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Merriweather: Birth of a classic music venue

Merriweather: Birth of a classic music venue

James Rouse needed something big to attract attention to his vision in Howard County in the mid-1960s. His "new town" had garnered quite a bit of media attention, but he made sure there would be a lot of traffic to the site with the second public building — preceded only by the Exhibit Center — to open in Columbia: Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Merriweather has endured its ups and downs to become a premier venue. Billboard magazine named it the second best amphitheater in the U.S., and Rolling Stone magazine named it the fourth. As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, the roster of acts that have played there read like a Who's Who of rock and roll and pop music.

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