Baltimore is a mecca for live music: with venues playing jazz, funk, soul and rock, you can catch a new band every night for a month and still not scratch its musical surface. Discover some of these rare gems that are only just a few steps slightly off-the-beaten-path.
Rams Head Live
Cutting edge acoustics and a fantastic downtown location make for a perfect music venue. Drawing top performers from all over the world, Rams Head is perfect for the music nerd while From the popular ‘80s cover band The Legwarmers to nationally known headliners, the bands at this music house—with its balcony and Rock Star Bar—really know how show that Rams Head knows how to get the party started.
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20 Market Pl
Baltimore, MD 21202
This multi-purpose art space and bar hosts live music performances, literature and poetry readings, comedy, performance art and film screenings in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore. Located in the heart of Baltimore’s thriving arts Renaissance center, with numerous cultural venues popping up—so art lovers will find plenty to do in and around the Metro.
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Arts & Culture
1700 North Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21201
If you like your music with a side of mean, Otto Bar is for you. This happening performance venue in Charles Village has spot won “Best Rock Club” from multiple local media outlets, along with being named to Rolling Stone's 10 Best Live Music Venues in America 2018 list, thanks to its mix of up-and-coming local bands, big time touring acts, and a punk rock attitude.
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2549 N. Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21218
The 8 x 10
Check out funk, indie, soul and eclectic bands of all varieties at this cozy music hall known for its exceptional sound. Many bands who have played here have gone on to be big names in music, so catch the up-in-comers here on their way to fame.A Baltimore institution, this intimate venue has welcomed legendary funk, reggae, soul, jam and indie bands for decades. If you like to dance, 8 x 10 has got your groove.
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10 East Cross St
Baltimore, MD 21230
An Die Musik LIVE!
Located steps from The Peabody Institute, the modest stage and small auditorium here are perfect for intimate performances from solo classical and jazz artists, jazz groups, chamber and world music ensembles.
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409 North Charles St, 2nd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
This beautifully restored 1870s church with a 2,500-foot sprung dance floor and 1,200-foot stage is a hot spot for swing bands. The space’s reasonable rental fees also make it a great locale for new bands to break into the scene. More info....
Creative Alliance at the Patterson
Located near the sprawling green acres of Patterson Park just north of the Canton neighborhood, this venue boasts musical performances, art exhibitions and film screenings by a diverse line-up of local Baltimore artists.
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3134 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21224