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Hammerjacks music venue and night club through the years

1978: The stained glass panel over the front door at Hammerjacks in South Baltimore.
(Childress / Check with Baltimore Sun Photo)
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Hammerjacks has gone through several iterations over the years -- and another rebirth is planned in the area near M&T Bank Stadium. Here's a look at the storied club and concert hall over the years.
(Kevin Richardson)
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1978: The stained glass panel over the front door at Hammerjacks in South Baltimore.
1978: The stained glass panel over the front door at Hammerjacks in South Baltimore. (Childress / Check with Baltimore Sun Photo)
Hammerjacks through the years
The original Hammerjacks on South Charles Street in Federal Hill.
The original Hammerjacks on South Charles Street in Federal Hill. (Lloyd Pearson / Baltimore Sun file)
Hammerjacks through the years
Inside the Hammerjacks concert hall on South Howard Street in 1988.
Inside the Hammerjacks concert hall on South Howard Street in 1988. (Baltimore Sun file)
Sonja Carter dances on the bar in 1988
Hammerjacks patron Sonja Carter dances on bar in 1988, although sign says no dancing
Hammerjacks patron Sonja Carter dances on bar in 1988, although sign says no dancing (Karl Merton Ferron)
Hammerjacks through the years
The Hammerjacks entrance in 1988.
The Hammerjacks entrance in 1988. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
Edward Gobeille raises his fist and voice in approval at a Southside Johnny performance at Hammerjacks in 1988.
Edward Gobeille raises his fist and voice in approval at a Southside Johnny performance at Hammerjacks in 1988. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
The Ramones perform at Hammerjacks in 1989.
The Ramones perform at Hammerjacks in 1989. (Keith A. Vendouern / For The Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
A look at Hammerjack's less than two months before it was demolished. A night at Hammerjacks in 1997.
A look at Hammerjack's less than two months before it was demolished. A night at Hammerjacks in 1997. (Keith A. Vendouern / Special to The Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
"Tony" Perez Barrett with Potts and Callahan hoses down the rubble as the wrecking claw knocks down the Hammerjacks club to make room for parking for the new Ravens stadium in 1997.
"Tony" Perez Barrett with Potts and Callahan hoses down the rubble as the wrecking claw knocks down the Hammerjacks club to make room for parking for the new Ravens stadium in 1997. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
Some onlookers get emotional as Hammerjacks is demolished in 1997. Marie Hardy from Catonsville (center, with video camera) had been coming to the club since it opened.
Some onlookers get emotional as Hammerjacks is demolished in 1997. Marie Hardy from Catonsville (center, with video camera) had been coming to the club since it opened. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
Dana Shapiro, left, got bricks from the Hammerjacks club as it was demolished to make room for parking for the new Ravens stadium. He was a drummer in the band Hat Trix, which performed there . When asked what he'd do with the bricks, he said he'd "see if we can't get alot of people together and rebuild this place."
Dana Shapiro, left, got bricks from the Hammerjacks club as it was demolished to make room for parking for the new Ravens stadium. He was a drummer in the band Hat Trix, which performed there . When asked what he'd do with the bricks, he said he'd "see if we can't get alot of people together and rebuild this place." (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
Then-Hammerjacks owner Louie Principio (center with blue hat) poses with workers speeding to complete the final touches of the new Hammerjacks planned for Guilford Avenue in 2000.
Then-Hammerjacks owner Louie Principio (center with blue hat) poses with workers speeding to complete the final touches of the new Hammerjacks planned for Guilford Avenue in 2000. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
A preview of the rebuilt Hammerjacks space before it opened on Guilford Avenue in 2000.
A preview of the rebuilt Hammerjacks space before it opened on Guilford Avenue in 2000. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
Hammerjacks manager Don Lloyd wires one of 24 house speakers in Hammerjacks in 2000, before it opened on Guilford Avenue.
Hammerjacks manager Don Lloyd wires one of 24 house speakers in Hammerjacks in 2000, before it opened on Guilford Avenue. (Doug Kapustin / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
Then-Mayor Martin O'Malley and his band O'Malley's March entertains supporters at a fundraiser at Hammerjacks in 2001. O'Malley's band was the first to play on the Guilford Avenue club's stage.
Then-Mayor Martin O'Malley and his band O'Malley's March entertains supporters at a fundraiser at Hammerjacks in 2001. O'Malley's band was the first to play on the Guilford Avenue club's stage. (Elizabeth Malby / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
Mayor Martin O'Malley performs with his band O'Malley's March at his annual St. Patrick's Day fund-raiser at Hammerjacks in 2002.
Mayor Martin O'Malley performs with his band O'Malley's March at his annual St. Patrick's Day fund-raiser at Hammerjacks in 2002. (Elizabeth Malby / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
O'Malley wasn't the only politician to hold fundraisers at Hammerjacks. Here, Republican candidate for governor Robert Ehrlich reaches out to supporters there in August 2002.
O'Malley wasn't the only politician to hold fundraisers at Hammerjacks. Here, Republican candidate for governor Robert Ehrlich reaches out to supporters there in August 2002. (Karl Merton Ferron /)
Hammerjacks through the years
Suporters cheer then-Mayor Martin O'Malley as he performs with his band O'Malley's March during his annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser at Hammerjacks.
Suporters cheer then-Mayor Martin O'Malley as he performs with his band O'Malley's March during his annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser at Hammerjacks. (Elizabeth Malby / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
From the late '80s to the mid-'90s, Hammerjacks was Baltimore's home for big rock and even bigger hair. Originally located on South Charles Street, the club moved to this spot, south of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In 1997, it was torn down to make way for M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens play.
From the late '80s to the mid-'90s, Hammerjacks was Baltimore's home for big rock and even bigger hair. Originally located on South Charles Street, the club moved to this spot, south of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. In 1997, it was torn down to make way for M&T Bank Stadium, where the Ravens play. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
Hammerjacks through the years
A later version of Hammerjacks opened in 2000 on Guilford Avenue.
A later version of Hammerjacks opened in 2000 on Guilford Avenue. (MONICA LOPOSSAY / Baltimore Sun)
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