When the weather permits, there is nothing better than seeing a concert outdoors. In addition to the music, these unique venues add their own spice to the ordinary concert experience. When it’s warm outdoors, music is heard almost everywhere around Baltimore: festivals, parks, waterfronts, backyard barbecues and car stereos. Although music usually stands just fine alone, it’s always grand to experience it in a different environment. Listed below are five of the best venues to catch an outdoor show in or near Charm City. These are the perfect places to sit back and relax, while soaking up the sun or the celestial evening breeze. Open skies usually enhance the overall experience, which makes attending an outdoor concert a necessity.
Pier Six Concert Pavilion
731 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21202
Since its opening in 1981, the Pier Six Pavilion features a wide variety of music acts, ranging from R&B to rock to jazz. In addition to the amazing performances, Pier Six’s location features a breathtaking view of Baltimore’s skyline. Concerts at this venue never fail to disappoint year after year. If you’re an R&B or Neo-Soul fan, stop by to see soulful songstress Fantasia and the silky voiced Anthony Hamilton on June 5, 2016.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Located within 40-acres of preserved land, Columbia, Maryland’s Symphony Woods, Merriweather Post Pavillion has been delivering top notch performances for more than 40 years. Named one of the best amphitheaters in the United States, Merriweather only gets better as the years roll by.
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Power Plant Live!
34 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Where is your destination for entertainment and nightlife throughout the year? With concerts, festivals, parties, you name it, Power Plant Live! has it all. Uniquely designed with exciting bars and restaurants on each side, Power Plant Live! has an upbeat, yet intimate feeling which makes its outdoor architecture seem indoors as well. Check out the website for upcoming events.
Lurman Woodland Theater
614 Hilltop Road
Catonsville, MD 21228
Located in Catonsville, Maryland, the Lurman Woodland Theater has been delivering free concerts every weekend in June, July and August since 1992. This small amphitheater is located in a naturally wooded, intimate setting, which features music from every genre from bluegrass to rock to reggae.
On Friday and Saturday nights, the Harborplace Amphitheater hosts bands that explore a plethora of genres, including funk, jazz, blues, R&B and country, just to name a few. All shows are free and family friendly, which adds to a great day of music, shopping, food and fun. Hurry and grab your front seat!
The Can Company
2400 Boston St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
This summer, engage in some live music at the Can Company! This popular concert series runs through different times each year, so be sure to check the website for details. In the meantime, grab some lawn chairs, and indulge in the good food, superb performances and a plethora of outdoor family activities. Here’s the best part: All concerts are free and open to the public!
Ashly E.Smith is a freelance writer and native of Baltimore,Maryland. As regular contributor to the Examiner and columnist for Graffiti on the Wall Hip Hop Magazine, she has a strong Pop Culture and Entertainment background. With articles that inspire; as well as,entertain, she enjoys sharing her craft with the masses.