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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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Los Angeles California, USA

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14 7
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Kansas City Missouri, USA

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14 8
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New Orleans Louisiana, USA

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Detroit is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Detroit Michigan, USA

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

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Memphis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Memphis Tennessee, USA

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Chicago Illinois, USA

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Denver is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Denver Colorado, USA

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Nashville Tennessee, USA

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Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Cleveland Ohio, USA

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA

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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

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Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Boston Massachusetts, USA

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New York City is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New York City New York, USA

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Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
San Francisco California, USA

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music

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Akron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Akron Ohio, USA

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Seattle Washington, USA

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7 9
Providence is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Providence Rhode Island, USA

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Portland is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Portland Oregon, USA

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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Atlanta Georgia, USA

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St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
St. Louis Missouri, USA

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Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Phoenix Arizona, USA

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Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Baltimore Maryland, USA

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

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

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Houston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Houston Texas, USA

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5 8
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
San Antonio Texas, USA

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4 7
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Las Vegas Nevada, USA

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Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Honolulu Hawaii, USA

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Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Santa Fe New Mexico, USA

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Charleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Charleston South Carolina, USA

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Miami is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Miami Florida, USA

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