The Society of American Travel Writers just posted a list of what, in their writer’s opinions, are the top cities in North America for music. The list is pretty predictable, with New Orleans at the top and Memphis, New York, Austin, and other usual suspects in the mix.
They focus mostly on the quality of live music, so for that reason I’d quibble with at least one entry, Nashville. while it’s a great music industry town, for country and gospel music, the live music scene there is actually pretty poor according to most locals.
Other towns I’ve enjoyed lots of good live music include Asheville, North Carolina; The Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill triangle, also in North Carolina; Seattle, Washington; and San Francisco, California. They’d all probably make the top 20, I’d guess, though the Triangle might be in my own personal top ten.
Any other cities SATW missed?