20. House of Blues New Orleans
"Certain places have that vibe," says rapper David Banner, and the House of Blues New Orleans is certainly one of those places. Though it only opened for business in 1994, the 1,000-seat concert hall feels steeped in history, its walls covered with folk art and images of the Crescent City's many blues, jazz and rock 'n' roll greats. Surprisingly, the venue was a popular choice in our poll among hip-hop artists. "If I could play a show tonight, anywhere in the country, I'd pick the House of Blues in New Orleans," says Dessa, of the Twin Cities' Doomtree hip-hop collective. "It's dimly lit, with the atmosphere of a recently renovated bordello. The patrons arrive to drink and to listen. And the sound is excellent."