We believe in the power of music to bring people together. The doors to The Caverns are inscribed with these words in the Sequoyah script of the Cherokee, “Welcome to The Caverns where the Great Spirit brings all people together through music”
About The Caverns, Home of Bluegrass Underground
In Grundy County, Tennessee, in a timeless valley near the base of the Cumberland Plateau, you’ll find The Caverns—a jaw-dropping concert hall located deep underground. Guests revel in the prehistoric venue’s natural acoustics and otherworldly beauty. What’s more, The Caverns is home to the Emmy-winning, PBS television series Bluegrass Underground. With a concert calendar that spans all genres of musical expression, The Caverns draws music fans from all over the world. Live music inside a cave, it’s a bucket list experience that keeps fans coming back to The Caverns time and again for “The Greatest Show Under Earth.”
Inside The Caverns
The Caverns is a large, connected underground cave system that covers over 8,000 linear feet of known surreal cave passages. Shows are hosted in a section of The Caverns historically known to locals and cavers as the Big Mouth Cave for it impressive, large archway entrance, experts believe humans have been using the cave to escape the heat, take refuge from rain and enjoy each others company for up to 25,000 years.
Today, The Caverns is a modern music venue with a padded chair seating capacity of 850, or up to 1,200 for standing-room only shows. What’s more, the cave is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lights, well-appointed restrooms, and delicious food and beverage concessions including craft beer and canned wine and cocktails. And thanks to the gentle slope of the room and its smooth concrete floor, the venue is accessible to music fans with mobility concerns or physical disabilities.
Down twisting country roads, the venue is located at 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, TN 37366 in a geographical sweet spot approximately 90 minutes from Nashville, TN, 60 minutes from Chattanooga, TN, and less than three hours from Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL and Knoxville, TN. Additionally, there’s much to explore in the surrounding Southeast Tennessee area, like Tennessee’s largest state park: South Cumberland State Park includes hiking trails, majestic waterfalls, world-class rock climbing and stunning overlooks. The surrounding communities of Monteagle, Tracy City and Sewanee offer local dining, shopping and historic sites surrounded by nature’s beauty.
For music fans planning a trip underground, The Caverns stays 59 degrees year-round with 91% humidity. The cave feels cool when it's hot outside, and can feel warm when on cold weather days. Be sure to bring a light jacket. Comfortable footwear is recommended. “Stay-and-Cave” packages are available with lodging and transportation to and from the venue. With shows throughout the year and a wide variety of music programming, you’re sure to find a concert on our calendar to inspire your musical adventure. See you underground in The Caverns!
What People Are Saying
"The South's Coolest New Music Venue"
- Garden & Gun
"This is one of the most unique concert experiences that you will ever have. The acoustics and sound were amazing! All of the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. If you are a live music fan, this is a must do!"
- Google Review
"Tennessee’s version of Colorado’s stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre, but smaller – and deep underground."
- Rolling Stone