8. Sacred Ground
Apollo Theater
New York, New York

The Apollo is where James Brown's show was captured in the best live recording ever made. Amateur Night, a 71-year tradition, is held every Wednesday night at this Harlem hot spot.

Ryman Auditorium
Nashville, Tennessee

The Mother Church of Country Music, this former tabernacle was once the home of the Grand Ole Opry. It still books country's top stars, as well as big names in jazz (Diane Reeves), pop (Sheryl Crow), and rock (Elvis Costello). If you fancy yourself a singer, you can make your own recording in Ryman's studios.

Elvis's birthplace
Tupelo, Mississippi

The humble white clapboard shack where it all began.

Surf Ballroom
Clear Lake, Iowa

Where Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richie Valens played their last shows.

Fillmore Ballroom
San Francisco, California

The staging area for the psychedelic movement in rock-and-roll, led by bands such as Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Steve Miller, and where the late Bill Graham ushered in the modern era of concert promotion.

Chelsea Hotel
New York, New York

Billed as "a rest stop for rare individuals," this bohemian lodge has hosted names like Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, and Dee Dee Ramone, in addition to a slew of famous writers, painters, poets, photographers, and other creative types over its long, lusty life.

Austin, Texas

Janis Joplin sang here. But given that Thread­gill's menu includes down-home items like chicken­-fried steak and Mississippi catfish, Joplin was probably singing for her supper.

Continental Hyatt House
Los Angeles, California

Features more suites wrecked by more bands than any single lodging in show business.

2648 West Grand Boulevard
Detroit, Michigan

The address of "Hitsville USA," where Motown began.