The US is a melting pot of musical styles and varied sounds. Each region of the country boasts a distinctive musical vibe that contributes to the overall culture and atmosphere of the area. While every city brings something to the table, here are three US cities that boast especially storied music histories while still making contributions to the local and national scene today.
Memphis claims to be both the “Home of the Blues” and the “Birthplace of Rock and Roll.” B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis are just a few of the musical artists that got their start in Memphis. According to Amro Music, this vibrant Tennessee city still boasts an eclectic music scene with a bevy of smaller honky-tonks and dive bars on Beale Street offering up live music from up and coming artists. Fans of the late Elvis flock to Graceland to see where the famous singer lived and worked. Tickets start at $41 and allow visitors to tour the mansion and family archives.
According to Avis, Birmingham is home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, a great place to learn more about influential jazz musicians. This museum is dedicated to promoting the importance of jazz in the fabric of the nation’s musical history. In addition to jazz, the city is recognized for its contributions to R&B, soul music, Southern rock, gospel, country, and bluegrass. This energetic Alabama city also hosts a variety of music festivals, including the Secret Stages Music Festival, featuring a multitude of emerging artists playing on multiple stages.
Seattle’s place in music history was cemented when it was recognized as the official birthplace of the grunge music, according to Culture Trip. Legendary bands such as Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Sound Garden got their start in the Emerald City. Today, Seattle continues its love with music playing host to a myriad of festivals, including the famous Bumbershoot Music & Art Festival every Labor Day Weekend at the Seattle Center. In addition to grunge, Seattle boasts its contribution to alternative and hip-hop music. Popular music station KEXP-FM is committed to promoting independent and alternative local music.
A visit to any of these cities will put you in touch with your artistic side as you explore the music that each city enjoys. While each of these cities features a rich musical history, all three destinations also still encourage that creativity today.
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