Your Picks For The Best Midwest Music

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Who are some of the best bands and performers in the Midwest? The results are rolling in.

Before we list the nominees, though, here’s a reminder that our big event, “Living for the City: Reinventing the Region with Music and the Arts” at the Rock Hall in Cleveland is coming up next week.

In anticipation of that discussion, the Changing Gears team looked at what’s happening to the Midwest Music scene these days.

But we also wanted your thoughts on your favorite bands are from the Midwest, and you’re letting us know. There’s still time to send your suggestions, but in the meantime, here are a few of the most nominated Midwest artists.

Wilco from Chicago, Illinois is a big favorite. Fronted by Jeff Tweedy, the group initially formed in 1994. Now, only two of the original band members are still with the group — Tweedy and John Stirratt. The indie-alternative-rock group has two Grammy awards under its belt.


Cult favorite DEVO from the Kent/Akron area of Ohio also earned some votes. The group is most well known for their late 1970’s hit “Whip It,” though it is still active today and just released a new album.

Pere Ubu from Cleveland also got a couple nods. This is another group that’s been around since the mid 70’s, and though the band never really broke into mainstream music, they do have a loyal fan base and pretty steady critical support.

Listeners who prefer folk rock went for Shawn Colvin from Carbondale, Illinois. Wisconsin based Semi-Twang also has a fan among our listeners. Others noted that Chrissie Hynde, guitarist, song writer, lead singer (and only constant member) of The Pretenders is from Akron, Ohio. Akron is also the hometown of The Black Keys, the two-member rock band that snagged three Grammy awars this year including Best Alternative Album. Nearby Canton, Ohio is home to R&B group The O’Jays. Rap enthusiasts proudly boast that Eminem is from Detroit and Kid Cudi is from Cleveland.

You can check out the rest of the Twitter nominated Midwest Music favorite below. It’s not too late to tell us who we missed, let us know in the comments or on Twitter. Tag them #MidwestMusic.

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