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April 9, 2009

Merriweather Post Pavilion may be expanding

merriweather post pavilionYesterday, I got a tip that Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia (pictured) is undergoing some renovations.

According to the tipster:

the whole west side of the property is being expanded with brand new restrooms, a pinball lounge, and new concessions stands as well as leveled out

I e-mailed Merriweather's general manager, Jean Parker, who called me back and left an obscure message ...

"We're working on some pretty cool fun stuff, but we're not ready to disclose the details yet," she said. "So stay tuned."

I wonder if these changes will increase the venue's capacity. Anybody know more about this?

Also, I wonder if these renovations could be underway to help accommodating the Virgin Mobile Festival, should it move to Merriweather. I have to admit -- I was surprised at the number of Midnight Sunners who think holding Virgin Fest at Merriweather is a bad idea.

(Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:19 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music


This news enhances the possibility of a better V-Fest experience. Now, if they could only solve the "getting there" part of the problem.

Glad to see Jean's still the GM. I worked with her at MP3 in the early 80's. I think she was the Hospitality manager back in the day.

I could swear that very recently - last season or the one before - there was talk of closing Post Pavillion. Using the property for something else? I don't remember why.

No increase in venue capacity. Just more places to buy booze and food, new kitchen to prepare it in, and the pinball lounge / arcade. I don't really get that part. Million dollar project isn't supposed to be done until May, so it will still be under construction during the first couple of shows.

They wanted to close MWP inorder to put townhomes up. Bet that developer is relieved the deal fell through.

I believe the property was supposed to be developed into a mix use of condos, office and retail. I don't recall why that was called off though.

I saw Led Zeppelin open for The Who in 1969 at MPP. Anyone else at that show?

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