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America's top music landmarks you should visit

Love Exploring Logo By Ella Buchan of Love Exploring | Slide 2 of 31: Some places just feel special, and Preservation Hall is one of those. The revered house band, which usually performs to a hushed audience thrice daily, has been filling the stone-walled space with masterful jazz since 1961. The tradition began in the 1950s, when the owner of what was then a small gallery invited musicians to rehearse because he didn’t have time to attend concerts. Now it’s an institution and, with flickering candlelight and the strains of saxophone, an oasis just off the bustling party hub that is Bourbon Street.

30. Preservation Hall, New Orleans, Louisiana

Some places just feel special, and Preservation Hall is one of those. The revered house band, which usually performs to a hushed audience thrice daily, has been filling the stone-walled space with masterful jazz since 1961. The tradition began in the 1950s, when the owner of what was then a small gallery invited musicians to rehearse because he didn’t have time to attend concerts. Now it’s an institution and, with flickering candlelight and the strains of saxophone, an oasis just off the bustling party hub that is Bourbon Street.

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