The city of Baltimore has a music scene unlike any other in the world. Acts from all over the world flock to the variety of venues available in this beautiful city. Whether you are a die-hard country music fan, an old soul who loves jazz, a young pop music fanatic, or just about everything in between, Baltimore has a concert for you.
You should see who’s on Baltimore’s fall concert lineup this year!
Baltimore Concert Venues
While the artist you are seeing in concert in the main attraction, sometimes the venue is just as spectacular as the main act. Baltimore has a variety of venues for every type of show that are beautiful, functional and fun.
The most popular of these venues is Pier Six Pavilion located by Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Owned by the City of Baltimore, Pier Six is considered one of the most beautiful in the United States for outdoor concerts. With the focus of bringing new life to the Inner Harbor of Baltimore, the Pier Six Pavilion will unveil a new experience during its transformation over the next several years.
The Pavilion is within walking distance to more than 4,000 hotel rooms and dozens of museums and attractions clustered around the Inner Harbor; such as, The Harbor Place, the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Power Plant and Power Plant Live, and Harbor East.
A staple in Baltimore’s music scene is The Ottobar. The Ottobar opened in downtown Baltimore in September 1997. With a very limited capacity, the venue provided an intimate showroom for live music and occasional performance art. In 2001, the downtown location closed and the very same month the new Otto Bar opened in Lower Charles Village.
The new venue was considerably larger and offered a much cleaner and hospitable atmosphere.
Another venue that pays homage to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is Baltimore Soundstage. Soundstage is one of the most eclectic venues in Maryland hosting nationally touring artists from genres such as heavy metal, neo-soul, dubstep, spoken word, and everything in-between in an intimate environment.
Most shows will be presented in the standard standing room only room configuration. However, in a first for Baltimore, they present selected acts in a fully seated table format. Soundstage is equipped with a large stage, state of the art sound, lights, and video, and a kitchen, offering patrons a full menu of choices.
Power Plant Live! is Baltimore’s premier dining and entertainment destination located just one block from the World Famous Downtown Inner Harbor. Just a short walk from many downtown hotels, Pier Six Pavilion, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Ravens M&T Bank Stadium, and other major attractions, Power Plant Live! is your one stop destination for dining, retail, and entertainment. This outdoor venue offers a unique opportunity for guests.
These are only a few of the amazing locations for this year’s upcoming music acts. Baltimore offers such a variety of venues that there is a location to suit every taste.
Upcoming Baltimore Concerts
One of the most well-known artists of our time is visiting Baltimore for the show of a lifetime. Aretha Franklin will be stunning visitors with her angelic voice for one night only, November 13, 2014. The Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric is part of the Lyric Opera House and is one of the city’s premier locations for the performing arts. This venue will give you surroundings unlike any other and will spread the gospel-like sound of Aretha Franklin throughout the building.
For the heavy metal lover, Slipknot will be at the Baltimore Arena November 19, 2014. Slipknot is well known for its attention-grabbing image, aggressive music style, and energetic and chaotic live shows. They are considered pioneers of the New Wave American Heavy Metal and are also considered a nu-metal band. This show will be full of energy, loud, wild and definitely fun.
While country music got its start in the bars of Nashville, the personal lyrics and “down home” sound has fans from all corners of the globe. Trace Adkins, one of country’s biggest names, will be at the Lyric Opera House on November 22, 2014. Trace Adkins is known for his distinctive baritone singing voice and age-old songs such as “You’re Gonna Miss This” and “Arlington”. The support of the United States Military is one of his biggest passions and he participates in “Tribute to the Troops” regularly.
Another well-known country music artist coming to the Baltimore Arena is Dierks Bentley on November 22, 2014. Known for his smooth voice and hit songs such as “Come A Little Closer” and “My Last Name”, Dierks Bentley brings his Southern charm to the upper Northeast.
While big name bands are great to see when they visit your city, they all started as local acts in their hometown. A variety of local bands and artist are playing at the different venues Baltimore has to offer. You never know who you will discover by giving your city a chance to show you what it is made of.
Arrange Safe Transportation
With any concert, it is an event that is a big night full of fun. Whether you are traveling to the city or to the Inner Harbor, hiring one of Baltimore’s car services can make your night even more enjoyable. Traffic and parking are always a nightmare when hundreds of people come together for an event, so letting a chauffeur do the driving for you can relieve some stress and give you more time to party.
Another great reason to hire a car service is for safety. Many times concerts offer adult refreshments for your enjoyment during the shows. A couple of drinks may not seem like it will affect your driving, but it is not worth taking that risk. Keep yourself and your fellow Baltimore residents safe by booking a car service at the same time you purchase your concert tickets.
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