College Cities With Vibrant Music Scenes

Looking for top-notch record stores, late-night venues with quality musicians, and a healthy culture of concerts and performances? These college cities feature a lively music scene, with some cities specializing in particular genres such as jazz or punk and some featuring a blend of different genres. This list was compiled from several websites and music magazines online.

* Highlighted schools are featured

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  • Berkeley, CA: home of California, U of, Berkeley
  • Los Angeles, CA: home of California, U of, Los Angeles
  • San Francisco, CA: home of many colleges
  • Boulder, CO: home of Colorado, U of, Boulder
  • New Haven, CT: home of Yale U
  • Washington, DC: Home of many colleges
  • Athens, GA: home of Georgia, U of
  • Chicago, IL: home of many colleges
  • Boston, MA: home of many colleges
  • Cambridge, MA: home of Harvard U and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Minneapolis, MN: home of Minnesota, U of
  • Asheville, NC: home of North Carolina, U of
  • Chapel Hill, NC: home of North Carolina, U of, Chapel Hill
  • Omaha, NE: home of Creighton U
  • New York, NY: home of many colleges
  • Columbus , OH: home of Ohio State U
  • Portland, OR: home of many colleges
  • Pittsburgh, PA: Home to many colleges
  • Nashville, TN: home of many colleges
  • Austin, TX: home of Texas, U of, Austin
  • Denton, TX: home of North Texas, U of
  • Olympia, WA: home of Evergreen State C
  • Seattle, WA: home of many colleges
  • Madison, WI: home of Wisconsin, U of, Madison
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Source: Jenny Eliscu. Schools that Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide. Copyright 2005, Rolling Stone LLC. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission.

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