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"Merriweather Post Pavilion at 50: Why the outdoor venue feels like home for artists and fans"

By Rudi Greenberg  Washington Post Friday July 14 2017

For many music fans who grew up (or currently live) in the Greater Baltimore and D.C. area, Merriweather continues to be a place of memorable moments.

The 18,000-capacity venue, nestled in the tree-lined woods of Columbia, Md., and designed by acclaimed architect Frank Gehry, opened 50 years ago Friday with a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Over time, Merriweather has hosted huge names (a flyer advertising the 1973 summer lineup was so stacked — Pink Floyd! Stevie Wonder! John Denver! Miles Davis! — that it went viral in February) and has become one of the rare non-corporate, non-cookie-cutter venues renowned nationally by fans and artists alike.

“It’s a milestone, that place,” says singer-guitarist Jason Isbell, who headlined there last month. “Most big sheds like that aren’t a lot of fun to play, but this one sounds fantastic and it looks really cool. It keeps getting better, too.”

This weekend, Merriweather celebrates its 50th birthday with a concert co-headlined by Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson, who both have a history at the venue. Rockville native Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty, will open the show, and Grace Potter will host and sing some songs."

 

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Reading the above article prompted a strong reminisce:

 

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Running on Empty is the fifth album by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne.

Released in 1977, the album reached #3 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart in 1978 -

And, stayed on the charts for 65 weeks.

 

The single for the title track, "Running on Empty", peaked at #11.  

(Recorded live 8/27/77, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD)

 

And the follow-up single, "The Load-Out"/"Stay", reached #20 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart. 

"The Load-Out" (Browne, Bryan Garofalo) "Stay" (Maurice Williams)  

(Recorded live 8/27/77, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

David Lindley and Rosemary Butler share lead vocals with Browne.

 

The album received two Grammy Award nominations in 1979:

one for Album of the Year, and the other for Pop Male Vocal Performance for the song "Running on Empty”.

 

These from 1978 BBC:

 

 

 

The 2 excerpts, above, from this full show: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5lsv7b

 

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