In 2010 I had to do a speech for class taking a side on an issue. I chose to do legalized gambling in Maryland, the "for" position. I did well and got an 'A'. The teacher thought it was so good told me he wished he had video taped it to show to other classes!
Part of my argument was the entertainment value of casinos. I spoke of how the Rams Head Group was going to open a new venue in the soon to be open Maryland Live Casino at Arundel Mills. I spoke of how I am a big music fan and I look forward to any new venue that is relatively close home that may be booking national acts.
Well fast forward to 2012 and we are here. The Maryland Live casino opened in August and Rams Head Center Stage had the Charlie Daniels Band as their inaugural concert.
The plan appears to be to book a nationally known act on every Thursday night of the month.
This week they had Chuck Negron formerly one of the lead singers in Three Dog Night.
I was fortunate enough to win some tickets for the revamped Foghat (lead singer and main writer Lonesome Dave died in 2000 ). I look forward to checking out the venue.
I also have tickets for 80's rockers Patty Smyth and Scandal the following week. Smyth reformed the band after a successful "Bands Reunited" episiode on VH-1 Classic in 2004.
If the 90's are more your taste, Sister Hazel recently played there and in October they will be having one of the most "90's" bands you can think of, the Spin Doctors!
October also bring 80's diva Sheena Easton to the club.
It will be interesting to see if they can maintain the pace of booking one national act a week. Time will tell, but I hope so. It can give you an opportunity to see acts that while no longer at the height of their fame, put on an enjoyable show and bring back good memories for the audience.