Places to Find Awesome Live Music
Icon Music Center
It’s never too early to start planning where you’ll see your next show, and this new Cincinnati venue should top your list. Set to open in the fall, the Andrew J. Brady Icon Music Center will feature an indoor and outdoor stage and is named for a beloved local teacher, the late Brady, who worked at the elementary and high school level for decades.
San Antonio might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of jazz hotbeds, but this intimate venue in the city’s Pearl district has an unbeatable atmosphere. Along with its eponymous tunes, Jazz TX’s calendar also regularly features swing and salsa music.
High Water Festival
In 2017, folk duo Shovels & Rope launched a music festival in North Charleston, South Carolina, as “a celebration of music, food, and libations.” Husband-and-wife team Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst curate the offerings and are among the headliners. At this year’s fest, held April 18–19, attendees can also jam to artists like Wilco and Mavis Staples.
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Nestled in Symphony Woods in Columbia, Maryland, this Frank Gehry–designed amphitheater is all about beauty: a stunning surrounding landscape of trees paired with equally impressive acoustics. Oh, did we mention the backstage pool for performing artists?