Atlanta Music
The New York Times dubbed Atlanta as “hip-hop’s center of gravity,” and for good reason. During the 1990s, hip-hop rose in national popularity while two celebrated duos emerged out of Atlanta: Kris Kross and OutKast. Their success in the mid-1990s placed Atlanta firmly on the hip-hop map, alongside New York City and Los Angeles. Today, popular artists such as T.I., Ludacris, Usher, 2 Chainz and Future, hail from the Atlanta. Hip-hop and soul enthusiasts should begin their Atlanta visit with a stop at Apache Café, once known as a springboard for artists such as Erykah Badu and India.Arie. For late-night dancing, MJQ Concourse, Compound, and El Bar are known for their high-energy DJs and fun hip-hop beats.

In Atlanta, the ‘80s generated highly-influential folk and rock artists including the Grammy Award-winning duo Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, and The Black Crowes. Today, Atlanta continues to incubate some of the nation’s most creative indie rock, hard rock, and folk talent including Royal Thunder, The N.E.C., and Little Tybee. Music enthusiasts across genres will enjoy a trip to singer-songwriter haven Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Best bets for hearing up-and-coming rock acts include The EARL in East Atlanta, Star Bar in Little Five Points, and Smith’s Olde Bar in Midtown. Atlanta’s energetic mid-sized venues draw up-and-coming touring acts; such venues include nightclub-theatre hybrid Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points and Terminal West in the Westside. For a more intimate listening room experience, Red Light Café provides inventive folk-rock, bluegrass, and Americana. For more on Atlanta's music scene, visit

Atlanta's thriving music scene makes it a perfect place to sample music festivals year-round. These day-long or weekend outdoor festivals feature a wide variety of music genres including hip hop, rock, indie, EDM, jazz, bluegrass, and so much more. Check out some of the largest and most popular music festivals in Atlanta, such as the Sweetwater 420 Fest, Music Midtown, and Shaky Knees.