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Old 10-17-2014, 07:30 AM
 
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My friend and I are planning a trip to the US from Australia and we want to plan a musical city tour. The cities we have in mind so far are Seattle, LA, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and Austin.
That's our plan so far so maybe some people could give us some advice on some other places that are pretty cool as well.
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Old 10-17-2014, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Depends on the kind of music you like.
I would include New Orleans in your trip!
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Good list, but I would ABSOLUTELY include New Orleans on the trip. Even if that potentially means missing out on another city, it would be worth it imo. The musical experience in New Orleans is completely unique, and it would be impossible to do a true american "musical city" trip without it. Good luck on the trip though. What a cool idea!
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Old 10-17-2014, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I definitely agree on New Orleans, but is there a specific reason you are going to Seattle? Besides grunge, I don't see it as a well known music city. Maybe hit a city on the East Coast instead-NYC, Philly or Atlanta?
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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I definitely agree on New Orleans, but is there a specific reason you are going to Seattle? Besides grunge, I don't see it as a well known music city. Maybe hit a city on the East Coast instead-NYC, Philly or Atlanta?
Seattle's an indie rock and folk music hot spot.

Minneapolis is another notable city that started the "Minneapolis Sound", and all sorts of great acts came out of the city in the 80s and 90s (Prince, Husker Du, The Replacements, The Jayhawks, Babes in Toyland, the Suburbs, Semisonic, etc.)

Today, Minneapolis has a notable alternative hip hop scene (Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Dessa, Doomtree, P.O.S), but there's also a big indie rock scene here as well (Solid Gold, Cloud Cult, Chastity Brown, Communist Daughter, Tapes n' Tapes, Howler, Chris Koza, Jeremy Messersmith and a lot more).
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Old 10-17-2014, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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The musical artery of the US is the Mississippi River. Half of American music history happened in states that border the Mississippi. Everything started in New Orleans, but there's also a ton of history in Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, Chicago, and even Minneapolis (not to mention rural Louisiana and Mississippi), and all those cities still have thriving music scenes today.

Honestly, in any contemporary music history class, I guarantee there will be a MAJOR focus on the role of the Mississippi River in American music.

New York is also a must-visit if music is your focus. Detroit is very high up on that list as well. Seattle and LA are great too, especially since they both have direct flights to and from Australia.
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Old 10-17-2014, 03:59 PM
 
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Yeah I forgot to mention New Orleans in my trip,my musical tastes vary from Rock, House, indie alternative, hip hop, Motown blues.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Yeah I forgot to mention New Orleans in my trip,my musical tastes vary from Rock, House, indie alternative, hip hop, Motown blues.
As someone who grew up in Memphis and now lives just south of Nashville, I admire your goal.

This should interest you:

Americana Music Triangle
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:26 PM
 
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My friend and I are planning a trip to the US from Australia and we want to plan a musical city tour. The cities we have in mind so far are Seattle, LA, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis and Austin.
That's our plan so far so maybe some people could give us some advice on some other places that are pretty cool as well.
You gotta go to New Orleans! Probably one of the most overall "musical" cities in the entire US. Drive from Nashville to Memphis to New Orleans(via the Mississippi Delta) and you've hit the birthplace or historic incubators of a lot of American music genres(blues, country, jazz, R&B, rock 'n roll). If you have any interest in bluegrass, the Appalachian mountain region is really good for that as well.
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Old 10-17-2014, 05:33 PM
 
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I'd second the votes for New Orleans and Minneapolis.
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