Ed Sheeran

Sofar Sounds combines music, mystery in pop-up concerts around the city

Sofar Sounds combines music, mystery in pop-up concerts around the city

Among the cozy couches and the plush pillows cushioning the tiered platform in the Inner Harbor lobby of Hotel RL Baltimore, Shirley Yan, 25, and Shruti Sharma, 24, settle closest to the stage and ready themselves for a concert. But they have no idea who is going to perform.

When they bought tickets to the kickoff of the Sofar Sounds Baltimore concert series in October, the location and the artists were withheld.

“You don’t know anything before you get here, so it's like a hit or a miss,” says Sharma, a Maryland Institute College of Art student. “I was like, ‘Oh my god. I hope it’s not bad music. What did I sign up...

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