5 Must-see American cities for music lovers
Nashville, home to the country and western music, is an iconic city for music lovers. Enjoy live performances in bars, clubs and unique venues; and visit legendary institutions such as the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium and Music Row.
Known as the “Music City”, the capital of country music lays claim to many music legends including Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Elvis Presley recorded over 200 songs in Nashville!
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, offers many opportunities to immerse in its unique musical heritage. Visit the New Orleans Jazz Museum, the Preservation Hall and the Louisiana Music Factory to explore its rich musical history.
Head down to Frenchman Street to discover many jazz clubs and to Bourbon Street; for some exciting performances by up-and-coming artists and a buzzing nightlife scene. There are countless ways to experience New Orleans’ vibrant music scene!
Los Angeles, California
Known for the Hollywood glitz and glamour, Los Angeles is also home to a thriving rock music scene. Discover performances at electric venues, visit the Grammy Museum, catch a glimpse of Capitol Records, stroll down the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame and explore the Guitar Centre.
Sunset Strip is home to iconic music venues such as The Roxy and Whisky Go Go and you can find a music event almost every night in Los Angeles.
Chicago is one of America’s music capitals. Whilst the blues originated in the Deep South, Chicago stakes its claim, with “Chicago Blues”. Discover the many blues clubs and bars where you can listen to live music performances.
Visit the Chicago Blues Festival in early summer or The Chicago Jazz Fest in late summer. Explore the Green Mill venue, the Hideout, Pritzker Pavilion, Subterranean and Schubas. There are so many hidden gems in Chicago to be discovered.
Memphis is the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll. Head to Beale Street, the most iconic street in the city, for some live music. Visit Sun Studios, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and many more iconic buildings. Discover Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion during your visit. And another thought - the blues may have been born in Mississippi, but they soon made Memphis their home.
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