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Old 05-08-2015, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Auburn, New York
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I'll be visiting these three cities over the summer, and I was wondering which is the best for music. I personally listen to rock and jazz, but I think for the sake of the thread, we should include all genres of music. I've spent about couple weeks in Louisville, I've only driven through St. Louis, and I've never been to KCMO.

Are there any iconic, institutional dancehalls, theatres, or clubs that stand out?
Where do up-and-coming local bands play?
What tourist traps should be avoided?
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Old 06-01-2015, 08:18 PM
 
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I'll be visiting these three cities over the summer, and I was wondering which is the best for music. I personally listen to rock and jazz, but I think for the sake of the thread, we should include all genres of music. I've spent about couple weeks in Louisville, I've only driven through St. Louis, and I've never been to KCMO.

Are there any iconic, institutional dancehalls, theatres, or clubs that stand out?
Where do up-and-coming local bands play?
What tourist traps should be avoided?
This is a close call. I vote Louisville just because it has been ranked higher nationally and I have spent time in MO and I am just not impressed as they are more "shelled out" cities because they were historically larger. Louisville retains a very charming feel and indie vibe.

These Are America's Best Music Scenes - TIME

Louisville is a top 10 music city. The MO cities are not. Now I am sure there will be some Louisville bashers come in here, since it is located in KY and generally has a negative image. However, the city has an awesome arts and music scene.

The Forecastle Festival | July 17th - 19th | Louisville, Kentucky

The above is the best festival in this area outside Bonnaroo, and is the best urban music festival outside Lollapalooza in the Midwest (I would throw in Summerfest in Milwaukee).
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Old 06-02-2015, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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KC has a moribund current local scene. St Louis is a bit livelier. Chuck Berry used to perform regularly locally, but he's pretty old and doesn't seem to get out much anymore. I would say Louisville by a bit. Not a great local scene, but not a bad one, and a nicer town. All have some strong musical histories.

I personally would recommend Memphis and Detroit (instead) in terms of current local musical strength as well as historical, but both cities are...pretty rough. Doesn't bother me, but might make others uncomfortable. Though you did also list St Louis, so....
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:08 AM
 
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KC has a moribund current local scene.

St Louis is a bit livelier.

I would say Louisville by a bit. Not a great local scene, but not a bad one,

and a nicer town.

I personally would recommend Memphis

and Detroit (instead) in terms of current local musical strength ..
Disagree.

Disagree.

Disagree.

Disagree strongly.

Disagree, but I can see how a certain type of fan would think so.

Disagree.
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Says the KC wonk and nobody else! How about you list all the great local bands and venues in KC, and why specifically they are superior to what is offered in St Louis, Louisville, Detroit and Memphis?
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:11 PM
 
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This is a close call. I vote Louisville just because it has been ranked higher nationally and I have spent time in MO and I am just not impressed as they are more "shelled out" cities because they were historically larger. Louisville retains a very charming feel and indie vibe.

These Are America's Best Music Scenes - TIME

Louisville is a top 10 music city. The MO cities are not. Now I am sure there will be some Louisville bashers come in here, since it is located in KY and generally has a negative image. However, the city has an awesome arts and music scene.

The Forecastle Festival | July 17th - 19th | Louisville, Kentucky

The above is the best festival in this area outside Bonnaroo, and is the best urban music festival outside Lollapalooza in the Midwest (I would throw in Summerfest in Milwaukee).
Louisville is a top 10 music city on one single list (that I've found so far)... I googled this as I'm not an expert on this at all, and I know full well who you are (Thanks for calling the others "shelled out," you can't just be a constant Louisville booster, you have to put the others down... while amusingly being defensive saying people will bash Louisville because of its state...), and I couldn't even find a single other list that even mentioned Louisville, and some of these went to 25-30 cities! I scrolled through a bunch of google results to read these stupid lists that I hate, so where is all of this recognition? I don't think most lists like these are very useful at all, but what am I missing?

I'm not saying it's not a good music city, its great food scene certainly flies under the radar, but I'm not really seeing what you're saying.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Louisville is a top 10 music city on one single list (that I've found so far)... I googled this as I'm not an expert on this at all, and I know full well who you are (Thanks for calling the others "shelled out," you can't just be a constant Louisville booster, you have to put the others down... while amusingly being defensive saying people will bash Louisville because of its state...), and I couldn't even find a single other list that even mentioned Louisville, and some of these went to 25-30 cities! I scrolled through a bunch of google results to read these stupid lists that I hate, so where is all of this recognition? I don't think most lists like these are very useful at all, but what am I missing?

I'm not saying it's not a good music city, its great food scene certainly flies under the radar, but I'm not really seeing what you're saying.
Right, none of these are current hotspots, though Louisville does far better than St Louis, which is slightly above KCMO.

I find it funny that 1) anyone would use Time as a barometer of any sort of current "cool," or anything really, and 2) LA is #6 (not even close) Houston is near the top (WHAT) and Detroit is one from the bottom? Come on. There hasn't been a better city for local music over the last few decades than Detroit, and I'm talking worldwide.
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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So nobody thinks Memphis belongs in this conversation?
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Old 06-03-2015, 12:54 PM
 
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I'm not trying to down Louisville, but St. Louis has produced far more well known music acts than Louisville and its really not even close.
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Old 06-03-2015, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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So nobody thinks Memphis belongs in this conversation?
*cough*

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KC has a moribund current local scene. St Louis is a bit livelier. Chuck Berry used to perform regularly locally, but he's pretty old and doesn't seem to get out much anymore. I would say Louisville by a bit. Not a great local scene, but not a bad one, and a nicer town. All have some strong musical histories.

I personally would recommend Memphis and Detroit (instead) in terms of current local musical strength as well as historical, but both cities are...pretty rough. Doesn't bother me, but might make others uncomfortable. Though you did also list St Louis, so....
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Says the KC wonk and nobody else! How about you list all the great local bands and venues in KC, and why specifically they are superior to what is offered in St Louis, Louisville, Detroit and Memphis?
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