Where are the best places to hear live music in Baltimore?

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Baltimore has an encyclopedia's worth of history, a few great universities and two amazing stadiums, but one of its biggest assets just may be its live music campus. What’s nice about Charm City’s concentrated music scene is that once a performance is over, you can head to the next show and repeat. You can groove all night long.

Power Plant Live! is home to the live music scene in this historic city. Named for the nearby building that was once an actual power plant owned by Baltimore Gas and Electric, this commercial complex showcases seven live music venues ranging from country crooners to well-known rock bands.

Sprawled over 26,000 square feet, Rams Head Live! is one of those venues, offering five bars, three viewing levels overlooking the stage, more than 40 video monitors plus a backdrop screen and, of course, world-class audio and visual equipment. Citizen Cope, Jay-Z, B.B. King and Sugarland have all taken the stage here.

If you are looking for that good old country scene (Maryland is technically on the south side of the Mason-Dixon Line, after all), trot on over to PBR Baltimore. With a ride on the mechanical bull and cold beer in hand, you can Texas two-step your way through the evening as the live country and southern rock plays the soundtrack to your night.

Cheer them on as the two pianists go head-to-head playing your favorite tunes at Howl at the Moon. This dueling piano show calls for audience participation, so get ready to sing, clap and tap your toes as the performers tickle the ivories all night long.

With plenty more venues to call it home, Power Plant Live! is definitely the place to be when it comes to hearing some great live music. You’ll also find restaurants and clubs to busy yourself in between acts.

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