America’s Most Amazing Music Venues

By Lauren Hutchens on March 3, 2017

Pack your bags! It’s time to visit some bucket list-worthy venues. From the “Mother Church of Country Music” to a BBQ, there’s something here for every music lover. These 10 incredible venues have been graced by the legends of yesteryear, the icons of today—and everyone in between.


9:30 Club | Washington, D.C.

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The 9:30 Club, one of America’s best-known rock clubs, is credited for beginning a brand new rock movement in Washington, D.C.

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The Gorge Amphitheatre | Quincy, WA

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This 20,000-seat outdoor theater offers panoramic views of the Columbia River and the Cascade Range. It’s been home to festivals such as Lollapalooza, Ozzfest and the Vans Warped Tour.

Gorge Amphitheater


Hollywood Bowl | Los Angeles, CA

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This band shell amphitheater is set against the iconic Hollywood hills for a view that will leave you starstruck.

Consequence of Sound


Radio City Music Hall | New York, NY

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This art deco theatre transports attendees back to old Hollywood.

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Red Rocks Amphitheater | Red Rocks, CO

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This venue, the world's only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect amphitheater, is definitely bucket-worthy!

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Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, TN

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Known as “The Mother Church of Country Music,” this venue has been graced by greats such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Louis Armstrong.

The Tennessean


Stone Mountain Arts Center | Brownfield, ME

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This lesser-known venue boasts an intimate living room feel. The 200-seat center leaves no guest more than 45 feet from the stage.

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Troubadour | West Hollywood, CA

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The iconic West Hollywood Troubadour club has helped launch some of contemporary music's most talented performers—it's also where Elton John played his first American show.



The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA

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This downtown Atlanta venue was first occupied by a church. In the mid 80s, the church relocated and the venue remained vacant until the 1996 Olympics, when it was converted to a House of Blues club.

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Stubb’s Bar-B-Q | Austin, TX

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Cold beer, BBQ and live music—what could be better? If you’re in Austin for SXSW or Austin City Limits, be sure to pay Stubb’s a visit, as it is known for hosting unannounced shows during festival season.

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