Travel 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
31 16
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Minnesota, USA

2
28 15
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Louisiana, USA

3
33 21
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Pennsylvania, USA

4
32 23
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Tennessee, USA

5
25 16
New York City is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New York, USA

6
23 14
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Illinois, USA

7
29 21
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
California, USA

8
24 16
Detroit is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Michigan, USA

9
20 13
Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Massachusetts, USA

10
18 12
St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Missouri, USA

11
18 12
Baltimore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Maryland, USA

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

13
22 17
Providence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Rhode Island, USA

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

15
19 14
Cleveland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

16
17 13
Milwaukee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Wisconsin, USA

17
12 9
Akron is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Ohio, USA

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

19
15 17
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Missouri, USA

20
11 12
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
California, USA

21
10 11
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Contiguous United States, USA

22
25 42
Austin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Texas, USA

23
8 18
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
New Mexico, USA

24
10 24
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Nevada, USA

25
10 26
Portland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best US Cities for Live Music
Oregon, USA