Top Concert Venues That Are Worth the Road Trip

Everyone loves a great live show featuring their most beloved music artist, but the venue has a great impact on whether or not the show is everything you dreamed it would be.  Terrible acoustics and obstructed seating could easily ruin your experience, so it is best to have a thorough knowledge of the venues in (or out) of your area.

Some venues are definitely worth the roadtrip.  Just make sure you have a luxurious bed to come home to, because you are going to dance your face off!  Take a peek at a short overview of some of the best concert venues in the United States, and start planning for your next encounter with the beauty of live music.

The Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, Illinois

The Aragon Ballroom was constructed in 1926.  From its opening to the mid 1960’s, the venue was used for dancing.  Currently owned by Live Nation, and used to host a slew of big named musicians, the Aragon Ballroom has has quite the history of owners.

The building has been used as a roller skating rink, a boxing venue, and even a discotheque.  There were a few efforts to revive its original purpose of ballroom dancing, but the venue has been well served as a concert hall for several years.

Not only does this venue have an amazing sound, its ceiling are painted in a trippy, dark sky theme that will send your eyes to another world.

The Beacon Theater – New York, New York

The Beacon Theatre is one of New York City’s most historical venues.  The site has hosted artists like the Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia, and even the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Though it has been renovated along the way to preserve its purpose and function, the Beacon still holds a regal vibe.  The walls express exquisite detail, and it can feel like you are going for a night out in the ‘20s.

The Cumberland Caverns – McMinnville, Tennessee

If you have never experienced the acoustics of an underground cavern, then you have to make it to the Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee for a bluegrass concert.  The venue is quite cozy (only seating 500 people at a time), but it is an experience you cannot duplicate anywhere else in the United States.

The Caverns are a part of a 32 mile long underground passageway.  The concert venue is 333 feet below the Earth’s surface, and houses the world’s only underground bluegrass concerts.  The pristine natural acoustics are unlike any other.

The Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tennessee

Serving as a beacon of legendary music, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee oozes history and musical genius.  Music acts ranging from Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Louis Armstrong to Widespread Panic and Umphrey’s McGee have graced the ears of millions of fans for many, many years.

Nestled in the heart of the country music capital of the world, the Ryman Auditorium is a smaller venue that offers excellent acoustics.  It was originally the site of the historic Grand Ole Opry, and continues to host talented musicians today.

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