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25 Music Experiences in Maryland

Amanda DiGiondomenico

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From grand theaters that seat thousands to a local vineyard or church, there’s no shortage of great musical venues in Maryland. 

Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's events calendar for great events across the state.

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1 Rod & Reel Resort, Chesapeake Beach

Rod & Reel Resort (aka Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa) is THE Southern Maryland hot-spot for great music on the water.


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Hotels & Motels


Location:
4165 Mears Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
410-257-5596


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2 Keystone Korner, Baltimore

Opened in April 2019, Keystone Korner is Baltimore's premier jazz and dinner club offering reasonably-priced and truly phenomenal music presented in a relaxed and most welcoming setting. 
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3 Rams Head

Rams Head on Stage, in the heart of downtown Annapolis, is a lively spot that is part music venue, part restaurant, part brewery. See well-known acts in an intimate setting while sampling the tavern's wide-ranging menu, house-brewed beers and specialty cocktails.
Rams Head Live, in Baltimore's Inner Harbor brings Baltimore country, punk, rock, blues, DJ and acoustic artists all under one eclectic roof.

Creative Alliance - Neighbors Night at Marquee Lounge Image Credit: Creative Alliance

4 Creative Alliance, Baltimore

For a musical experience that pushes the limits of art, visit this multi-purpose art center in the heart of Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood. The Creative Alliance welcomes a wide range of performers from Irish acoustic and reggae to Klezmer music and Zydeco. They’ve even put on a War of 1812 rock opera, so you’re bound to find something you’ll love!


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
3134 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
410-276-1651


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See big-name music acts in this ornate theater just outside of D.C. Image Credit: The Fillmore, Silver Spring

5 The Fillmore, Silver Spring

This gorgeous, 2,000-seat theater still maintains an intimate feel that keeps the audience close to the music. With a lush bar and lounge area, the Fillmore hosts big name acts in a cool, funky space in the heart of Silver Spring’s bustling entertainment district.


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
8656 Colesville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-960-9999


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6 Avalon Foundation, Easton

The Avalon Foundation, the largest arts organization on the Eastern Shore, includes the wonderfully restored Art Deco Avalon Theatre. This 400-seat venue hosts a variety of events including live transmissions of the Metropolitan Opera from New York City’s Lincoln Center. The Foundation also features the Stoltz Listening Room, a 60-seat venue for cabaret-style performances.


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
40 E Dover St
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-7299


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The Music Center at Strathmore

7 The Strathmore, North Bethesda

Located in the Mansion at Strathmore, this arts center is the area’s cultural epicenter featuring art exhibitions, performing arts and literary lectures, as well as musical performances in its impressive concert hall. Enjoy notable performances from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and touring acts as well. Another fabulous venue close by is AMP, the nexus of live entertainment in the North Bethesda District.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
301-581-5199


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49 West

8 49 West, Annapolis

This mod coffeehouse and art gallery, with its stone walls and full bar, serves delicious coffee cocktails in a cozy atmosphere. Tucked away in the back, you’ll find local live music, spanning genres from jazz and Americana to Bossa Nova and bluegrass.


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Type:
American


Location:
49 West St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-626-9796


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9 Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown

Based out of the historic Maryland Theatre, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has been entertaining audiences since 1982 with performances than run the gamut from classical to Motown. Kids will particularly enjoy shows like “The Magical Music of Disney.”


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
28 W. Washington St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-797-4000


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10 Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick

This historic theatre started as the Tivoli when it opened in 1926, playing movies and hosting live performances with an orchestra. Now an arts center, today it presents nearly 150 events a year, including musicals, symphony concerts, and silent films accompanied by the only remaining theatre installation in Maryland of a Wurlitzer organ.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2828


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11 The Sound Garden, Baltimore

For new or used vinyl records, CDs, DVDs or even cassette tapes, this music oasis in Baltimore’s waterfront Fells Point neighborhood is a must-visit for any true audiophile. It’s not just locals who appreciate its selections—photos of the rock stars and celebrities that have popped in to shop at this iconic institution line the walls.


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
1616 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
410-563-9011


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Live Arts Maryland Image Credit: Live Arts Maryland

12 Live Arts Maryland, Annapolis

This nonprofit performing arts group features both the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. While great concerts are held year-round, the holidays take performances to another level. The free shows presented at the iconic St. Anne’s Church make for an ideal night of culture downtown.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
801 Chase St., Room 202
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-263-1906


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13 The Record Exchange, Frederick & Silver Spring

With two locations, these family-owned stores buy and sell used records, CDs, video games, movies and more. And for gifts for that music lover who seems to have everything, there are also bowls for sale made from old vinyl records and coasters cut from 33 LP album covers.

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Boordy Vineyards Image Credit: Boordy Vineyards

14 Boordy Vineyards, Hydes

More than a typical winery, Boordy features live music year round. You'll enjoy seasonal holiday music and intimate acoustic performances in the winter. When the weather is warm, bring a picnic and enjoy Boordy’s wines for a relaxing outdoor summer concert experience, or stop by when food trucks pair up with guitarists and other performers, turning a low-key dining experience into a memorable event.


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Type:
Attraction


Location:
12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes, MD 21082
410-592-5015


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15 Judge’s Bench, Ellicott City

Housed in an old 19th-century mom-and-pop grocery store (and the original Howard County courthouse), this pub may be small, but the sounds are big! Stop by on a Tuesday for Open Mic Night, or come in almost any night of the week for other live musical performances and choose from over 100 beers—and possibly the largest collection of single malt whiskeys in the state.


