Destinations: These are the 7 Best Music Tours

Have you ever been to a new city? The most exciting part of exploring a new place is discovering its unique sound. The second you arrive, you can feel the city’s rhythm. So we decided to take a look at cities known for their musical backdrops and their unique rhythms.

If you want to visit a musical destination, we’re highlighting seven of those cities. If you can’t afford it this year, don’t worry. We’ve also included some sheet music selections that will help bring the flair of each city into your own music room.

New Orleans

New Orleans Is A Louisiana City On The Mississippi River This city is the most famous for its jazz music. The blues and bounce music are also renowned here. The birthplace of jazz is a hot spot for music lovers. It’s best known for its Mardi Gras festival and its food. While there are other cities that have a sweeter sound, New Orleans has a more soulful sound that makes it stand out from other cities.

New Orleans is known for its unique musical sound. In fact, it’s called the birthplace of jazz. The city has been a musical landmark for over 100 years, and there are several places to find that sound in this town.
  • If you want to hear the traditional New Orleans music, visit Preservation Hall on St. Peter Street. This venue has been around since the 1940s and has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz, including Louis Armstrong and John Coltrane. 
  • If you want to get an even closer look at the music scene, visit The Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchmen Street. This is a hot spot for local musicians playing a mix of blues, rock, and jazz. The club may be small, but the music is big.
  • If you’re looking to get more familiar with the traditional New Orleans sound, check out the Maple Leaf Bar on Maple Street. This venue is known for its traditional jazz nights, which happen every Monday. You’ll hear some of the best musicians in the city performing traditional jazz standards. 
  • If you want to hear some modern music in New Orleans, visit Snug Harbor on Decatur Street. This venue has been around since the 1960s and has hosted some of the biggest names in jazz today, including Branford Mars.


Paris, France The City of Lights is also known as the city of music. The city is rich in culture and history so it’s no surprise that it also has a vibrant music scene. Paris’s most famous composers include Debussy and Mozart, but there are several lesser known musicians that have contributed to the city’s musical landscape. Jazz and blues are a huge part of Parisian music. If you want to experience Paris’s musical heritage, check out the following sheet music: “Rondo Capriccioso” by Franz Liszt “Pavane Pour Une Infante Defunte” by Maurice. “The Rite of Spring” by Igor Stravinsky “Symphonie Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz “La Mer” by Claude Debussy.

The Cité de la Musique is a group of institutions dedicated to music and situated in the Parc de la Villette, 19th arrondissement of Paris, France. Its main building is known as Philharmonie 2. The Cité de la Musique is a cultural center designed by architect Christian de Portzamparc. It was part of François Mitterrand's Grands Projets, and it reinvented the neighborhoods around La Villette, the former slaughterhouse district.

The museum has a concert hall with a capacity of 800-1000. It also has a music library and exhibition halls. It contains an important collection of musical instruments , which date from the fifteenth to twentieth century. In 2015 it was renamed Philharmonie 2 as part of the Philharmonie de Paris when a larger symphony hall was built by Jean Nouvel and named Philharmonie 1. Its official address is 221, Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris.

New York City

New York City is the birthplace of hip hop, punk rock, salsa, and classical music, to name a few. It’s also home to the world-famous Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, two venues that host the most prestigious orchestras and performers in the world. If you can’t find a show to attend while you’re in town, you can always discover an underground masterpiece at a dive bar or in a basement somewhere.
  • The Apollo Theater is a music hall located at 253 West 125th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard (Seventh Avenue) and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City. Famous acts such as James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince, and many more performed at the Apollo. The theater is also known as the place where singer and actor Paul Robeson first gained a reputation as one of the leading Shakespearean actors in America. It was also notable for the role it played in developing and sustaining African-American music.
  • The Radio City Music Hall is a performance venue in Manhattan. It is located in the center of Rockefeller Center and is home to the world-famous precision dance group, the Rockettes. Radio City Music Hall was designed by two architects, Edward Durell Stone and Donald Deskey, who created a beautiful masterpiece with an Art Deco style.


London is well known for its musicians and the rich musical history that has come from the city. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John are just a few of the hundreds of artists who have called London home over the years. It’s also home to world-famous venues like the Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Stadium, and Brixton Academy. In addition, there are countless smaller venues that host bands from all over the world every single day. It’s also worth mentioning that many of the most famous composers in history were born in London, including Henry Purcell, William Byrd, George Frideric Handel, and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

In the musical history of London, a street in Soho was known as Tin Pan Alley. NME and Melody Maker were among the first publications to establish themselves on the street. London’s music publishers and management companies were also based there in the 1950s and 1960s. The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Elton John, David Bowie and the Sex Pistols have all made music at recording studios along this street. It’s also where Bob Marley is said to have bought his first guitar, and two members of Bananarama lived here in the late 1970s.

San Francisco

San Francisco has an interesting history when it comes to music. For example, the city’s heavy metal scene first emerged during the mid-1970s with bands like Metallica, Exodus, and Testament. In addition, San Francisco is also home to one of the world’s most famous opera houses. The War Memorial Opera House hosts numerous performances from some of the world’s most famous ensembles and conductors every single season. You can find a show almost every night of the week if you want to attend a performance while in town.

San Francisco's Haight Street was once home to Jimi Hendrix. His former house, at 1524A Haight, still stands as a monument to his life and legacy. Further away from the city center at 2400 Fulton Street is the house where Jefferson Airplane recorded some of its most iconic music. It also hosted some of the most legendary parties of all time.

              As you can see, each of these cities has a unique musical history and its own distinct sound. Not only that, but each city has its own unique vibe and culture as well. It’s always worth it to explore the local music scene while you’re traveling. You never know what you might discover.