Silopanna Music Festival – A Festival Close to Home

By: Ryan Hickman

As summer draws to an end (in spirit, at least), music fans will be seeking one last chance to experience a day or a weekend of great music and great times before returning to the lull of what some experts call the “post-summer blues”. For most people, this final pilgrimage requires a great deal of time, travel and expenses, which prompts them to ask the following question: Can’t I just have a music festival featuring great local and national musicians that is close enough to be in my backyard? Well, the Rams Head Group decided to answer said question, and the answer is “Definitely.”

Enter Silopanna Music Festival. Set up by the Rams Head Group (of which Rams Head Live, Rams Head On-Stage and Pier Six Pavillion are a part), Silopanna will be held on August 11, 2012 at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, MD, just minutes from Annapolis. The Festival’s slogan is “Annapolis’ Biggest Music Festival,” and it is certainly no exaggeration given the lineup.

Silopanna was supposed to have celebrated its inaugural year last summer, boasting the likes of Matt & Kim, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Fitz and Tantrums, and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings. However, due to Hurricane Irene, the concert did not take place. As disappointing as this was for the performers, promoters and fans, the festival has returned in fine form for 2012. This year’s lineup, which features a host of recognizable names, is sure to live up to people’s expectations.

CAKE is found at the top of the list. Anyone who lived during the 1990s knows their songs “The Distance” and “Never There,” (both of which made people wonder why the trumpet wasn’t used more often in rock music). These songs, along with “Short Skirt/Long Jacket”, “Rock n’ Roll Lifestyle”, “I Will Survive” (their glorious cover of Gloria Gaynor’s classic) and “Frank Sinatra” have become staples of FM rock radio. Led by John McCrea’s expressionless half-sung/half-spoken lyrics, CAKE helped usher in the alternative rock wave of the 1990s. However, Vince DiFiore was arguably the pioneer of the group, making the trumpet, guiro and melodica major components of the group’s distinct sound. These two original members will be joined by Xan McCurdy on electric guitar, Gabe Nelson on bass and Paulo Baldi on drums. (As a side note, be sure to check out CAKE’s cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”; you’ll be glad you did!)

Citizen Cope is one of the supporting acts. His style simultaneously combines hip-hop, jazz, blues, alternative rock and reggae. His gravely, sorrowful voice is reminiscent of contemporaries Ray Lamontagne, David Gray and Iron & Wine. His jazz/blues songwriting could easily be seen accompanying the most expert of bluesmen, (in fact, he has shared the stage with Eric Clapton and recorded with Carlos Santana), yet it would seem right at home alongside the Dave Matthews Band or Sublime. While many of CAKE’s songs are humorous and sardonic, Citizen Cope’s far-more-somber songs are emotional reflections of personal experiences, social injustices and poetic expression. He first gained exposure with his song “Let the Drummer Kick,” which was featured on his debut album. His next album featured the hits “Sideways,” which was featured in a number of films and television shows, and “Bullet and a Target,” which was notably featured in the film Alpha Dog and a variety of television shows. While these three are arguably his most well known, “Pablo Picasso”, “Healing Hands” and the more-recently-penned “One Lovely Day” have all received a great deal of radio airplay.

G. Love & Special Sauce and Robert Randolph & the Family Band are the other two supporting acts. GL&SS first achieved recognition in the 1990s with their first album, which featured their hits “Cold Beverage,” “Blues Music,” and their cover of “The Things That I Used to Do.” In subsequent albums, they would fuse hip-hop and alternative rock, giving them a laidback, cheerful feel and making the band affectionately synonymous with summertime. Robert Randolph & the Family Band are a nationally known blues/funk band that has found success with their songs “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” and “Going in the Right Direction.” Randolph, an innovator of the pedal-steel guitar, was named to Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time List. They have worked in the studio with the legendary T-Bone Burnett, and have toured with Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews Band.

