There are thousands of music related events around the country every year, but very few even make the cut for consideration for TheMusicCities inaugural list. We’re not interested here in the big, famous music festivals like Coachella or Ultra. We want events that contribute year-round to a place’s identity as one of TheMusicCities. Music events that make you think of a place, and make you want to visit that place for its music even when the festival is not going on.

South by Southwest (Austin)

Jazzfest (New Orleans)

Gonerfest (Memphis)

Hangout Festival (Gulf Shores, AL)

Sunfest (West Palm Beach)

SXSW 2022