Nearly Native Explores: Bluegrass Underground

Although concert venues vary in size and location, acoustics and extra amenities, most generally feel similar: a room with a stage, some seating, some lights and maybe a bar. So in a place like the Music City, where venues are almost as frequent as coffee shops, what could possibly set a musical experience totally apart from the rest? Nashvillians have the opportunity to see some seriously talented local acts almost every night of the week in music venues that have been designed and refined by some of the best in the business, but Bluegrass Underground’s Cumberland Caverns locale achieves an ambiance that simply cannot be replicated above ground. Here are the 5 things to know before you go:


  1. Commit to a car ride: Bluegrass Underground is located in Cumberland Caverns just outside of McMinnville, which makes for about a 1 hour and 40 minute car ride from downtown Nashville. Getting to experience a show here is a commitment, so make sure to block out several hours for driving, touring the caves, seeing the show and heading back home.
  2. Dress for success: The show is located 333 feet below ground in the Volcano Room and is a pretty constant 55 degrees no matter what time of year you go. Even if it’s the middle of summer, you’ll be more comfortable if you bring layers with you and wear pants. When you arrive at the venue you have a 650 yard walk to get to the show and most of it is on gravel, so tennis shoes might also be a good choice!
  3. Accessible amenities: The Volcano Room comes equipped with full service bathrooms and concession stand. Of course, it is in a cave so don’t expect a gourmet meal. If you’re cool with hot dogs, chili and coffee then you’ll be good to go, if not you may want to bring snacks for the car ride.  Parking is in a field in front of the caverns, if it looks like it might rain, definitely go for the gravel instead of the grass. It can be hard to get out after the show.
  4. Embrace your inner explorer: When you go to a show, add a tour on to your visit! The show is in a freaking cave and you have the chance to explore with a guided tour, why not get a better look?
  5. Enjoy the experience: So you really want to see what this Volcano room is all about, but you’re not sure you’ll enjoy the music? Try to keep an open mind because the acoustics are awesome and the talent is amazing. Even if bluegrass isn’t your jam or your not a fan of open, no-frills seating, Bluegrass Underground is an experience that you can’t find anywhere else and it’s basically out of our back door, so why not just give it a shot!


Learn more about Bluegrass Underground on the Explore Like a Native page!


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