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Type:
American


Location:
8385 Main St
Ellicott City, MD 21043
410-465-3497


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16 Hot August Music Festival, Oregon Ridge

The Hot August Music Festival, held at beautiful Oregon Ridge Park, is always a great festival with an incredible mix of talent on three stages. Nestled in northern Baltimore County, the 1,043-acre Oregon Ridge Park hosts a number of events, from music festivals  to the more intimate Music in the Woods featuring traditional bluegrass, folk, and Irish songs and dance. If you wander off during a concert, you might even find the park’s secret beach.


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Type:
Events


Location:
13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
877-321-3378


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17 Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

For a classy night out, this club just outside of Washington, D.C. will not disappoint. Built in 1938 and listed on the National Historic Registry, the art deco theatre that houses the Supper Club provides an intimate setting for blues and jazz, acoustic rock and soul.


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
240-330-4500


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This entertainment hot spot is home to restaurants, nightclubs and music venues, including Rams Head Live. Image Credit: Maryland Tourism Office

18 Power Plant Live, Baltimore

Across from the Inner Harbor, this entertainment destination is home to many restaurants, nightclubs and great music venues, including Rams Head Live and Angels Rock Bar. From the stage in the middle of the square, you're likely to hear live music played by national acts. Stay a while and enjoy the music while having a drink from one of the outdoor bars.


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Type:
Live Music


Location:
34 Market Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-727-5483


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Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute Image Credit: Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute

19 Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Baltimore

The Eubie Blake Center offers music workshops and clinics for jazz musicians of all skill levels, as well as camps for kids, dance programs, musical theater and Open Mic Poetry. It's also the place to go to hear live jazz performed by national acts or local artists, all while supporting cultural arts for the children of Baltimore.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
847 North Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-225-3130


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Image Credit: Peabody Institute

20 Peabody Institute, Baltimore

Johns Hopkins' Peabody Institute in Baltimore is one of the premiere music schools in the world and presents nearly 100 performances each year, in addition to hundreds of student recitals. There are a range of concerts, music lectures and even master classes open to the public.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
1 E Mount Vernon Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
667-208-6500


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outdoor theatre Image Credit: Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

21 Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

For a truly unforgettable summer night, take in a show under the stars. Each summer, an all-volunteer group stages and performs musicals outdoors at this historic waterfront building. Previous shows have included 42nd Street, Into the Woods and Avenue Q.


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Type:
Performing Arts


Location:
143 Compromise St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-268-9212


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22 Sweetlife Music Festival, Columbia (Summer)

This celebration of music and conscious living takes place each spring at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, with food from local farmers, emphasizing sustainability. But don't forget the music: this event features 900 minutes of alternative, rap and electronic music on three stages.


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-5550


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MECU Pavilion (formerly Pier Six Concert Pavilion) Image Credit: Visit Baltimore

23 MECU Pavilion, Baltimore (Summer)

This music venue smack dab in the middle of the Inner Harbor is truly unique. Notable for its tensile roof, MECU Pavilion (formerly Pier Six Pavilion) has hosted some of entertainment’s biggest acts, from Iggy Azalea to B.B. King. Those lucky enough to have a boat can pull right up for a great view.


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Type:
Music Venues


Location:
731 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-547-7200


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24 DelFest - Cumberland

There's always an amazing line-up of musicians at this annual Memorial Day Weekend celebration at Allegany County Fairgrounds centered around one of America’s most iconic musical genres — bluegrass. In addition to incredible music on the Grandstand Stage you will find intimate Artist Playshops, Late Night Shows, a Kids Area, Art & Craft Fair and great food and drinks plus — plentiful camping space and RV hookups,


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Type:
Events


Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-5138


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25 Find Out More About The Summer of Music

Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out Maryland's Summer of Music lineup. To scope out all the rockin' events across Maryland during the Summer of Music, see the Calendar of Events.


Ways to Experience Maryland's Summer of Music

Amazing Summer of Music Concert Series

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See Maryland's Outdoor Music Venues

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Featured Places
Chesapeake Beach photo
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Location:
4165 Mears Ave
Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732
Accordian player at Creative Alliance
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Location:
3134 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224
The Fillmore Silver Spring logo
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Location:
8656 Colesville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Avalon Theatre
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Location:
40 E Dover St
Easton, MD 21601
Contemporary Music Hall
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Location:
5301 Tuckerman Ln
North Bethesda, MD 20852
49 West Coffeehouse interior
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Location:
49 West St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Maryland Symphony Orchestra performing
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Location:
28 W. Washington St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Weinberg Center
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Location:
20 W Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
The Sound Garden
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Location:
1616 Thames St
Baltimore, MD 21231
Live Arts Maryland
10
Location:
801 Chase St., Room 202
Annapolis, MD 21401
Ron Deford of Boordy Vinyards
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Location:
12820 Long Green Pike
Hydes, MD 21082
Judge's Bench Pub logo
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Location:
8385 Main St
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Hot August Music Festival logo
13
Location:
13555 Beaver Dam Rd
Cockeysville, MD 21030
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
14
Location:
7719 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Power Plant Live
15
Location:
34 Market Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Eubie Blake
16
Location:
847 North Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Concert at Peabody Institute
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Location:
1 E Mount Vernon Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
Performance at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
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Location:
143 Compromise St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Merriweather Post Pavilion logo
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Location:
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044
MECU Pavilion
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Location:
731 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202
Delfest in Allegany County
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Location:
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502
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