Maryland has quite a few places to catch a show throughout the entire state. No matter your musical preference, Maryland's best music venues cater to all.
Maryland hardly can be likened to towns such as Austin, Montreal and New Orleans, however the state has an abundance of live music venues and restaurants that are host to dozens upon dozens of concerts throughout the year. Listed below are a few of the best places to catch a live music show in Maryland.
The Fillmore Silver Spring
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The name “The Fillmore” is a famous one. The Fillmore west in San Francisco and the Fillmore east in New York were venues established and used by legendary rock promotor Bill Graham in the heyday of what now is considered Classic Rock. The Fillmore east has long been defunct while the Fillmore in San Francisco is still operational, The Fillmore in Silver Spring is not one of Bill Graham’s but is still a great place to catch a show and attracts local and national acts on a regular basis. It has a 2,000-person capacity and is located in the heart of downtown Silver Spring. The Fillmore Silver Spring regularly hosts many of the same nationally recognized bands that also play The Fillmore San Francisco and Denver.
Baltimore Soundstage is a cool little venue in the heart of Baltimore. This venue brings to Baltimore a variety of quality local and nationally known bands and artists. The venue, aside from a few scattered seats along the walls and at one of the two bars inside, is standing room only, which is cool as patrons have room to dance if they want to. Baltimore Soundstage is a smaller music venue that in size is about as big as a medium sized dance club and is intimate as well as cozy.
Rams Head Annapolis
Rams Head in Annapolis regularly brings some of the coolest nationally known bands to the state of Maryland. You won’t see the Rolling Stones here, but the bands that do come are the favorites of many. The space inside the venue is intimate and unique, patrons get an up-close view of the bands from the candle lit tables set up throughout this small venue, and the venue’s wait staff is always prepared to bring patrons drink and food menu items before, during and after shows.
Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill
Meanwhile, the Eastern Shore also has a few nice places to see some live music, one of which is Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill in Salisbury. Roadie Joe’s is a dive bar and proud of it. The vibe within is authentic and nicely complements the concerts that take place on the indoor stage and outside patio. At Roadie Joe’s, expect a fun yet casual environment that makes you feel right at home.
Another of the Eastern shore venues worth checking out is Seacrets in Ocean City. Seacrets is a place like none other; it is modeled after the laid-back island lifestyles of tropical areas, such as Jamaica. At Seacrets, you can experience in-raft service in a relaxed outdoor beach environment while you listen to live bands.
Bobby McKey’s Piano Bar
The National Harbor is home to this cool little piano bar. The pianists that come and play at Bobby McKey’s are fast-fingered and quick-witted, as well as very, very talented. Whether you want to hear a tune by Pharrell Williams or Tim McGraw, these cats can do it all. Even the waiters are part of the show!
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