Baltimore attracts everything from A list to garage bands: something for everyone

Baltimore is a city that's always evolving: some live music venues come and go or shift direction on the kind of music they feature. When planning a visit here, it certainly pays to check out a given venue's website to see what they're up to, show-wise. That being said, there are some mainstays with unique character and a wide variety of music genres in the city and outlying areas. Yes, we get big acts here in Baltimore!

For that quintessential Baltimore feeling, with the water and views of the Inner Harbor, Pier 6 Pavilion is fun, breezy and convenient for tourists. Though you'll find a range of styles in their summer lineup, it's definitely solid with Southern rock, classic rock and country.

Classical music aficionados already appreciate the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: see them live at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. A-list soloists make this city one of their tour stops.

Cat's Eye Pub is a classic Fells Point bar that features live music every single night, even on holidays! This is a place to check out Americana, Blues, indie bands and folk music.

South Baltimore
Mobtown Ballroom
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Right at the heart of "Pigtown" is a re-purposed 1870's church hosting all kinds of fun things to do that require lots of space. One of those things, every few weeks, is live music. Jazz, Blues and Soul are most frequently on the schedule, with...  Read More

Joe Squared
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The live music shows are at Joe Squared's Station North location, a constantly evolving arts district in Baltimore just north of Penn Station (thus, its name).

Joe Squared is moving its location up the street – closer to Charles Street –...  Read More

Cat's Eye Pub
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Cat's Eye Pub is celebrating its 40th year in pub-crawl magnet Fells Point on a historic cobblestone waterfront street that's hosted places to drink since before we were the United States. George Washington is said to have patronized pubs here.

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Pop's Tavern
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Pop's Tavern got the second Baltimore County liquor license after the end of Prohibition in 1933 and they're the oldest tavern still running continuously. Check out some quiet little – but charming – vintage Art Deco touches, such as the...  Read More

North Baltimore
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Everything from cute local college garage bands to well-known names on their way up (or a shade past their prime) are booked at Ottobar. With a main stage downstairs and a casual spot with pool table upstairs, you can hear your music anyway you...  Read More

Rams Head Live!
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Unless the show is specifically listed as having seating, this is a standing room only venue. There are a precious few seats by the bar, but you'll most likely have to line up before the show to have a chance at snagging them. If you want to get...  Read More

Live at Harford Community College
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People who are traveling to and from north of Baltimore will be delighted with the wide variety of live music shows available at "Live at Harford Community College". The college actually has several concert venues, each sized and designed to...  Read More

Royal Farms Arena
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What is now called Royal Farms Arena – after a few name changes over the past several years – has become the venue to see huge A-list acts like Rihanna, Justin Bieber, The Eagles, Janet Jackson, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. For such a cavernous...  Read More

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
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Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, home to Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is considered to have "pristine" acoustics. It's modern, clean design has no flat walls or 90 degree angles, so sound waves can travel and go where they need to go. There are...  Read More

Pier Six Pavilion
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Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion is located right in the Inner Harbor, unlike many city's outdoor concert venues which are out of town. It's steps from restaurants, hotels, parking.

Nearby hotel guests on their balconies and boaters in the harbor...  Read More