For the past five decades, Supano’s has been luring patrons inside with a satisfying blend of music and meat. Whether by Frank Sinatra impersonators, jazz musicians, or a karaoke singer who just stubbed her toe, live tunes supplement the sounds of knives slicing into 20-ounce new york strip steaks and forks sliding into chunks of meaty lasagna. Supano's look is just as classic as its menu. Nestled in an aged brick building with a cobblestone façade, the restaurant emits an old-world vibe complete with warm lighting and photos of famous singers.
Below Supano's Steakhouse is Supano Zone. The underground sports bar fits the mold of a dream man-cave, with LED TVs that show all college games and pro-sports events. A shuffleboard table, dartboards, and a pool table welcome co-ed competition, which onlookers can cheer on while slurping down beers. The bar has long been a cherished place for hosting celebrations: after Baltimore hosted the first Grand Prix, the pro drivers lounged at Supano's and even left behind some memorabilia that is still on display.
In 1986, the Twins Lounge opened as an Ethiopian restaurant in a 50-seat space that once played host to jazz and blues shows. But the musicians clamored for music to fill the crimson and mosaic-tiled walls once more—and eventually, the owners gave in. The lounge has since moved, but it remains true to its roots with a mix of classic American jazz and global flavor. Twins Lounge still offers international food in its 60- to 100-seat dining room.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
With so many monuments, museums and tourists, it’s surprising that anything is hidden in Washington DC. But Blues Alley is exactly that – tucked away down a cobblestone alleyway and into an 18th-century red brick carriage house. This hidden-but-well-traveled jazz and dinner venue is nearly half a century old, with the ongoing vibe of a 1920s jazz club. The intimate stage has hosted greats ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughan to Chick Corea, Tuck & Patti, John Pizzarelli and Eva Cassidy. The amazing sound system, an appreciative audience made up of in-the-know locals and music cognoscenti, the relaxed vibe and easy accessibility to the performers – who sometimes make the rounds between sets – make this the perfect jazz joint. Dinner is served in the form of Creole cuisine with steak and seafood touches, but the food is entirely secondary to the show.
Perched atop the Arts & Innovation Center in Rockville, Maryland, Rockville Rooftop Live looks out over the city center and town square. While taking in these the scenic views, guests lend their ears to a packed schedule of live performers, including weekly DJ sets, shows by local favorites, and experimental, musicless shows during closing hours. Tasty grub and cold drinks keep showgoers happy during musical repasts.