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Baltimore’s Best Live Music Venues

August 5, 2012 6:38 AM

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Sonar is both a live music venue and a popular dance party. (Credit: sonarbaltimore.com)

Sonar is both a live music venue and a popular dance party. (Credit: sonarbaltimore.com)

Check out upcoming local bands and established talent at the popular live music venues around Baltimore. From indie bands to mainstream artists, the local scene showcases the best music around.
ottobar Baltimores Best Live Music Venues

Jimmy Eat World, Queens Of The Stone Age and Death Cab For Cutie have all graced the Ottobar’s stage. (Credit: theottobar.com)

Ottobar

2549 N Howard Street
Baltimore, Md. 21218
(410) 662-0069
www.theottobar.com

Located in downtown Baltimore, the Ottobar has featured live music from national artists. Jimmy Eat World, Queens Of The Stone Age and Death Cab For Cutie have all graced the Ottobar’s stage. The Ottobar is a small venue but it provides for a unique experience that keeps the fans close to the bands. A balcony has a wide viewing area, and there are always dance parties on the second floor. With over 12,000 acts and counting, the Ottobar has quickly become a mainstay in Baltimore.

ramshead Baltimores Best Live Music Venues

has had artists Jay-Z, Third Eye Blind, John Legend and Elvis Costello. (Credit: ramsheadlive.com)

Rams Head Live!

20 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 244-1131
www.ramsheadlive.com

For live concerts from current and popular performers, make plans visit Rams Head Live! The entertainment complex has had artists Jay-Z, Third Eye Blind, John Legend and Elvis Costello play to packed crowds. Five bars are located throughout Rams Head and serve Annapolis-brewed Fordham beer as well as a variety of other choices. Make sure to call for reservations to rent the exclusive VIP room for a private party. Come down to Rams Head Live! and witness first hand why this music venue has drawn national acclaim.

sonar Baltimores Best Live Music Venues

Sonar is both a live music venue and a popular dance party. (Credit: sonarbaltimore.com)

Sonar

407 E. Saratoga Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 783-7888
www.sonarbaltimore.com

Sonar is both a live music venue and a popular dance party, private event facility. With three separate performance rooms, Sonar can host events for 100 to 1,000 people. Most weekends, all three rooms are booked with different shows. Sonar is the premier live music venue for young adults 18-years and older. Check out the Talking Head Club for the latest indie bands and local artists.

merriweather Baltimores Best Live Music Venues

The Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most storied amphitheatres. (Credit: merriweathermusic.com)

Merriweather Post Pavilion

10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, Md. 21044
(410) 715-5550
www.merriweathermusic.com

Located in the center of 40 acres of forest, the Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most storied amphitheatres. Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin have filled the stage with their groundbreaking music and sound. During the concert season, the best of rock, country, jazz, pop and hip-hop fill the calendar. An elevated slope in front of the pavilion allow for ideal sight lines of the stage. Enjoy the outdoor setting and influential music at the historic Merriweather Post Pavilion.

8by10 Baltimores Best Live Music Venues

The 8X10 is an intimate live music venue that hosts both DJs, local and national bands. (Credit: the8by10.com)

The 8X10

10 E Cross Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 625-2000
www.the8x10.com

The 8X10 is an intimate live music venue that hosts both DJs, local and national bands. In the building’s rich history, the Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Godsmack have all played before becoming nationally known names. Located in the Federal Hill community of Baltimore, The 8X10 also schedules open mics and allows for venue rental. Rock out standing on the second floor balcony and watch over the floor that holds 200 standing guests. Come early for Happy Hour specials before the show begins.

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