Merriweather Post Pavilion ranked second-best amphitheater in the country; Virgin Mobile FreeFest helped
Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion has been named the second best amphitheater in the country by Billboard magazine.
The venue was one of the three finalists in the magazine's touring awards, which tracks the top-selling shows between October 2009 and this year.
The second place ranking puts it behind Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl in terms of attendance and box office.
Merriweather was no doubt helped by the festivals it hosted this year, including Summer Spirit, where Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu, among others, performed. And by Virgin Mobile FreeFest, where M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem headlined rival stages.
The venue attracts some 250,000 concert goers a year, according to promoter I.M.P, which runs the venue, along with the 9:30 club in DC.
Fun fact! Merriweather, which was designed by Frank Gehry, opened in 1967 and was intended to be the summer home of the National Symphony Orchestra. (via Explore Howard)
Photo: Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2010 (Josh Sisk/Baltimore Sun)