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Renowned musicians take a break from being on tour to explore cities all across the United States. With the help of fellow band mates, friends and locals, each musician will discover neighborhood secret spots as well as visit some of their go-to favorites. From coffee shops to barbershops, and flea markets to bars, nothing is too far off the beaten path.

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Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City

Strawberry Fields, Central Park, New York City

Covering 2.5 acres in New York City’s Central Park, Strawberry Fields was built as a memorial to John Lennon, who was killed outside the Dakota apartment building on 72nd Street and Central Park West, the place he lived for the latter part of his life. The centerpiece of Strawberry Fields is the “Imagine” mosaic, where fans often leave mementos or gather for remembrance and sharing music. 960 1280

TIMOTHY A. CLARY  

Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota

Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota

Whether Prince’s famed home and recording studio will eventually open as a museum à la Graceland is still a matter of controversy while Prince’s family sorts out his estate. In the meantime, fans can pay their respects to the Purple One at the makeshift memorial around the perimeter of the fenced-in property located in a Minneapolis suburb. 960 1280

Adam Bettcher  

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Graceland, Memphis, Tennessee

Before there was a Prince, there was the King, and Elvis Presley’s stately mansion has long been a pilgrimage site for rock and roll fans. Visitors may tour the home and grounds year-round. 960 1280

David LEFRANC  

Kool Herc's Block, The Bronx, N.Y.

Kool Herc's Block, The Bronx, N.Y.

Designated “the official birthplace of hip hop,” the former home of DJ Kool Herc, also known as Clive Campbell, at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx is where Kool Herc threw a block party in 1973 that most regard as the inception point of hip hop. There’s not much to see at the housing complex, but that doesn’t stop fans from coming by to pay tribute to the genre’s origins. 960 1280

Peter Kramer  

Carter Family Fold, Hiltons, Virginia

Carter Family Fold, Hiltons, Virginia

Dedicated to preserving bluegrass and country music, the Carter Family Fold, named for A.P., Sara and Maybelle Carter (mother of June Carter Cash and mother-in-law to Johnny Cash), continues to put on weekly Saturday night shows, complete with down home music and clogging. You can also watch the weekly show online for $10. 960 1280

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Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, Nevada

Electric Daisy Carnival, Las Vegas, Nevada

The biggest electronic music festival in the U.S. and among the biggest in the world, EDC’s flagship festival in Las Vegas hosted more than 400,000 fans in 2015. With offshoots now in Colorado, New York, Florida, Texas and elsewhere, electronic music festivals have their choice of locale. 960 1280

Denise Truscello  

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee

Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee

With many sights for country music fans to visit, any trip to Nashville should include a tour of the Grand Ole Opry, home of the program that introduced most of America to country music. Tickets and backstage tours are available year-round. 960 1280

Raymond Boyd  

Carnegie Hall, New York City

Carnegie Hall, New York City

Practice, practice, practice is the punchline to the old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” But you can also get there by purchasing a concert ticket and taking a taxi or a subway to the world-renowned concert hall on 57th Street in New York City. Tours of the hall are available October through June, as the concert schedule permits. 960 1280

Jeff Kravitz  

Apollo Theater, New York City

Apollo Theater, New York City

Harlem’s Apollo Theater has earned its reputation, launching the careers of greats like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill and Ne-Yo. Amateur Nights continue at the Harlem venue most Monday evenings. 960 1280

Chris Hondros  

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, Ohio

Situated on the shores of Lake Erie and designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, Cleveland’s Rock and Roll of Hall of Fame is home to some of the most iconic rock memorabilia in the world – including instruments played by your favorite guitar heroes and original handwritten lyrics to your favorite songs. 960 1280

Bloomberg  

Coachella, Indio, California

Coachella, Indio, California

Covering 600 acres in California’s Colorado desert, the Coachella Music and Arts festival hosts nearly 200,000 music fans over two three-day weekends each April, many of whom campout on the festival grounds. Emerging and popular musicians play seven stages. Billboard magazine has described Coachella as the festival that takes artists from “cool to A-list.” 960 1280

Matt Cowan  

The Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, N.Y.

The Museum at Bethel Woods, Bethel, N.Y.

