Top 5 Music Venues of Nashville

5. The Basement -

This treasured little venue is literally the basement of Grimey’s New & Preloved Music shop, a place in Nashville where music lovers of all ages go to get everything from local records to concert tickets. The Basement is the perfect place to really get to know an artist. With only a 100 person capacity, you’ll likely get to stand a few short feet from the performers.  


4. The Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom -

These two venues operate on different floors of the same building which was built back in 1883 as a flour mill until the Dale Food Company bought it in 1957. It was not until the late 1970s before any music was played here. As the 80s progressed it became one of Nashville’s primary music venues hosting artists like Jane’s Addiction and Greg Allman. With pool tables and classic pinball machines in the back, this historic venue is one of our favorite spots in Nashville to have a few drinks and catch a great show.


3. Exit/In -

A relatively small venue accommodating an exclusive 500 people, the Exin/In is big on history. Musical legends like Hank Williams, Billy Joel and Etta James have their names proudly displayed in white letters on the blackboard on the front of the building. It is also a great place to check out the local music scene. Rock n Roll superstars, Kings of Leon got their start playing at the Exit/In as well as electro-pop duo Cherub, just to name a few.

2. The Grand Ole Opry House -

This historic venue is named after the former NBC Radio show for which is was built in 1974. A show that “made country music famous”. Up until 1974 the legendary Ryman auditorium hosted the hour long broadcast, but the Opry’s operators wanted to make a larger, more sleek, air-conditioned theater. Now the Opry House seats 4000 guests and draws some the best acts in the world. We look forward to catching the UK quartet Alt-J preform there this April.

1. The Ryman Auditorium -

A place that needs no introduction, “The Mother Church of Country Music”. Built by Thomas Ryman back in 1892, it is one of the oldest venues in the nation. Most famous for hosting the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974; history was made here. We always love catching a show in the 3000 person auditorium because it has such a distinct feel. The acoustics of the room make the music sound magical. Although known primarily for country music, The Ryman hosts bands from a variety of genres. We were lucky enough to catch Umphrey’s McGee here on February 6th. It was an awesome performance.