Yes, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead played here! Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheaters – nestled in the forest smack between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. If the backstage walls could talk, they’d echo Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant trading some wicked stories about when The Who and Led Zeppelin played here in the ‘70s.
A concert season at Merriweather Post Pavilion is like putting your iPod on shuffle: the calendar features the best in rock, country, rhythm and blues, pop, jazz, hip hop, alternative, electronica and classical.
Thanks to Billie Joe Armstrong, Merriweather ripped out the first 15 rows of seats to build a mosh pit for Green Day’s American Idiot Tour. But it was for superstar Tom Jones that the loge sections were added, and in the early ‘80s, the lawn was regraded with 700 truckloads of dirt to form its current slope, allowing for great sight lines.
Originally built to be the home of the National Symphony Orchestra, Merriweather was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, who is best known for defying architectural conventions. The natural outdoor setting is one that can’t be matched. The fantastic sound system and large video screens make this amphitheater a favorite for bands and fans.
Inspired by troubadour and environmentalist Jack Johnson, Merriweather implements a range of efforts to protect the environment, including installing solar panels that power the house lights, composting and building new structures using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
Every year the beloved concert venue sets out to improve. Recent enhancements include building an enormous kitchen that prepares the most delectable cuisines from all over the world, a Music Pinball Arcade, award-winning sculptures and the tripling of restroom facilities.
Merriweather is music, but so much more. It’s a gorgeous walk in the park.
Conveniently located in the Baltimore/Washington corridor off Route 29 in Columbia, Maryland, Merriweather is nestled within the 40 preserved acres known as Symphony Woods.
For more than 50 years, Merriweather has hosted a diverse range of artists and events, offering the area’s absolute best in contemporary entertainment. At Merriweather, we are committed to delivering a concert experience that is the top-notch in every way.