New Orleans Jazz Procession Fountain. Photo © legacy1995/123rf.

The Evolution of Jazz and Blues in New Orleans

While New Orleans is known for its fine art galleries and historical architecture, its biggest artistic claim to fame is indeed its music. This city is one of the world’s most dynamic live-music scenes. New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, blues music has its origins just upriver, and it was here in the 1950s that they mixed together to form rhythm and blues.

Delirio salsa performance . Photo © Fabian Ortiz, licensed Creative Commons usage.

A Taste of Salsa in Cali

In Cali, there are many ways you can get a taste of (and very likely get hooked on) salsa. From cabaret-style environments to open-air freebies to salsatecas—clubs where it’s all about salsa and nothing more—here are the best venues to seek out for a true salsa experience.

Mosaic mural in Hanoi. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Vietnam and The Arts

Traditional Vietnamese musical and visual arts display an interesting variety of mediums and influences thanks to its past relationships with China and France, an influence that continues into modern artistic expression.

Balcon del Zumbador's patio tables look out over a sandy beach and the ocean.

Where to Catch Live Music in Puerto Rico

If you want to hear live music in Puerto Rico, you’re in luck. Festivals are frequent on weekends, filling parks and plazas with music. If you’d like to make it an evening out, try these local popular hot spots for events and performances.

You probably can't snag any tickets to Austin City Limits, but you can catch other great acts at the Moody Theater.

The Quintessential Austin Music Experience

Music style and tastes vary greatly, making it difficult to suggest one quintessential music experience, but here’s a start. The proper accommodations are crucial for the live music fan. They need to be cheap, centrally located, and near a restaurant that serves breakfast all day.

Signpost with an illustration of a banjo marking the Crooked Road or Virginia's Heritage Music Trail.

Driving The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

The Crooked Road, while not not an official byway in the manner of the Blue Ridge Parkway or Skyline Drive, connects nine major music venues and 60 or so affiliated venues and festivals, crossing 19 counties, four cities, 50 towns, and one state line. There you’ll find the stories of the people whose musical talent created bluegrass and country music.

A jazz musician plays saxophone in Restaurant Tocororo in Havana, Cuba.

Best Music Venues in Havana

Music and dance are the pulsing undercurrent of Cuban life. Spanning the spectrum from traditional son to high culture, here are key venues and experiences not to miss in Havana.