Midnight Sun: With slots approved, Rams Head Group discusses plans for Arundel venue

November 03, 2010|By Erik Maza | Baltimore Sun reporter

(From the Midnight Sun blog)

On Tuesday night, Anne Arundel County voters approved plans by the Cordish Cos. to build a new slots parlor at Arundel Mills Mall that will also include an entertainment complex featuring a new Rams Head musical venue. Today, Erin McNaboe, vice president of Rams Head Group, commented on their plans for the new, still unnamed venue, and how it will fit into the Rams Head franchise.

When Cordish Cos. revealed plans for an entertainment complex in October, it said "Rams Head would operate a 300-seat live music venue, featuring jazz, blues and classic rock acts."

McNaboe said that's still the case. The new venue won't be very different from Rams Head on Stage in Annapolis, and will feature artists spanning the musical spectrum.

"It's going to be a seated facility where one night you might have country and the next night jazz," she said.

She said it's still not clear how entertainment will be split between all the different Rams Head venues, which also includes Rams Head Live in Baltimore's Power Plant Live.

"Hopefully, they'll mutually work together," she said. "A lot of times we get contacted by artists who want to play Annapolis and it's already booked. This is an opportunity to bring more artists."

McNaboe said the venue still doesn't have a name, or definite completion date.

"A lot of those things are coming out in the next few days," she said, adding, "Cordish is committed to fast-tracking the whole project."

At Cordish Cos.'s election night party at Dave & Buster's, developer David Cordish said he would move forward with the project immediately and planned to complete it in the spring or summer of 2012.

Tickets at the new Rams Head will be similar to On Stage in Annapolis, ranging from $10 to $100 depending on the performer, McNaboe said.

Question A, which asked voters if a zoning ordinance allowing Cordish to build slots should stand, was bitterly fought, with proponents and opponents spending a cumulative $6 million campaigning. But voters were ultimately swayed by the developer, who won 56 percent of the vote versus the anti-slots group's 44 percent.

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