New Orleans Picked as Top US Music City

August 25, 2009 – A poll of members of the Society of American Travel Writers (, whose membership contains some of the most prestigious travel journalists and photographers in America, voted New Orleans #1 City in North America for Live Music. 

“Travel should involve all five senses, and one of the great travel experiences is listening to live music in the places where it originated or in spectacular settings,” says SATW president, Bea Broda.

 Listed in order of votes with comments from SATW writers, here are North America’s “Top 10” destinations for live music.

  1. New Orleans
  2. New York

  3. Austin
  4. Nashville
  5. Chicago
  6. Memphis
  7. Montreal
  8. Las Vegas
  9. Branson
  10. Denver

New Orleans bleeds music – it’s in the air, in the water, in the people.  You can’t go to New Orleans without the music swallowing you whole.”  Lisa A. Tomaszewski, travel editor, HMP Communications