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Old 01-10-2008, 11:02 AM   #1
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Live music cities?

I love live music, but can only think of three cities that are known for it in America: Austin, Texas (rock, country, little of everything); Nashville, Tennessee (country mainly, I think); and Memphis, Tennessee (blues).
Are there any other well known cities that have a ton of live music venues out there than I am missing?:confused:
What's with Tennessee? Note that they have TWO cities devoted to live music? If their darn taxes overall didn't add up to so much.....(dreaming)
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What about Detroit. or New Orleans

I thought Tennessee overall tax bite was pretty good.
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Pretty much any big city. LA, New Orleans, New York, Bay Area, Chicago--even Seattle has a lot. The cities you mentioned have very successfully commercialized a "brand", but very good live music is all over. Also, often their is a purely local high quality scene that is much more LBYM friendly than places that draw a lot of tourists.

If you like jazz or funk give New Orleans a shot.

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When I have lived in Chicago that city did get many really up and comers there, so I was able to see many before they really hit it big...and saw them for cheap, also.
Houston, however, has zip in music really. Why go to Houston when Austin is only a few hours away and a Music Capital to boot.
Just investigating cities with great live music venues is all. I'd love to be in or near one.
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Any big college town usually has some fun live music venues.

Athens, Georgia comes to mind which produced bands like REM, B-52's and Indigo Girls to name a few.

Music of Athens, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Orchidflower,

Yep. Athens is loaded. People come from everywhere to become part of the live music scene in a host of venues, from bars to several performance halls. The biggest is contemporary rock music of course, as REM, B-52's and Indigo Girls started here as Trek mentioned. But there's bluegrass, country, opera, (Going to see La Traviata next month), blues, big name singers, talent nights etc. And that doesn't include the University of Georgia performances with classical guest performers from around the world, UGA student performances and community choral groups. I've played or sung with quite a few different groups myself through the years, and I'll probably expand my participation and viewing as I begin to get a little more time in the evenings. And with roughly 100,000 population, which includes the 35000 students, the size is about right.
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Tennessee State income tax, for me since my main tax would be on investments, coupled with their high sales tax, made Tennessee pretty high compared to (yes..) Texas. It seems when you have interest and dividends taxed--unless someone can give me a wonderful way to get around it and still make money--I get nailed, and find I am ultimately better off in one of the 5 no State tax States. Sigh..
My friend from Augusta always told me Georgia was cheap to live in, and I know that Athens rates high on many studies--especially for retirees--to live in. Must check that one out, also.
Boy! When I am thru with my duties here...this gal is going to travel alot and see all these neat places!
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Houston, however, has zip in music really. Why go to Houston when Austin is only a few hours away and a Music Capital to boot.
Houston has great blues clubs, Zydeco clubs, and plenty of salsa. You may not comfortable in many of the places though.

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as metioned prev. Los angeles is very good for live music.
lots of small places with great diverse music. lot's of world music
too which many other cities sometimes lack.
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Tennessee State income tax, for me since my main tax would be on investments, coupled with their high sales tax, made Tennessee pretty high compared to (yes..) Texas. It seems when you have interest and dividends taxed--unless someone can give me a wonderful way to get around it and still make money--I get nailed, and find I am ultimately better off in one of the 5 no State tax States. Sigh..
My friend from Augusta always told me Georgia was cheap to live in, and I know that Athens rates high on many studies--especially for retirees--to live in. Must check that one out, also.
Boy! When I am thru with my duties here...this gal is going to travel alot and see all these neat places!
I see. We have very little taxable investments so I didnt consider that angle. Tenn and MO are on our to see lists for future retirement areas.
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My gosh, haha, where did you find any good music in Houston? I was there 22 years and went to various venues, but the quality of the music was sub-par. I have no idea what you are talking about, but maybe you know some secrets I don't? I never found anything to brag about in 22 years that I could go to on any regular basis and listen to good music in Houston. I guess what I am tactfully trying to say is, "WTF are you talking about?"
And now that I am too old to do anything about it, I find that I would have been much better off in retirement if I didn't have investments but had a pension instead. Too late now...
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Lincoln Center?

Carnegie Hall?

heck, CBGBs? (back in the day)

We've got some of that live music here in NYC!
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Lincoln Center?

Carnegie Hall?

heck, CBGBs? (back in the day)

We've got some of that live music here in NYC!
Fillmore East, also back in the day...
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Gonna be hard to beat Austin. I lived there 15 years.
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Well, that's encouraging, martyb. I KNOW Austin has alot of top acts that haven't quite made it to the bigtime, so you can see them cheaper. But I may be the only silver haired old lady rocking out with the U. of Texas students there...but, what the heck!
I have always heard L.A. had the BEST music ever. I think the musicians who want to really hit the bigtime head there when they feel ready. Lucky people in L.A., eh?
And, yes, I concede on Houston having bad music on one issue: Tejano and Salsa are tops there.
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Denver looked good the couple of times I went out there. Lots of venues
I DREAM of going to Austin. Memphis and Nashville are truly awesome!
There are some good venues in Charlotte NC and Asheville NC--really supportive communities for good live music.

I can say with authority that there is nowhere in South Carolina to regularly hear good live music.
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Try Portland oregon of all places.

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Custis Salgado-------------------blues
Paul deLay (now deceased)-------blues
Pink Martini----------------------eclectic vocal/piano/combo group
Michael Allan Harrison------------new age pop
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Boston was excellent.. again, college town.
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