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Without club owners and the spaces they created there would have been no place to play. Some are big name, landmark nightclubs, but the story of venues also includes dozens of teen centers held in public school buildings, and CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) dances held in churches all around Baltimore.

This list is totally inadequate and incomplete. It is limited to those places where information is available to us. We welcome the stories of other places, large and small. They all have a place in the historical musical fabric of the city and surrounding counties, and special meaning to the musicians who played there. Tell us your story and we'll include it here ... and if you can dig up an old photo or two to illuminate the story, that makes it all the better.

These are some of the places where the music was made.


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Alcazar Ballroom
Annapolis Country Club
Camelot Club
Clark Street Garage
Club Venus
Crack of Dawn
Desert Lounge
Hollywood Park
Latin Casino
Mardi Gras
Nut House
Orchard Swim Club
The Palms
The Ponderosa
Rhapsody Club
Satyr House
Surf Club
Sweeney's Lounge


The Alcazar
Glen Burnie Armory
Idlewylde Community Hall
Overlea Hall
Unity Hall

Teen Centers

Hamilton Recreation Center
Hampton Teen Center
Lake Shore
Maiden Choice
Perry Hall
Pleasant Plains


Holy Cross (So. Baltimore)
Holy Rosary
Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Loch Raven)

Mt. Carmel (Essex)
Our Lady of Fatima (E. Balto)
Our Lady of Pompei (Highlandtown)
Our Lady Queen of Peace (Mdl. River)
Sacred Heart Of Jesus (Highlandtown)
Sacred Heart of Mary (Dundalk)
St. Ambrose (Pimlico)
St. Elizabeth's (Highlandtown)
St. Joseph (Cockeysville)
St. Mary's (Govans)
St. Mary's Star of The Sea (Fort Ave.)
St. Michael (E. Balto)
St. Patrick (E. Balto)
St. Rita (Dundalk)
St. Rose of Lima (Brooklyn)

Parks & Resorts

Beaver Dam
Beaver Springs
Breezy Point
Carr's Beach
Dixie Ballroom (Gwynn Oak)
Flying Point
Green Spring Valley Country Club
Mayo Beach
Millford Mill Swim Club
Orchard Swim Club
Rockaway Beach
Rocky Point Beach
Spring Valley Country Club

Down The Ocean

The Beach Club
Paddock Club
Pier Ballroom





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