Best Cities in the United States for Live Music

29. May 2019 Travel 1

According to the 2018 Music 360 Report by Nielsen Music, 52 percent of Americans attend live music events every year. If you’re a music lover who enjoys a good show, you might want to consider visiting or even moving to one of these great U.S. cities for live music.

Nashville, Tennessee

With a nickname like the “Music City,” it’s no surprise that Nashville hosts countless fantastic live music venues, drawing up-and-coming artists as well as big-name stars. Once you experience it, you’re likely to start searching through the Nashville homes for sale as you probably won’t want to leave. While there’s plenty of country with institutions like the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium, there’s a lot more to discover among the music scene here. The city is home to acts like Jack White, The Black Keys, Kings of Leon and Paramore, and you’ll find plenty of rock ‘n roll at venues like The Basement.

Asheville, North Carolina

If you’re looking for a smaller mountain town there are few better spots for live music (along with good brews and a thriving food scene), it’s hard to beat Asheville. Its venues include everything from more intimate places like The Odditorium and The Grey Eagle to the famous Orange Peel that was named one of Top 5 Rock Clubs in the country by Rolling Stone magazine.

Portland, Oregon

Indie rock enthusiasts are sure to appreciate the offerings in Portland. Referred to as the country’s “Indie Rock Mecca” by Slate magazine, it boasts a long list of great venues, from the Holocene located in a former auto warehouse and blends a variety of music genres with multimedia installations and high-concept art to the Crystal Ballroom and the Roseland Theater which hosts an eclectic mix of music acts of all ages, from local to national headliners. There’s no shortage of places to enjoy a good show here, or a good microbrew.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle has birthed many big acts in recent years like Macklemore, Fleet Foxes and Death Cab for Cutie, along with legendary icons from the past like Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Musicians perform in venues that range from The Showbox at the Market to the Key Arena. The Emerald City also hosts lots of music festivals, with its most notable the massive outdoor Bumbershoot that brings acts from the region and well beyond, hosted over Labor Day weekend.

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston isn’t just famous for its Red Sox or Tea Party, it’s produced top acts for years, including Aerosmith, The Pixies, The Cars, Dropkick Murphys, and, of course, Boston. With a big college crowd in this city you can expect lots of venues that cater to students but there’s something for everyone here no matter what your style from classic rock to punk, hip hop and electronica. Enjoy local bands at places like Harpers Ferry and the House of Blues as well as big pop bands at TD Banknorth Garden. There are lots of outdoor shows and festivals in the summer too.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in comments below what are some of your favourite cities in the US for live music. I would love to hear your thoughts.


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    Avid Reader on May 29, 2019 Reply

    I would add Coachella in Indio, California to the list as well. A great event if you are into the EDM scene. Love the post!

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