Baltimore Sun (08/18/15) Wells, Carrie; Case,Wesley
AEG Live has purchased Baltimore's popular Rams Head Live. The 1,500-seat venue was one of Baltimore's significant music venues since opening in 2004, but ticket sales have recently declined. The sale follows the sentencing of former Rams Head Group president Kyle C. Muehlhauser for visual surveillance with prurient intent at his club in Columbia, Md. AEG Live hopes to reinvigorate the club, promising to bring more and better acts to Rams Head Live. Otherwise, the new owners do not plan to change the venue. "It still does good business, but it used to do great business and we think we can get it back to that place," says AEG Live's Shawn Trell. "You put the right band in there and people will be excited to come." AEG Live also recently purchased two venues in Virginia: the National Theater in Richmond and the NorVa Theater in Norfolk. "You just have a more compelling offer to talent when you are able to pool similarly sized, regionally located, conveniently located venues like that," Trell says. The company now owns 35 venues, allowing it to bundle offers together and create a Mid-Atlantic tour to present to musicians. Veteran Baltimore concert promoter Paul Manna expects AEG Live to be able to attract more star power to Ram's Head Live.