If music is your jam, find your next travel nurse contract in one of these top ten music loving cities.
Home to more than 2,000 local bands, there’s a stage act to please all fans in Boston. If you’re looking for indie or punk, The Middle East in Cambridge boasts three separate stages and delicious eats to keep you fueled up for a good time. Watch the action from every angle at The Paradise Rock Club’s wraparound balcony, and see for yourself why this venue continues to hold the title as one of the top for live rock music.
Opened as a speakeasy during Prohibition, Bimbo’s 365 Club stakes the claim as San Francisco’s favorite nightspot since 1931. And when Saturday inevitably turns into Sunday, the Golden City’s jazz fans can worship at the Saint John Coltrane Church, where the Archbishop leads the congregation on the saxophone along with a symphony of tambourines and pianos all harmonizing to the greater glory.
Detroit is the Motor City and birthplace of Motown, but these days the beats are as strong as ever as DJs flock here from around the world. In fact, the TV Lounge is the unofficial birthplace of techno music. Don’t let the name confuse you, The Old Miami is your spot if you’re looking for an outdoor patio to kick back and listen to Detroit locals and big name headliners.
Known for the honky tonks on Broadway, Nashville doesn’t earn the title “World’s Music City” with only one genre. Music is the very heart of this southern charmed city that caters to all musical tastes with more than 180 live music venues. The Pan South Songwriters Festival in April means you can take your pick of more than 90 shows where the talented artists tell the stories behind your favorite songs and perform them in their original form.
Alice and Chains and Nirvana both started in the Seattle area and carried the grunge scene from a fringe West Coast obsession to mainstream America. Since then, both indie and underground hip hop have chartered their territory with Seattleites. The Paramount Theatre is a sought-after venue for popular bands like Bob Dillan and The Pixies and also hosts off-Broadway shows for musical theatre fans.
Edgefield is Portland’s largest outdoor venue and is the stage for the most popular acts. Owned by a craft-beer brand, Edgefield has more of a plantation feel than concert space with restaurants, a hotel, a distillery and golf course. If a sea of never-ending people is not your cup of tea, then try the rather homey Laurelthirst Public House known for its folksy Americana and bluegrass tunes.
In the birthplace of jazz, the sax plays on. New Orleans is the place to live for music. From the French Quarter to the Garden District, there are a variety of clubs, dives and big-seater venues. The House of Blues is “truly where music and food feed the soul.” If you’re looking for a lazy river kind of evening, meet the Steamboat Natchez at the dock before it sets sail for the evening dinner and jazz cruise.
Memphis stakes claims to two noteworthy titles: “Birthplace of Rock-and-Roll” and “The Home of the Blues.” Handy Park Pavilion pays homage to the father himself, W.C. Handy, whose contribution to the Blues genre lives on in this lovely public park where events are open and free to the public.
LA sets the trend in many ways and its experimental, avant-garde music scene fits that stage well. Zebulon was just voted best new music venue by LA Weekly for booking genre-defying artists and its finely tuned listening room and Moroccan-themed menu. If partying among crypts piques your curiosity, The Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever is one of the most talked-about concert and cultural venues because is next-door neighbors all reside at peace in the cemetery.
Many of the top live music venues in Kansas City date back to the early days of jazz, but there is something to entice everyone in KC. The laid-back, music-rich atmosphere of the Knuckleheads Saloon is set with an open-air stage beside railroad tracks that doubles as a church on Wednesday evenings. If you happen to be a music lover and a runner, the Kansas City Marathon course is pumping with some of the local bands and musicians that normally come out only at night.
Does one of these beat hopping cities fit your fancy? Get started on your travel nurse job search and get your groove on.