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Sure, American cities often associated with a vibrant music scene are places like New York City, Memphis and Nashville. But, move over, because Pennsylvania has some fantastic music towns.

The crew at has put together a list of the five best cities in Pennsylvania for music lovers. They note that “while places like Nashville, Memphis and Austin immediately come to mind when thinking of cities with lively music scenes, several cities across Pennsylvania have unique musical offerings of their own. Philadelphia and Nazareth have a rich musical history; Pittsburgh and Harrisburg are full of live music venues; and Lititz draws some of the world’s top contemporary acts to its live event production campus.”

Maybe you’re looking to hit up a great concert. Or, perhaps you’re a musician and want to find some great peeps for jams. Maybe you’re a musician looking for some fantastic, local music shops to purchase instruments or get your gear repaired. Either way, read on for a list of the five best cities in Pennsylvania for music lovers. Is your favorite city on the list? If not, reach out to us on social media and give us your picks. For more information on their roundup, go here.

  • Nazareth, PA

    It’s really cool that Nazareth, Pennsylvania, is home of one of the biggest guitar makers in the world. That’s Martin Guitars. says, “This Lehigh Valley borough has only about 6,000 residents but is home to one of the premier guitar makers in the world. Martin Guitars has been hand-making the six-stringed instruments in the same factory since 1833. Martin guitars have been played by Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Kurt Cobain, Ed Sheeran and many other renowned musicians.”

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  • Philadelphia, PA

    Of course Philly is on this list. There’s so much to do music-wise in Philly, especially huge concerts. If a hot act is making the rounds, changes are they’ll be in Philly. says, “Today, its diverse and thriving music scene offers a wide range of venues and opportunities to listen to live music, including arenas, amphitheaters and everything in between. Chris’ Jazz Cafe is the city’s longest running jazz club and hosts live jazz every night. Union Transfer is a fixture for punk, indie and hip-hop, seating 1,200 in a former railroad facility that’s been in operation since the 1800s. In Fishtown, divey Johnny Bradley’s features live music and craft beer. Franklin Music Hall, which seats 2,500, has hosted performers like Placebo and The Pet Shop Boys. And these venues are just the tip of the iceberg — Philly’s list of venues is as long as its history.”

    City of Philadelphia

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  • Lititz, PA

    Lancaster County is known nationally in the music world for being a place that specializes in event production. This Amish-owned area is an unassuming home for performers like Beyonce and BTS to practice their worldwide tour setups. How cool is that? says, “Created as a partnership between Tait Towers, a stage building and design company, and Clair, a sound production company created by the Clair brothers in the 1950s, the studio specializes in creating the sound and stage systems for bands on tour.”

    Official Lititz Tourism, Visitor, Local Information | Venture Lititz

    Venture Lititz is the official online information resource for visitors and locals including things to do, shopping, dining, and lodging.

  • Hershey/Harrisburg, PA

    Hershey and Harrisburg have fantastic music venues. says, “Hersheypark Stadium is a huge outdoor venue where you’ll find country, classic rock and pop performances — and is often the first tour stop for major artists after they wrap up rehearsals at Rock Lititz. Nearby Giant Center holds up to 10,500 fans gathering to see stars from The Judds to Kidz Bop, among other performances and sporting events. Other venues, like the Sunoco Performance Theater at the Whitaker Center for Science & The Arts, the H Lounge, or Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course feature year-round entertainment.”

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  • Pittsburgh, PA

    Heading to the west side of the state, Pittsburgh has plenty of music venues and music options. says, “The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership has developed an initiative to bring live music into restaurants, bars and other venues in the city based on the idea that live music plays a role in improving an area’s quality of life. Urban neighborhoods especially thrive when cultural expression, cultural identity and a positive sense of community are encouraged (not to mention a boon to the local economy).”

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