Mark Calitri speaks tourism: Visit the USA picks ten music-loving cities to experience America’s musical heritage

Visit The USA highlights ten music-loving cities where travelers can dance to salsa, toe tap to blues or let loose to techno, and hear the music that helps makes the USA such a vibrant and enticing destination.

For a heady combination of barbecue, bourbon and bluegrass, travelers to the U.S. should head to Owensboro, a riverside city located in Kentucky about 100 miles southwest of Louisville.
The under-the-radar destination lives and breathes bluegrass and as The Wooks, a bluegrass group hailing from Owensboro Kentucky, say, “Bluegrass music is more than just a genre – it’s a lifestyle, it’s a community, it’s a family.” To see banjos, fiddles and mandolins in action, visitors should coincide their visit with the state’s biggest bluegrass gathering, Romp Festival, which takes place from 26th to 29th June, or listen to music and watch the sunset at the Friday After 5 free summertime concert series running weekly from 17th May to 30 August 2019.
Meanwhile, the newly opened Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum pays homage to Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass who was raised in the nearby hamlet of Rosine Kentucky.