Festivals are the epitome of a great summer experience. Great music, fantastic food, lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy and great vendors are the main components of a really great festival; and when new festivals come along, there’s always a level of excited anticipation. “What will the main attraction be?; Will there be activities for everyone?”, and if attendees really enjoy it, the question begs to be asked; “Will it come back next year?”. This Saturday, August 27th – Rams Head Promotions is intent on bringing “a 1 day music festival, for all ages, with 3 stages and 20 bands to feed your soul” to the Annapolis area – the inaugural Silopanna Music Festival at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds.
The Silopanna Music Festival will feature 20 national, regional and local acts on 3 stages; over 30 vendors and craftsman; misting tents; a gaming area with corn holes & dunking booths; free yoga session at 11 am; face painting; free parking and more. “We are incredibly excited to bring the Silopanna line-up to the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds and to host an event that we feel not only entertains the community, but benefits it as well,” said Erin Brunst McNaboe, Vice President of Rams Head Group. The partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust is just one of the ways that community focused components have become an integral part of the Silopanna Music Festival. Many of the festival vendors and craftsman are local Annapolis business, radio station 103.1 FM WRNR is a partner, Charm City yoga will lead the yoga session, and the unforgettable yet catchy festival name are just a few of the ways that the community is represented. “This festival is community driven in many ways and one the most common question that we are often asked is how we came up with the name Silopanna (pronounced Sil-o-panna). It’s very unique and we’ve gotten so many guesses as to the name, some even thought it had Native American origins, but it’s much more simple that than. Silopanna is Annapolis spelled backwards.” Now you cannot get more ‘community’ than that and with such fantastic community components coupled with some of the best dance punk, electro, soul, funk, jazz, rock, and indie pop music artists today, Silopanna is definitely on the “Top 10 Not to Miss” summer events list.
The festival line-up at Silopanna is extremely impressive for this first time festival. Silopanna will proudly feature national artists including: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matt and Kim, Harper Blynn, Fitz and The Tantrums and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack; along with local/regional artists including: All Mighty Senators, Grilled Lincolns, jarflys, Sweet Leda, LAZERlibby and many more. “What’s really exciting about this lineup for us is the quality and depth of the acts. Each one of these performers shine live – their shows at our other venues have elicited such great responses for their energy and showmanship that they were handpicked for Silopanna,” said Rams Head booking agent Mark Mangold. Every artist or band performing at Silopanna has performed at one of Rams Head Promotions venues. Rams Promotions has been around since 1997 and with an average of over 600 shows a year over the past 14 years – the event organizers had their work cut out for them. It was not easy to whittle down the line up for Silopanna, with so many talented acts to choose from. However this line up quite frankly, knocks it out the park; for music lovers, Silopanna will cure what ails you.
In addition to everything the festival has to offer, there is also an “eco-friendly, green” component that is being introduced. Attendees are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles to cut down on the festivals plastic consumption footprint, they are also encouraged to carpool to the festival, along with a free yoga session at 11 am to kick off the festival, and the Festival has committed to a partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This partnership will help to raise funds and awareness to help the Bay and in turn help the environment. “At the Trust, we believe that getting people involved at the local level is a crucial element to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay and our rivers,” said Allen Hance, executive director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. “We are honored to partner with Rams Head to raise funds to help the Bay and increase awareness about what we can all do to become better stewards of the environment.”
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For performance times, a festival map & a list of some of the featured vendors and craftsman, go to Silopanna Festival Update Information.
- The Main Stage presented by Bud Light & Fordham Brewing will feature performances by Matt & Kim; Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; and Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings as the Main Stage Headliner.
- The B Stage presented by bthesite.com will feature performances by Sweet Leda; All Mighty Senators; and Jimmie’s Chicken Shack as the B Stage Headliner.
- The Pavilion Stage will feature performances by Tobias Russell; jarflys and LAZERlibby as the Pavilion Stage Headliner.
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Silopanna Music Festival
Saturday, August 27th
Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds
Parking Lot opens @ 10:30am ; Box Office opens @ 11am ; Gates open @ 11:30am
The festival is all open to all ages.