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"ECLECTACLE" at Rams Head Live on Aug 30th – TELESMA, See-I, Deaf Scene and Freedom Enterprise

“ECLECTACLE” at Rams Head Live on Aug 30th – TELESMA, See-I, Deaf Scene and Freedom Enterprise
We very excited about our next production coming up on Friday August 30th at Rams Head Live (Baltimore, MD)!!
An eclectic spectacle of art & music
Featuring music by:
TELESMA (with the Indra Lazul Bellydancers)
SEE – I (featuring members of Thievery Corporation)
Deaf Scene
Freedom Enterprise
Live art and featured artwork by Heather Joi, Will Shanklin, Ephrem Kouakou, Adam Scott Miller, Kathleen Ryan and Jennifer Stevens (Bubble artist).
Body painting by Patricia Tamariz.
Visuals by VJ Hylantown
Special guest dancers Golden Dance Experiment.
Cosmic clothing vending by Proper Playground!
And other great vending including art, jewelry, and more!!
8pm Doors
9pm Showtime
$12 tickets
Advanced tickets available at
Rams Head Live
20 Market Place Baltimore MD 21202
(410) 244 – 1131
Poster Art by Jeremy Opio

Band info:
TELESMA – Psychedelic Tribal Rock
Blending ancient and modern instrumentation and spirit, the Baltimore-based group Telesma bridges the gap between primal and futuristic. Setting themselves apart with their intoxicating sound and extraordinary live performances, they take the audience on a soul inspiring journey that transcends this world, tantalizes the senses, and moves the body with waves of pulsating rhythm.
Telesma’s unique sound, oft labeled “electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music”, is driven by the ancient sound of the didgeridoo, the kubing (bamboo mouth harp), tribal drums and percussion, and the human voice.
“To experience Telesma live is to become part of the show. More than just music, it’s a swirling, whirling, twirling event…it’s extremely hard not to become involved in the swaying, hypnotic rhythms that pour forth from the stage.” Michael Macey of the Chesapeake Music Guide.
See-I – Reggae/Funk
The story begins with two brothers, Rootz and Zeebo, who found their way from college in North Carolina via the Caribbean only to end up in Washington, DC. It was in the cultural melting pot of the Nation’s capital that they developed their creative and musical talents. In the heady days of the late 1980s, the brothers Steele would launch the project that has defined their lives: See-I. They quickly became a fixture of DC’s burgeoning Reggae scene crossing paths with Reggae aficionado Eric Hilton who was determined to include them in his future projects. Hilton was opening the Eighteenth Street Lounge and associated record label, and brought Rootz and Zeebo on board. Throughout the 90’s and into the coming millennium they would go on to record, perform and tour with Thievery Corporation.
Then in 2005 Zeebo and Rootz started a regular Wednesday night gig at the Eighteenth Street Lounge that would see them coalescing one of the greatest live bands the city has ever seen. Slowly gathering momentum, guest musicians and members – from the Thievery Live band and the Chuck Brown band amongst others – the See-I live band would grow into a nationwide touring phenomenon, and are now considered one of America’s premier Reggae party bands.
See-I’s unique blend of classic roots reggae with a good blend of funk and soul has rocked dance floors from coast to coast. The deep experiences & influences of this 8-piece group have created a sound popular sound at ski resorts, beach towns & concert halls alike. Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation even said, “They’re unique musically and I think that’s why people gravitate to them so much”. See-I is original roots, rock reggae from the nation’s capital!
Deaf Scene – Experimental Instrumental Rock
Deaf Scene is an experimental band based in Baltimore, Maryland. As an instrumental drum-bass-guitar trio, the band pulls off an incredibly vast range of sounds, pushing the sonic boundaries of each instrument and effect that they use. In their four year existence, the band has cultivated a unique musical style, influenced by everything from The Beatles to Bassnectar and beyond; yet their music still defies any sort of traditional “jam-band”, “post-rock”, or “electronic” categorization. Onstage, Deaf Scene’s raw energy and eerie psychedelia draw you into their one-of-a-kind live performance. Lush guitar melodies, ethereal loops, intricate bass harmonies, and propulsive drum rhythms are the cornerstones of Deaf Scene’s music, both live and in the studio. In 2010, the band self-released their debut EP, a cohesive movement of music that showcases the powerful potential of Deaf Scene’s brand of loop-infused rock experimentation. With plans for releasing more music and touring extensively in 2012, Deaf Scene is truly proving to be, “One of Maryland’s best up-and-coming acts”
Freedom Enterprise – Funk/Soul Groove
Freedom Enterprise is Baltimore’s own Funk Soul Rock and Roll. An amazing original, organic, orgasmic musical experience. With deep seeded roots in funk, blues, and jazz and a sharp eye towards the future, Freedom is ready to rattle the scene. Freedom Enterprise has forged their own unique sound and their place in town as one of Baltimore’s must see bands. FE is a conglomerate of many amazing musicians, each bringing their own sound, wibe, and history to the table. Freedom’s concerts are a melodic wall of sound that guarantees good times, an amazing musical experience, and a funky fun place to meet good people. Were planting seeds, were connecting people, were creating the vibe for you to come out and ride, and were constantly working on our art form to perfect for the people.

