5 Great Smaller Towns for Lovers of Live Music
BOSTON ( MainStreet) -- Music aficionados and aspiring performers have long moved to New York or Los Angeles to take advantage of those communities' numerous performance venues -- but plenty of smaller towns have thriving music scenes, too.
"Every city moves to a different beat, so the live-music experience
Long-time music "capital" New Orleans tops the latest list, but plenty of cities off the beaten path -- from Providence, R.I., to Portland, Ore. -- also scored highly.
Beattie says that's a big plus for cities high on the list, even in an era of MP3s, YouTube and high-definition TV.
"Outlets like YouTube
Here's a look the music and real-estate scenes in five lesser-known communities that made the survey's Top 20 list.
All median home prices refer to houses, condos and townhouses listed as of January on Realtor.com, the National Association of Realtors' official property-listing site. Examples of available residences are properties within approximately 20 miles of each city's borders.
Median list price: $245,000
Denver, which ranks 16th on Travel + Leisure 's list, has had a vibrant music scene ever since folk singers Judy Collins and John Denver (real name: Henry John Deutschendorf) got their starts there in the 1960s.
Today, clubs such as Red Rocks, the Paramount Theatre and the Fillmore continue the Mile High City's live-music tradition.
Up-and-coming pop bands include the Fray and the Flobots, while classical-music fans enjoy the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The 14-piece Denver Brass ensemble also plays everything from Broadway tunes to Latin rhythms.
As for real estate, Denver-area homes carry a $245,000 median list price on Realtor.com -- up 6.6% from a year ago. There are some 12,900 local homes listed for sale on the site, from an $18,000 foreclosed two-bedroom condo to a $20 million, 741-acre ranch in Sedalia, some 20 miles outside the city.
Kansas City, Mo.
Median list price: $134,500
Kansas City, which comes in at 15th in Travel + Leisure 's poll, has a musical scene so elaborate there's actually a style of music known as "Kansas City Jazz."
The great Count Basie led the Kansas City Jazz movement in the 1930s, while legendary saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker got his start in KC in the 1940s.
The city still has an active jazz scene, with jazz clubs in the 18th & Vine area. There's also an annual Kansas City Jazz and Blues Festival, as well as live music of all types in the city's Westport district.