It had been too long since Mac DeMarco had been to Baltimore, the critically acclaimed, indie-rock singer/songwriter realized recently. So, he decided to add a last-minute tour date here because, as he said during a phone interview last week, “Why not?”
DeMarco will headline a surprise concert at Rams Head Live on Thursday night. Tickets are on sale now at ramsheadlive.com, and can be purchased at the Rams Head Live box office beginning at noon on Thursday, according to a venue spokesman. Juan Wauters will also perform.
“For some reason, we’ve never done a proper show in Baltimore, and finally I was like, ‘Why don’t we do that?’” DeMarco said on the phone from his Los Angeles home.
DeMarco, whose 2017 full-length “This Old Dog” landed on many publications’ year-end best albums lists, became a fan of the city in 2012, when he was a less-established musician visiting his friend Michael Collins of the Baltimore outfits Run DMT and Salvia Plath.
On the phone, DeMarco fondly remembered the time he scored some late-night snacks after a show at the Copycat Building.
“Maybe they don’t do this anymore but they used to leave all of the pizzas at the end of the night outside, so we had a bit of a pizza feast,” he said. “We were watching ‘The Beatles Anthology.’”
Raised in Canada, DeMarco said he was not very aware of how U.S. tour routes work, and often leaves it to the tour management to organize. When told Baltimore is regularly overlooked by tours for larger nearby cities like Washington and Philadelphia, DeMarco said there should be more balance.
“I feel like there should be some sort of deal where D.C. needs to share with Baltimore,” said DeMarco, who performed at Washington’s new venue, the Anthem, this evening.
He has no expectations for the Baltimore show, especially one with little notice, but DeMarco is “excited to come rip” nonetheless, he said.
Beyond the show announcement, DeMarco said his fall and winter will be filled with sporadic touring with plans to release new music next year, though the singer/songwriter ultimately wouldn’t commit to details. Instead, for his parting words, the 28-year-old passed along universal advice to fans.