Merriweather Post Pavilion at 50: From Jimi Hendrix to the Chainsmokers (Gallery)

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Blood, Sweat & Tears at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 27, 1969.

Fifty years in, Columbia Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion is having something of renaissance thanks in large measure to the stewardship of Seth Hurwitz’s I.M.P. Productions. The Washington-D.C.-based independent promoter recently signed a 40-year lease on the venue which is half way through a five-year $55 million capital improvement plan.

Built in 1967 as part of a design by urban planner James Rouse and famed starchitect Frank Gehry as the home of The National Symphony Orchestra, the site’s first pop concert featured none other than the the hirsute ukulele singer Tiny Tim with opener Vanilla Fudge. A subsequent cavalcade of stars would come to grace Merriweather's stage including classic acts like Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin.  The Doors, David Bowie, The Grateful Dead, The Who and Led Zeppelin; as well as more contemporary artists from Madonna and the Beastie Boys' joint tour to Metallica, Wu-Tang Clan and Radiohead to Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, The Weeknd, and the Chainsmokers.


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