Top 10 Indie Music Sanctuaries: A Tour of America's Best Live Music Venues

Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles

A historic 17,500-seat venue famous for its iconic shell and stage, hosting acts from Kanye West to Linkin Park.

Brooklyn Steel, New York City

Opened in 2017, this former steel manufacturing plant turned music venue has a 1,800 capacity and has hosted Arctic Monkeys and LCD Soundsystem.

Radio City Music Hall, New York City

Opened in 1932, this iconic 6,000-seat venue has hosted legends like Frank Sinatra and Jay Z.

Ryman Auditorium, Nashville

Known for its rich country music history, this venue has hosted diverse acts, including the Wu-Tang Clan.

The Fillmore, San Francisco

A 1,000-capacity venue with a history in psychedelic rock, hosting artists like Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix.

The Tabernacle, Atlanta

Formerly a church, this venue has hosted Prince, Eminem, and various hip-hop acts.

9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.

A staple venue since the 1980s, hosting acts like Green Day and Radiohead in its intimate 1,200-seat space.

The Norva, Norfolk Virginia

A versatile venue with a history from vaudeville theatre to an athletic club, hosting acts from James Brown to Kendrick Lamar.

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago

A modern, open-air venue in Millennium Park, known for its diverse music festivals and concerts.

First Avenue, Minneapolis

An iconic venue in the heart of Minneapolis, famous for launching the career of Prince and hosting a wide array of indie acts.