Sites and sounds: Visit iconic music venues throughout the country

On New Orleans’ Royal Street, the music is sweet, history is deep

Street musicians are the heart and soul of sound in the Big Easy.

In Austin's music scene, the Continental Club is a classic that rocks on

There’s live music every night at the Continental in Austin. In fact, this 2,500-square-foot club has become one of the most beloved institutions in musical Texas, offering a broad menu of rootsy American music.

In the Salt Lake tabernacle Brigham Young built, 360 voices blend with frontier history

Salt Lake City is home to America's best known choral group, formerly known as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (now, the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. The installment of our Sites and Sounds series tells the story of their odd, resonant, historic building, which dates to 1867.

In this Cleveland hall, classical music is king (and ancient Egypt meets the jazz age)

Severance Hall, completed in 1931, is one of North America's most hallowed havens for classical music. The surrounding city has struggled with downs and ups, but the orchestra and hall have never wavered. As part of our Sites and Sounds series, we catch a concert and take a tour.

Feel the spirit of country music inside Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. You can even walk on stage

Nashville's Ryman Auditorium wasn't supposed to be for music. Since its completion in 1892, the grand old building has been full of surprises. See a show now and you might catch echoes of Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and legions more.

Looking for the best Chicago blues? Try these clubs where guitars howl and harmonicas growl

America's blues went electric in the Windy City. Here's a look at Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy's Legends, Rosa's Lounge and several other clubs and historic spots where the blues endure amid big cultural shifts.

Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre

A little hiking, a lot of hearing. Surrounded by startling rock formations, the amphitheater near Denver has made its mark as one of the most beloved music venues in the U.S.

Rockers, punks and cowboys find a rowdy haven at Cain's in Tulsa, Okla.

This beloved music venue, which began as a garage in 1924, has showcased the Texas Playboys, the Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan and hundreds of other acts. It can still set toes to tapping and hands to clapping.

Grab an apple and enter the Fillmore, San Francisco’s cradle of psychedelia that continues to rock

This iconic venue, which helped to launch the hippie era, is still hosting shows. It requires a place in your encyclopedia of music experiences.

Step inside New York’s Carnegie Hall, where beautiful music and stirring history ring out

The most storied address in American music made its debut in 1891 and is still going strong. We take a deep dive into the venue in this first entry in our "Sites and Sounds" series. Plus our Spotify play list takes you on a musical journey from classical to classics.