By: Andrew Silverstein

Live music fans visiting or living in Baltimore can have confidence in the plethora of great options to see music in the flesh in this beautiful city.  From the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to local bluesmen crooning on small bar stages, Baltimore offers a wide, and eclectic variety of live music for people of all ages.  Here's five of our favorites.

Rams Head Live!

Opened in 2004, Rams Head Live has quickly become one of the top concert venues for nationally touring artists and local, Baltimore musicians.  This 26,000 square foot venue boasts five bars, three food stations and 44 monitors and screens for watching the show from anywhere in the venue.


Sonar is also another great, non-stadium or arena large music venue in Baltimore.   From techno to indie, hip hop to metal, you can bet the genre's been played at Sonar multiple times throughout the years.   Sonar boasts a 2,000-person capacity with three different rooms for live music making it perfect for large concerts, festivals, and the like.

Recher Theatre

The Recher Theatre is a 700-person capacity theatre in the heart of Towson boasting two full bars and a full service kitchen during all shows.   Originally a classic movie theatre opened in 1959, the Recher now hosts some of the best national and regional talent.  Notable past acts include Switchfoot, Linkin Park, George Clinton & P-Funk, and many, many more.


Voted "Best Rock Bar in Baltimore" more times than we care to count, Ottobar is the destination for rock-lovers in Baltimore seeking a low-key, authentic, live music experience in Charm City.  Many famous acts played at Ottobar before hitting the big time including Maroon 5, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Jimmy Eat World.

Pier Six Pavillion

Pier Six Pavillion is the largest of all these venues, but likely the most scenic as well.  A 3,000 person capacity ampitheatre situated right on Inner Harbor's Pier Six, the Pavillion is the perfect venue to see a concert up close or relax on the lawn and take in the beautiful waterside weather with the live music ambiance in the background.  Either way you do it, it's bound to be a good time at Pier Six.