Most popular live music act in every state

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May 17, 2018
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Most popular live music act in every state

From your first time attending a concert as a kid to the first time you saw your favorite band in person, live music contains an element of magic for many. There is nothing quite like seeing a master showman command a crowd. From Elvis and the Beatles, to KISS and Aerosmith, all the way up to modern arena-filling artists, every generation experienced the privilege to watch some of the most epic acts of their time rock the stage.

But how do concert preferences change from across the nation? Which artists truly rise above the rest in a given state? To answer this question, Stacker analyzed ticket sales data provided by Vivid Seats to calculate the most popular live act in every state. The rankings are based on total ticket sales from 2014 to end of 2017 for concerts held within each state.

So where does Queen Bey truly rule? And where does Garth Brooks still command the land?  Read on to see the most popular live music act in every state.

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Alabama: Jimmy Buffett

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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Alaska: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Zac Brown Band

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Arizona: Adele

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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Arkansas: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Bruno Mars

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California: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Justin Bieber

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Colorado: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Eric Church

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Connecticut: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

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Delaware: Brantley Gilbert

Runner-up: Rascal Flatts

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District of Columbia: Adele

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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Florida: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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Georgia: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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Hawaii: Bruno Mars

Runner-up: Janet Jackson

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Idaho: Twenty One Pilots

Runner-up: Maroon 5

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Illinois: Beyoncé

Runner-up: U2

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Indiana: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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Iowa: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

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Kansas: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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Kentucky: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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Louisiana: Garth Brooks

Runner up: Beyoncé

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Maine: Elton John

Runner-up: Ed Sheeran

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Maryland: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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Massachusetts: Kenny Chesney

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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Michigan: Kid Rock

Runner-up: Eminem

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Minnesota: Metallica

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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Mississippi: Chris Stapleton

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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Missouri: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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Montana: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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Nebraska: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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Nevada: George Strait

Runner-up: Celine Dion

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New Hampshire: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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New Jersey: Coldplay

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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New Mexico: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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New York: Billy Joel

Runner-up: Adele

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North Carolina: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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North Dakota: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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Ohio: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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Oklahoma: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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Oregon: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Garth Brooks

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Pennsylvania: Beyoncé

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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Rhode Island: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Twenty One Pilots

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South Carolina: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Hootie and The Blowfish

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South Dakota: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Paul McCartney

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Tennessee: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Adele

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Texas: Beyoncé

Runner-up: George Strait

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Utah: Justin Bieber

Runner-up: Taylor Swift

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Vermont: Pentatonix

Runner-up: Neil Young

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Virginia: Luke Bryan

Runner-up: Florida Georgia Line

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Washington: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: U2

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West Virginia: Garth Brooks

Runner-up: Luke Bryan

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Wisconsin: Rolling Stones

Runner-up: Kenny Chesney

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Wyoming: Florida Georgia Line

Runner-up: Kenny Chesney

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