The best venues and events in Austin, Nashville, New Orleans, and Portland

The live-music capital of the world

Waterloo Records
The famed store has a huge collection of vinyl and hosts regular performances. (

The classic blues and rock club will be featuring artists like the Nappy Roots and Justin Townes Earle in the next few weeks. (

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
The legendary restaurant doubles as a music venue with upcoming acts like the Fray and Snow Patrol. (

Alamo Drafthouse
Watch music-themed films on Music Mondays at this outpost of the beloved movie-theater/restaurant chain. (

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Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 12-14
ACL is the laid-back counterpart to the frenetic SXSW. This year’s festival lineup is still TBD, but last year Kanye West, Coldplay, and Arcade Fire all graced the stages. (

La Zona Rosa
The no-frills bar and venue features everything from Latin music to rock, including performances soon from Say Anything and Heartless Bastards. (

Collings Guitars
Guitarists as varied as Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, and Lou Reed have all used a Collings. See where the magic gets made on one of the Friday factory tours. (

Country music’s hometown

Ryman Auditorium
The former home of the Grand Ole Opry continues to offer top-notch performances. (

Ernest Tubb Record Shop
Opened 64 years ago, this main store remains a holy grail for hard-to-find country gems. (

Tootsies Orchid Lounge
Nashville’s most famous honky-tonk bar is a ridiculously fun night out. (

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
No trip is complete without a stop at this renowned house of history and memorabilia. (countrymusichall

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CMA Music Festival
June 7-10
Country’s biggest names come out each year for the ultimate fan experience. This year’s lineup includes Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton. (

The Bluebird Cafe
Dozens of famous singer-songwriters got their start at this music club, including a young Taylor Swift. (

Grand Ole Opry
The hallowed hall still hosts the long-running stage show and live radio program that nurtured so many country stars, like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton. A can’t-miss destination for any music fan. (

New Orleans
The birthplace of jazz

Preservation Hall
Enjoy some traditional New Orleans-style jazz at this historic French Quarter venue. (

New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
Start your trip through music history — including walking tours and exhibits — with a stop at the visitor center. (

Snug Harbor
Legendary pianist Ellis Marsalis plays most Friday nights at this landmark club. (

Euclid Records
This mellow shop offers up a serious collection of vinyl and CDs. (

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
April 27-29, May 3-6
The 2012 lineup of the sprawling festival, a.k.a. Jazzfest, includes Bruce Springsteen, the Foo Fighters, and Cee Lo Green. (

Essence Music Festival
July 6-8
Aretha Franklin is headlining this jamfest along with R&B powerhouses Mary J. Blige and Fantasia. (

Tipitina’s Uptown
The original rollicking watering hole features NOLA faves like the Rebirth Brass Band and Dr. John. (

An indie-rock paradise

Tiger Bar
Thursdays bring Karaoke From Hell, a karaoke band that lets you live out your rock-god dreams. (Also at Dante’s on Mondays;

Crystal Ballroom
Opened in 1914, the gorgeous venue still boasts a steady slate. Local band Wild Flag will be there on May 4. (

The raucous restaurant/dance club/music venue in the Industrial District also houses a quieter bar downstairs. (

Roseland Theater
Acts like fun. and Ingrid Michaelson will soon hit the stage at this acoustically renowned music hall. (

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McMenamins Edgefield Summer Concerts
June 17-Sept. 30
Concerts on the lawn at this resort are a summer staple. Among this year’s acts: Florence + the Machine and Foster the People. (

Music Millennium
The oldest record store in the Pacific Northwest, the 43-year-old landmark still hosts in-store performances. (

Doug Fir Lounge
A swank ’50s modernist restaurant upstairs, it has a downstairs lounge that earns attention for its live-show lineup, which includes upcoming performers School of Seven Bells and Xiu Xiu. (