Where to See Live Music in Baltimore
From big venues to small clubs, this town is made for music lovers.
When A-list performers come to Baltimore, they’re likely to play the Baltimore Arena. The 14,000-seat venue is the epicenter of live entertainment in the city, hosting hundreds of concerts every year. Artists who have performed at the arena include Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Mary J. Blige and Twenty One Pilots.
Rams Head Live
As a 1,500-person, standing room-only space, Rams Head Live is considered a small concert venue, but it still attracts some big names. The venue is known for its state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, as well as the connection the audience can have with the artists. As part of Downtown’s Power Plant Live!, Rams Head is surrounded by other popular bars and venues making it the ultimate nightlife destination.
The Lyric offers a full range of entertainment options, including music, dance, comedy and educational programming. It also boasts stunning architecture, great views of the stage from any of its 2,564 seats, and plush, roomy seating you typically don’t find at performing arts centers of its size.
The Hippodrome Theater
Known for a full schedule of traveling Broadway productions, the historic Hippodrome also offers a variety of live music acts. The 2,300-seat theater is the perfect place to catch some of your favorite acts in an intimate space. Located in Station North Arts & Entertainment District, it’s a great bookend to a day spent exploring art galleries and getting crafty with our local makers.
Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
The Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, a prestigious dance and music school in the heart of Mount Vernon, hosts over 100 performances each year, many of which are offered free-of-charge. Along with student recitals, world renowned musicians grace the stage for concerts and special programs, such as the Masterclass speaker and performance series.
Named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “10 Best Live Music Venues in America,” Remington’s Ottobar is the premier destination for an authentic live music experience. With a chest-high stage with no barricade, fans can literally feel the music pulsing through them as they get a close-up view of their favorite bands. Ottobar also hosts themed dance parties and musical experiences like Emo Nite, Sad & Boujee and Girls Rule.
It’s easy to see why The 8×10 is a music lover’s dream venue, thanks to its intimate community vibe. “Trust in the music” is the venue’s tagline, and bands, fans and employees are all expected to live by it.
Located on the bottom floor of a red brick building topped with a massive billboard, Metro Gallery belies its ho-hum exterior. Inside, it’s a flexible space where creative spirits come to enjoy art gallery openings and musical performances by some of the hottest up-and-coming bands.
Keystone Korner Baltimore
What do you get when you combine a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master with a Michelin star chef? You get the revival of Keystone Korner, one of the most famous jazz clubs in the country. The resurrected West Coast club opened in Baltimore in 2019 with the promise to deliver food just as inspiring as the music performed on its stage.
Cat's Eye Pub
A Fell’s Point mainstay, Bertha’s is equally known for its famous mussels as it is for staging fantastic jazz and blues concerts. For over four decades, Bertha’s has been hosting live music in its bar, starting at 8 p.m. each night.
Teavolve Café & Lounge
Next Phaze Café
An Die Musik LIVE!
Seeing a show at MECU Pavilion (formerly Pier Six Pavilion) is a summertime tradition for locals. When the heat rises, music lovers hit the Inner Harbor for a show at this venue where every seat in the house is a good seat—even on the lawn.
Canton Waterfront Park
On the first Thursday of the month from May to September, WTMD hosts its First Thursdays concert series in Canton Waterfront Park. Come by to meet fellow music lovers, to see a live show and grab food from some of the best food trucks in town.
Besides the regular shops, enjoy drinks, food and a show when you visit Belvedere Square in the summer. The Square’s Summer Sounds series is a local favorite, taking place every Friday night from late May to early September.