Best places to see live music in Nashville | Nashville Events and Things to Do
Music City Things to Do and See | Nashville Weekend and Weekday Events:
One of my favorite places to see live music is Mercy Lounge, who consistently has good acts playing. Specifically, their Eight off Eight series is a great opportunity to see free live music.
If you are in the 2nd Avenue and Broadway area of the music city you may want to check out The Big Bang or The Stage across the street. Both traditionally play a strong mix of classic cover songs and both are also free music venues. If you suddenly get bored of one, you can check out the other. There are also several smaller venues that play a variety of country music, rock-a-billy, and bluegrass. In the area, the most classic and world renouned is probably Tootsies. For the younger 20-30 something crowd, Paradise Park offers country and classic rock and roll hits served up with the occassional southern twang. Its hard to go wrong with these four classic venues to close and with so many more within a brisk 2 minute walk.
If you’re looking for a more rock or alternative rock filled evening, both 3rd and Lindsley and 12th and Porter have a pretty good lineup of local, regional, and national acts to check out.
Just down the road from 12th and Porter in the Gulch is Sambuca, which has live jazz available. I believe thats nightly and the schedule is easily accessible on their website. If you want to opt for more bluegrass or country music in the Gulch, the Station Inn is perfect. The sunday night writers in the round is both free and a good time.
Finally, the Five Spot in East Nashville has a nice array of local and regional acts along with a unique character that flavors the experience.
Best Online Music Resources for Nashville
Generally the best place to find out info about upcoming acts is via the Nashville Scene , the Tennessean’s entertainment section, or Metromix (formerly known as the Nashville Rage) (and if you’ve never heard of a particular act, you can go get a preview on MySpace, Pandora, or Slacker.)
For more reviews of these venues feel free to check out the community and commentary at Yelp.
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