Located on the site of the granddaddy of modern music festivals, the Museum at Bethel Woods hosts exhibits and artifacts related to 1969’s Woodstock festival as well as exhibits that explore issues and history of culture in Cold War America. Bethel Woods also includes performance space for music, movies and talks. 960 1280

EMMANUEL DUNAND  

Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The biggest ticketed tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee, Dollywood is a theme park near where music legend Dolly Parton grew up. The theme park hosts concerts that pay tribute to Southern gospel and bluegrass music and sometimes even features Dolly Parton herself as a performer. 960 1280

Leon Morris  

Jim Morrison's Grave, Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Jim Morrison's Grave, Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

The Doors front man Jim Morrison died in Paris in 1971, and ever since, fans have made the pilgrimage to his gravesite in the City of Lights’ biggest cemetery. Graffiti on neighboring headstones points the way to the site itself, which has been vandalized multiple times over the years. While you’re visiting, you can stop by the graves of other musical luminaries, including George Bizet, Édith Piaf and Gioachino Rossini. 960 1280

JOEL SAGET  

Abbey Road, London

Abbey Road, London

Billed as the most famous recording studio in the world, Abbey Road Studios, located at 3 Abbey Road in London is most notable for the Beatles album by the same name recorded there in 1969. Pink Floyd, Badfinger, the Hollies and Paul Robeson also recorded in Abbey Road, now an English Heritage site. Still a working studio, it’s hard for fans to get a peek inside. But no one’s going to stop you snapping a photo on the street outside to match the iconic album cover. 960 1280

Bill Clark  

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, N.J.

The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, N.J.

Perhaps the best-known music venue in New Jersey, the Stone Pony launched the careers of many New Jersey musicians, most notably Bruce Springsteen. The club also houses a collection of rock and roll and local memorabilia. 960 1280

Bobby Bank  

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana

There are plenty of good reasons for music lovers to visit New Orleans, but Jazz Fest draws a crowd that rivals Mardi Gras for two weekends of festivities across a range of musical styles that reflect the region’s cultural heritage – jazz, bluegrass, zydeco, rap, rock, Cajun, folk and country. Though the festivals official dates are the last weekend of April and first weekend of May each year, the two weeks surrounding offer lots of unaffiliated events and concerts, as well. 960 1280

Douglas Mason  

Motown Museum, Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit, Michighan

Motown Museum, Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit, Michighan

The original site of Motown Records carries on the legacy of Motown on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. Fans can visit fabled Studio A, where acts like the Supremes, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson recorded their hits. The museum includes numerous Motown artifacts and visitors can also tour the upstairs apartment where Motown founder Berry Gordy lived with his young family in the label’s early days. 960 1280

Raymond Boyd  

Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, Tennessee

Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, Tennessee

Some 80,000 music fans gather in Manchester, Tennessee each June for four days of music, crafts, comedy and togetherness at the annual Bonnaroo Festival. Launched in 2002 as a tribute to the art and pop music festivals of the 1960s and 1970s, Bonnaroo’s lineup crosses genres – pop, alternative, EDM, metal, funk, jazz, gospel, reggae and more. 960 1280

C Flanigan  

Street performer in a green suit on London's Oxford Street
Street Performer in a Green Suit on London's Oxford Street

Street Performer in a Green Suit on London's Oxford Street

Oxford Street is known as the shopping mecca of London. Its annual traffic-free day, which happens around Christmas, allows local street performers to entertain pedestrians as they walk in and out of popular boutiques. 960 1280

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Unicyclist in Downtown Vancouver, British Colombia

Unicyclist in Downtown Vancouver, British Colombia

This unicyclist in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, was a great distraction for tourists during the Winter Olympics in 2010. 960 1280

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Fire Juggler in Pietrasanta, Italy

Fire Juggler in Pietrasanta, Italy

A street performer juggles with fire in front of a sculpture by Colombian artist Fernando Botero in Pietrasanta, Italy. The performer entertained pedestrians as they waited for the unveiling of the “Fernando Botero: Designer and Sculptor” exhibit, which displayed 80 sculptures and drawings along the streets of Pietrasanta. 960 1280

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Brazilian Street Performer in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian Street Performer in Downtown Rio de Janeiro

Brazilian street performer Carlos Clay, an inline skater known as Jacaré dos Patins, shows off his skills in downtown Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

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Indian Street Performer Re-enactments of Charlie Chaplin's " The Tramp" in Mumbai

Indian Street Performer Re-enactments of Charlie Chaplin's " The Tramp" in Mumbai

Indian street performer Somnath Sohavane entertains crowds with his re-enactment of Charlie Chaplin's "The Tramp" at Mumbai's iconic Gateway of India promenade. 960 1280

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A Woman Stands on a Street Performer Who Lies on Shards of Broken Glass in Venice Beach, CA

A Woman Stands on a Street Performer Who Lies on Shards of Broken Glass in Venice Beach, CA

A woman stands on Terry Hernandez, a Venice Beach, CA, street performer, as he lies on shards of broken glass during an Independence Day weekend celebration.  960 1280

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A Man Appears to Levitate on a Pole in Rome

A Man Appears to Levitate on a Pole in Rome

A street performer gets second glances as he appears to sit on the end of a pole near the Colosseum in Rome. 960 1280

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Contortionist Zlata Performs at a Bus Stop in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Contortionist Zlata Performs at a Bus Stop in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Contortionist Zlata performs at a bus stop in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany, to promote the International Contortionist Convention. 960 1280

