America The Best US Cities for Live Music  

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List Rules Vote up any American city that is great for fans who want to check out new and live music.

Looking to plan a vacation with an unforgettable soundtrack? Consider visiting one of these locales – they're the best American cities for live music. No matter what type of tunes you prefer, you'll find your dream destination here. Some great U.S. cities for live music lovers have produced popular country artists, while other good cities for concerts are known for their talented rappers. All of these great US cities for concert goers offer plenty of sightseeing in addition to shows.

What areas will you find on this list of the top U.S. cities for live music? Home to the Grande Ole Opry, the CMA Music Festival, and Jack White's Third Man Records, Nashville has become the epicenter for live country music. Gregg Allman, Blake Shelton, and Martina McBride are just a few of the artists who have called Nashville home. New Orleans is another great city for live music, particularly jazz. Chicago is known for the blues, but the city has also produced such talented artists as Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and the Smashing Pumpkins. Other destinations featured on this list include New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin.

Which city do you consider tops when it comes to live music? Vote the best live music cities up to the top of the list, and share some of your favorite shows in the comments section.

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1
30 9
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pennsylvania, USA

2
21 9
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Minnesota, USA

3
20 10
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Michigan, USA

4
19 9
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pennsylvania, USA

5
18 8
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

6
17 7
Boston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Massachusetts, USA

7
20 11
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Louisiana, USA

8
19 10
Providence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Rhode Island, USA

9
17 8
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Wisconsin, USA

10
16 7
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Maryland, USA

11
20 12
New York City is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New York, USA

12
19 11
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Illinois, USA

13
17 9
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Missouri, USA

14
23 18
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
California, USA

15
12 7
Akron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

16
15 11
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Washington, USA

17
23 23
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Tennessee, USA

18
15 14
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Missouri, USA

19
10 9
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
California, USA

20
10 9
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Contiguous United States, USA

21
13 13
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Tennessee, USA

22
23 38
Austin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

23
8 16
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New Mexico, USA

24
10 21
Portland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Oregon, USA

25
8 19
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Nevada, USA

26
5 16
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
South Carolina, USA

27
10 27
Denver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Colorado, USA

28
3 16
Athens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Georgia, USA

29
2 13
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Hawaii, USA

30
4 20
Miami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Florida, USA

31
6 27
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

32
7 32
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Georgia, USA

33
7 33
Houston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

34
5 31
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

35
4 27
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Arizona, USA

36
3 23
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Florida, USA