Besides these nationally known names, Silopanna features lesser known acts like J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, Yuna, Joe Pug, Audra Mae, and many others. For a complete list, including set-times, visit Silopanna’s website at Silopanna Music Festival

Like all festivals, Silopanna has a strict list of policies, allowed/disallowed items, vendor information, hotel information (this is a one-day festival; no camping), site maps, etc. on their website at Silopanna Music Festival Info Also included is the Directions tab.

Tickets are still available. The early bird tickets are sold out, but regular price tickets are still available. They are $59.50 (plus taxes). Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the show for $75 (plus taxes). For ticketing information, and to purchase them, visit Silopanna Music Festival Tickets Ticket sales will benefit AM/FM (Annapolis Musicians’ Fund for Musicians). For more information about their cause, visit

Overall, Silopanna will be a great festival for the whole family. It’s a small scale festival with a lot of big name draw. Get your tickets today!

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WMUC 88.1FM Radio Special - The Rolling Stones Turn 50

From 3:00PM to 10:00PM on Saturday July 21, 2012, join Dominick of Electric Candle Radio and Dave of Dave's Record Collection for a celebration of The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary of their very first live performance in London, on July 12, 1962.

The Rolling Stones are still together today and still showing everyone 'how it's done'.

So turn on, tune in and and let us groove to the sounds of The Rolling Stones. Dave and Dominick will feature old, new and rare performances by this legendary Rock & Roll lineup.

If you miss any of the broadcasts you may download it from the "Show Archive MP3" page.

So tune to 88.1FM or listen online beginning at 3:00 PM!

Here are the essential links:

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The Playlist: The Rolling Stones Turn 50

Audio Archives:
The Rolling Stones Turn 50 Part 1 of 2

The Rolling Stones Turn 50 Part 2 of 2

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Camp Bisco 2012: Recap + 3 Exclusive Interviews (Dada Life, Craze & Codes)

"WMUC's Asad and Peter take on what is perhaps America's most ridiculous music festival: Camp Bisco"

When fans crossed through the gates of Indian Lookout Country Club last week in upstate New York, the moment was comparable to entering another planet while simultaneously savoring the most delicious forbidden fruit. A music lover’s wet dream and haven for self-expression, Camp Bisco temporarily emancipated over 13,000 visitors from across the country by providing them a temporary promise land and unforgettable getaway from the dregs of the “real world.”

Featuring three days and nights of phenomenal performances by today’s biggest and upcoming electronic artists and jam bands, including headline acts like Skrillex, Bassnectar, Lotus, and (of course) the Disco Biscuits, the energy at Camp Bisco was incessant. In spite of intense heat and massive dust clouds, nothing slowed fans down as they dutifully marched like armies of neon ants between the five stages to see their favorite acts. Even when the music was over, it wasn’t really over: countless campsite boom boxes and a late night Silent Disco kept the party alive until 5 am each night.

In its 11th year running, the festival attracted people from across the spectrum of society, ranging from “bass head” ravers and fratty college students to hard-partying government workers and free love hippies. This motley fusion of campers, united by music and overseen by a frighteningly efficient yet carefree Hells Angels security team, produced a surprisingly harmonious Bisco community that otherwise defied reality as new friendships were made and mutual understanding reached.

With over 130 individual performances, it’s impossible to say who had the best set.

Thursday featured a rather electro-dubstep heavy lineup on the big stages, including Skrillex, Zeds Dead, and a slew of OWSLA talents (e.g. Porter Robinson, Zedd, Kill the Noise). Despite lots of newer and hyped up talent, it’s still no doubt that the faithful came in droves for the Disco Biscuits’ first set of the weekend (out of 6 in total).

On Friday, tunes like Dada Life’s “Kick Out the Epic Motherf****r” blasted through the B.I.G. Tent all day and culminated when the banana-bashing, champagne guzzling Swedish duo headlined that night.

Senior reporters Asad and Peter even snagged some of their time for a WMUC exclusive Dada Life interview!

Interview with Dada Life at Camp Bisco 2012 by Asad & Peter

Other Friday highlights included a performance from Big Boi of Outkast, who even though he showed up late, had everyone singing along to “Ms. Jackson” before Lotus – easily one of the most respected and creative jam bands on the tour circuit – banged out winding song after song. Amon Tobin rocked the stage in between Biscuit sets with his thunderous bass lines and wild video mapping visual show.

