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
32 14
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pennsylvania, USA

2
23 12
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Minnesota, USA

3
23 12
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Michigan, USA

4
23 12
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Louisiana, USA

5
18 9
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Maryland, USA

6
19 11
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

7
21 14
New York City is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New York, USA

8
20 13
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Illinois, USA

9
19 12
Pittsburgh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pennsylvania, USA

10
25 19
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
California, USA

11
18 11
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Massachusetts, USA

12
28 23
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Tennessee, USA

13
20 14
Providence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Rhode Island, USA

14
17 12
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Wisconsin, USA

15
17 12
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Missouri, USA

16
12 8
Akron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

17
15 12
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Washington, USA

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

19
14 14
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Tennessee, USA

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

21
10 11
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
California, USA

22
8 17
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New Mexico, USA

23
23 40
Austin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

24
10 22
Portland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Oregon, USA

25
5 17
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
South Carolina, USA