Explore the Core: Central Baltimore YNOT LOT, photo By Edward Weiss
Everywhere in Baltimore has a bar with a cover band or two playing away — but only The Core has original music playing non-stop in venue after venue. The Core isn't just about watching music, though, it's also about making music. Major label recordings have come out of Central Baltimore studios, and we have the only musical instrument/equipment store in the city (outside of the Peabody Institute area), guitar repair, and even an indie record label.


The Crown, 1910 North Charles Street
The Depot, 1728 North Charles Street
Joe Squared, 33 West North Avenue
Ottobar, 2549 North Howard Street
Reverb Collective, 2112 North Charles Street
The Metro Gallery, 1700 North Charles Street
Motor House/Showroom Bar (mixed booking, including music), 120 West North Avenue
The Red Room at Normals Books and Records, 425 East 31st Street
The Undercroft (community arts center, mostly music bookings) 2629 Huntingdon Avenue
Windup Space (mixed booking, including music), 12 West North Avenue

Recording Studios

EMG Recording Studios, 2114 North Charles Street
Lord Baltimore Recording Studio, 100 East 23rd Street
Wright Way Studios, 425 Fawcett Street

Music Store

Brothers Music (Instruments and Equipment), 2112 North Charles Street

Luthier (guitar repair by appointment)

Phil Tone Guitar Repairs, 1601 Guilford Avenue, Basement South

Record Label

Manta Ray Records, 219 East North Avenue #1

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