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Every culture has their own music and finding the best spots for live music is an essential way to experience a destination.
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726 St Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Preservation Hall occupies a worn Creole town house that was originally built as a home in the early 19th century, and that had evolved into an art gallery and performance space by 1961. (It was founded by a man of philanthropic bent who fretted...
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2015 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741, USA
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Known as the “live music capital of the world,” Austin earns its title every spring during the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. At this year’s event, March 13 to 18 (with interactive and film segments starting on March 9), see a wide...
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6 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002, USA
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Nothing beats the Bowery. We’ve probably played here more than anywhere else in the world. It’s a nostalgic concert hall for us, and one of the better places to see live music in New York. I often opt out of bigger venues in the city, but if a...
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683 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
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The Way Station, on Washington Avenue, in Prospect Heights is every bit a Steampunk-lovers paradise. The bathroom is a portal, ala Doctor Who, and the guns hanging on the wall bring to mind an old western bar. Yet, The Way Station's real draw is...
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2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
In Honolulu, just a couple blocks off Kalakaua Avenue sits the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel. The open-air lobby with several shops on the ground floor and a tropical garden near the entry make this hotel a quieter and beautiful place to stay...
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47-48 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
On Saturday nights most of the streets are pedestrian-only, live music spills into the streets, and the frothy stout flows free. Locals are spoiled in that they can revel on these ancient cobbled streets as frequently as they like, while the rest...
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Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC, USA
There's so much good live music in Asheville that the bars can't contain it - I've never been somewhere with such a high quality of street busking (even better than its homophonous sister town, Nashville). Most nights of the week and certainly on...
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3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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My favorite venue for live music, World Cafe Live is named after a contemporary music program on public radio called World Cafe. A beautiful concert hall located in the same building as public radio station WXPN (where the World Cafe program is...
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3524 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206, USA
Granada opened as a movie theater in the 1940s, and later became a concert hall—my favorite live music venue, in fact. Check out their lineup, as big names, as well as local acts, are always on stage here—fun times to be had!
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402 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
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There are dozens of gigs, every night, in Nashville. But there's only one must-see. Not everyone knows about the Time Jumpers' regular Monday night slot at the Station Inn, but that's a good thing, because it's already a weekly sell out. They are...
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375 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
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For a fun night out in Portland there is no better place than Bull Feeney's. Quality live music (multiple stages), great local beer, and lots of room make this a great place to take in the Portland nightlife. Friday's and Saturday's during the...
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7217, 6740 San Pedro Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216, USA
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While heading out to raucous clubs can be a good time every now and then, sometimes you just want to listen to some good music and chill out for the evening. Luna offers a host of live music shows (check their website for upcoming artists), boasts...
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220 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046, USA
Opened in 1936, the State Theatre operated as a popular movie house until 1988. A decade later, a multi-million dollar restoration transformed it into one of the Washington, D.C. area's coolest live music venues with dance floor, full restaurant,...
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Erregina Erregeordea kalea, 2, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Where can I see live music? This question comes up a lot with visitors, and the answer is, not many places. Altxerri Jazz Club, underneath Altxerri Galeria, is one of the only spots in town that has consistent (and consistently decent) live music...
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590 S Marine Corps Dr #137, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
Catch the best of Guam’s live music scene at House of Brutus, a sultry lounge and restaurant located at the ITC Building in Tamuning. Jazz rules the roost on Fridays, with Mad Men and a Lady, a trio led by local piano legend Patrick Palomo. On...
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Cha Kwo Ling, Hong Kong
As one of the only full-time music venues in a city of 7 million people, Hidden Agenda carries the flag in true rock 'n' roll fashion. Its continuous skirting of Hong Kong's infamous zoning laws has kept its name on people's lips and the threat of...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, 张自忠路3-2号 邮政编码: 100007
Located in the courtyard fronting the former residence of Chinese-warlord-turned-premier Duan Quirui, Yugong Yishan is a mid-sized venue—it can pack in more than 500 people—that features a wide range of music. Blues, jazz, funk, punk, folk, rock,...
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6259 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220, USA
No one is ever going to mistake Indianapolis for Nashville or Austin or Chicago, but when it comes to live music, Indy holds it own at The Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple. The smoke-free bar plays host to dozens of great shows each year and holds...
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155 108th Ave NE #110, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
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Order a drink and watch as bands take center stage at Bake's. Their full schedule means you'll hear local bands play anything from rhythmic blues to acoustic rock every night of the week. Checkout their schedule to make sure you like the band...
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1350 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559, USA
Originally built as a movie theater in 1937, the Uptown Theater in Downtown Napa is a relic of the Golden Era of Hollywood—once attracting stars like Clark Gable and Marion Davies both on the screen and in the seats. Today, it sis arguably the...
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1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
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One of my favorite live music venues in Philly, the Trocadero (or the Troc) is a small and intimate concert hall with very nice acoustics. Located in the Chinatown neighborhood, the building itself was originally named the Arch Street Opera House...
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214 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
Located in the heart of downtown Austin in the historic district of 6th Street, The Parish is a great indoor live music venue. With a 450 capacity, The Parish has hosted musical legends such as Pete Townshend, Slash, and Perry Farrell as well as...
