The 3 Grooviest US Cities for Music Lovers

It’s quite possible to be a music lover and not live in one of these cities. But here are some of the most notable cities concerning the music industry. These are places that are worth visiting if you have an interest in the genre, the culture, or simply just want to go on an adventure. Here are the grooviest U.S. cities.

Woodstock, NY

This is on top of the list because it has a truly amazing and unique music scene. This little town with under 6,000 residents is not the town that hosted Woodstock in 1969. That was held in Bethel Woods, NY and there is a venue and museum there now. However, this town is about 60 miles away, and no stranger to the arts. 

During the 1800s, Woodstock was home to the Hudson River School painters and in the early 1900s, the Arts and Crafts movement came to Woodstock. This was primarily developed in the British Empire as a movement in response to the poor state of the decorative arts. The next phase of art is Art Nouveau which draws comparisons between each of these stages. 

Ever since these times, Woodstock has been known as an active artists’ community. Hervey White built a “music chapel” in the woods in 1916 and still has festivals to this very day. It’s on the national register of historic buildings. There have always been artists in this area even before it lent its name to the famous music festival.

Memphis, TN

Memphis may end up overlooked when it comes to music towns in Tennessee. Nashville is the headlining city being the capital of the state and considered the “Music City”. However, Memphis is home to some of the most influential artists in the blues industry. Memphis being the city it is, I would have to assume that if you have found yourself researching Memphis apartments for rent, you already have some interest in the music industry, even if it’s just the love of it.

On Beale St. in Memphis back in the early 1900s, there was a particular type of blues being played in the clubs. The performances that were popular in this part of Memphis were medicine shows and vaudeville. Jug band style and guitar-based blues were paired well with this Memphis blues. 

Many instruments were being used to achieve this particular sound. Harmonica, violin, mandolin, banjos, and even washboards were used to create the unique blues. After the second world war, many African Americans moved out of Mississippi and musicians gravitated toward the area. They brought with them new sounds to Memphis blues. Howlin Wolf and B.B. King are some of the more well-known musicians of this later time.

Portland, Oregon

In the earlier days of western settlement, music in Oregon consisted mainly of gospel music. This is because Oregon’s population was homogeneous and was more white than the rest of the United States as a whole at the time. In the 1960s however, bands such as The Kingsmen were considered something of frat rock or garage rock.

This later developed into a form of hardcore punk rock. After decades, this went from punk to grunge to alternative to indie rock. This area draws in a large amount of folk, bluegrass, and country music lovers as well. Portland has become a large hub for the growth of many genres of music and multi talented artists. 

There are only 3 music towns on this list and there’s a ton more to explore. If you’re looking at vacationing in the best music towns, just do a bit more research. Wherever you pick, be sure to check out tours and museums to get the most out of your experience.

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