Hear strumming and singing in these Tennessee music hotspots
It’s no surprise music is everywhere in Tennessee. From East Tennessee’s Appalachian country sound to the country and rock influences in Middle Tennessee, and jazz and swinging blues of the West, the state is known for its smorgasbord of musical influences. There are countless music venues throughout the state, offering up new music almost every night. Here are just a few venues the locals flock to in order to hear some fresh sounds. You can find even more music venues take the spotlight every Monday on Twitter @TNVacation.
Rock n’ roll blares out of the Casbah in Johnson City, Tenn. as regional and national talent play at the venue. The 250-capacity music room was used as a television set, a recording studio and more. Other places in the area include Gatsby’s Café and Saloon, The Sophisticated Otter Brewing Company and the Hideaway.
What once was an American Revolution era hotel, the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, Tenn. has become one of the most outstanding entertainment centers in the world. The theatre brings local jazz ensembles, small instrumental groups and student opera productions with the hope of expanding the arts in the surrounding communities. It’s highly encouraged to check out the schedule for upcoming shows as the theatre hosts a wide range of musical genres. The Bijou Theatre has hosted artists like Dolly Parton, Lunt & Fontaine, Dizzy Gillespie, and The Ramones just to name a few.
If the hit show “Cheers” was based in Nashville, Mercy Lounge would be the main set. The flagship venue at One Cannery Row is a local favorite for parties, concerts and shows. Mercy Lounge is a place “where your friends are always at the bar, in the crowd, AND on the stage.” With a wide-range of music talents (it is Music City after all), the lounge never disappoints by bringing in new talent, encouraging its patrons to get in tune with the inner rockstar in all of us. The lounge just recently became nominated for the Nightclub of The Year award at the upcoming 25th annual Pollstar awards. Good luck, y’all!
Recharge in the rolling hills and vast countryside of Leiper’s Fork, where outdoor concerts, movies and entertainment happen when the sun goes down. Head to Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant to enjoy a hearty meal and some tunes. It’s a place where the chairs don’t match and farmers, country music stars and songwriters rub elbows with each other. With a second location at 5th & Church in downtown Nashville, the entertainment is nothing short of world-class. Artists perform Tuesdays through Saturdays and upcoming performances in the Leiper’s Fork location include Greylan James Nov. 12, Casey Wasner Band Nov. 15, and Beaker Street Blues Band Nov. 29.
Alfred’s offers not only a large selection of food but also a wide range of musical talent in the downtown area of Memphis. Local artists perform and there’s even a chance for patrons to perform as Alfred’s has karaoke night Sunday through Thursday with a DJ on hand for Friday and Saturday nights. Have a classy night on Sundays as the Memphis Jazz Orchestra performs musical selections for its listeners 6-9 p.m.
Want to feel connected with performers as they perform on stage? Head to Minglewood Hall in Memphis as the venue is a great water hole to find local and national artists in an intimate atmosphere. Concerts get the royal treatment with the venue’s state-of-the-art LED lighting and sound system and curtain-draped walls, offering great acoustics. Minglewood Hall hosts a plethora of musical genres and is hosting Moon Taxi with Agori Tribe Nov. 13, Mike Hicks & the Funk Puncs Nov. 21, and more.
Which Tennessee music venues are your favorites? Let me know by commenting below!