Have a musical vacay! Destinations in the US every music lover should visit!
While food may be the way to the heart, music is definitely the pathway to one’s soul. The birthplace of enthralling art forms as jazz, the blues, country, soul and rock and roll, the United States of America is a country in thrall to music.
While food may be the way to the heart, music is definitely the pathway to one's soul. The birthplace of enthralling art forms as jazz, the blues, country, soul and rock and roll, the United States of America is a country in thrall to music. So, on your next trip to the United States, follow the music trail through these 3 destinations!
All things jazz:
Always a hotbed of music and dance, New Orleans' Creole, African, French and Spanish cultures contributed to the birth of jazz. Stroll along vibrant Frenchmen Street, listening for tunes floating out of venues such as The Spotted Cat Music Club and Three Muses. Preservation Hall and Little Gem Saloon are two more must-visit places for jazz history and top-notch live acts. Visit in late April and early May to attend the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll:
The largest city in Tennessee, Memphis is a must-see destination for lovers of Elvis, music, history and barbecue. This vibrant and colourful destination offers everything from museums and galleries, to theatre and nightlife, and it is super easy to navigate by riverboat, trolley car or on foot. Visit Graceland, the former home of Elvis, the King of Rock n' Roll. Elvis Presley lived here for more than 20 years, and everything is furnished like it was when the King resided here. Directly adjacent to the house is the trophy building, where you can marvel at the many gold records that Elvis won, as well as his famous jump suits.
Continue to soak up the music history of Memphis with a visit to the Rock 'n' Soul Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Representing one of the most important production companies for soul music, the STAX record label developed artists like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes.
Ain't no stopping soul now:
Born and raised in the City of Brotherly Love, preacher Solomon Burke was one of soul's founding fathers – the forerunner to show-stoppers like James Brown – and credited with first describing the music as 'soul.' He married gospel music to R&B and the offspring was a sound that many in the South referred to as 'river deep country fried buttercream soul.' And you can't talk about Philadelphia soul without mentioning Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, founders of Philadelphia International Records, a label that featured artists as diverse as The O'Jays and Teddy Pendergrass. Offshoots of the genre included disco, which took soul and R&B and fused it with pop in the 1970s. One of the first soul crossovers to disco was MFSB's dance-inducing 'TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).'