In 1977, the original Hammerjacks venue opened in downtown Baltimore and operated until its closure in 1997. Through the years, Hammerjacks hosted artists such as Guns n’ Roses, The Ramones, Dave Mathews Band, Iggy Pop, Blondie, Joan Jett, Iron Maiden and more.
The venue was featured in popular culture through band album art, music videos and in films directed by Baltimore’s own John Waters.
The iconic hammer & bolt
logo comes from the original owners’ experience as an electrician for Baltimore’s
famous Struever Brothers Developers.