, the concept of time is twisted hopelessly out of focus. Like Rene, the main character in CHAPPO’s new concept album Future Former Self, the band seems to have recently traveled back from a distant black hole, bringing with them a kaleidoscope of new and mesmerizing sounds.
CHAPPO was born in the East Village of New York in 2009 and in a few short years has created an enthusiastic and rambunctious following. Splitting the difference between the guitar driven psychedelia of 60′s west coast rock and spiritual witch doctor moonshine of Dr John, they regularly turn their live show into nothing short of spectacle. After releasing a pair of EP’s Plastique Universe and Plastique Universe II: Pisces Princess in 2010 and 2011, they signed with Majordomo records to release their full length debut Moonwater in 2012. CHAPPO will be releasing their second LP, Future Former Self, on their own Rouse Records, due out Spring 2014.
Damn Right formed onstage at the legendary Baltimore venue, the 8X10 and immediately noticed a distinct improvisational chemistry. The trio (with then keyboardist Blake Mobley) spent the next few years refining their sound and making a name for themselves as a quality live act, performing all over the country with the help from occasional live and studio sit ins from improvisational wizards such as Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Marco Benevento, and Billy Martin (Medeski Martin & Wood) to name a few.
Presently Damn Right finds themselves as a Philadelphia based live/studio production trio that is making as many waves with their studio work as their live show. And its those roots in improv and experience gained through years of touring by founding members Tommy Bradel (drummer/producer/designer) and Johnny Fissinger (bassist/producer/vocals) mixed with the production wizardry of new addition FLOTE (instrumentalist/producer) that give their song writing and production such a unique sound. While pulling little bits from pretty much any genre while keeping a constant emphasis on capturing the free flowing emotion of live instrumentation, the band is bringing a new energy to both the live and studio settings. Their new brand of nostalgia drenched electronic composition is sure to please fans from all kinds of circles. And thats exactly what Damn Right is about
"I use my gut, and my gut don't lie to me" is more than just a lyric in Twin Forks' exuberant "Something We Just Know," it is a kind of mission statement for the quartet. If you've ever been to a musical performance that made you lose all sense of time and place and give in to the cathartic feeling of clapping and dancing and singing along, you've already visited the sweet spot where Twin Forks have made it their mission to reside. "Whatever makes the audience stomp their feet and sing at the top of their lungs, that's what I want to be doing," says singer/guitarist Chris Carrabba. "I want to be generating that spirit from the stage. And there's gotta be a way to do that whether the audience knows the songs yet or not." Carrabba, mandolin player Suzie Zeldin, bassist Jonathan Clark and drummer Ben Homola are already well on their way, rousing crowds with their electrifying chemistry and anthemic folk-rock.
Carrabba figured out the guiding principle for Twin Forks before he even knew exactly what the project would sound like. During recent solo tours, Carrabba -- whose Dashboard Confessional grew from an intimate solo-acoustic affair to a bona fide arena rock band during the mid '00s -- says he was reminded how important that audience connection had always been to him as a performer.
He also knew he wanted to craft a sound closer to the music he'd loved as a kid -- classic folk, country and roots music. Growing up outside Hartford, Connecticut in an area he describes as "half-rural, half-city," Carrabba developed an early fondness for acoustic singer-songwriters he heard on the radio -- Cat Stevens and John Denver and Gordon Lightfoot -- as well as the more obscure Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan and Guy Clark LPs he found in his mother and step-brother's record collections. "At the beginning of Dashboard, I wanted to write an acoustic record, but every time I played a D,C, or G chord -- which are called the 'cowboy chords' -- I would think about how Tom Petty or Cat Stevens or John Denver or Gordon Lightfoot did this already," says Carrabba. "That's when I started tuning my guitars all to hell and back, just so they sounded weird to me. I was probably playing DCG anyway, but I didn't know anything about guitar, and that was how I could get myself feeling like I was in new territory."
It's not surprising that Colony House has struck a resonant chord with listeners. The threesome maintains a balance of craft and immediacy that reflects its affinity for the sound of such alt-rock outfits as Interpol and The Killers, while echoing the influence of such alternative icons as U2 and New Order. They've assimilated their multiple influences in a manner that's wholly distinctive, adding tight harmonies, strong instrumental chops and a keen melodic sensibility that's all their own.
