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Press Coverage

“The South’s Coolest New Music Venue” - Garden & Gun

"The concert's setting may very well steal the show" - People

“18 of the Coolest Concert Venues In The United States” - Buzzfeed

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

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

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.”

The Caverns is a large, connected underground cave system that covers over 8,000 linear feet of surreal cave passages. Concerts 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 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. It’s comfortable, but cool, and a light jacket and comfortable footwear are recommended. “Stay-and-Cave” packages are available with lodging and transportation to and from the venue. With shows from March through the end of the year and a wide variety of music programming, you’re sure to find a concert on our calendar to inspire your underground musical adventure. See you underground in The Caverns.

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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
  • 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
  • Wyclef Jean
  • And many more...

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