Top50 List

Musical Experiences

There’s no shortage of great musical venues in Maryland

The plethora of outdoor music festivals, live music venues and restaurants with a happening entertainment scene prove that Marylanders really know how to groove. Start here for ideas on where to catch great live music around the state.

Ram's Head

Ram's Head on Stage, In the heart of downtown Annapolis, this lively spot is part music venue, part restaurant, part brewery. See well-known acts in an intimate setting while sampling the tavern's wide-ranging menu, house-brewed beers and specialty cocktails.Rams Head Live, in Baltimore's  Inner Harbor makes Baltimore rock with country, punk, rock, blues, DJ and acoustic artists

Creative Alliance, Baltimore

For a musical experience that pushes the limits of art, visit this multi-purpose art center in the heart of Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood. The Creative Alliance welcomes a wide range of performers from Irish acoustic and reggae to Klezmer music and Zydeco. They’ve even put on a War of 1812 rock opera, so you’re bound to find something you’ll love!

The Fillmore, Silver Spring

This gorgeous, 2,000 seat theater still maintains an intimate feel that keeps the audience close to the music. With a lush bar and lounge area, the Fillmore hosts big name acts in a cool, funky space in the heart of Silver Spring’s bustling entertainment district.

Avalon Foundation, Easton

The Avalon Foundation, the largest arts organization on the Eastern Shore, includes the wonderfully restored Art Deco Avalon Theatre. This 400-seat venue hosts a variety of events including live transmissions of the Metropolitan Opera from New York City’s Lincoln Center. The Foundation also features the Stoltz Listening Room, a 60-seat venue for cabaret-style performances.

The Strathmore, North Bethesda

Located in the Mansion at Strathmore, this arts center is the area’s cultural epicenter with art exhibitions, performing arts and literary lectures, as well as musical performances in its impressive concert hall. Enjoy notable performances from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and touring acts like the Brian Setzer Orchestra

Windup Space, Baltimore

If you like to dance to a different beat (think funk and electronic), the hip and artsy Windup Space in the Station North Arts District is the perfect place to go.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown

Based out of the historic Maryland Theatre, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra has been entertaining audiences since 1982 with performances than run the gamut from classical to Motown. Kids will particularly enjoy shows like "The Magical Music of Disney".

Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick

This historic theatre started as the Tivoli when it opened in 1926, playing movies and hosting live performances with an orchestra. Now an arts center, today it presents nearly 150 events a year, including musicals, symphony concerts, and silent films accompanied by the only remaining theatre installation in Maryland of a Wurlitzer organ.

Live Arts Maryland, Annapolis

This nonprofit performing arts group features both the Annapolis Chorale and the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra. While great concerts are held year-round, the holidays take performances to another level. The free shows presented at the iconic St. Anne’s Church make for an ideal night of culture downtown.

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

For a memorable night out, this club just outside of Washington, D.C. will not disappoint. Built in 1938 and listed on the National Historic Registry, the art deco theatre that houses the Supper Club provides an intimate setting for blues and jazz, acoustic rock and soul.


Baltimore Soundstage Royal Farms Arena Judges Bench
Stoneys Kingfishers Seafood House Eubie Black National Jazz Insititute & Center Peabody Institute
49 West, Annapolis Metro Gallery Otto Bar
The 8 x 10 An Die Musik LIVE! Mobtown Ballroom
Looney's Pub & Grill, Bel Air Bobby McKey's Dueling Panio Bar, National Harbor Seacrets, Ocean City
Cancun Cantina, Hanover MaGerk's Pub and Grill, Bel Air Roadie Joe's Bar & Grill, Salisbury
Joe Squared, Baltimore Half Note Restaurant & Lounge, Bowie Bertha's Restaurant & Bar, Baltimore
The Cellar Door Restaurant, Frederick The Stables at Westminster  



Merriweather Post Pavilion Pier Six Concert Pavilion Boordy Vineyards
Ladew Topiary Gardens Belvedere Square Calvert Marine Museum
River Concert Series Little Yough Summer Music Series (Oakland)           Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
Baker Park (Frederick) Concerts on the Beach (Ocean City) Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre
Oregon Ridge Park (Hunt Valley)              



April - M3 Rock Festival April - Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival          May - Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
May - Sowebo Arts and Music Festival  May - Maryland Deathfest (MDF) May - Delfest - Cumberland
June - Western Maryland Blue