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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2013
Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion was named the fourth best amphitheater in the country recently by Rolling Stone . The 15,000-capacity venue beat out the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in New York, among others, for the magazine's "Venues That Rock" feature. It is printed in the July 4 "Summer Double Issue. " "The venue is flexible enough to go big or small with ease," reads the magazine's description. The issue is on stands now. The Fillmore Silver Spring was recognized by Billboard recently by making the trade magazine's list of "Top 25 Hottest Clubs.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
With a string of No. 1 hits at country radio in recent years, Jake Owen has earned the right to steer his career. So when it came to designing the set of his Days of Gold Tour this year, the 33-year-old singer-songwriter filled the stage with tiki bars, nautical ropes and palm trees. Owen wanted it to look like Riverside Cafe - a bar located on the Indian River in his hometown of Vero Beach, Fla. - for sentimental reasons, and not just because they cook “a good fish sandwich.” “It's the place that really embraced me when I started playing guitar,” Owen said on the phone recently from Missouri while on the road.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
The Virgin Mobile FreeFest - the annual, all-day music festival that brought Jack White, Skrillex, Alabama Shakes and more to the area last October - will return to Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion this year, spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer confirmed on Tuesday night. There are no other details, such as the lineup or date of the concert, to report as of now, Schaefer said. Last year, I.M.P. chairman and FreeFest producer Seth Hurwitz said he hoped FreeFest would take place at Merriweather again.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Janelle Monae's summer has been better than, well, just about everyone else's. In a span of 13 days, the 28-year-old R&B singer/songwriter covered James Brown with Stevie Wonder in Los Angeles, opened for comedian Dave Chappelle in New York and spent Fourth of July on stage with Prince in New Orleans. These highlights came on the heels of Monae raising her profile through an international Pepsi campaign that aired throughout the World Cup. Monae, who is a performer at Saturday's Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion, said she cherishes these moments because they aim to uplift crowds through positivity and transcendence.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
(To view photos from last night's show, visit the Darkroom's gallery .) True story: I was watching "American Idol" one night during the season that Adam Lambert was competing. I said to my wife - Mrs. Brown will vouch for this - “that guy should sing with Queen.” The band was casting about for a new frontman after ending its five-year partnership with former Free/Bad Company/The Firm/The Law singer Paul Rodgers, and Lambert was enlivening another dreary season of Idol with his three-octave range, upper-register confidence and flamboyant stage presence.
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By Sarah Tan, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2010
Howard County Police made a total of 21 drug- and alcohol-related arrests at two Phish concerts this past weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, seizing three vehicles containing drugs and more than $10,000 in cash. The concert has been a site for increased drug activity in the past. County police collaborated with Merriweather, providing extra forces — including officers from special operations and vice and narcotics — to supplement the venue's security.
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By RASHOD OLLISON | January 20, 2009
Animal Collective [Domino Records] *** 1/2 The processed sounds bleat, converge and tumble. Beats pulsate as majestic choruses build and build before giving way to layers of fuzzy synths that churn and then disperse. At times, one song sounds like three different tunes. But bizarre musical transformations have long been the hallmark of Animal Collective, the avant-garde Baltimore band now based in New York. The group pays tribute to its Maryland roots on its new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, named after the famed Columbia venue.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2005
After months of conjecture about the fate of Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion, the owner of the 38-year-old concert venue took it off the market yesterday and will keep operating the open-air facility. The surprise announcement by Howard County Executive James N. Robey is the latest move in a complex, two-year chess game over how the planned town's central core will be developed. Plans to add hundreds of homes and/or offices and businesses to Columbia's Town Center -- using Merriweather's 51 acres of parking -- led the owner, General Growth Properties, to consider sale of the 9-acre pavilion property for conversion to a smaller, closed theater.
