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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17 7
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Los Angeles California, USA

2
12 6
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Kansas City Missouri, USA

3
12 7
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New Orleans Louisiana, USA

4
17 12
Austin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Austin Texas, USA

5
12 9
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Nashville Tennessee, USA

6
6 3
Denver is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Denver Colorado, USA

7
9 8
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Memphis Tennessee, USA

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

9
6 5
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Seattle Washington, USA

10
8 8
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Chicago Illinois, USA

11
7 7
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Detroit Michigan, USA

12
6 6
Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Atlanta Georgia, USA

13
6 6
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, USA

14
6 6
Portland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Portland Oregon, USA

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15
5 5
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA

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

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

18
5 6
Providence is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Providence Rhode Island, USA

19
5 6
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Santa Fe New Mexico, USA

20
5 6
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Cleveland Ohio, USA

21
4 5
San Antonio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
San Antonio Texas, USA

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4 5
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
St. Louis Missouri, USA

23
4 5
Boston is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Boston Massachusetts, USA

24
4 5
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Charleston South Carolina, USA

25
3 4
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music

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3 4
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
San Francisco California, USA

27
3 4
Dallas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Dallas Texas, USA

28
2 3
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Honolulu Hawaii, USA

29
3 5
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Las Vegas Nevada, USA

30
2 4
Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Phoenix Arizona, USA

31
2 4
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Baltimore Maryland, USA

32
2 4
Athens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Athens Georgia, USA

33
2 4
Akron is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Akron Ohio, USA

34
3 6
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA

35
1 5
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Orlando Florida, USA

36
1 5
Miami is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Miami Florida, USA