Today I have a very special guest post for you; it combines to of my absolutely favorite things, music and travel!
The thorough and committed music lover doesn’t just enjoy listening to their favorite music, but is equally excited and interested in experiencing, and maybe even immersing themselves in the culture and cities from which that music stemmed.
Every genre has its roots, and those roots usually lead back to an area, and often times even a specific city. The music’s culture will then reflect the culture and history of that city, even as it expands and is built upon by musicians from around the world. That city will be a more full and detailed picture of the culture and ideas expressed by the music it gave birth to.
Lyrics and musical imagery can then be matched with actual places, which are otherwise left to the imagination of the listener.
So, if the culture and imagery of the music you love interests you, here are five cities that gave rise to some of the most significant musical genres of our time:
1. Vienna, Austria – Dubbed the “Capital of Classical Music” Vienna takes its rich musical history quite seriously, and is on display throughout the entire city. Mozart, Beethoven, Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert all played here on a regular basis, and were said to entertain five-figure crowds.
Today, there are plenty of musically-themed cafes, modern day classical concerts and museums dedicated to the greats of classical music.
2. Havana, Cuba — While there are plenty of performing arts surrounding Latin and salsa music, Havana is actually a fairly active jazz hotspot as well. While the city’s history is rich with several sub genres of Latin music, live shows incorporate a lot of Latin and jazz performers on a fairly regular basis.
3. New Orleans – American music has its roots deep in New Orleans jazz. There has been perhaps no single greater influencing city when it comes to the genre that gave way to the blues and rock-and-roll that is now so prevalent in western society. Part of what makes New Orleans so popular is the continued dedication to live jazz performances and a nightlife culture that is steeped in classical jazz music.
4. Austin, Texas — The world of rock-and-roll was an offshoot of the New Orleans jazz scene, and southern rock was a direct result. Austin, Texas played host, and continues to be a hotspot for southern rock and a variety of rock and roll sub-genres.
5. Nashville, Tennessee – As rock and jazz saw their origins and development primarily in the south, you’ve got to go a little further north to find the birthplace of country music as we know it today. In fact, Nashville, Tennessee has become the most notable musical city in the United States, due largely in part to it being the origin of classic and modern country music.
It’s not the most historical city in the world, but the number of rock and country musicians (particularly guitarists) who have either come from or made a name for themselves in Nashville has given it the title of “Music City.”
Great for Music and Tourism
Not only are these cities rich with music history, but they’re also designed to accommodate a full spectrum of tourism that goes beyond enjoying musical culture. If you’re looking to travel to someplace where you can enjoy the music and the typical creature comforts of tourism, these cities are some of your best options.
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her writing covers everything from health to business and travel, but as a true music enthusiast she loves any chance to cover music and the arts. Follow her on Facebook and Pinterest today!