Where are the best places to hear live music in Pittsburgh?

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Music-lovers are in luck when they visit Pittsburgh. The relatively small city has good options for hearing live music in venues from massive arenas and amphitheaters, to classic American music halls, to dark and dingy rock clubs. In terms of acoustics, it’s tough to beat Club Café, an intimate little room where singer-songwriters perform. Other worthwhile venues include Carnegie Music Hall’s Oakland and Homestead locations, where performers run the gamut between pop, rock, folk, and even chamber music. Little E’s, a jazz and blues club, is also noteworthy, as is Mr. Small’s Theatre, where jam bands, hip-hop acts, and metal groups ply their trade. Lesser-known independent bands of all stripes play at popular galleries and bars including ModernFormations, Garfield Artworks and the 31st Street Pub, while symphonies, operas and musicals are performed at elegant and historic Cultural District venues such as Heinz Hall, the Benedum Center, and the Byham Theater.

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