‘Rolling Stone’ names Ottobar one of the 10 best live music venues in America

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The Ottobar is one of the 10 best live music venues in the country, according to no less an authority than legendary rock magazine Rolling Stone.

“For over 20 years, this dingy-yet-beloved little rock club has hosted all kinds of bands — including improbably massive ones like the White Stripes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs,” writes Sarah Grant.

And as Grant notes, that includes hometown acts that have outgrown the space, like Beach House, Dan Deacon or Future Islands, making a point to return to the club for jam-packed, intimate shows.

While the layout of the Charles Village club is a bit odd (see: that large steel beam), Grant rightly points out that in these small confines, “anywhere you stand feels like the front row.”

The distinction is no doubt a feather in the cap for the current ownership group, which announced in early November that it was moving on and putting the rock club on the market for $1.25 million. But hopefully any potential buyer already knew about all these great things.

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel

Brandon Weigel is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has been published in The Washington Post, The Sun, Baltimore Magazine, Urbanite, The Baltimore Business Journal, b and others. Prior to joining Baltimore Fishbowl, he was an editor at City Paper from 2012 to 2017. He can be reached at [email protected]
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