7 Underrated Music Cities - Slideshow

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7 Underrated Music Cities - Slideshow

For Jazz:

For Jazz:

New Orleans, La.
We can thank the Big Easy for American beignets, étouffée and jazz. To this day, the city hosts the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival each spring.
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The Best Hotels in New Orleans
The Best Things to Do in New Orleans
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Rio de Janeiro
You'll hear bossa nova wafting out from many of Rio's beachside bars. One especially popular hangout, Vinícius, was named after "Girl from Ipanema" lyricist Marcus Vinícius de Moraes.
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For Jazz:

New Orleans, La.
We can thank the Big Easy for American beignets, étouffée and jazz. To this day, the city hosts the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival each spring.
Find out more about:
The Best Hotels in New Orleans
The Best Things to Do in New Orleans
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Rio de Janeiro
You'll hear bossa nova wafting out from many of Rio's beachside bars. One especially popular hangout, Vinícius, was named after "Girl from Ipanema" lyricist Marcus Vinícius de Moraes.
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For Reggae:

Jamaica
Bob Marley is one of the most prominent reggae stars to come from Jamaica. Tourists like to visit his former home in Saint Ann Parish to pay homage to the singer.
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Jamaica Hotels
The Best Things to Do in Jamaica
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Los Angeles and The Bay Area, Calif.
July is a good time for reggae fans to visit California. For a mellow sound, try the Reggaefest in Monterey Bay. And for a horn-infused, punk-like sound, splurge for a ticket to Los Angeles' Skacore Invasion.
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The Best Hotels in Los Angeles
The Best Things to Do in Los Angeles
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For Indie or Acoustic:

Austin, Tex.
Your ears will be pleased with a visit to Austin. B.D. Riley's, Esther's Follies and Friends, all on 6th Street, are some of the town's best venues for great acoustic music.
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The Best Hotels in Austin
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Portland, Ore.
Portland's legendary Crystal Ballroom has welcomed everyone from the Grateful Dead to James Brown to its stage.
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The Best Hotels in Portland
The Best Things to Do in Portland
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For R&B/Soul:

Detroit, Mich.
The Motown Historical Museum, better known as Hitsville U.S.A., was the first headquarters of Detroit's well-known R&B record label.
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London, UK
Camden's Roundhouse has hosted such illustrious new soul singers as Adele.
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London Hotels
The Best Things to Do in London
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For Soca:

Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
One of the best times to hear soca's sing-song beats is during the island's Carnival season, held at the end of February or beginning of March.
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Trinidad & Tobago Hotels
The Best Things to Do in Trinidad & Tobago
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Bridgetown, Barbados
You have several choices for hearing live Bajan soca music. You could try the Oistins Fish Fry, held every Friday and Saturday, or the visit Bridgetown's beachside nightclub, The Boatyard.
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Barbados Hotels
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For Country:

Nashville, Tenn.
As Music City, USA, Nashville has nurtured the career of country stars Hank Williams and Chet Atkins.
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The Best Hotels in Nashville
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Tamworth, Australia
Tamworth in New South Wales, Australia has its own country music association -- also known as the Country Music Association. Each January, the CMA hosts a Tamworth Country Music Festival showcasing Australia's best-known and freshest talent.
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For Rap/Hip-Hop:

New York City, NY
Rap music originated during block parties of 1970s New York City, in the Bronx borough. Funky Four Plus One More, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five are some of the first rap groups to achieve success in the United States.
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Chicago, Ill.
The rappers like Kanye West, Jeremih and Common have all come back to their hometown of Chicago to perform at that city's House of Blues.
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The Best Hotels in Chicago
The Best Things to Do in Chicago
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