Navigating Nashville's Live Music Scene

A Guide to Live Music Venues and Concerts for your Next Trip to Nashville
Wendy Diep
Co-founder & CEO @ Let's Jetty

Nashville, often dubbed as Music City, USA, isn't just a destination; it's a symphony of sounds, a chorus of melodies, and a haven for music enthusiasts worldwide. Whether you're a die-hard country fan, a rock aficionado, or someone simply in search of an unforgettable musical experience, Nashville has something to offer for everyone.

First things first, there is live country music playing every night at pretty much every honky tonk on Broadway. Literally start anywhere on Broadway & you'll find live music whether it's a Monday or Saturday night, with talented musicians taking to the stage to entertain locals and visitors alike.

In this guide, we'll take you on a journey through the beating heart of Nashville's live music scene, highlighting the top venues, concerts, and bars where you can immerse yourself in the city's musical magic (outside of Broadway).

Where to Find Live Music (other than Broadway) 

Ryman Auditorium

Known as the "Mother Church of Country Music," Ryman Auditorium stands as a testament to Nashville's rich musical heritage. Catch legendary performances and intimate concerts in this historic venue that has hosted icons like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, and Elvis Presley.

The Bluebird Cafe

Tucked away in a nondescript strip mall, The Bluebird Cafe is a mecca for songwriters and music lovers alike. Experience the magic of intimate performances as emerging talents and established artists alike share their stories through heartfelt lyrics and captivating melodies.

The Station Inn

If bluegrass is your jam, look no further than The Station Inn. This cozy venue exudes an authentic Nashville vibe, offering nightly performances by some of the finest bluegrass musicians in the country. Sit back, relax, and let the twang of the banjo sweep you away.

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

Step into Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, a honky-tonk institution on Nashville's iconic Broadway strip. With its neon-lit façade and lively atmosphere, Tootsie's promises an unforgettable night of boot-stomping fun and live country music that will keep you dancing 'til dawn.

Tip: Don't forget to check out the rooftop that has a more relaxed vibe & some pretty amazing views of downtown Nashville.


The Basement East

For those craving a taste of Nashville's indie music scene, look no further than The Basement East. This eclectic venue showcases up-and-coming artists and established acts across a diverse range of genres, promising a night of musical discovery and sonic exploration.

Whether you're a fan of indie rock, alternative, or Americana, The Basement East has something for everyone.

Check their event calendar for upcoming shows and events.

Ascend Amphitheater

Situated along the banks of the Cumberland River, Ascend Amphitheater offers a stunning backdrop for outdoor concerts and live performances. From country megastars to chart-topping pop acts, this open-air venue hosts an array of concerts throughout the year, making it a must-visit destination for music lovers of all ages.

Nashville Palace

Step back in time at the Nashville Palace, where the spirit of classic country music lives on. With its retro décor and nostalgic ambiance, this iconic venue hosts live performances by seasoned musicians and rising stars, ensuring a memorable night filled with timeless tunes and good ol' Southern hospitality.

The Listening Room Cafe

Discover the next big thing in country music at The Listening Room Cafe, where songwriters take center stage and bare their souls through poignant lyrics and heartfelt melodies. Situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, this intimate venue offers an up-close-and-personal experience that will leave you feeling inspired and moved.

Their site has a calendar where you can easily see who's playing, and purchase tickets in advance, which are pretty inexpensive at $10-$20, with the occasional free one. The catch is you have to spend $15 minimum while you're there.


3rd & Lindsley

Boasting state-of-the-art sound systems and a lineup of top-tier talent, 3rd & Lindsley is a premier destination for live music enthusiasts in Nashville. From soulful blues to rock 'n' roll riffs, this versatile venue caters to diverse musical tastes, ensuring an electrifying night of entertainment for all who enter its doors.

Highly recommended for country music lovers: check out the songwriters' show they have on Saturdays there! Some of the songwriters of country's most popular music are there talking about their writing & perform live songs!

The Grand Ole Opry

Last but certainly not least, no visit to Nashville would be complete without experiencing the legendary Grand Ole Opry. Since 1925, this iconic radio show has showcased the best of country music, featuring performances by beloved artists and emerging stars alike. Whether you're a lifelong fan or a first-time visitor, the Grand Ole Opry promises an unforgettable evening of music, history, and tradition.

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