From the Honkytonk Capital to Jazz’s Birthplace: America’s Best Music Scenes 2015

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Jazz legends, symphonic masterpieces—and some really cool punk karaoke. Travel + Leisure readers kept the beat as they ranked the best music towns in the land.

No. 4 Cleveland

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Beyond being the home of a certain Hall of Fame—one reason the city ranked in the top 5 for its museums—Cleveland can claim to have created the concept  of rock ’n’ roll: the term was coined by Cleveland deejay Alan Freed in the early 1950s. To step into one landmark from that era, catch a live show at the Beachland Ballroom, which started life as a Slavic community center in 1950 but by 2000 was hosting rock bands. Today, Cleveland’s music scene also thrives at indie places like The Grog Shop and the Music Box Supper Club. Meanwhile, if you didn’t have a seat for this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, you can now catch monthly live shows, Sonic Sessions, at the museum. Perhaps ironically, Cleveland also scored well in the survey for relative peace and quiet.

music, city, Cleveland

From the Honkytonk Capital to Jazz’s Birthplace: America’s Best Music Scenes 2015

No. 4 Cleveland

Beyond being the home of a certain Hall of Fame—one reason the city ranked in the top 5 for its museums—Cleveland can claim to have created the concept  of rock ’n’ roll: the term was coined by Cleveland deejay Alan Freed in the early 1950s. To step into one landmark from that era, catch a live show at the Beachland Ballroom, which started life as a Slavic community center in 1950 but by 2000 was hosting rock bands. Today, Cleveland’s music scene also thrives at indie places like The Grog Shop and the Music Box Supper Club. Meanwhile, if you didn’t have a seat for this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, you can now catch monthly live shows, Sonic Sessions, at the museum. Perhaps ironically, Cleveland also scored well in the survey for relative peace and quiet.

© The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
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