Music is a powerful driver of change, but it’s also one of the most pleasant ways to spend our time when we’re looking for relaxation. Plus, when you’re traveling, local music and habits around musical events can tell you a lot about the culture and history of the region.
Not to mention that, through appreciation of the local tunes, you can create a stronger bond with the place you’re visiting. Enjoying a good coffee on the beach while listening to the gentle strum of a guitar will forever imprint that memory into your brain. This way, whenever you drink good coffee or listen to guitar music, you’ll summon the wonderful memory of that beach experience.
So, why not try to pay more attention to the local art and music scene on your next trip? If you don’t know how or where to start, here are a few ideas.
Look for Music Festivals
There’s nothing more entertaining than the atmosphere of a music festival! There’s good music, amazing food, and lots of people who have fun with friends, family, and strangers.
In a nutshell, if you want to blend in with the locals, a music festival is one of the best ways to do it. Plus, there are lots of music festivals all across the US, starting with major ones, like Coachella, Summerfest, or Shaky Kneews, and ending with local events where the stage is taken by smaller artists.
If you’re already on the road and don’t know if there are any festivals nearby, ask the locals – a friendly bartender or waiter should be able to guide you in the right direction. If this method doesn’t work, check social media or try to join any local online groups.
Check Out Music Venues Before Traveling
If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to plan their itinerary, do a bit of research into music venues. You might be surprised by your findings.
For instance, if your travels take you through Mississippi, it is definitely worth looking for music venues in Mississippi. If you don’t know this state has a long history with a wide range of musical genres, this search will help you discover a whole new world.
Visit Iconic Music Locations
If you look up iconic music locations in the US, you’ll see that there’s something to see and/or appreciate in every state. Music was a big part of this country’s history, which is why we love to celebrate everything and everyone that had something to do with its creation.
Plus, when you visit the places where big names like Elvis Presley and Johny Cash were born and developed their career, you may feel a little bit inspired by their humongous achievements. And, if you’re a music lover, you can’t miss locations like the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame or the Grammy Museum in LA.
So, whenever you visit a new city (or even state), always set a few minutes aside to check for iconic music locations. You never know when you’ll stumble across B.B. King’s birthplace (what used to be a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi).
Let the Sound be Your Guide
Music is a great way to unwind after a hard day at work, but it also works after a long day of traveling. Therefore, the best thing you can do after you’ve reached your destination and found your accommodation is to take a walk and listen to the sound of the street.
This is one of the best ways to find hidden gems, like small and cozy restaurants with live music and an amazing atmosphere. However, make sure to avoid the highly touristy areas or the downtown of big cities. The best places are often on a side street or around the corner of the main street.
Good Food & Good Music Go Hand-in-Hand
One of the best experiences you’ll ever have is enjoying a good meal at a restaurant that also offers live music performances from local artists.
This way, you get to experience both the food and the art of the area, and you’ll have an immersive experience of the customs and traditions that make that location unique. Plus, good music creates a welcoming ambiance and helps set the mood for the entire evening.
However, the best restaurants are often booked in advance, so it is a good idea to plan ahead and book a table before you leave for your trip.
Just Have Fun!
Local art and music can help elevate your travel experience, so don’t forget to set aside time for enjoyment and relaxation when planning your trip. On the other hand, if you’re the kind of traveler who likes to live in the moment, don’t forget to do a bit of research to make sure you find the best locations and objectives to visit.