Growing up as a music-obsessed kid in Rockville, Marc Roberge always considered Merriweather Post Pavilion a special place where magic happened through amplifiers and earnest performances. Through his nearly two decades as frontman in the band O.A.R., he learned that feeling wasn’t limited to locals.
“We’ve shared so many conversations with so many artists about venues you have to play. We stand around and say, ‘When are you playing Red Rocks? Are you playing the Gorge this year?’” Roberge said recently. “Merriweather is on the list.”
Over the past five decades, the Columbia venue has built its reputation through concerts that represented the zeitgeist of their times: Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, the Grateful Dead, Metallica, Wu-Tang Clan, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Kanye West and countless others cemented within pop music’s canon.