They don’t call Nashville “Music City, USA” for nothing. Nashville boasts one of the most fertile music scenes in the world and is home to a multitude of live music clubs, concert venues, music publishers, record companies recording studios and recording stars. You can catch today’s stars at one of Nashville’s concert venues or the stars of tomorrow at one of Nashville’s clubs!
Nashville Concert Venues
2102 Belcourt Avenue, Nashville TN; 615.383.9140
For over 75 years, The Belcourt Theatre has provided a space for premiere entertainment in the heart of Nashville’s Hillsboro Village. During this time, The Belcourt has existed in many incarnations – each of which has furnished a home for some of the city’s best and most unusual performing arts. The theater is leased to Belcourt YES!, a grassroots, not-for-profit group dedicated to the preservation and successful operation of The Belcourt Theatre in its historical roles as a home for film, theatre and music.
2802 Opryland Drive, Nashville TN; 615.889.3060
The Grand Ole Opry is a milestone venue for any country music artist who hopes to someday make it big. Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tex Ritter and Minnie Pearl all performed here making it as much an entertainment venue as a historical artifact. Today, the Opry is still a launching point for careers, much as the Apollo Theater is for rhythm & blues performers. The Grand Ole Opry continues to showcase the best bluegrass, country, gospel and …more.
The Ryman Auditorium first opened its doors in 1892 as a vision of Captain Thomas G. Ryman. With the coming of the Grand Ole Opry show in 1943, the Ryman found its identity as the Mother Church of Country Music. In 1974, the Opry moved to its current home by the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center and left the Ryman vacant. It was not until twenty years later in 1994 that the Ryman was restored to be the national showplace that it is today. Musicians ranging from Roy Acuff to James Brown and Patsy Cline to Sheryl Crow have performed on the Ryman stage, making it a historical as well as a …more.
501 Broadway, Nashville TN; 615.770.2000
Located on Broadway in downtown Nashville and completed in 1996, the Bridgestone Arena has a seating capacity of 17,113 for ice hockey, 19,395 for basketball, 10,000 for half-house concerts, 18,500 for end-stage concerts and 20,000 for center-stage concerts, depending on the configuration used. It has also hosted several professional wrestling events and a boxing card since its opening. The Bridgestone Arena has the distinction of being one of the busiest venues in North America.
TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center)
505 Deaderick Street, Nashville TN; 615.782.4000
TPAC is located in the James K. Polk Cultural Center at 505 Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville, occupying an entire city block between 5th and 6th Avenues and Deaderick and Union Streets. Also housing the Tennessee State Museum, the cultural center adjoins the 18 story James K. Polk Office Tower. The performance venues at TPAC are Andrew Jackson Hall (2,472 seats), James K. Polk Theater (1,075 – pictured at right), Andrew Johnson Theater (288) and War Memorial Auditorium (1668), the historic landmark located across 6th Avenue and the plaza from the Center.
Texas Troubadour Theatre
2416 Opryland Drive, Nashville TN; 615.889.2474
The free midnight jams, featuring Opry acts and country music newcomers alike, are a country music lover’s dream. Audiences can attend the live broadcast of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree each Saturday night (America’s second longest-running radio show, broadcast live on Nashville’s WSM AM 650, following America’s longest-running radio show – the Grand Ole Opry.
Nashville Live Music Clubs
4104 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN, Tel. 615.383.1461
Places like the Bluebird Café are the reason that “Music City, USA” can keep its title and dignity. While the average tourist gravitates towards big name shows at the Ryman, locals and industry vets know that the heart of country music is located in intimate clubs like the Bluebird, which feature little known and amateur singer-songwriters performing seven nights a week. Most recognized is the legendary new songwriters showcase every Sunday. Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks both played the Bluebird before making it big, but the bar stays true to its down-home musical roots, providing a place to dream for the most heartfelt, honest strummers in a town full of city-slickers with demo tapes.
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar
220 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN, Tel. 615.242.5837
Besides featuring the best blues artists to come through Nashville, the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar features a seven-piece award winning blues band playing a mixture of Chicago and Delta blues. Appearing Tuesday-Saturday weekly from 9PM until 2AM.Mardi Gras decor and atmosphere. Admission price allows entry into sister club Congo Square.
Douglas Corner Café
2106-A 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, Tel. 615.298.1688
Established acts, top writers and a wide array of musical styles makes Douglas Corner Cafe a favorite among locals and visitors alike. On many nights, you can drop by after work for an early showcase with an up and coming artist. Many of the early shows have no cover charge. Douglas Corner’s Lamplight In The Round shows are a hit with both fans and performers. You never know who may be lured on stage for a song or two!
2208 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN, 615.321.3340
Since Exit/In was in 1971, the club has developed its unique reputation through the wonderful bands that have played the stage. Musicians like The Police, R.E.M., Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet, GWAR, Steve Martin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters, The Allman Brothers Band, Kings of Leon, The Cult, WASP, Billy Joel, Guitar Wolf, Jimmy Buffett, Daniel Johnston, Etta James, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, My Morning Jacket, and Waylon Jennings are just a few of the names that have performed at Exit/In. Despite all the great stories, despite all the history, the Exit/In is quite simply one, old, dark, loud piece of Nashville rock stuck right in the middle of the Music City.
Layla’s Bluegrass Inn
418 Broadway, Nashville, TN, 615.726.2799
Here you can discover what visitors and locals alike have come to know for years-that Layla’s Bluegrass Inn is THE place in Nashville for the best in live entertainment, your favorite libation, great eats and plenty of down-home Southern hospitality!
Robert’s Western World
416B Broadway, Nashville, TN, Tel. 615.244.9552
As the “Home of Traditional Country Music” you will not find another like Robert’s Western World. Merle Haggard, Tom Petty, Tracy Byrd, Kid Rock, Allison Kraus and Rascal Flatts all have one thing in common with the folks that sometimes make the dinner bell at the Nashville Rescue Mission. They have all bellied up to the bar at Robert’s Western World, ordered a PBR and a burger and listened to the best traditional country music Nashville has to offer. Robert’s Western World draws everyone from the stars to a few homeless fellows who in the glow of the flashing neon guitar and the signature Red Cowboy boot reminisce as the haunted sounds of Hank Williams pierce the night.
402 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN, 615.255.3307
The Station Inn is Nashville’s (and some say “the world’s”) most popular bluegrass club. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night with live music starting at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. You must be age 21 and older or be accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter. Admission to all shows at The Station Inn is on a first come – first served basis. Reservations are not taken and tickets are not sold in advance. For high profile performances, plan on arriving early!
3rd & Lindsley Bar and Grill
818 3rd Avenue South, Nashville, TN, 615.259.9891
The 3rd & Lindsley Bar and Grill features more styles of music than almost any other club in Nashville: Progressive, AAA, Blues, R&B, Rock & Roll, Alternative, Americana and Soul.
12th & Porter
114 12th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 615.320.3754
Anyone who has seen a show at 12th & Porter will probably tell you it is one of the best sounding rooms in Nashville. What they will also tell you, if they have been in Nashville for more than 24 hours, is that the club is not only Nashville’s, but also one of the country’s premiere and legendary clubs. The home of legendary live recordings dating back to Townes Van Zandt’s Live and Obscure (circa 1985) the stage at 12th and Porter has played host to some of the greatest touring artists and songwriters ever to play throughout its storied history. 12th and Porter proudly continues its leading role in Nashville’s musical skyline and was recently recently voted by readers of the Nashville Scene as 2nd only to the historic Ryman Auditorium as Nashville’s best place to hear live music.