Rams Head Live postpones shows through end of May due to coronavirus

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Matt and Kim perform at Rams Head Live in November 2019. Image via Rams Head Live’s Facebook.

After closing its doors a week ago under state orders in response to the new coronavirus, Rams Head Live has postponed all shows through the end of May.

The downtown Baltimore rock club announced last Monday that it would close due to state restrictions on large gatherings in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier that day, Gov. Larry Hogan had lowered the maximum number of people allowed at large gatherings from 250 to 50.

Then last Thursday, Hogan ordered all entertainment venues in the state to close and prohibited events and gatherings of more than 10 people. The measures are intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus and encourage people to stay home unless they are providing or accessing essential services.

Rams Head Live said on Sunday that all shows scheduled through the end of May have been postponed. Among the events that have been postponed is the 18th annual Maryland Deathfest, which had been scheduled to take place from May 21-24 at Rams Head Live and Baltimore Soundstage, another local entertainment venue that has closed due to COVID-19.

In a social media post updating patrons and community members, Rams Head Live said the venue needed “to do our part as good neighbors to help lessen the impact of the coronavirus.”

“We know what an emotional uplift music provides at times like this. But what’s most important for right now is for us to follow all guidelines regarding large gatherings–mandated or recommended–until we are told it’s safe to re-open,” the post said.

Due to “the ever-changing situation” around COVID-19, the venue said its timeline for rescheduling the postponed shows “remains fluid while all of this progresses.”

Tickets purchased for the affected shows will be valid for rescheduled dates, Rams Head Live said.

The venue said it is also working out how to address refunds for rescheduled shows.

“We’re in uncharted waters, so give us a minute and continue to check back here for more info as we have it,” the post said, directing people to check the venue’s social media for any announcements.

Amidst closures due to the coronavirus, some groups have found ways to continue musical performances and other events online.

Baltimore Soundstage, for example, will be livestreaming a performance by reggae rock band Ballyhoo! at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

The show will be free to watch, but the band will accept donations through Venmo at @ballyhoorocks and PayPal at [email protected]

Marcus Dieterle

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