Silopanna planners shoot for sequel

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Photo - This 2012 file photo shows Robert Randolph and the Family Band performing on the main stage at Silopanna Music Festival in Annapolis, Md.  The Silopanna Music Festival is planning a comeback this summer at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, according to Rams Head Promotions.  The all-day concert is scheduled for Aug. 16 and will likely feature three stages, although organizers are still working out details.   (AP Photo/The Capital, Paul Gillespie)
This 2012 file photo shows Robert Randolph and the Family Band performing on the main stage at Silopanna Music Festival in Annapolis, Md. The Silopanna Music Festival is planning a comeback this summer at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, according to Rams Head Promotions. The all-day concert is scheduled for Aug. 16 and will likely feature three stages, although organizers are still working out details. (AP Photo/The Capital, Paul Gillespie)
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CROWNSVILLE, Md. (AP) — And the beat goes on.

The Silopanna Music Festival is planning a comeback this summer at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds in Crownsville, according to Rams Head Promotions.

The all-day concert is scheduled for Aug. 16 and will likely feature three stages, although organizers are still working out details.

Rams Head hasn't finalized the lineup or ticketing information. It will make an announcement about the bands in the coming weeks. Previous rosters combined local and regional music groups with a few national bands.

"The biggest thing is getting the date and the right acts that we want, and those couple of things have been cured," said Erin McNaboe, Rams Head Group vice president. "Now we can get into the fun details of filling in the blanks."

The music festival has been canceled more than it has been held.

The first concert was scheduled for August 2011. Matt and Kim, Trombone Shorty and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings were among the 20 acts slated for the Rams Head event. But Hurricane Irene forced organizers to cancel.

In 2012, despite a quick but heavy downpour, the concert went on as scheduled, with CAKE, G. Love & Special Sauce and Citizen Cope as the headliners. About 5,000 people attended.

When Rams Head announced it wouldn't have a Silopanna last year, many suspected it was the end of the beleaguered festival.

"The stars didn't align this year to put together a lineup that we could stand behind," officials said in a statement last May.

McNaboe said that was a tough call, but the organizers weren't willing to give up on the festival in 2014.

"We're stubborn," she said.

Rams Head has promotional materials showing the phonetic pronunciation of "Silopanna" — "Annapolis" spelled backward.

"People are still like Silo-what?" McNaboe said.

Rams Head hopes to draw 10,000 people. They're working on making improvements to concessions and other aspects of the festival.

VIP ticket holders might also get more perks.

Jaime Horrigan, bass player in Sweet Leda, said he's excited Silopanna is making a return. He participated in the 2012 festival but couldn't discuss whether the band will be performing at the event this summer.

"They did an amazing job the year they pulled it off," Horrigan said. "Annapolis has an amazing music scene with a lot of great bands."

Concert goers will be able to find more information on the festival at Silopannafest.com.

"This is our hometown, this is where Rams Head started almost 25 years ago," McNaboe said. "A lot of our bigger stuff is at Pier Six in Baltimore, so it's really something exciting for us to bring it back to where we began in Annapolis."

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Information from: The Capital of Annapolis, Md., http://capitalgazette.com

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