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06/21/2013 06:07 pm ET

Merriweather Post Pavilion Named 4th Best Amphitheater In America By Rolling Stone

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Get out your lighter and prepare to wave it in the air, D.C., unless that's illegal, in which case maybe just clap your hands.

Rolling Stone named Merriweather Post Pavilion the fourth best amphitheater in America. And it's just the latest accolade the famed music magazine has bestowed upon a D.C. area music establishment.

The Columbia, Md. music venue, which hosted the Sweetlife Festival in May and will host Virgin FreeFest this fall, trailed two amphitheaters with breathtaking views -- one in Colorado, another in Washington state -- as well as an ampitheater nestled in the capital of the entertainment world, the Hollywood Bowl.

Why does Rolling Stone love Merriweather so much (not that we can blame them)?

It's a combination of history and architecture:

Designed by architect Frank Gehry, known for shapes that seem structurally impossible, this outdoor theater is a huge wooden slab that seems to float over a hillside near Baltimore. Since opening in 1967, it's hosted everyone from Phish to Led Zeppelin – and in 2009, it gained a new kind of fame when Animal Collective, who grew up in Baltimore, named their latest album Merriweather Post Pavilion. (There's a reason no band has ever named an album after the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre.) The venue is flexible enough to go big or small with ease. "It feels great whether there are 6,000 or 16,000 people there," says Fall Out Boy manager Bob McLynn.

The review also dished out an interesting fact about the origins of the venue's moniker: It is named for cereal magnate Marjorie Merriweather Post, who was once the wealthiest woman in the world, as well as a patron of the venue.

In April, Rolling Stone named D.C.'s 9:30 Club the number one "big room" in America on their list of the best large clubs and theaters.

So, Washingtonians, go forth and rock.

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