Feb 15, 2015

Jeff Kaplan Memorial Concert - Rams Head Live

By Bob Suehs

Jeff Kaplan Memorial Concert & Gathering

Charm City Devils, Jimmie Chicken Shack, Kelly Bell Band, All Mighty Senators

February 15, 2015

Rams Head Live

Baltimore, Maryland

Jeff Kaplan was a Maryland based Sound Engineer/Tour Manager for artists such as Snoop Dogg, A Day To Remember, & Charm City Devils.

Jeff passed away on January 7, 2015 in a tragic multi-car accident and his friends and family decided to honor his memory with a low key rock show at Rams Head on February 15.

The show started around 7 PM with Bad Seed Rising opening. I arrived around 8:30 PM to catch The Almighty Senators onstage and I’ll be the first to declare, “Holy crap, the Almighty Senators are amazing!”.

I was floored with the musicianship The Senators possessed onstage; great vocals, bluesy guitar, a thick horn section, and groovy rhythm! For years I’d heard people praising The Almighty Senators and after witnessing the band firsthand all I can say is, indeed, they are one the best local acts Maryland has to offer!

Kelly Bell was next and his Phat Blues music filled The Rams Head nicely but what makes Kelly Bell’s show so much fun is Kelly’s interaction with the band and the crowd. Members from most of the other bands on the bill joined Kelly and company at some point and the singer from Bastards of Reality joined The Kelly Bell Band for a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid”!

Charm City Devils played a 5 song set which was short and to the point. “Let’s Rock N Roll” was the set opener and “Man of Constant Sorrow” was the set closer.

Interesting side note to this show was the fact that all bands on the bill shared amps which meant between sets there was an interesting scurry to change the amp settings to accommodate each bands sound.

The backdrop for the show was a large picture of Jeff and on each side of the stage sat a photo of Jeff. Jimmy Haha hosted the event and he did a kick ass job of keeping the show moving while telling jokes and messing with the crowd.

Jimmies Chicken Shack were the nights headliner and their set was rather sloppy with a tad too many “still” moments where they had to stall due to not being ready for the next song. At one point Jimmy broke a guitar string and his crew could not get the string changed in a timely manner so they gave Jimmy a new guitar to play BUT the guitar had no strap on it so Jimmy played the guitar strapless which was fun to watch. Jimmy and the boys were entertaining but The Almighty Senators owned this night.