Red Rocks Amphitheatre, an otherworldly area framed by an infinite angled rock.
Photograph: Jason G. Bahr/Getty Images
Considering its totemic function within the creation of nearly each type of widespread music we hearken to at the moment – from hip-hop, R&B and soul to deal with, hardcore punk and good, plain previous traditional rock – it ought to come as a shock to nobody that the US is home to an enormous share of the world’s most storied music venues.
Some of them are well-known for his or her dimension, scale and setting, whereas others have entered the favored consciousness for his or her half within the historical past and growth of sure types of music. Some of them, too, are sadly not with us, similar to New York’s CBGB, or could not rely as music venues within the formal sense in any respect – the road corners of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Compton and suburban Atlanta that gave beginning to hip-hop come to thoughts.
Whatever your style or stage of music-nerdery could also be, one factor is for positive: the seven venues beneath have all in some unspecified time in the future offered the setting for important moments in US cultural historical past.
Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
‘The Garden’ has hosted various the best reveals within the historical past of widespread music. Photograph: Cameron Davidson/Getty Images
To New Yorkers, Madison Square Garden holds a singular place within the metropolis’s creativeness. Known to them merely as “the Garden”, this 20,000 capability venue describes itself, modestly, as “the most famous arena in the world”. Ordinarily, such a declare would hardly be credible however, within the case of Madison Square Garden, it’s greater than justified. Consider this: for the reason that present area opened its doorways in 1968 – there had been three earlier public venues occupying the identical web site since 1879 – the Garden has hosted various the best reveals within the historical past of widespread music, together with George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in 1971; Parliament Funkadelic’s legendary sold-out reveals of 1977 and 1978; and, extra not too long ago, LCD Soundsystem’s closing (or, because it turned out, not so closing) present in 2011, which was launched the next yr because the groundbreaking concert movie Shut Up and Play the Hits. It may additionally be price mentioning that whereas the Garden doesn’t have an official home act, that bloke from throughout the Hudson who goes by the identify of Bruce Springsteen has performed the venue at least 47 instances. The most well-known area within the world? They’re in all probability proper.
Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Red Rocks’ unparalleled out of doors setting has been used to a putting impact in concert movies over time. Photograph: Jason G. Bahr/Getty Images
If Madison Square Garden is the premier indoor concert venue within the US, then Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre would have to be its most spectacular out of doors musical locale. Framed by an infinite angled rock on one facet, with gorgeous views of the rugged mountain terrain on the opposite, Red Rocks’ unparalleled out of doors setting has been used to a putting impact in concert movies over time, together with U2 Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky and Neil Young’s Red Rocks Live. With a capability of virtually 10,000, the otherworldly area has additionally hosted legendary performances by REM, Stevie Nicks and, on what should have been a very psychedelic night time in 1968, Jimi Hendrix and the Soft Machine. This yr, its programme of occasions consists of appearances by Jackson Browne, Seal and the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra, in addition to each rapper’s favorite rapper, that inimitable Brooklyn native, Nas.
The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA
The Hollywood Bowl, music venue and movie location. Photograph: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG by way of Getty Images
Instantly recognisable for its “shell” of concentric arches over the stage, the Hollywood Bowl is to Angelenos what Madison Square Garden is to New Yorkers. Set within the bowels of the Hollywood Hills – with the Hollywood signal perched not far off within the background – the checklist of notable pop and rock performances right here is simply too exhaustive to element, internet hosting over time the Beatles, the Doors (each of whom recorded reside albums on the web site), Kraftwerk, Prince, Black Sabbath and Dolly Parton. But the 17,500 capability venue isn’t simply well-known for its reside reveals; this being Hollywood, it has additionally featured as a location in movies as various as Some Kind of Wonderful, Beaches and Escape From LA.
The Village Vanguard, New York City, NY
The Village Vanguard, the non secular home of jazz. Photograph: Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images/Getty Images
Perhaps no different repeatedly working venue within the US has such a legendary standing for its function within the historical past and growth of 1 fashion of music because the Village Vanguard does for jazz. All of the greats (and by that we do imply all) recorded and carried out right here over time: Coltrane, Davis, Mingus, Monk, Rollins, Evans, Brubeck, Baker … the checklist goes on. And because of this, the Village Vanguard may simply be the No 1 place of pilgrimage for jazz lovers within the world. But it’s not at all for jazz buffs alone; this intimate, 120-seat venue gives an genuine style of an older New York – as a a lot a spot to take a seat again with a superb martini, take within the portraits of the legends that line the partitions and picture the curlicues of smoke that when rose from the tables and gave this tiny basement membership the hazy atmosphere that jazz venues the world over have sought to duplicate.
Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN
The Grand Ole Opry has hosted all the nice names in nation music. Photograph: Jason Davis/Getty Images for KLOVE
If Nashville is the home of nation music, then the closest factor it has to a precise handle can be 2,804 Opryland Drive, the place you’ll discover Grand Ole Opry – a venue that holds roughly the identical significance for lovers of nation music because the Village Vanguard does for jazz. But the Grand Ole Opry is somewhat bit greater than a music venue: taking its identify from the weekly concert radio efficiency, it is usually the longest radio broadcast in US historical past, having first hit the airwaves in 1925, moving between Nashville areas earlier than lastly settling in its present, purpose-built venue in 1974. The nice names of nation and western, from Johnny Cash to Loretta Lynn, and Garth Brooks to Patsy Cline, have all been regulars on the Opry, and a few 215 acts have held a coveted Opry membership (a positive signal that you simply’ve “made it” as a rustic star) in some unspecified time in the future of their careers.
Pappy & Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Pappy & Harriet’s has seen various well-known faces grace its stage. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
Possibly the best venue within the US that you simply’ve by no means heard of, Pappy & Harriet’s is a dusty saloon bar positioned within the depths of California’s cowboy nation, on the perimeter of Joshua Tree nationwide park. The stature and notoriety of Pappy & Harriet’s has grown quickly in recent times, since turning into the venue of selection for a lot of an artist booked on the close by Coachella competition to play a secret little present of their very own on the facet. Queens of the Stone Age, Spiritualized, Sonic Youth, Lorde and – pause – Paul McCartney have all handed by for a jam in some unspecified time in the future. Oh, and it’s additionally home to a totally preserved cowboy and western movie set out the again, full with the facades of an area financial institution, chapel and saloon, which served as the situation for dozens of movies and tv programmes in its 1950s heyday.
Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, New Orleans, LA
Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge, home of swampy Louisiana blues. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo
No checklist of the US’s nice music venues can be full with out at the very least one entry from New Orleans – and given that it’s the home of the legendary Preservation Hall, competitors was stiff. But everyone knows that they do issues somewhat bit in another way south of the Mason-Dixon line, and nowhere down south does that maintain more true than in New Orleans, so it solely appears becoming to decide on Kermit’s Treme Mother-in-Law Lounge – some of the magnificently eccentric music spots within the metropolis. Set up by 60s R&B legend and self-proclaimed “emperor of the universe” Ernie Okay-Doe, the lounge hosts native jazz, funk and legendarily swampy Louisiana blues performances week in, week out, and is as well-known for the mind-bending murals that adorn its exterior partitions as it’s for its raucous reveals and southern soul meals.
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