The venerable Columbia concert venue was named the fourth-best amphitheater in the United States — and the top one in the eastern half of the country — by Rolling Stone magazine. Here’s what Rolling Stone said about Merriweather:
Designed by architect Frank Gehry, known for shapes that seem structurally impossible, this outdoor theater is a huge wooden slab that seems to float over a hillside near Baltimore. Since opening in 1967, it’s hosted everyone from Phish to Led Zeppelin — and in 2009, it gained a new kind of fame when Animal Collective, who grew up in Baltimore, named their latest album Merriweather Post Pavilion. … The venue is flexible enough to go big or small with ease. ‘It feels great whether there are 6,000 or 16,000 people there,’ says Fall Out Boy manager Bob McLynn.
Rolling Stone’s top three (in order) are Red Rocks near Denver, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the Gorge in Washington state.
Music aficionados may know this: Jackson Browne recorded his 1977 song, “Running on Empty” at Merriweather.