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 7
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pennsylvania, USA

2
20 9
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Michigan, USA

3
19 8
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pennsylvania, USA

4
20 10
New York City is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New York, USA

5
19 9
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Minnesota, USA

6
18 9
Providence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Rhode Island, USA

7
17 8
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

8
16 7
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Wisconsin, USA

9
16 7
Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Massachusetts, USA

10
15 6
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Maryland, USA

11
19 11
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Louisiana, USA

12
18 10
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Illinois, USA

13
16 8
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Missouri, USA

14
12 5
Akron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

15
21 18
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
California, USA

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

17
13 11
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Washington, USA

18
14 13
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Missouri, USA

19
21 23
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Tennessee, USA

20
9 8
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Contiguous United States, USA

21
11 13
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Tennessee, USA

22
7 15
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New Mexico, USA

23
21 38
Austin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

24
9 20
Portland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Oregon, USA

25
7 18
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Nevada, USA

26
4 15
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
South Carolina, USA

27
8 27
Denver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Colorado, USA

28
3 15
Athens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Georgia, USA

29
2 12
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Hawaii, USA

30
4 19
Miami is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Florida, USA

31
7 31
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Georgia, USA

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

33
5 27
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

34
4 26
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Arizona, USA

35
5 30
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

36
3 22
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Florida, USA