Home of: John Waters, Frederick Douglas, Billie Holiday, Phillip Glass, The U.S. Naval Academy, Babe Ruth, Good Charlotte, O.A.R., Tori Amos, Kathie Lee Gifford, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Braxton
Fun Facts: State flower; black-eyed Susan, state song; “Maryland! My Maryland!” state bird; Baltimore Oriole
Designed by legendary architect Frank Ghery, The Merriweather Post Pavilion was originally intended to be the summer home of the National Symphony Orchestra. Located in Columbia, MD, the 19,000+ capacity venue has hosted the greats of rock and pop, including The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne and Britney Spears. After three years at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, this year’s Virgin Mobile Festival will be held at the Pavilion. And speaking off the Virgin Mobile Festival, there is good news and bad news. The good news: Tickets for the August 30th festival are free! The bad news: The show is officially sold out. Fans lucky enough to get tickets will enjoy music from Blink-182, Weezer, Public Enemy, Wale, Girl Talk and more.
If you’re looking for a more intimate setting, check out Charm City Art Space. This DIY music and art space hosts indie rock, punk, folk and ska bands from all over the country and the world.
Odd Girl Out - Fierce Baltimore pop-punkers Odd Girl Out are here to dispel once and for all the myth that girls can’t rock. The girls combine influences from Joan Jett to The Bangles to Hole to create their own high-energy sound. “Not Sandy” is the kind of track that makes you want to jump up and down and pump your fist in the air.
Gato & Palenke Music Co. – Just as their members come from all over Latin America, so do Gato & Palenke Music Co.’s influences: salsa, merengue, bomba, cumbia and more. For a band comprised of only strings and percussion, their sound is surprisingly full. Timbal, güira, conga and a variety of other Latin percussion instruments layer upon each other to form a pulsing rhythmic base for electric and acoustic guitars and soulful harmony vocals. You don’t need to speak Spanish to know that “El Incendio” is meant for dancing.
The Unstoppable Nuklehidz – This Baltimore, MD hip hop duo succeeds at the tricky task of mixing socially conscious storytelling with a sense of humor. “Becky” tackles the topic of interracial relationships without sacrificing hooks or wit.
Tears of Mars - Tears of Mars might be a band of brothers, but the similarities to the JoBros end there. “Waiting to Explode” is a great piece of indie rock with passionate vocals that would sound at home on any record by The Killers or The Strokes.
|Not Sandy||by:||Odd Girl Out|
|El Incendio||by:||Gato + Palenke Music Co.|
|Waiting To Explode||by:||Tears of Mars|
|Becky||by:||The Unstoppable Nuklehidz|
|Temperamental Heart||by:||Rhianna LaRocque|
|This Year I'm Going To Seen The Sun||by:||Private Eleanor|
|Change of Pace||by:||Cameron Blake|