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April 23, 1997
A building contract could be signed as early as this week for renovations at the Merriweather Post Pavilion that will expand bus parking areas and loading bays and upgrade an enclosed lounge area for artists and crew members, the facility's manager said.The 14,200-seat performance venue also will get a new covered area for setting up stage equipment, an addition that will make it easier and faster to change acts, said General Manager Jean Parker.The renovations come as the 30-year-old arena faces increasing competition from larger, more modern concert sites in the region.
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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 Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Sun Staff Writer | July 30, 1995
For the second time in four years, the Howard County Zoning Board rejected a Rouse Co. proposal to develop apartments next to Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion.At the same time, the board approved other nearby apartments and a proposal to annex a large parcel in east Columbia into new town zoning, giving the Rouse Co. the chance to develop more land later.Rouse executives were pleased that the bulk of their proposals were approved, and that they were given a chance to state their case for the Merriweather development.
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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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April 1, 1992
* Emilia Braxton, 43, of Columbia, nurse in Howard County:It should, (otherwise) Merriweather Post will lose business. More people will go outside of Columbia to find their entertainment. Things are higher in this area, specifically Columbia. You find a lot of people go outside the area even to shop. Merriweather Post creates jobs. If they can't bring the good acts here, people will go outside.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 10, 1999
A Howard County police officer and an auxiliary police officer are suing the driver of a bus for Jimmy Buffett over an accident that injured them after a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in August 1998.Officer Richard L. Rutledge and Auxiliary Officer Kurt T. Sturr were directing traffic after Buffett's concert as Kevin J. Cieslinski was driving away in a bus.The suit claims that Cieslinski ignored the officers and struck them as he was leaving the concert. Both officers claim they sustained serious injuries.
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By Marc LeGoff and Marc LeGoff,Staff writer | May 8, 1991
The second stage of the 1991 Tour Du Pont, the richest and most prestigious cycling event in the United States, will wind through the county Saturday, ending its 136-mile trek in downtown Columbia.Hailing from 20 countries, 126 racers -- including three-time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond of the United States -- will start the race in Newark, Del., pass through Lisbon at about 1:30 p.m. and cross the finish line near The Mall in Columbia at about 2:30 p.m."This leg will be one of the fastest on the tour," said Roger Young, a member of the 1972 and 1976 U.S. Olympic Cycling Team who visited Centennial Park on Monday to promote the 11-stage race and cyclingproducts made by Du Pont, the race's chief sponsor.
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By Nathan M. Pitts | May 27, 2004
An update on the concert scene: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT unless otherwise noted. Just announced Norah Jones performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Aug. 20. Tickets are on sale now. Still available Chris Smither at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, June 4. 410-268-4545. Annual Capital Jazz Fest, featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Down to the Bone, David Sanborn, Najee and others, at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, June 5-6. Hootie and the Blowfish at Pier Six Concert Pavilion on June 9. Roomful of Blues at the Avalon Theatre in Easton, June 10. Madonna at the MCI Center in Washington, June 14. The O'Jays, Temptations, Whispers and Four Tops at Nissan Pavilion in Manassas, Va., Aug. 1. Hilary Duff at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., July 22.
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By J. D. Considine | September 15, 1992
Ozzy Osbourne's appearance at the Merriweather Post Pavilion -- which had been postponed Sept. 5 when the singer was suffering from stomach flu -- has been canceled.Refunds may be obtained as follows: Those who purchased tickets through the Merriweather box office should mail their tickets, along with their name and address, to the Merriweather Post Pavilion, P.O. Box 1112, Columbia, Md. 21044; a refund check will be mailed. Merriweather recommends making a photocopy of the tickets before mailing.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer | June 1, 1994
More than half of Howard County's 2,000 graduating public high school seniors bid farewell to their schools yesterday, in the first of a series of commencement ceremonies taking place this week.Centennial, Glenelg, Hammond, Oakland Mills and Howard high schools held ceremonies at various locations around the area, including two at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and one at Merriweather Post Pavilion."This commencement marks the culmination of the long and arduous process to which many people . . . have contributed," Superintendent Michael E. Hickey told Hammond's 245 graduates.
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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 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 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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By Nestor Aparicio | August 29, 1991
DUE to miserable ticket sales during the summer concert season, it appears many acts are reluctant to come out this fall.As for major area arenas, just four acts have been booked to date, and Van Halen, Paula Abdul and Rush are expected to go on the road, but no local dates have been announced.Some clubs have greatly benefited from the soft arena concert season with bigger-name bookings. Cinderella and Kix, which have played at least theater-sized venues, played Hammerjacks during the past week and more big names appear to be on the way.The following sparse concert calendar reflects the fear of the acts and the promoters:Robert PalmerPalmer comes to Pier Six Concert Pavilion tonight.
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By From Staff Reports | May 31, 1995
The big concert season may be thinner than last year's, but there are still several star acts coming to the area. Here are a few highlights.May rocks to a close tonight with Bonnie Raitt at Merriweather Post Pavilion.June starts with a bang at WHFS' daylong HFStival (Saturday) at RFK Stadium in Washington, headlined by Soul Asylum. Also at RFK, the Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan perform (June 24-25). At Merriweather Post Pavilion, look for Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band (June 13-14)
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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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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Midway through the xx's set at April's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival in Indio, Calif., the London-based trio threw a cover song into its set: Aaliyah's smoldering 1997 single "Hot Like Fire. " Solange, the R&B singer and friend of the xx, joined the band on stage to solidify one of the weekend's standout moments. Guitarist and vocalist Romy Madley Croft, 23, talks modestly about her acclaimed band, but doesn't hesitate to gush about the two R&B singers who helped make the highlight possible.
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