Baltimore’s musical roots from Billy Holiday to Frank Zappa and Thomas Dolby
When people think of musical towns, Nashville ranks high on the list. As the home of South by Southwest, Austin is up there, too. But Baltimore’s melodic roots go just as deep. After all, Charm City has launched such diverse talents as blues songstress Billy Holiday and rock star Frank Zappa, both of whom were born here. At Johns Hopkins, ’80s synth-pop musician Thomas Dolby teaches a course on film scoring for aspiring cinematic composers. And across town, concert halls, cafés and shops inspire toe tapping to classical, experimental and everything in between. For my full Baltimore itinerary, go to wheretraveler.com.