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January 4, 2008

Rams Head Live to expand

In the coming months, Baltimore’s largest live music club will get even bigger.

Rams Head Live in Power Plant Live plans to add new balconies and expand its club into the adjacent restaurant and bar space by late May. The move should increase the venue’s capacity by roughly 400 to 2,000, said vice president Erin Brunst.

"One of our business practices is to always reinvent ourselves," Brunst said. This is a great way to continue to make things exciting."

Though the Rams Head restaurant closed permanently in December, the venue will remain open during renovations and serve food at kiosks inside, Brunst said.

(Algerina Perna/Sun Photographer)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:25 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


I sure hope they add more bars. It seems to take forever to get a drink, not to mention almost impossible to get to the bar during more popular concerts. However, it is a great place to see a band live, up close and personal.

I agree that Rams Head is great, but the way the balcony on the left side is situated, it's virtually impossible to see the stage if you're not on the railing. Hopefully they'll give a lot of consideration to sight lines during the expansion.

Rams head gets really great artists to perform at the venue... but I refuse to go to see any of them at that venue because of the way the club is run. It's a nightmare. Adding more room to an area you won't even be able to see the stage is an outrage, especially considering about 40% of the club is already areas where you won't be able to see anything except a plasma screen broadcasting the show.

I wrote about my experience at rams head the last time George Clinton came to town. This is what I wrote (edited for language).

Wow... I've been to some real lousy venues as far as going to see a band at a club venue but this past Friday nights jaunt to see George Clinton must top the cake of venues I never evvvvveeerrr want to ever go back to again! The venue is Rams Head Live at the Power Plant in good ol b-more. I arrived with great pleasure to see one of my favorite performers performing for what may be his last time I'll have a chance to see him. He ain't young... and he ain't in shape people that's all I'm gonna say. So my bro and I arrive at around 8pm to pick up the tickets and then head out to enjoy the Power Plant before he gets on stage. I go to the ticket booth and ask what time does he go on stage... and I get nothing. No time, no estimated time, no nothing. That irks me b/c I have no desire to see any opening band or spend godless amounts of money for overpriced beer. Finally I was told that there was an opening band so I put 2 and 2 together and told my bro we would go back at around 9:45.

We arrive back at the venue and the bouncer/ticket taker was a supreme idiot if you get the picture just being a huge pain from a simple question of are they about to come on stage? No need to be an idiot about it just answer the question or say I don't know, it ain't that hard. Anyway we walk into a sea of humanity. I mean I couldn't walk 2 steps without tripping over people. It takes 20 minutes to get a beer and the logistics of Rams Head is by far the worst I have ever seen. The bar to the entrance is huge but you can't see the stage, we wiggled our way to the stage area where you could not breath b/c so many people did the same thing as us. Personal space was not an option. I was elbowed hundreds of times which meant I elbowed others the same. ... At one point I felt like I was at the Great White Show in Rhode Island. Clinton gets on stage and all you wanna do is dance and you can't b/c theres no room! I'm not even up in front... I'm at the soundboard area in the back and lets say if everyone stepped back one step I would be pinned up.

An hour into Clinton's set I needed to go to the bathroom... couldn't be worse timing b/c how the [heck] do I get back to the bathroom? I run over 5 people and then I think I'm out of dodge and then a hockeylike board blocks my exit out. Then I have to go down 20 feet to exit and bumping in 20 more people! The of this club is at an all time high. I finally make it to the bathroom and then I had to make it back to my brother. Truly horrifying situation!

At 12:30 Clinton is still going and hasn't even taken a break but I can't take the venue any longer and I tell my bro that were going. Clinton was great, the performers with him were awesome but the venue is such in need on new management and new rules the first of which is selling 300 less tickets. That venue should be restricted to 700 people tops. There must have been double that at the show. It was outrageous and a serious fire violation. The staff are rude and give off a terrible vibe.

To the people of Rams Head... open your head and see how crappy you run your place and do something about it.

You could have added 5 bucks to the ticket and let 300 less people into the building. Tell your people to be human beings and not androtards, they represent you and you look like crap.

You took a great show and turned it into a nightmare.

After writing this I went to one other show at Rams Head and experienced the same thing. I'm done with that venue and would rather go to a place to see an artist that actually respects its customers even if that means traveling to Phili or DC.

To each his own I guess, I've been to two concerts at Rams Head and had a blast both times.

Where do I buy Marc's next novel? Whew. I trust he nailed his theses to the door of Rams Head soon thereafter.

Call him Ishmael.

I totally agree with Marc. When they push the capacity to the max the place is unbearable. I saw Mr. Greenjeans and the Legwarmers within the last month and no matter where you stood, someone was always bumping into you. Plus they never have enough bartenders at the bar. I did see Never, Never there on 12/30 and while there was a lot of people, there still was room to walk around and not get bumped into every 2 seconds. Lower the capacity and add more bartenders!!!!

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