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Street Performer Covered in Gold, Stands as a Baseball Player in San Diego Petco Park

Street Performer Covered in Gold, Stands as a Baseball Player in San Diego Petco Park

Street performer Chris Hutcherson poses for fans in front of San Diego's Petco Park on opening day of the baseball season, before a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. 960 1280

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Juggler Performs at London's Covent Garden

Juggler Performs at London's Covent Garden

A popular place for street performers, London's Covent Garden is home to an array of entertainers, including this juggler. 960 1280

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Street Performer Covered in Gold Paint, Performs in Covent Garden London

Street Performer Covered in Gold Paint, Performs in Covent Garden London

London's famous Floating and Levitating Man, covered in gold paint, performs in Covent Garden. 960 1280

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Coachella
Coachella Valley Music & Art festival

Coachella Valley Music & Art festival

The 3-day festival known as the Coachella Valley Music & Art festival is held each April in Indio, CA. Past performances have featured Madonna, Paul McCartney, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix and Arcade Fire, to name a few.
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Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

A Chicago summer staple, the Pitchfork Music Festival brought its music to Paris in 2011. The 2-day festival took place in La Grande Halle de la Villette with more than 20 bands and DJs providing the entertainment. 960 1280

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Jam in the Dam

Jam in the Dam

Every March, Jam in the Dam rocks the Melkweg, a venue right off the Leidseplein, a vibrant city square in Amsterdam. With a liberal door policy, the venue allows music-goers to wander the cafes and galleries of the Leidseplein before or during the concerts. 960 1280

Sam Friedman  

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

Cape Town International Jazz Festival

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown exponentially since its launch in 2000. The festival brings over 40 international and local artists together, making it "Africa's Grandest Gathering." 960 1280

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Festival Internacional de Benicassim

Festival Internacional de Benicassim

The Festival Internacional de Benicassim, better known as FIB, is a 4-day long festival in Benicassim, a small Spanish beach town located between Valencia and Barcelona. Ranging from electro, pop, indie and rock, the music starts at night and goes on through the morning. 960 1280

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Jam Cruise

Jam Cruise

By taking the music to the seas, Jam Cruise makes the music festival a full-blown vacation. When you set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, enjoy all the amenities of a cruise and see your favorite jam bands while making stops in locales like Mexico and the Bahamas. 960 1280

Dave Vann  

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

The 4-day festival features a wide variety of acts and occurs each year in Manchester, TN. Dave Matthews Band, Phish, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z have all performed in the past.
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Big Day Out Festival

Big Day Out Festival

An overall look at the Big Day Out Festival at the Sydney Showground in Australia. The festival travels to several cities in Australia and New Zealand each year.
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Amos Chapple  

Summer Sonic

Summer Sonic

Fans cheer at the 2009 Summer Sonic music festival held each year in Chiba and Osaka Japan. Beyonce, Green Day and Taylor Swift have all performed in recent years. 960 1280

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (Japan Entertainment Society)  

Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits

70,000 people attend the 3-day festival in Texas each year, which features over 130 different acts from all over the world. 960 1280

Gary Miller  

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival

Fans watch performers on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in England. 2015 marks the 45th anniversary of what has become the largest music festival in Europe. Coldplay, the Who, Neil Young, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder have all performed here. 960 1280

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Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza

Head to Chicago's historic Grant Park for a 3-day, ultimate jam session featuring artists from a variety of genres, including alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip-hop.
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New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage Festival

New Orleans Jazz & Hertiage Festival

Jazz Fest is held in New Orleans in the end of April/beginning of May each year. In addition to local performers, past performers have included James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett and Dave Matthews Band. 960 1280

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Roskilde Festival

Roskilde Festival

Cee-Lo Green of Gnarls Barkley performs during the 2008 Roskilde Festival in Roskilde, Denmark. Jack Johnson, Kanye West and Bob Dylan are all recent performers. 960 1280

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Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Fans gather at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA, to see the Sasquatch! Music Festival. Vampire Weekend, Miike Snow, MGMT, Mumford and Sons and Kid Cudi all played at the 2010 festival. 960 1280

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Splendour in the Grass

Splendour in the Grass

Festivalgoers watch The Vaccines perform at the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Woodford, Australia. 960 1280

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Summerfest

Summerfest

A view of fans attending the 2010 Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI. In 1999, the Guinness Book of World Records certified the festival as the world's largest. The 11-day festival features 700 bands and starts the last Thursday in June. 960 1280

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South by Southwest

South by Southwest

Held each March, the festival attracts over 2,000 performers who play in more than 90 venues in downtown Austin over 4 days. 960 1280

Gary Miller  

Primavera Sound Festival

Primavera Sound Festival

Fans at the 2008 Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Spain. The White Stripes, Lou Reed, the Smashing Pumpkins and the Pixies have all performed here in the past. 960 1280

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