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Spartanburg Named Top 20 Music City

Tuesday, September 10

One of only three cities in Carolinas on list

Spartanburg’s rich music heritage and wealth of music offerings is no secret to local residents, and now it has resulted in earning recognition as a top regional music


ConventionSouth magazine this week included Spartanburg on its list of the South’s Top Cities For Music & Meetings. Spartanburg was one of only three destinations in the Carolinas to make the 20-city list.


“We are ecstatic to be named to this impressive list,” said Patricia Byrd, Sales Manager for the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau (SCVB). “From Hub-Bub’s Showroom to the Memorial Auditorium, to the Chapman Cultural Center and local bands playing around the county, Spartanburg’s music scene entertains our visitors.”


In addition, the City of Spartanburg’s two signature weekly outdoor music series — Music on Main and Jazz on the Square — attract thousands of people to downtown from April through October.


Much of Spartanburg’s music heritage can be found along Spartanburg Music Trail, a downtown audio tour that allows visitors to experience some of Spartanburg’s most famous musicians. The Music Trail honors 16 Spartanburg musicians who had national or international impact on the world of music, including luminaries such as the Marshall Tucker Band, Hank Garland, and Pink Anderson. 


This inaugural list was comprised by ConventionSouth’s editorial team in order to showcase to meeting planners some of the best cities in the South to hold their events — all while experiencing a vibrant music scene. A total of 20 cities from 15 states were selected.


ConventionSouth Editor Marlane Bundock said Meeting Planners and event organizers from across the country look for unique destinations in the South to hold their meetings, and cities with a rich musical heritage and vibrant music scene bring an added layer of excitement to a meeting or event. ConventionSouth’s editorial team researched cities throughout the South and selected the following list of 20 cities based on several factors, including their musical heritage, musical venues & attractions, meeting venues and accommodations for groups. The October Issue of ConventionSouth will share this list with meeting planners from across the country that book meeting sites in the South. 

Asheville, North Carolina
Athens, Georgia
Austin, Texas
Baltimore, Maryland
Bristol, Tennessee
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston, West Virginia
Colbert County, Alabama
Macon, Georgia
Memphis, Tennessee
Miami, Florida
Mississippi Delta Region
Nashville, Tennessee
New Orleans, Louisiana
Owensboro, Kentucky
Richmond, Virginia
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Tunica, Mississippi
Wheeling, West Virginia