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Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor concert venue located within Symphony Woods, a 40-acre (162,000-m²) lot of preserved land in the heart of the planned community of Columbia, Maryland. It was named for the American Post Foods heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Originally intended to be a summer home for the National Symphony Orchestra, the pavilion later became a venue for more popular music concerts. It was designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1967.[1] The current capacity is 19,316.


Notable events

For the Pavilion's dedication ceremonies in 1967, the National Symphony Orchestra performed two pieces commissioned for the event by American composer Morton Gould. The pieces, entitled "Columbian Fanfare for Brass Ensemble" and "Columbia, Broadsides for Orchestra on Columbian Themes", contain variations on themes from historically significant compositions Hail, Columbia and Columbia, Gem of the Ocean.[2]

In 1969, The Who played at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Led Zeppelin,[3] the only time these two bands have appeared on the same bill.[citation needed] Merriweather Post Pavilion was also host to Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin shortly before their passing.[4]

In the 1970s, Jackson Browne recorded portions of his Running on Empty album, including the title track and "The Load-Out". Genesis filmed a promotional video for "Many Too Many" from their ...And Then There Were Three... album in the afternoon of July 26, 1978. Jimmy Buffett has performed at Merriweather more than any other artist—over 40 times.[3] The Kinks recorded portions of Live: The Road at the venue.[5]

By the 1980s, Dire Straits played there during their Brothers In Arms tour.

In 1990, the Grateful Dead and the Jerry Garcia Band were banned from the venue due to police requests, prompted by drug arrests of fans.[6]

On June 20, 2000, Britney Spears opened her Oops!... I Did It Again World Tour at the venue.[7]

In 2003 the venue came under the management of Seth Hurwitz, who also owns the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.[3]

Animal Collective named their 2009 album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, after the venue.

After three consecutive years at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival was held at Merriweather on August 30. The festival, headlined by Blink-182 and Weezer, was made a totally free event for the public.

See also


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  2. ^ "" Hector Bellman, , "" Joseph Stevenson,
  3. ^ a b c "Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD", Tim Newby, Glide Magazine, October 25, 2005.
  4. ^ "Merriweather Post Pavilion". Official Website/About. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  5. ^ From the LP credits: "Live recordings at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD and the Mann Center, Philadelphia, PA in the summer of 1987."
  6. ^ "Chronicle", Susan Heller Anderson, Published: June 7, 1990, The New York Times
  7. ^ "Britney Spears' Oops!... I Did It Again No. 1 Most Added; Oops!... I Did It Again in Stores May 16, 2000". Find Articles/Business Wire. CBS Interactive Inc.. 2000-04-13. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 

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Coordinates: 39°12′33.29″N 76°51′45.61″W / 39.2092472°N 76.8626694°W / 39.2092472; -76.8626694



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