Nestled within 40 acres of parkland known as Symphony Woods, Merriweather Post Pavilion has provided both artists and fans with a natural connection to each other and their environment for 52 years. Artists from Jimi Hendrix and Willie Nelson to Foo Fighters and Florence + The Machine have flocked to this comfortable, as-far-from-cookie-cutter-as-you-can-get oasis between Baltimore and Washington, DC to be surrounded by grass, trees, and good vibes. In fact, Jimi debuted his rendition of the Star Spangled Banner right here, and May 25th, 1969 saw the only show Led Zeppelin ever played with The Who. Don’t miss our one-of-a-kind Music Pinball Arcade, to help celebrate Merriweather’s rich history.
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, low stage and large video screens make this amphitheater a favorite for bands and fans alike.
Thanks to Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Merriweather ripped out the first 15 rows of seats to build a GA mosh pit for their 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.
New one-of-a-kind renovations to the grounds, infrastructure, and concessions stands have emphasized this experience to provide the best views, the best food, and the most efficient and sustainable production.
Among these new renovations are the all-new SkyBoxes and SkyLawn, giving fans a new, elevated view of the stage. The SkyLawn consists of two cozy, natural grassy knolls overlooking the pavilion, 40 feet in the air. The new roof, raised by 20 feet, enhances views and acoustics, and allows for even more impressive stage productions to fit inside the shed. And don’t worry, the new Merriweather stage is no higher than the old – standing 4’ 4” off the floor to bring the artists and their fans even closer together.
Inspired by troubadour and environmentalist Jack Johnson, Merriweather has implemented a range of efforts to protect the environment, including composting, installing solar panels that power the house lights and building new structures using Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
Merriweather is music, but so much more. It’s a gorgeous walk in the park.
A concert season at Merriweather Post Pavilion is like putting Spotify on shuffle: the calendar features the best in rock, country, rhythm and blues, pop, jazz, hip hop, alternative, electronica and classical.
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.