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618 Frenchmen St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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If Frenchmen Street were a republic, D.B.A. would be the capital. It’s an inviting music venue built around a compact beadboard music hall with low stage—the place feels as if you might find a bayou out the back door. It’s also...
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1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28206, USA
The NC Music Factory is the place for music, comedy, drinks, and dining. The Comedy Zone and The Fillmore showcase some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. When catching a show, save some time for a drink and dinner. Beverages are...
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305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA
The Belmont is a state-of-the-art music venue space in the Warehouse District. The new Belmont boasts a cutting edge sound and light system and hosts music ranging from indie rock and electronic dance music to what’s the next hottest band! You can...
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High above the side streets of Taksim, on the rooftop of an old building, Araf Bar streams out world music and Balkan beats with live performances and DJs every night of the week. If you're used to dancing to 4/4 beats of western music, then you...
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116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219, USA
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After the Grand Ole Opry left the Ryman Auditorium and relocated, country legend Roy Acuff said the red brick building with its Gothic arches and stained-glass windows might as well be torn down. The Ryman had been home to...
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18300 W Alameda Pkwy, Morrison, CO 80465, USA
I absolutely love how in Colorado every single person has at least one dog, and a vast majority are rescue dogs--you have got to love CO! Grab a friendly pet and take a hike up by Red Rocks or a yoga class held in the amphitheater, now that is...
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23 High Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Rolling green hills, quaint country homes, picturesque fishing villages. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Give me a break. You came to Ireland for the Guinness, the Jamison, and the music. Good. I'm glad you can finally admit that to yourself. Now that you're...
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213 High Level Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
Cape Town's best kept secret and a favourite music experience of those in the know, Studio 7 is a venue that creates an exclusive intimate, stripped down acoustic performance for 50 lucky ticket holders. Set in a house in Sea Point, Cape Town, a...
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1119 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203, USA
Radio Radio is a terrific small venue for catching up-and-coming national and local acts. I recently saw Family of the Year and Pacific Air here. The bar is located in Fountain Square, a lively and artsy neighborhood adjacent to downtown...
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Avenida La Reforma 13-89, Guatemala 01010, Guatemala
After a full day of sight-seeing, make your way to Melancolía Blues Café to unwind with a drink and live music. The soothing jazz and blues played by these local musicians set the mood for a perfect night. While one wouldn't immediately associate...
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700 S Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63102, USA
Downtown, head to BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups near Busch Stadium for good live blues music almost every night in a former boarding house, transient hotel and burlesque house. Open until 3:00 a.m.
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1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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The Empty Bottle in Ukrainian Village offers great music in a small venue with an angled stage so the views are pretty good from anywhere in the house. The drinks are reasonably priced with friendly bartenders and the location is a bit divey but...
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9, 400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1L4, Canada
What a wonderful way to spend summer nights in Montreal: listening to some of the world's best live music acts, surrounded by eclectic people who come together for the love of jazz. The festival reunites performers from all around the world and...
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7929 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA
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Discover new music in one of L.A.'s most stories venues. This unassuming building on Santa Monica Boulevard opened its doors in 1957 and has welcome rock and roll greats ever since. Bob Dylan made his debut here, so did Elton John, comedian...
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174 E Flagler St, Miami, FL 33131, USA
Downtown Miami’s Olympia Theater was built in 1926 as a silent movie palace and still is a glamorous old soul on Flagler Street. Performers from Elvis Presley to B.B. King to Luciano Pavarotti have graced the stage, and today it...
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152 Luckie St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
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The Baptist Tabernacle was a church from 1898 to 1994, which is why it still looks like a house of worship. It became the music venue known as The Tabernacle in 1998 and has hosted countless acts in its 15-year tenure. The Black Crowes even held...
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Beale St, Memphis, TN, USA
Where the historic cobblestone landing meets Tom Lee Park, and the tip of Mud Island joins the Wolf River Harbor and the Mississippi River, you'll find Beale St Landing. This modern river dock is home of the Mother of all riverboats. Longer than a...
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2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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I always look forward to visiting Chicago, especially when it's work related and I'm encouraged to take customers out for dinner. A highlight of my last visit in November was dinner at Trattoria no. 10 on Dearborn. Holy Baby Cow Batman, that was...
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Electric Brixton, Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London SW2 1RJ, UK
Its a Sunday afternoon in London. What's one to do? Go to Church of course! I'm not talking some wholesome bible reading, I mean getting sloppy and grinding with strangers in ridiculous outfits. That's what you'll find at The Church, a theater...
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170 NE 38th St, Miami, FL 33137, USA
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The Stage is a live music venue located in Miami's new Design District, the up and coming neighborhood for art, fashion, dining and entertainment. The stage includes some of the best South Florida performace acts and touring bands from across the...
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353 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Cafe Sevilla is located in the downtown Gaslamp district in San Diego. It's a great place to hear live music while sharing tapas and drinks with friends. The interior is huge with flags hanging from a 20ft ceiling, a bull on the wall behind the...
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6891 West Main St, Frisco, TX 75034, USA
School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, and drums. Combining weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals, the school prepares students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. Not...
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515 N McDonough St, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
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Name a music act that has come out of Atlanta in the last 20 years, and it probably performed at least once at Eddie's Attic, a famed Decatur music club. Opened in 1992 by Eddie Owen, everyone from John Mayer to Justin Bieber to the Civil Wars to...