D.C. ranks as No. 1 city for music lovers

The sounds of D.C. (Dick Uliano, WTOP)
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WASHINGTON — When it comes to the best cities for music, people may think of New York, Los Angeles or Nashville — but a travel magazine put D.C. at the top of the list when it comes to places people can enjoy music.

Condé Nast Traveler ranked D.C. as the No. 1 city out of a top-15 list for music lovers because of its abundance of venues, skilled performers and its rich music history.

Bands such as Bad Brains and Fugazi call D.C. home, as well as “the Godfather of Go-go,” Chuck Brown and rapper Wale.

Also, D.C. has some great music venues such as 9:30 Club, Black Cat, Blues Alley and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Also, when you want to take a step back in time, the National Museum of American History in D.C. has collections set to delight music lovers, including more than 5,000 instruments of American and European heritage, old cassettes, 50,000 sound recordings dating back to 1903 and collections of sheet music.

Conde Naste Traveler listed the top 15 cities for music lovers as:

  1. D.C.
  2. New York City
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. Detroit
  6. Atlanta
  7. Seattle
  8. San Francisco
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. New Orleans, Louisiana
  11. Chicago
  12. Memphis, Tennessee
  13. Minneapolis
  14. Cleveland
  15. Portland, Oregon

WTOP’s Dick Uliano contributed to this report.

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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