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Feb 23rd 2013 – "Cosmic Congress" at Rams Head Live featuring Telesma, All MIghty Senators and Swampcandy

Feb 23rd 2013
“Cosmic Congress” at Rams Head Live
featuring Telesma, All MIghty Senators and Swampcandy

Plus The Indra Lazul Bellydancers, body painting by Patricia Tamariz and more!
9pm Showtime
$12 tickets – Buy online at
Cosmic Congress - Feb 23rd

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Interview with TELESMA's Ian Hesford in the Baltimore City Paper (June 26th 2012)

Here is the interview with Telesma’s Ian Hesford from the Baltimore City Paper, published on June 26th 2012.
Written by Matt Kelly.
Link to City Paper article online

Ian Hesford always wanted to bring a shamanic presence to the live performances of his tribal jam band, Telesma. Donning full body paint and equipped with a myriad of exotic instruments, he tried to reach “the edge of regular consciousness.”
On April 20, just minutes into the beginning of their set during a performance at Rams Head Live!, Hesford collapsed onstage while playing drums as a result of a sudden and massive heart attack.
“My first thought was that he had fainted and that he would be getting up in a second,” Telesma’s guitarist Chris Mandra explains. “But when I realized he wasn’t stirring, I thought he must have gotten hit with a bottle or something. Of all the possible things I could have thought, a heart attack was the last on my mind.”
Chris wasn’t the only one confused by the scene. Many onlookers couldn’t tell whether what they were seeing was real or just part of an act. It wasn’t until people began to jump onstage, shouting that something was wrong, that the true gravity of the situation became apparent.
Tom Swiss and Sarah Saccoccio, a registered nurse, almost immediately administered CPR to Hesford. Adding to the surreal nature of the situation was Swiss’ oversized top hat and Saccoccio’s face, which was painted like a Mexican death skull.
“It’s crazy to think that as I was lying lifeless on the stage a representation of death was over me, fighting to keep me alive,” Hesford says.
Ninety minutes elapsed between the time of Hesford’s heart stopping and the moment when the doctors and nurses at Mercy Medical Center were finally able to stabilize his pulse. Hesford and his bandmates like to joke that, in the time when he was dead to the world, he was actually out exploring the cosmos, and it wasn’t until he saw that they were about to give up on trying to save him that he realized he needed to come back to his body.
“It’s pretty rare that someone comes back from being unresponsive for that long,” explains Dr. Joseph Costa, who was on staff the night Hesford was admitted to Mercy. “The biggest concern with a case like his was that we would get his heart function back but no brain function.”
But thanks to a process called Hypothermic Protocol—a method of cooling the body to prevent brain damage—the Mercy Medical staff was able to preserve his brain function with only minimal memory loss.
“I don’t remember anything from the week leading up to the show,” Hesford says. “To me, it was like I went to sleep, and when I woke up, I was surrounded by people showering me with love.”
While Hesford lay comatose in a hospital bed, surrounded by far more friends and loved ones than normal visitation rules would allow, Telesma’s web sites and Twitter account were flooded with messages of love and support from around the world. Dozens of prayer circles were held for him in places as far away as Ireland. Hesford’s family was astonished: They had always believed Ian was special, but up until that point hadn’t realized the impact he’d made on others.
The staff at Mercy also took a special interest in Hesford. When harpist and certified music practitioner Sandra Lumpkin was told by a nurse that there was a musician who had suffered a heart attack, she was ready to help. When she walked into the hospital room, a young woman saw her, took Hesford’s hand, and said, “There is a musician here to play harp for you. I think you are going to really like this.”
Lumpkin then positioned her harp closely so that the vibrations of the instrument could resonate through the floor, up the hospital bed, and into Ian. “Almost as soon as I started playing the tears began to flow in the room,” Lumpkin recalls.
Though the music seemed to help his vitals, it took Hesford the better part of a week to regain conscousness. Slowly, he learned to talk, eat, and walk again—ultimately hoping to return to the stage.
The long recovery has given Hesford, who used to fall into states of depression and what he calls “illusions of loneliness,” a chance to reflect on life and death.
“I think I was supremely blessed to go through this experience and survive it,” Hesford says. “If there is an afterlife, and I think there is, I imagine our bodies will die and our souls will hover over everyone at our funeral, and only then will we actually see how many people truly cared for us. Oftentimes it’s too late, because you’re already dead, and I feel like going through this experience—the best part to take from it is to realize that I truly am not alone.”
The Metro Gallery will host a benefit concert on June 28 featuring live music by Aligning Minds, Fractal Cat, and Bassdreadwith, as well as a listening party for Telesma’s new album and a silent auction. All proceeds will help cover Hesford’s medical bills. On July 20, Telesma will return to the stage at Rams Head Live.

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Visionary Gathering v.4.20 at Rams Head Live on April 20th!





Fri 4/20 @ Rams Head Live
We’re happy to announce the return of one of Baltimore’s original art and music experiences, the Visionary Gathering. Come tap into your cosmic creativity as we stimulate the senses, mind, body, and spirit.
This celebration of psychedelic art will feature internationally known visionary artist Adam Scott Miller (
Also featuring body paint artist Patricia Tamariz, visionary sculptor Sean E. Conroy (, magician David London, artist Jeramie Bellmay, The Indra Lazul Bellydancers, dancer Little Renegade, artist Renee Weber, Little Renegade, and much more!
Music performances by:
TELESMA (Psychedelic Tribal Rock) with live painting by Adam Scott Miller
NEIL KURLAND (SoulMob/Ospina Digital/Future Classics/PEX)
THE FLYING EYES (Heavy Psychedelic Rock)
9pm Doors/ 10pm Showtime
$12 tickets ONSALE on Friday March 16th