Guitar building
Paul Reed Smith Guitars

PRS Guitars has been making the finest guitars in the world for more than 30 years. Now you can tour the factory and see how these remarkable works of art are created. You can even play some in the store during the tour. 

Unique Experiences for Music Lovers

By Amanda DiGiondomenico
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Guitar building
Paul Reed Smith Guitars

PRS Guitars has been making the finest guitars in the world for more than 30 years. Now you can tour the factory and see how these remarkable works of art are created. You can even play some in the store during the tour. 

See where the music is really made at the PRS Guitars factory. Complete your collection with that impossible to find vinyl at world-class record stores. Try on a music clinic for size, or jam out at amazing dinner and music clubs. In Maryland, you’ll find a way to march to the beat of your own drum.

Share your music experiences with us on social media using #MarylandMusic, and make sure to check out our list of indoor music venues and outdoor concert spaces for more gatherings across the state.

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The Sound Garden
Baltimore
The Sound Garden
www.sgrecordshop.com/

For new or used vinyl records, CDs, DVDs or even cassette tapes, this music oasis in the Fells Point neighborhood is a must-visit for audiophiles. Photos of rock stars and celebrities who have popped in to shop, and sometimes perform, at this iconic institution line the walls.

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Paul Reed Smith Guitars’ Factory
Stevensville
Guitar building
Paul Reed Smith Guitars

PRS Guitars has been making the finest guitars in the world for more than 30 years. Now you can tour the factory and see how these remarkable works of art are created. You can even play some in the store during the tour. 

Take a 90-minute factory tour and watch master craftsmen expertly build electric and acoustic guitars, basses and amplifiers—just be sure to make an appointment in advance. A few of the hundreds of famous players wailing on PRS maple wood instruments are Carlos Santana, John Mayer, Melissa Etheridge, Dave Navarro and Ricky Skaggs.

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Rod ‘’N’ Reel Resort
Chesapeake Beach
resort on the water

For dockside entertainment, head to Rod ’N’ Reel Resort—Southern Maryland’s summer hot spot for great music on the water. Arrive by car or boat fully prepared for live and loud rock and country concerts.

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MECU Pavilion
Baltimore
MECU Pavilion (formerly Pier Six Concert Pavilion)
Visit Baltimore

Boaters can also pull right up to this music venue on Pier 6, smack dab in the middle of the Inner Harbor and notable for its tensile roof. Entertainment’s biggest acts, from Iggy Azalea to B.B. King, have performed here. 

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Keystone Korner
Baltimore
Keystone Korner Restaurant and Bar with Live Jazz
Keystone Korner

Keystone Korner is Baltimore's premier jazz and dinner club. Terrific tunes are served up by a roster of outstanding musicians. You’ll also appreciate excellent food and drink choices on happy hour, dinner and Sunday brunch menus.

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Creative Alliance
Baltimore
Creative Alliance
Creative Alliance

For a musical experience that pushes the limits of art, visit this multipurpose hub in the heart of Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood. The center welcomes a range of performers from Irish acoustic and reggae to Klezmer music and zydeco, so you’re likely to find something you’ll love!

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49 West
Annapolis
49 West

This mod coffeehouse and art gallery, with its stone walls and full bar, serves delicious meals and cocktails in a cozy atmosphere. Tucked away in the back, you’ll find local live music, spanning genres such as jazz, Americana, bossa nova and bluegrass.

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Live Arts Maryland
Annapolis
Live Arts Maryland
Live Arts Maryland

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

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The Record Exchange
Frederick
The Record Exchange
Record Exchange

This family-owned store buys and sells used vinyl records, CDs, video games, movies and more. As a gift for that music lover who seems to have everything, check out the selection of novelty items such as buttons, T-shirts and stickers.

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Boordy Vineyards
Hydes
bluegrass performers
Boordy.com

More than a typical winery, Boordy features live music year-round. Hear seasonal holiday music and intimate acoustic performances in the winter. When the weather is warm, bring a picnic and sip Boordy’s wines at a relaxing outdoor concert, 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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The Judge’s Bench
Ellicott City
Judges Bench
Judges Bench

At the site of a 19th-century mom-and-pop grocery store and original Howard County courthouse, this pub may be small, but the sounds are big! Stop by on a Tuesday or Saturday night for live music and to sip one of 19 drafts on tap. Choose from over 370 single malt whiskeys, possibly the largest collection in the state, or over 120 bourbons and ryes.

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Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Bethesda
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club
Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club/Marc Rubin

For a classy night out, this club just outside of Washington, D.C. will not disappoint. Built in 1938 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former art deco movie theater provides an intimate setting for blues, jazz, acoustic rock and soul.

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Power Plant Live
Baltimore
Power Plant Live
Power Plant Live

At this entertainment destination near the Inner Harbor, restaurants, nightclubs and lively music venues include 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 at one of the outdoor bars.

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Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
Baltimore
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
www.eubieblake.org

Participate in 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. This is also the place to go for live jazz performed by national acts and local artists, all while supporting cultural arts for the children of Baltimore.

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Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore
Peabody Institute

One of the top music schools in the world, the institute presents nearly 100 performances each year and hundreds of student recitals. Concerts, music lectures and even master classes are open to the public.

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Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
Annapolis
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre

For a truly unforgettable summer night, take in a musical under the stars. An all-volunteer group stages and performs musicals outdoors at this historic waterfront building. Previous shows have included “Crazy for You,” “The Full Monty” and “The Producers.”

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Merriweather Post Pavilion
Columbia
Merriweather Post Pavilion Fans Spread Out on the Lawn
Karmen Osei/Howard County Tourism

Nature is as big of a draw here as the stars performing on the stage of this beautiful amphitheater. Choose a lawn or orchestra-style seat at this venue in the 40-acre Symphony Woods park. During concert season, find the biggest stars in your favorite genre—rock, electronica, R&B, hip hop, classical and more—and enjoy the experience.