The plethora of outdoor music festivals, live music venues and restaurants with a happening entertainment scene prove that Marylanders really know how to groove. Start here for ideas on where to catch great live music around the state.
1 49 West, Annapolis
This unassuming Annapolis coffeehouse has a back room that hosts solo artists and small bands. The mix of music offered is eclectic to say the least, from gypsy jazz to Appalachian fiddling to Brazilian bossa nova.
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49 West Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
2 St. Mary's River Concert Series
St. Mary’s College of Maryland hosts a free outdoor concert series featuring The Chesapeake Orchestra. Since its founding in 1999, the series has grown in popularity and prestige, with hundreds of spectators flocking to the verdant Townhouse Green to enjoy classical, jazz and blues symphonic music under the stars.
3 Looney's Pub & Grill, Bel Air
The biggest and busiest restaurant and pub in Bel Air, this award-winning restaurant expanded in 2007 to include a giant stage that now hosts some of the best bands from up and down the East Coast.
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312 S. Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
4 The Fillmore, Silver Spring
This chic 2,000-seater performance space located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring attracts national acts as well as up-and-coming talent.
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8656 Colesville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
5 Bobby McKey's Dueling Piano Bar, National Harbor
Fast fingers and quick wit characterize the talented pianists at this entertainment destination at National Harbor. They can play (and sing!) everything from Pharrell to Mariah Carey to Garth Brooks, and even the waiters get in the act.
6 Seacrets, Ocean City
Modeled after the laid-back island life found in tropical Jamaica, this Ocean City bar and restaurant serves up a relaxed atmosphere with an outdoor beach, in-raft service and live bands.
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117 W. 49th St
Ocean City, MD 21842
7 Cancun Cantina
Seven bars, two stages and big dance floors add up to one great party in Hanover. Put a menu inspired by Mexican flavors with a dash of beach cuisine and you’ve got ingredients for the most fun to be found North of the Border.
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901 Dual Highway
Hagerstown, MD 21740
8 MaGerks Pub and Grill, Bel Air
Nestled in the heart of Bel Air’s pedestrian-friendly downtown, this laid-back neighborhood joint offers signature Philly cheese steaks that keep the locals coming back for more. There’s live entertainment in the main dining room on weekend nights, and brewery Tap Takeover Night on the first Wednesday of each month.
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120 S. Bond St
Bel Air, MD 21014
9 Boordy Vineyards, Hydes
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Baltimore County is a Hydes winery that boasts more than great grapes. This family-owned vineyard offers live open-air festivals in the warmer months, local musicians playing at the Thursday farmer’s market and food, and wine tasting inside the barn during the colder months.
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12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes, MD 21082
10 Roadie Joe's Bar & Grill, Salisbury
This proudly self-described “dive” bar in Salisbury has an authentic vibe that makes concerts on the patio or on the indoor stage casual and fun and is the kind of place where you feel totally at home.