Sunday was fun. Aside from three considerably different Disco Biscuit sets on the main stage, Big Gigantic sizzled a sexy sax and instrumental set before the wildly popular Bassnectar took stage. It’s no question Bassnectar had the most packed crowd all weekend.

Over at the Label Tent, the Fools Gold crew was in full effect and throwing down like a wild family reunion.

Check out WMUC’s exclusive interviews with Craze and Codes below!

Interview with DJ Craze at Camp Bisco 2012 by Asad & Peter
Interview with Codes at Camp Bisco 2012 by Asad & Peter

When everything wrapped up early Sunday morning as campers begrudgingly dismantled their tents and packed up their cars, it became clear that a return to reality was quickly dawning. However, it is clear that the memories, new friendships, and self-discoveries made at Camp Bisco will give this year’s campers something to talk about for a long time to come.

Firefly Music Festival – Why You Should Go

Firefly Music Festival – Why You Should Go

By: Ryan Hickman and Aaditya Chandrasekar

Summer may be the most exciting time of the year for music fans, as it signals the unofficial start to the music festival season.

Everyone from college students on summer break to seasoned festival veterans rediscovering their joie de vivre has something to gain from experiencing a music festival. Besides providing a day, a weekend or more of amazing music, festivals grant attendees the opportunity to spend time with friends, meet new ones, enjoy other showcases like artwork and comedy, see great new places, and enjoy being alive. And with a wide variety of music festivals around the country (and the world, for that matter) offering an eclectic mix of genres and artists, both new and old, there is literally something for everyone.

High profile music festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Coachella might be the first to come to mind, but a burgeoning wave of lower profile festivals is forming. Governors Island Music Festival in Randall’s Island, NYC features Beck, Modest Mouse and Fiona Apple this year for its second annual offering. Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL features Vampire Weekend, Feist and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY features My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Andrew Bird. These are just a few of the lesser known music festivals that take place every summer throughout the United States. Truly, there is no shortage of festivals from which to choose.

Historically, festival goers in the Mid-Atlantic States have had their choice of festivals in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Virginia. Maryland offers Virgin Mobile Free Fest in September, the recently-added Silopanna Music Festival, and a few other local festivals; Delaware offers a few local festivals as well, but there has not been much else besides. That is, until now.

Earlier this year, Red Frog Events announced that it would be starting a new, Delaware-based music festival that would feature internationally known bands and artists. It’s called Firely Music Festival, and it will be held Friday July 20 through Sunday July 22, 2012 at the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware.

This is the inaugural year for the festival, but the prestige of the lineup does not suggest it. The headliners are The Killers, The Black Keys and Jack White. The Killers, with their danceable indie/electro sound and Brandon Flowers’ distinctive vocals; The Black Keys, with their mix of alternative rock and blues; and Jack White, with his instantly recognizable guitar tones and trademark wails, are all internationally renowned superstars.

But the lineup does not drop off there. The list of supporting acts could just as easily be the list of headliners at any other festival. Death Cab for Cutie combines melancholic lyricism with airy indie pop styling, while The Flaming Lips fuse their eclectic alternative rock sound with a dazzling visual show.

Bands like CAKE, The Wallflowers and The Silversun Pickups all have a large assortment of FM rock radio favorites. Well established indie rock bands, like OK GO, Passion Pit and Cold War Kids will be joined by up-and-coming indie rock acts like Awolnation, Young the Giant, Grouplove, and many, many others.

However, there is more to Firefly Music Festival than indie/alt rock musicians. John Legend is an acclaimed soul singer and piano player who has won multiple Grammys. Bassnectar is a dubstep/electronic dance music artist who has become hugely popular in the United States for combining glitch and dubstep into a unique package. Lupe Fiasco, Chiddy Bang and Tinie Tempah are all acclaimed hip-hop acts that stray from pitfalls of the mainstream. Michael Franti and Spearhead combine elements of reggae, jazz, hip hop and rock to create their unique sound.

