The Baltimore Music Scene

Thrill to the musical hotbed that Rolling Stone magazine called Best Scene in the country. With its original and eclectic sounds and personalities, Baltimore’s music scene is thriving, from rock, pop and jazz, to classical, hip hop and electronic.

Popular Baltimore Music Venues

Large venues like the Baltimore Arena bring in top musicians like John Mayer and Justin Timberlake, but you don’t have to wait for the big names to come to town to experience great live music. Any night of the week, live music venues in Federal Hill, Station North, Harbor East, Mount Vernon, Fell’s Point, Inner Harbor and Hampden are beating with fresh, new talent.

Looking for a top venue right in the center of Inner Harbor? You have options! At Power Plant Live!, there’s a delectable menu of music venues, including Angels Rock Bar, Howl at the Moon, Rams Head Live, and Mosaic, or soak in gorgeous waterfront views while enjoying concerts from some of the top names in the recording industry at MECU Pavilion!

Baltimore’s Jazz Music Pedigree

Baltimore has a history steeped in live music, and lays claim to being the home of such legendary jazz artists as Cab Calloway, Eubie Blake and Billie Holiday. You can explore their historic footprints through the Bromo Tower Arts + Entertainment District and Fell’s Point, and visit the wealth of musical and cultural heritage at The Eubie Blake National Museum and Cultural Center. Keep your eye on the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Heritage in the Inner Harbor for special performance schedules as well.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Classical music aficionados wouldn’t want to miss catching a performance of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. With acclaimed music director Maestra Marin Alsop at the helm, you can attend a one-off performance of Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich. Or, pick a performance from one of their popular music series: Family Series, with family-friendly performances and show times; SuperPops, with Jazz and musical performances - past performers include trumpeter Chris Botti and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; and Off the Cuff, short classical music appreciation performances conducted by Maestra Alsop.