Open Mics, Writers Nights, and Artist Venues In Nashville
The most complete listt of open mic nights in town. You'll still want to confirm with the contacts below.
This listing is intended for reference only - Information is subject to change. Contact individual venues to confirm information. Clubs change their schedules so you may want to verify this information before making a trip to the club. You can also consult:
- Nashville Scene
- Nashville's Metromix
- Nashville Music Guide
Open mic: refers to a show where anyone who comes is eligible to play
Writers night: refers to a show where the performers are scheduled in advance
Round: refers to several writers on stage at the same time taking turns playing their songs
*For more definitions, Learn To Speak the Language of the Music Industry
THE ATTIC AT PIRANHA’S: 113 2nd Ave. North 2nd floor (above Pirahna’s)
Monday 8PM (first performer 9PM)
Contact: Joel (615) 296-3700
BLUEBIRD CAFE: 4104 Hillsboro Road, (615) 383-1461 www.bluebirdcafe.com
Monday 6 to 9 PM Open Mic - sign up at 5:30 (Get in line early)
Sundays 8 PM Writers Night - scheduled by audition only. Spotlight act 6:30-7:30
Tues through Sat - Early shows feature some of the best up-and-coming writers.
Late shows feature hit writers and established bands.
BLUE BAR: 1911 Broadway, (615) 327-8001 www.myspace.com/bluebarnashville
Wednesday 8 PM to 12 AM. Joy Collins hosts the “Stage Write” Writer’s Night at this well loved venue on the edge of music row.
THE COMMODORE GRILLE AT THE HOLIDAY INN SELECT, VANDERBILT:
2613 West End Ave, (615) 327-4707
Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sun nights 7:00 to 11:30 - hosted by Debi Champion with
rounds and featured writers. If you are new to Nashville and want to start meeting people
and learning the ropes, this is one of the best places to do that. Debi has hosted nights for
many years in Nashville and does a great job of booking hit writers and gathering a regular
following of talented writers who are serious about their careers. Be there by 9:00 PM to
play at the late-night open mic, which serves as an audition for future bookings. Check out
her website: www.debichampion.com/schedule.htm for the complete line-up.
Fridays and Saturdays 7:00-11:30 - hosted by Rick and Tammy Stewart with rounds and
featured writers. Visit Rick and Tammy at the club on their nights to inquire about booking
a night with them.
DAN McGUINNESS: 1538 Demonbreun St, (615) 252-1991
Mondays 7:30 to close - McGuinness Girl's Night hosted by Terri Jo Box
This popular show has been running for years. Terri Jo features 4 song sets by women only. Nashville writers should drop by on a Monday night to inquire about booking. If you're planning a trip to Nashville you can email Terri Jo at [email protected] about the possibility of playing when you're in town.
Wednesdays 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM Networking time 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM We open the show with amazing songwriter Randy Finchum and rhythm & blues artist Travis Bowlin 6:30 PM to 7 PM - "rising star" segment features up-and-coming writers 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM - "Hit Songwriter" Segment 7:30 PM to 9 PM OPEN MIC (signs up start at 6pm) first come first serve
DOUGLAS CORNER CAFÉ: 2106-A 8th Ave. S, (615) 298-1688
Tuesdays 8 pm to close. To play this long-running Open Mic hosted by Donnie Winters, writers must call on Tuesdays 615-292-2530 between 1-6 pm. They perform in the order in which the messages are received. Writers play two songs each in rounds of four. Those who show up without calling will play late. The show continues until everyone has played.
HALL OF FAME LOUNGE: 1407 Division, (615) 256-4255
Seven Nights A Week, The Hall of Fame Lounge features songwriters seven nights a week, and Tuesday writers’ nights with Brent Ellis. Drop by to inquire about playing or call David Lee Slate at the club in the evenings.
Downtown- 301 Union St. 37201 email Jack Scott at [email protected]
Monday- Alyssa Jacey "Industry at Indigo" 7-11
Tuesday- Jack Scott writers night 7-11
Wednesday- Alyssa Jacey "Duo/Trio/Group Night" 7-11
Thursday- Jack Scott writers night 7-11
Friday - Alyssa Jacey writer's night 7-11
Saturday- Nalan Neal 7-11
THE LISTENING ROOM: 217 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
Mon-Sat from 4 PM to 11 PM Live music nightly
Contact Chase Armstrong at [email protected]
MOZZARELLA PIZZERIA: 3912 Lebanon Pk - Hermitage, Tn 37076
First Saturday of each month: 1-4 PM
Contact: Joyce Medlock - 615-293-9500 www.joycemedlock.com
NASHVILLE PALACE: McGavock Pike, Nashville,TN 37214 (615) 889-1540, 2611
Mondays 6 PM to 11PM Join Billy Lee and Josh Helms our news hosts on Mondays for Writers' Night. We are thrilled to have these talented guys at the Palace. If you would like to be a part Writers' Night please email [email protected]
PUCKETT’S GROCERY: 120 4th Avenue South, Franklin, TN,
Tuesdays, 7pm. Puckett's Rising Star Singer-Songwriter Open Mic Contest For more info, visit: http://www.puckettsgrocery.com/home.php?pg=risingstar
ROOSTERS BBQ : 123 12th Ave N Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 770-2880
Mondays, 7pm to 10pm- scheduled rounds only
Contact: Lorna Flowers at https://www.facebook.com/lorna.flowers
THE RUDDER: Writer’s Showcase 128 River Rd Hendersonville, TN
Every last Wednesday of the month
$100 prize for “The Song of the Night”
Contact: John Hannum at 214-676-1109
VENUE 109: 109 Cude Lane, 37115.
Tues and Thurs: 7-10pm, two rounds: 7-8:30 and 8:30 to 10
Scheduled rounds only
Contact Lorna Flowers at https://www.facebook.com/lorna.flowers
OTHER MUSIC CLUBS:
Here are a few of the other venues that feature up and coming writers and artists. They do not host regular writer’s nights, but they book a variety of sets by featured artists, bands and songwriter rounds, depending on the venue. The venues listed above also feature other original music on nights they do not have writer’s night.
12TH AND PORTER: 114 12th Avenue N., (615) 254-7250
3RD AND LINDSLEY: 818 3rd Ave S., (615) 259-9891
THE END: 2219 Elliston Pl, (615) 321-4457
EXIT/IN: 2208 Elliston Pl, (615) 321-3340, exitin.com
ROCKETOWN: 500 Lafayette Street, 522 5th Ave S, rocketown.com
THE RUTLEDGE: 410 4th Ave S., (615) 782-6858
MERCY LOUNGE: 1 Cannery Row, (615) 251-3020
For even more live music venues in Nashville, check out www.nashvillescene.com, go to “MUSIC” tab, and click “Clubs”!