Overall, the Firefly Music Festival will be a great experience for fans of all types of music. To see a full list of artists and performance schedules, visit Firefly’s website, at: Firefly Music Festival.

The festival experience includes more than just the music. The Dover International Speedway grounds will also serve as a campground for the expected concertgoers. Different camping and lodging accommodations can be made, and all the details can be found by visiting their website and clicking on the “Travel” tab. This tab also includes driving directions to and from the festival.

Regarding the festival itself, Firefly has taken the necessary steps to ensure that everyone will have a great time. Medical personnel will be on site, and the Festival has a strict, no-illegal-activities policy. More information regarding allowed and disallowed items, policies, venue information, etc. can be found by clicking on the “Info” tab on their website. Under the “Attractions” tab, you can find information regarding the sights, sounds and smells of the festival. There are also links for their “Green” initiative, and there are plenty of opportunities to donate money to good causes, like St. Jude’s Children's Research Hospital.

Early Bird and Advance 3-Day Passes are sold out, but General Admission 3-Day passes, VIP 3-Day Passes and Super VIP 3-Day Passes are still available on their website. Just click on the “Tickets” tab.

Overall, the first ever Firefly Music Festival is not to be missed. Get your tickets now!

Complete Information & Tickets Here: Firefly Music Festival

Also, a SURPRISE ACT will be announced on Monday June 25th. Be sure to check it out!

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Turn On And Tune Into The Psychedelics Lab Saturday 3:00PM to 6:00PM

From 3:00PM to 6:00PM Saturday May 19, 2012, tune into WMUC as DJK fills in for Dominick of Electric Candle.

If you dig a mind-blowing, mind-expanding mix, DJK is not to be missed.

For this show DJK will host The Psychedelics Lab featuring mind-bending / melt-your-face-off psychedelia. All the crazed productions, fuzzed out wig flippers, freak-beat amp toppling mod madness and pure acid meltdown.

If you miss any of the broadcasts you may download it from the "Show Archive MP3" page.

So tune to 88.1FM or listen online beginning at 3:00 PM!

"Turn on, tune in, and let us groove."

Here are the essential links:

Click here to listen Live: WMUC 88.1 FM

Audio Archives:
Psychedelics Lab

DJK Psychedelics Lab
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Beauty Suffers Finale: Mark Robinson, Little Gold, Evangelicals, First Aid Kit, The Radio Dept., Mastodon, Punch Brothers + More

Today (Wed., May 16) is the three-part finale of Beauty Suffers. Working at WMUC has been an incredible experience. Please join us live for a celebration with many special guests and great music.
The show airs 2:30 to 8 p.m. EST today.

Live Appearances:

    Mark Robinson (TeenBeat Records, Unrest, Air Miami, WMUC alum): Playing Songs!
    Little Gold (Loud Baby Sounds, ex-Woods, Meneguar): Playing Songs!

+ Many More!



Thank you for listening! Be sure to tune in for many more special guests, as well.

Tune in at 88.1 FM or listen online at

If you miss the show or want to listen again, check out the mp3 archive here (part 1) and here (part 2) and here (part 3) and here (part 4).

Third Rail Radio Retrospective: Sunday, May 13

Well, it's been another fantastic semester for Third Rail Radio. We here at WMUC thank you for listening and your continued support! If you're interested in supporting us financially, we always appreciate your generosity: WMUC Support Fund. Your help assists us in our mission to bring you the best in broadcasting!

For tonight's Third Rail Radio, please join us for a listen back at some of our favorite Third Rails, highlights from this past semester, and other on-air WMUC performances.

Featured artists will include:
Rites of Spring
Double Dagger
Future Islands
Allo Darlin'
Terry Malts
Fucked Up
The Wave Pictures

Sunday, May 13th
6 pm to 9 pm

Listen live on WMUC 88.1 FM or right here at!

An archived mp3 of the show will be available here until next Sunday.