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About The Caverns

Located in Grundy County, Tennessee, The Caverns is a world-renowned destination for underground live music, home of the Emmy-winning PBS television series Bluegrass Underground, and a magical cave system for different skill levels of exploration. On October 8, 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Caverns opened a new above ground venue, The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater, to bring back live music in a responsible way with outdoor, socially distanced concerts.

Inside The Caverns subterranean music venue, guests revel in the prehistoric natural acoustics and otherworldly beauty. 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.”

During the day, 7 days a week, guided tours navigate an underground room that’s 3 football fields long and end on the stage of the iconic underground music venue. For thrill seekers, challenging adventure cave tours go even deeper underground. We invite you to enjoy and explore the music and adventure of The Caverns!

The Caverns’ large, connected underground cave system covers over 8,000 linear feet of known surreal cave passages. Underground shows are hosted in a section of The Caverns historically known to locals and cavers as the Big Mouth Cave because of its impressive, large archway entrance. Experts believe humans have been using the cave to escape the heat, take refuge from rain, and enjoy each other's company for up to 25,000 years.

For cave concerts, The Caverns can accommodate 850 people in padded chair seating or up to 1,200 people for standing-room only shows. What’s more, the subterranean concert hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lights, has well-appointed restrooms, and offers delicious food and beverage concessions including craft beer, cider and seltzers. 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.

Daily guided tours include a journey through Big Room Cave, an awe-inspiring underground room which gets its name from its massive size. During the tour, guests learn a little bit about geology, cave lore, and the unique history of Grundy County. Adventure cave tours take guests even deeper inside The Caverns cave system and include the daunting “Tombstone Pass.”

The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater is situated on a hillside right above Big Mouth Cave and overlooking the beautiful Payne’s Cove and has a capacity of 1,000 people in pods. During the pandemic, guests have staggered arrival times, answer wellness questions, receive temperature checks, bring their own chairs, travel throughout the venue on wide paths to allow social distancing, and wear masks at all times except when inside their 2-person, 4-person or 6-person pods which have a minimum of 6 feet of space between one another.

Down twisting country roads, The Caverns 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 South Cumberland State Park Tennessee’s largest state park, which 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.

Underground The Caverns stays 59 degrees year-round with 91% humidity. The cave feels cool when it's hot outside and warm on cold weather days. Whether you’re attending a concert or taking a cave tour, be sure to bring a light jacket and wear comfortable shoes. If you book an Adventure Cave Tour, we provide all the caving gear you'll need. For underground concert-goers, “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 down in The Caverns!

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Press Coverage

"Every precautionary measure in place" - American Songwriter, October 14, 2020

"Jason Isbell Launches The Caverns Concert Pod Experience In Tennessee" - Forbes, October 12, 2020

"An impressive outdoor music venue" - Rolling Stone, October 12, 2020

"A perfectly unorthodox venue for unorthodox times" - Nashville Scene, October 12, 2020

"The Coolest & Most Unique Concert Venues in the World" - Bosshunting (Australia), September 14, 2020

"Cave tours at The Caverns like seeing 'Red Rocks meets Ruby Falls'" - Tennessean, July 16, 2020

“This Rocking Venue Gets an Upgrade that Fred Flintstone Would Appreciate” - Front of House Magazine, September 11, 2019

“18 of the Coolest Concert Venues In The United States” - Buzzfeed, August 3, 2018

"The concert's setting may very well steal the show" - People, August 2, 2018

“Tennessee’s version of Colorado’s stunning Red Rocks Amphitheatre, but smaller – and deep underground” - Rolling Stone, June 4, 2018

“The South’s Coolest New Music Venue” - Garden & Gun, January 3, 2018

Artists Who Have Played The Caverns

  • Amanda Shires
  • Andrew Bird
  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Band of Horses
  • Big Head Todd & The Monsters
  • Billy Strings
  • Blue October
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Corey Smith
  • Crowder
  • Dailey & Vincent
  • Dawes
  • Del McCoury Band
  • Devil Makes Three
  • Glen Hansard
  • Greensky Bluegrass
  • Gregory Alan Isakov
  • Gov’t Mule
  • Guster
  • Here Come The Mummies
  • Hot Tuna
  • Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
  • JJ Grey & MoFro
  • John Anderson
  • John Butler Trio
  • John Moreland
  • Josh Ritter
  • Kathy Mattea
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Keller Williams
  • Leftover Salmon
  • Lettuce
  • Los Lobos
  • Lucero
  • Mandy Barnett
  • Mary Gauthier
  • Matthew West
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Mike Farris
  • Molly Hatchet
  • Moon Taxi
  • Marshall Tucker Band
  • Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  • Old Crow Medicine Show
  • Papadosio
  • Railroad Earth

  • Rev Osagyefo Sekou

  • Rhonda Vincent

  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • Sam Bush Band
  • Scott Miller
  • Sierra Hull
  • Steve Earle & The Dukes
  • St. Paul & the Broken Bones
  • STS9
  • Sunn O)))
  • Svdden Death
  • The Flaming Lips
  • The Infamous Stringdusters
  • The Mavericks
  • The SteelDrivers
  • The Steel Woods
  • Turnpike Troubadours
  • Trampled By Turtles
  • Umphrey’s McGee
  • Willie Watson
  • Wyclef Jean
  • And many more...

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