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Most popular cities in Pennsylvania
- Philadelphia (2930 profiles)
- Pittsburgh (1394 profiles)
- Lancaster (357 profiles)
- Harrisburg (348 profiles)
- York (310 profiles)
- Reading (301 profiles)
- Erie (278 profiles)
- West Chester (272 profiles)
- Allentown (259 profiles)
- Bethlehem (213 profiles)
- Scranton (195 profiles)
- Downingtown (188 profiles)
- Lansdale (156 profiles)
- Phoenixville (151 profiles)
- Pottstown (151 profiles)
- Easton (149 profiles)
Pennsylvania Music Scene
Pennsylvania is a state that is known for its impact on American history, culture,
and music. The Declaration of Independence, a stirring ethos of victory for Americans, was created in the city of Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin is Pennsylvania’s most recognizable historical figure. It is widely known that he was one of the 5 drafters of the Declaration of Independence, but it should also be noted that he was an accomplished musician and composer. Franklin played the violin, harp, and guitar. He also invented a new type of glass harmonica that revolutionized the way the instrument was played.
“Philly” was the birthplace of the hit TV show American Bandstand, making the city a popular place for musicians. Patti Labelle became a famous Philadelphia export during the 70s with her soulful brand of pop. Boyz II Men experienced a huge string of hits during the 90s and paid tribute to their hometown with the song “Motown Philly”. Philadelphia also has many important musical institutions; its Academy of Music was founded in 1857 and is still functioning today for the same purpose. The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus enjoys a thriving following and serves as a unique celebration of their rights.
Rusted Root’s brand of music reflects the type of atmosphere that Pittsburgh’s culture entails. They mix bluegrass with many other styles of music, much like the melting pot that Pittsburgh society represents. The School of Music at the University of Pittsburgh is an excellent program for aspiring performers and instructors. The school sponsors “Music Mondays”, where performance majors can have the opportunity to showcase their skills and music lovers can see a free concert.
Reading, Pennsylvania is not nearly as well-known as Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, but it does have notable musical ties. Reading native Taylor Swift has ushered in a new generation of country music starlets, following in the footsteps of divas like Faith Hill and Martina McBride.
Best Music Venues in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia – Cascamorto Piano Bar has house piano players who can play songs from a wide variety of genres. Customers can request virtually any song. Cascamorto also will pay the cab fare for customers from anywhere in
Philadelphia. You can’t beat that!
Pittsburgh – The Smiling Moose has dark lighting and a dozen things to do. Cheap drinks, arcade games, and a mysterious courtyard bring in plenty of people to listen to the rock bands that lurk in this small dive.
Reading – Bar Ozz is an Australian themed club that has unsigned showcases for bands trying to get record deals. This venue is an excellent place for musicians who are trying expose themselves to the masses.
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