View Full Version : Musical Cities?

04-12-2008, 09:05 AM
Quick question: what is a good city or area to set a music-centric story in? Not really one where there's a lot of music industry, but maybe just lots of places for a band to play? I'm thinking of Chicago but I don't know anything about that area really.

04-12-2008, 09:10 AM
Cleveland Rocks.


04-12-2008, 09:50 AM

"Live Music Capital of the World (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Austin)." Plus we have ACL Festival and South by Southwest and tons of musicians get their start here. There are hundreds of bars and venues for shows.

04-12-2008, 04:45 PM
Nashville is huge in the recording industry. For a long time it was a center for country music, but it's expanded in scope to include a lot of different musical styles.

04-12-2008, 05:47 PM

William Haskins
04-12-2008, 07:26 PM

Shady Lane
04-12-2008, 07:27 PM
Austin, yeah.

And, coming from someone who tried to set a music-centered story in DC--NOT DC.

04-12-2008, 07:58 PM
Nick and Norah focuses on the music scene in New York.

I'd guess LA would work, too.

Elliot Cowan
04-13-2008, 12:27 AM

04-13-2008, 12:28 AM
Detroit. Those audiences rock.

04-13-2008, 02:09 AM
Athens, Georgia. College town, home of what may be the biggest college in the state, the University of Georgia (Bulldogs, Herschel Walker, bla bla bla), and apparently lots of bars and lots of bands that play in them.
Bands from Athens that have had hit songs, or at least made records:
R.E.M. (of course)
The B-52's ("Love Shack" and another minor hit or two)
The Brains (wrote and recorded the song "Money Changes Everything" which was covered and made a hit by Cyndi Lauper)
There's surely a few more I can't think of or haven't heard about or didn't know they were from Athens. When I went to bars around Atlanta many years ago, a significant portion of the bands were from Athens, and also many Atlanta-area bands got gigs in Athens because it was a "happening music scene."

Yeah, Nashville is a no-brainer and "not just country anymore", and there's Austin and Seattle, and there's likely a few more college towns around the US that might work as well as Athens.