From the sun-baked city of Miami, to the street parties in New Orleans, via a bluegrass and bourbon session in Owensboro, Kentucky, the USA is crammed with people who live and breathe good music such as Rock, Motown and blues.
Visit The USA’s brand new Hear The Music campaign explores the diversity of America’s musical experiences with engaging video content from each of the ten cities now live on the visittheusa.co.uk/music website, as well as featuring on the recently launched GoUSA TV on-demand video streaming travel app.
From tracing the history of a genre at interactive museums, to watching emerging artists preform live in a cozy dive bar, travellers can get a taste of the people and places that bring America’s musical cities to life by downloading GoUSA TV, available on iOS and Android devices.
Here, Visit The USA highlights ten music-loving cities where travellers can dance to salsa, toe tap to blues or let loose to techno, and hear the music that helps makes the USA such a vibrant and enticing destination.
Raucous rock bars and friendly locals set the scene in Minneapolis, the capital of Minnesota. And while there are plenty of venues to keep music lovers occupied on a long weekend in the city – from the Cedar Cultural Center to gritty sweat-filled Cabooze – no visit here is complete without following the trail of Minneapolis’ hometown hero, Prince. A tour around the artist’s former home, Paisley Park, is a good starting point. Inside the enormous 65,000 sq ft space, visitors will explore his former home, complete with nightclub and recording studios.
Elsewhere in nearby sister city St Paul, 4th May 2019 sees the opening of the Minnesota History Center’s exhibition, First Avenue: Stories of Minnesota’s Mainroom, dedicated to the world-famous venue, First Avenue. The former disco, which was built into the shell of the Greyhound bus terminal, was catapulted to international fame when Prince recorded Purple Rain there. The exhibit tracks the venue’s rich history, and showcases a complete outfit worn by Prince in the film.
Visitors can add extra colour to their visit with tours of recording studios, or by bar hopping between the city’s breweries, which serve craft beer with a side of live music. minneapolis.org