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5 famous music venues in the U.S.

  1. CBGB- Located in New York City. Bands that got their start at CBGB include the Beastie Boys, Misfits, Talking Heads, Ramones, and Blondie. Before becoming a major punk and new wave venue, CBGB stood for country, bluegrass, and blues.
  2. Whisky a Go Go- Located in Hollywood. Bands that have played there include The Doors, The Byrds, Alice Cooper, and Buffalo Springfield. The venue gets its name from go-go dancing.
  3. The Troubadour- Located in Hollywood. Acts that established their careers there include Elton John, Joni Mitchell, and Linda Ronstadt. Also known for appearances by comedians like Lenny Bruce, Steve Martin, and Cheech & Chong.
  4. The Fillmore- Located in San Francisco. Bands that played there include Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix. The venue was a major part of the psychedelic music movement in the 60s.
  5. Crocodile Café- Located in Seattle. Like The Fillmore was to psych music in San Francisco, the Crocodile Café was to grunge in Seattle. Acts that have famously played there include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and R.E.M.