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.

The works of Stravinsky being performed at the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Musica.

Don’t Miss Cartagena’s Wonderful Winter Festivals

Picture this: mojitos, classical music, Caribbean breezes, and stimulating conversation. This intersection of intellectual and sensual experience is at the center of Cartagena’s two winter cultural festivals: the Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música and the Hay Festival Cartagena.

Dancers in red and white costumes getting ready for Carnaval in Barranquilla.

Music and Dance Festivals in Colombia

From the parks of Bogotá, ciudad de la música, to the great plains of the Llanos in the east, Colombia is a country where music and dance flourishes. There are plenty of festivals where travelers can see the best dancers, pick up a few moves, and get their groove on.

View of the front of the the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House in Macon, Georgia.

The Allman Brothers Tour in Georgia

Perhaps no other musical name is so associated with Macon and middle Georgia as the Allman Brothers Band. The city is chock-full of Allman sites that have inspired pilgrimages for decades.