A Better Merriweather Coming Soon

Animal Collective at Merriweather Photo: Erika Reinsel

It wasn’t long ago that Merriweather Post Pavilion was on its deathbed. Worn and dilapidated, the historic venue lost its luster with national acts, then came a renaissance around 2007 after some renovations which included an artist lounge backstage and the 9:32 Club.

Eight years later, Merriweather is holding its own although it lost a 5 year court battle against Live Nation. Merriweather’s claim is that the group unfairly pressures music acts to only perform at its properties, in violation of federal antitrust laws. A judge sided with Live Nation earlier this year but the owners of Merriweather (which now includes Howard Hughes) vow to keep fighting on appeal.

In the midst of this Merriweather will soon start on a grand multi-million dollar renovation project aimed at making you, the concertgoer much more comfortable. After these changes are complete, visiting Merriweather should be noticeably better. Here some of the improvements:

More Bathrooms! – That has got to be the most coveted improvement in this place with a history of long lines for the stall. They will be much larger, and most importantly, not “condemned” like the existing ones are.

New 9:32 Club – The existing club will move into an upgraded, U-shaped building that will house the bathrooms, more concessions, a commercial kitchen and a box office.

A Grand Entryway and a Dreamy Courtyard – The way pavilion officials describe it, there will be a beautiful tree covered entrance and a courtyard with decking, pathways, lawn and existing trees.

The renovations are slated to take about four months to complete but don’t worry, it will be happening during the off season. Below are some headline events for this summer and a recent video of Jack Johnson at Merriweather helping to highlight the energy efficient upgrades panned for the venue.

May 3 – M3 Fest

May 27 – KENNY CHESNEYJake Owen, Chase Rice

June 4 – The Decemberists

June 20 – Hozier

Aug. 16 – PHISH

Sept. 13 – Death Cab for Cutie

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