Martin O'Malley will trade the political stage for an actual stage this summer when his band plays at Rams Head in June — his first performance in Annapolis since ending his White House bid.
The former Maryland governor and Democratic presidential candidate will play two shows with his seven-piece Irish pub-rock band at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. June 10 at Rams Head On Stage. Tickets are $25. The band's previous performances at Rams Head have sold out.
O'Malley's March has played at Rams Head about every year for the last 15 years, said Laura Price, Rams Head's marketing director.
"People I feel like are curious to see what Martin O'Malley is like on stage," Price said. "You can't say a lot politicians lead their own band."
The band plays original songs and covers of the '80s Celtic punk act The Pogues. O'Malley sings and typically plays acoustic guitar. The former governor has been playing music most of his life and the band formed in 1988, according to the O'Malley's March website. He writes all of the band's original music.
After O'Malley suspended his campaign in February, the band started performing more shows in March, specifically around St. Patrick's Day, said band member Jared Denhard.
"It's great to be playing with him again," Denhard said. "We didn't do anything without him."
The band last played in Annapolis in December 2014 and enjoys coming to the city because of the Rams Head's venue, Denhard said. He added that whenever the band has played in the state's capital, it's common for politicians to come and watch O'Malley perform.
O'Malley maintains a lot of energy through the performances, Price said. It's time filled with Irish rock music and drinking.
"He enjoys his Guinness," she laughed.