Pasadena is a singer/songwriter driven rock, reggae and ska band, which is based out of Pasadena, MD
They have toured nationally for the past three years, performing over 700 shows in that time period in 37 states. The band has shared billing with other notable national acts such as Michael Franti, G-Love, Donovan Frankreiter, Cake, Citizen Cope, Sublime w/ Rome, Flogging Molly, Rebelution, Tribal Seeds, Clutch, Pennywise, Julian Marley, The Supervillians, The Expendables and many more great acts.
Life is Sweet!
Powered by Julie Cymek's sultry, commanding vocals and electrifying stage presence, Sweet Leda is taking the diverse mid-Atlantic music scene by storm as one of the most exciting and accomplished live acts on the rise. With its rich blend of new school funk, soul and pop, Sweet Leda's heartfelt original music has been compared to Joss Stone, Janis Joplin, Maroon 5, Edie Brickell and even Led Zeppelin, yet the sound is unique enough to have earned the tag "sexy smooth rock and groove."
Sweet Leda's first full-length album, Need The Music, which was produced by Stephen Joseph Antonelli and mixed by Drew Mazurek (Linkin Park, Allman Bros.), has received much love from critics, and a handful of the tracks can be heard on a variety of radio stations. Among the band's many milestone achievements are: the Tri State Indie Music Awards Groupie's Choice Award in 2012; being named MD/DC Band of The Year for 2011 and 2012; voted Best Emerging Artist DC/Baltimore in The Deli Magazine's reader's poll in 2011; writing the end-credit title track for the feature film Lovely Molly; sharing the stage with Jefferson Starship; performing at festivals with the likes of Citizen Cope, John Mayer, G Love, Cake, 311, Keb' Mo', Tedeschi Trucks and Lyle Lovett; being hand-picked by Allman Bros. drummer Butch Trucks to open for his band at the Roots Rock Revival Masters Camp earlier this summer; and gracing the Miller Lite Stage at Summerfest 2013 in Milwaukee.
HIGHER HANDS are poised to reintroduce themselves. From the Kennedy Center in DC to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, the band has been on their grind, burning up stages throughout the Mid-Atlantic with the likes of Trombone Shorty, The New Mastersounds, and the late Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown. Hailing from Maryland’s capital city, the band has firmly established their reputation throughout the DMV for a tight live set and an ability to improvise with the best.
The Baby Grand
The Baby Grand is an indie pop artist from Washington, DC. He plays honest, original music and has been compared to Jimmy Eat World, Dashboard Confessional, and Coldplay. The Baby Grand has released an EP "With the Wind" and an album "Renaissance". His new EP, Dirty City, will be released this winter.
A four piece band without a genre to call home, Little Bird is energetic and unpredictable; a group of guys that, while stepping outside the box, still keep the roots and basics of good-tasting music. A blend of funk, blues, and contagious grooves to make you move, known as “Annapolis Rock.” Little Bird started in 2009 with Jay Hurtt from Lothian, MD. He self-recorded and released 2 projects of his own. Four years later he meets James Rubush, Mike Ware, and Chris Elvidge. The full band portion of Little Bird had their debut performance January 2013.
The band released their first demo on July 4, 2013, entitled “American Spirits LP,” they led a small tour throughout the east coast over the summer and fall months playing with the likes of Long Miles (Philly), Dangermuffin (North Carolina), Rob Perna Band (Philly), and Bumpin Uglies (Annapolis) as well as local aritist such as Skribe, Pressing Strings, Harrison Cofer of the Dirty Names. More importantly, they want to remind people that music can still be fresh and different while also being organic and pure.
As they start to write new material for 2014, Little BIrd is aiming their vision towards new and innovative song structures with the focus on incorporating rhythm and melody in a loose and colorful sound.
In 2009, Skribe broke into the Maryland folk scene with a rusty crowbar & released a soundtrack of 14 growly mantras – Doin’ The Dirt. A raw do-it-yourself guide to garage folk.
Skribe’s non-stop live presence has ignited musical collaborations with the areas most skilled musicians & generated a cultured following. This amazing scene helped crowdfund & launch skribe’s recent 12″ LP. The fine tuned production of ‘Less Is More’ showcases the artists’ growth & raw soulful dynamic. Whatever the fidelity, skribe’s blooming creative career should not be considered a rolling stone…it’s a boulder.
$69.50 GA; $175 VIP
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