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Where to See Live Music in Baltimore

From big venues to small clubs, this town is made for music lovers.

Baltimore’s live music venues range from intimate clubs for underground performances to huge venues for national acts. Here are a few of the best places to see a show.

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National Acts

Royal Farms Arena

When A-list performers come to Baltimore, they’re likely to play Royal Farms Arena. The 14,000-seat venue is the epicenter of live entertainment in the city, hosting hundreds of concerts every year.

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 Power Plant Live!, Rams Head is surrounded by other popular bars and venues making it the ultimate nightlife destination.

 

Rams Head Live

Rams Head Live at Power Plant Live in downtown Baltimore is just a few blocks from the Inner Harbor and surrounded by dining and nightlife options.

 

Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

The Modell 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 2300-seat theater is the perfect place to catch some of your favorite acts in an intimate space.

 

The Hippodrome Theater

The Hippodrome Theater is located in a historic building that opened in 1914 and originally served as a movie palace.

Baltimore Soundstage

Located in the picturesque Inner Harbor, Baltimore Soundstage is a go-to venue for small shows from artists spanning genres including metal, hip hop, R&B and more. The floor can hold 1,000 people in its standing room only configuration or 500 in its tabled/seated set up.

Classical

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is home to the Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The BSO, led by musical director Marin Alsop, performs over 100 concerts annually, ranging from full instrumental performances to special programs with vocal accompaniment.

Peabody Institute

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.

Dive Shows/Rock

Ottobar

Named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “10 Best Live Music Venues in America,” 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 super up close and personal with their favorite bands.

The 8x10

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 the code bands, fans and employees are all expected to live by it.

Tin Roof

Known as “The Roof” by its regulars, Tin Roof, part of Power Plant Live, is a place where people go to watch local and regional musicians jam and nosh on Southern style “better than bar” food.

Metro Gallery

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.

Jazz/Soul/Blues

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 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

Jazz, rock, soul and more all converge on Cat’s Eye Pub’s historic Fell’s Point stage. This cozy joint has been open since 1975 and is consistently named a favorite by locals.

Bertha’s

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.

 

Berthas Mussels in Fells Point, Baltimore.

Berthas Mussels in Fells Point, Baltimore. Photograph by Justin Tsucalas.

Teavolve Café & Lounge

This cozy cafe welcomes performers, both local and national, to perform on Saturday nights. On Mondays, open mic night allows amateurs to test their talents.

Next Phaze Café

Enjoy southern-inspired fine dining with a side of soulful jazz. Each week Next Phaze hosts events like karaoke Wednesdays, soulful Fridays and acoustic Thursdays.

Germano’s Piattini

The top floor of this beloved Little Italy eatery transforms into an elegant cabaret club, welcoming performers of jazz, blues, folk and opera. Take advantage of the restaurant’s full menu while you enjoy the show.

An Die Musik LIVE!

Consistently ranked as one of the best jazz venues in the city, An Die Musik LIVE! is the hot spot to see great jazz bands, plus classical and world music performers.

Outdoor Concerts

MECU Pavilion

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.

 

The MECU Pavilion (formerly Pier Six Pavilion)

MECU Pavilion takes over pier six at the Inner Harbor and music can be heard drifting across the water during performances.

Canton Waterfront Park

On the first Thursday of the month from May to September, Towson University’s radio station, 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.

Belvedere Square

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.