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Where to Get Your Live Music Groove on in Nashville

Nashville after dark is a live music mecca. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nashville is synonymous with boot-stompin’, hard-rockin’ live music. It’s the town where so many of the industry’s biggest names got their start, including current stars like Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks, as well as icons like Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton. Hit Music City’s hottest venues where up-and-coming musicians mix with strong drinks, craft beers, and mouthwatering food.

Watch Up-and-Coming Nashville Bands

You might just discover the next big thing and get bragging rights for seeing them before they make it big at these under-the-radar music venues.

Grimey's and The Basement in Nashville
Rock it out at Grimey’s and The Basement in Nashville. (Photo: Courtesy of Grimey’s)

Grimey’s New & Preloved Music

Under the same ownership and just few steps away from The Basement is Grimey’s. Visit this well-loved music store that regularly has bands and artists playing in the corner, creating a truly unique shopping experience.

Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom

Touring indie-rock bands, underground acts and local bands are regularly featured at Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom. In the age of hip-hop and pop, this two-room venue keeps rock-and-roll alive and well in Nashville.

The Basement

New, local bands are featured six to seven nights a week at The Basement, a small and intimate venue that encourages getting cozy with a craft beer and your neighbor. Locals love “New Face” Tuesday, which offers a variety of acts from different genres. Best part? Cover is free!

Ryman Auditorium
Every trip to Nashville should include a visit to “Mother Church of Country Music.” (Photo: Martin Thomas Photography / Alamy)

Dance the Night Away at Famous Music Venues in Nashville

After you’ve checked out up-and-coming local bands, it’s time to spend the rest of your night in the “Capital of Country Music” dancing to the big names.

Grand Ole Opry

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most famous music venues in Nashville. This American icon features world-famous entertainment for music lovers of all ages and genres.

Tin Roof
Close out your night at the Tin Roof. (Photo: Courtesy of Tin Roof)

Tin Roof

Featuring live music almost every day of the week, the Tin Roof is popular for younger crowds looking for an exciting night out. While you’re there, grab a bite of some of the venue’s staple dishes like the famous cheese-dip served with homemade tortilla chips, or the Cuban sandwich.

Ryman Auditorium

Last, but certainly not least, is the world-renowned Ryman Auditorium, famously known as the “Mother Church of Country Music”. This beloved music venue always features huge acts with music that fills every inch of its beautifully crafted auditorium.


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