Listening to music can be a lot of fun. Many people have a favorite band or musician that they love to listen to when they're in the car or just hanging out at home. But while listening to music at home on your favorite streaming service is definitely always a good time, it can be even better to listen to music live and up close.
Around the US, there are a ton of amazing music venues that bands and artists travel to when they're on tour to do performances. Concerts and other shows are put on in these incredible live venues for fans to come from all over to watch.
To see 10 of the best music venues around the US, keep reading!
10 Hollywood Bowl
The Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheater located in Los Angeles, California. It was opened way back in the 1920s, but it's still one of the most popular music venues across the US today, nearly 100 years later!
The stage and shell are located in just in front of the Hollywood Hills and the infamous Hollywood Sign is visible from out in the crowd. Some really iconic shows have been held here - including Linkin Park's memorial concert for Chester Bennington, Kanye West performed his album 808s & Heartbreak in full for the first time here, and the Playboy Jazz Festival has been held here since the 1970s.
9 Brooklyn Steel
New York City is definitely among the best places in the US to go if you're looking for live entertainment. From Broadway to Brooklyn Steel, there are a lot of amazing venues that host live performances. If you're looking to hear the best live music in the Big Apple, stop by Brooklyn Steel.
It opened in 2017 and the building used to be a steel manufacturing plant before it was converted into the live music venue and bar that it is now. A ton of musicians have made their way to Brooklyn to perform here, including some like Maren Morris, The Decemberists, and Arctic Monkeys.
8 Ryman Auditorium
The Ryman Auditorium is located in Nashville, Tennessee and opened in the late 19th century. From 1943 through 1974, it was the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Even though it's no longer the Grand Ole Opry House today, it's still a really popular live music venue.
Nashville is definitely the best place for any country music fan to visit and visiting his historic music venue is a must. It's been the home of many notable performances, including the Wu-Tang Clan performing the first ever rap concert at the Ryman, Neil Young recording a concert film here, and many episodes of The Johnny Cash Show being filmed here.
7 Walt Disney Concert Hall
The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located in Los Angeles, California and was opened in 2003. It was built after Lillian Disney donated a large sum of money to get a concert hall built in Los Angeles as a tribute to the late Walt Disney. This iconic building began being built in 1999 before opening four years later.
Today, this building is the home of Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. This venue has been in a ton of movies and TV shows, most notably being used in Glee's final seasons as the setting for the fictional NYADA.
6 The Caverns
This music venue has been around for millions of years, but it only opened in 2018. How is that possible? Because instead of being built by humans, this Pelham, Tennessee music venue is set inside an ancient cave. It underwent just under two years being renovated and turned into a beautiful and unique music venue that cannot be missed.
This venue sits 750 people and is the home of Bluegrass Underground. Whether you love bluegrass music or you just want to experience a concert in a truly unique and unforgettable music venue, taking a trip just outside of Nashville to The Caverns is a must!
5 Gorge Amphitheatre
The Gorge Amphitheater was opened in 1986 and sits over 27,000 people. If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy live music while being in an outdoor venue, enjoying the beautiful weather and scenery of Washington, The Gorge is the place to go.
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The Gorge is unique because of the fact that fans are even allowed to buy a camping ticket and stay there for a full 24 hours. Lollapalooza, Lilith Fair, and Vans Warped Tour have had shows at The Gorge Amphitheater.
4 Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Red Rocks Amphitheater is located in Colorado and was opened back in the early 20th century. This amphitheater is an older one that has been open for over 100 years, but it's still among the best concert venues in the US. The venue was built into the rocks and landscape and it has a really unique and beautiful look to it.
Some of the musicians that have performed here over the years include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Phish, and The Fray. After an incident at a Jethro Tull concert in the 1970s involving guests trying to get in without tickets after the concert sold out, rock concerts were actually banned here for a while! Luckily, that ban has since been lifted.
3 Grand Ole Opry House
The Grand Ole Opry House is located in Nashville and is the current home of the Grand Ole Opry, a concert show that is held weekly in this venue and has been since back in 1925. Country musicians that perform here regularly can be induced as members into the Grand Ole Opry, a huge accomplishment and lifetime dream for any country musician.
If you're a lover of country music, visiting Nashville has to go on your bucket list. And watching a performance at the Grand Ole Opry cannot be missed. Some artists that have performed here include Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Little Big Town.
2 The Greek Theater
The Greek Theater is an outdoor music venue located in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles, California. It seats just over 5,800 people and was opened back in 1930. This venue was an integral part in the plot of the 2010 film Get Him to the Greek.
Since being used for barracks during WWII, this venue has become one of the most popular amphitheaters in the US and with the backdrop of the trees and mountains, it's not hard to see why. Past performers here include 5 Seconds of Summer, Miranda Lambert, Michael Bublé, and Cyndi Lauper.
1 Radio City Music Hall
When it comes to live music and entertainment venues across the US, Radio City Music Hall has got to be one of the best ones. It's located in New York City and opened in 1932. Currently, it's the home of the Rockettes and it has held a ton of TV events like the Grammy Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.
Along with being where the Rockettes can be seen performing and where some TV events have been filmed, it's also used for concerts. Some of the musicians that have performed here include Pink Floyd, Britney Spears, and Mariah Carey.