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October 21, 1997
ADVERSITY ISN'T NEW at Merriweather Post Pavilion, which now faces stiff competition from newer outdoor concert venues in the region.When Merriweather Post opened 30 years ago, a storm drenched musicians and spectators. Then-Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, who was in attendance, termed it a ''baptism.'' The Columbia facility -- designed on a sloping site by now-famed architect Frank O. Gehry -- has weathered its share of setbacks ever since. The National Symphony Orchestra abandoned plans to adopt it as a summer home.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
We didn't see this coming: Virgin Mobile just announced they will release 1,000 extra FreeFest tickets on Friday. The $20 "Karma" tickets will only be available at the Merriweather Post Pavilion South box office and the 9:30 Club box office from noon to 6 p.m. (or until they run out) Friday. There will be a two-ticket limit. Proceeds will go toward the Re*Generation House, Virgin Mobile's new homeless youth shelter in Washington. This is a final push so the shelter "won't have to worry about funding for at least two years," according to spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2014
Virgin Mobile FreeFest, arguably the area's most prominent music festival for the past eight years, will not take place this year, organizers said Tuesday. Virgin Mobile did not explain what brought about the decision to cancel the concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Howard County. But they had hinted in previous years that the free shows would not go on indefinitely. Merriweather officials said they would miss the concert. Seth Hurwitz, who runs the venue, said via email that he already is working to bring it back.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2014
(To view photos from last night's show, visit the Darkroom's gallery .) True story: I was watching "American Idol" one night during the season that Adam Lambert was competing. I said to my wife - Mrs. Brown will vouch for this - “that guy should sing with Queen.” The band was casting about for a new frontman after ending its five-year partnership with former Free/Bad Company/The Firm/The Law singer Paul Rodgers, and Lambert was enlivening another dreary season of Idol with his three-octave range, upper-register confidence and flamboyant stage presence.
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By Dan Singer and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
They say fame changes people, but even after winning “American Idol” and releasing a platinum-selling album, Leesburg, Ga.-based singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips wants nothing more than to be himself. “I already knew what kind of artist I was and knew what type of music that was 'me,'” Phillips said on the phone recently while on tour in Buffalo, N.Y. Phillips - who is co-headlining Merriweather Post Pavilion with O.A.R. on Saturday - took the “Idol” crown in 2012 after wowing judges and viewers with his commanding vocals and guitar playing.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | June 3, 2014
Musician Jack Johnson will accompany Howard County Executive Ken Ulman at a news conference and media tour of Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday, the county announced Tuesday.  Johnson is scheduled to perform at the venue later that evening.  The purpose of the tour is to walk through areas slated to be improved by a five-year, $19 million renovation plan, which was announced last month, between pavilion owner the Howard Hughes Corp....
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 20, 2014
Howard County government and developer Howard Hughes Corp. have agreed to a five-year, $19-million renovation plan for Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion, County Executive Ken Ulman announced Monday. Renovation is expected to be complete in 2019 and will include a raised main roof, new restrooms and concessions, a new stage and new artist dressing rooms. Construction will be carried out during the off-season, beginning at the close of the concert schedule in the fall of this year.  The plan also ensures that ownership of Merriweather will be handed from the developer to a county-created nonprofit, the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission, after completion of the renovations.  “This news means Merriweather Post Pavilion will get the upgrades it needs now, and will be part of the lifeblood of our community for decades to come,” Ulman said in a news release.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
Alan Jackson can't help but wonder: Where did the "real" country music go? "Right now, it seems like it's gone," said Jackson, who headlines Merriweather Post Pavilion on Friday. "It's not that I'm against all that's out there. There's some good music, good songwriting and good artists out there, but there's really no country stuff left. " The 54-year-old singer/songwriter with two Grammy Awards and nearly 60 million albums sold worldwide doesn't hate the slick, pop sound that has become increasingly ingrained in country music.
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By Aria White | August 9, 2007
Grammy-winning country music stars Alison Krauss and Union Station will perform Saturday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30-$75. Lawn admission for children 12 and younger is free with a paying adult. Merriweather Post Pavilion is at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. For tickets, call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.
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April 16, 2009
Just announced Rascal Flatts Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on June 27. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. 877-598-8696 or livenation.com. Eddie Vedder and Liam Finn Lyric Opera House on June 14-15. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Vans Warped Tour Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on July 14. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. 410-547-7328 or ticketmaster.com. John Legend Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on July 17. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2013
The fourth of July is the only time of year Andrew Dost requests off from his job. Each year with his family, Dost - the multi-instrumentalist for the pop trio fun. - celebrates the holiday with a multi-day event full of reunions, games, food and fun. "Our manager knows that's off limits," Dost said. He tried anyway. With some timidity in his voice, the manager approached Dost about a special gig: fun. had been asked to perform on the White House lawn. Dost's plans quickly changed.
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By Patrick Little and For the Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
Rolling into Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion for a two-night run this past weekend, jam-rockers Phish offered few surprises on Saturday night. But the band provided two sets of blistering and succinct music, a blend of new and old, along with - for those on the lawn during the first set - buckets of rain. During the enthusiastic albeit brief first set, Phish kicked its set off with a robust rendition of the summer anthem "Kill Devil Falls," a new favorite from the band's most recent studio album, 2009's "Joy . " The set continued with cohesive versions of "Destiny Unbound," "Taste," "Halfway to the Moon" and 'Twenty Years Later" before the Vermont virtuosos treated the sold-out audience to a powerhouse version of "Maze," the high-energy improvisational vehicle.
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