Starting in: Chicago, Illinois
Ending in: Boston, Massachusetts
Total driving distance approximately 1,199 miles
Begin your Great North Music Tour in Chicago, Illinois, a major center for music where distinctive forms of blues (greatly responsible for the future creation of rock and roll), and house music, a genre of electronic dance music, were developed. Continue to Detroit, Michigan, a major center for the creation and performance of music, and the birthplace of the musical subgenres known as “The Motown Sound” and Techno. As for Cleveland, Ohio – Jazz has a long history here – and so does Polka music! And its home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame located on the shore of Lake Erie. The museum documents the history of rock music and the artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have influenced its development. Pittsburgh has a long tradition of jazz, blues, and bluegrass music. One of the greatest American musicians and composers of the 20th century, Billy Strayhorn, grew up and was educated in Pittsburgh. Another Pennsylvania city, Philadelphia, is home to a vibrant and well-documented musical heritage, stretching back to colonial times. Innovations in classical music, opera, R&B, jazz, and soul have earned the music of Philadelphia national and international renown. Philadelphia’s musical institutions have long played an important role in the music of Pennsylvania, as well as a nationwide impact, especially in the early development of hip hop music. And where even to start when it comes to New York? It has long been a thriving home for popular genres such as jazz, rock, soul music, R&B, funk, disco, and the urban blues, as well as classical and art music. It is the birthplace of hip hop, boogaloo, doo wop, bebop, New York punk rock, and US new wave. It’s also the birthplace of salsa music, born from a fusion of Cuban and Puerto Rican influences that came together in New York’s Latino neighborhoods in the 1960s. Your music tour ends in Boston, the largest city in New England, the capital of the state of Massachusetts, and one of the most historic, wealthy, and influential cities in the United States of America and home of the famous Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- Lake Michigan
- Lake Erie
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
- Pennsylvania Amish Country