Top Ten Spots To Hear Live Music in Music City

In Nashville, the live music actually starts when you arrive at the airport, where the Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge outpost employs talented performers to entertain those coming and going. That gives you just a taste of what’s in store on Broadway, where every doorway opens to belting sounds of country’s best tunes. In recent years, the city has become just as well known for other genres of music. From rock to jazz to alternative and everything in between, you will find the most artistic musicians in the world playing throughout the city. No matter what your taste, you can find an impressive performance at one of these venues.



Owned by Mike Grimes, the man behind Grimey's New & Pre-Loved Music, the Basement showcases live bands six to seven nights out of the week, usually with very reasonable cover charges. The venue is small and intimate, and the talent tends to...  Read More



The top attraction in Music City, The Grand Ole Opry is an American icon. Known as "country's most famous stage," what began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is today a live-entertainment phenomenon. Providing world-famous entertainment for...  Read More



This popular live music venue is a staple in the Nashville nightlife scene. Featuring live music six days a week, the Tin Roof is the place to go for an after-work drink or an energetic night out. College kids and professionals alike flock to...  Read More

Mercy Lounge


One of the most popular live music venues around, the Mercy Lounge attracts a diverse crowd of music aficionados and laid-back partiers. Red lighting, plush sofas and curvy bars compliment the comfortable, bohemian vibe. Pool tables and retro...  Read More

Elliston Place


One of the more prominent stages, and Open Mic Night bars, Exit/Inn always draws a crowd. A popular spot for up-and-coming artists (along with those who have already made a name for themselves), this club hosts everyone from local punk bands to...  Read More



This isn't only where flocks of tourists come to see the heart of country music in downtown Nashville, but where locals take their friends to get a true feel of what the city is all about: music, hospitality and fun. Famous bars and live act...  Read More



Is that the tuning of banjos I hear? This is place in Nashville to hear bluegrass music! The popular Station Inn hosts new and veteran bluegrass acoustic musicians alike, and the Sunday night in-house "jam sessions" are not to be missed. The...  Read More

The Bluebird Cafe
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Bluebird Caf is a must-see for all music fans. The quiet, smoke-free venue is a great place to hear Nashville's up-and-coming singer-songwriters perform before they hit the big time. Garth Brooks and Kathy Mattea are just two well-known singers...  Read More



One of Nashville's most beloved music venues, The Ryman is the premier spot for any music lover seeking to hear their favorite performer or tour a legendary performance space. Originally built as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892 by Captain...  Read More


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