Red Roof Inn Nashville

4271 Sidco Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, 37204, United States
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Music venues and open mikes

by MonoBichi

Hi, I'm researching a screenplay about young songwriters hitting Nashville and would really appreciate some local information.

Is there one major showcase (or several) where hopefuls go to play there stuff?. (Something similar to the cafe in "The Thing Called Love" or a extremely prestigious open mike location)

I realize "Grand Ol Opry" is a radio show, but is it also a venue? Or a series of concerts that somebody could appear at?

Is there a prestigious venue where the audience sits at tables (or better yet, booths)?

Or is there a likely place where a very hot new act from out of town would appear on their first big splash in Nashville?

Thanks a lot for any help with this. I promise I'll get your name in the credit, make you a star and let you sleep with the producer.

RE: Music venues and open mikes

by JoeNYC

I go to Nashville for work a lot and work in the music industry, so know a bit about the city. The Grand Ol Opry is a venue but now has two places to get it's history. It started at the Ryman Auditorium which is right off Broadway in the center of downtown. It's stil lthere and has a great stage and still hosts many acts from all genres. The place is a historical landmark. Today, however, the Grand Ol Opry has moved a bit outside of downtown to much larger digs with it's own theater.

As for venues to make a splash, country stars have always looked to start out at the famous Tootsie's Orchard World right next to the Ryman on Broadway. That continues to this day and the place has open mic nights for new acts but also gets some great professional talent up on it's small stage. All along Broadway are other places like this, such as Robert's Western World.

So, Nashville has many places you ask about. One famous place is outside of downtwon but has a huge amount of history, the Bluebird Cafe. It's a small venue with just table seating. No screaming beer drinking craziness here, just sit down, be quiet and enjoy the music. Many, many famous country singers have come here to play and it's very well respected.

Hope this helps.

RE: RE: Music venues and open mikes

by MonoBichi

Thanks very much for this information. It's a big help.

RE: Music venues and open mikes

by foh2001

I would agree that the bluebird cafe is a good place to see "aspiring singer/songwriters." Also, you could check out The Mercy Lounge. Every monday night they have something called "8 off of 8th." Basically, it's 8 different local songwriters or bands that play about 3 songs each. The event is free and the club is really cool.
The best thing would be to pick up a copy of "the rage" or "the scene" once you get to town. They have them around on the street where newspaper stands are. Also, you can find them at some area coffeshops mostly in the midtown area off of West End ave or 21st ave.
You can access it online if you want, but it may only have the current week's info:

Hope that helps!

RE: RE: Music venues and open mikes

by MonoBichi

Thanks again.

How about another the new venue for GOO open air? Or enclosed. (Or as screenplays insist you put it, EXT. or INT. ?)

RE: RE: Music venues and open mikes

by susiemargare

hi --

the grand ole opry is inside a theater.

at the ryman auditorium (downtown nashville), there are often bands playing just outside the entrance before the shows. i am not sure if these are scheduled or if people just show up. it MIGHT be this way with the grand old opry too (but i don't know).

-- susie margaret

RE: Music venues and open mikes

by tomxt9

I'm sure there are other streets to check out,
but, believe it or not, "Broadway" is the name of the street in Nashville,
where the action is.
if you can't find the action, just ask a cab driver.
hey, that's an idea.
call a cab company in Nashville and ask them the questions.

Travel Tips for Nashville

sam davis home

by doug48

the sam davis home and museum is the birth place of sam davis the "boy hero" of the confederacy. sam davis was a confederate courier who was captured by union troops near pulaski tennessee in 1863. davis had union battle plans in his possession and was tried as a spy. davis was convicted by a union court and sentenced to die by hanging. union officers told davis that they would not carry out the sentence if he would disclose the name of the person who gave him the plans. davis replyed that "if i had a thousand lives to live, i would give them all rather than betray a friend". up to his execution union officers begged davis to devulge his contact. davis replyed "officer i did my duty now do yours". after the execution davis was known as the "boy hero of the confederacy". the sam davis home is an execellent example of a pre civil war middle class plantation and is a very worth while site to visit in the nashville area for students of civil war history. see the attached web site for admission and times.
the sam davis house is located at 1399 sam davis road a half a mile east of n. lowery road in downtown smyrna.

Out-of-the-way cool club and restaurant

by travelmad478 about Family Wash

This is a restaurant and club in what used to be a laundromat--they kept the name. It's a small place, hosting acts that are a little funkier than the typical mass-market country variety. Good food, a great beer selection, and friendly staff. You will need to drive here, because it's well away from downtown in East Nashville.

Elliston Place Soda Shop

by Krumlovgirl

This restaurant, close to the Exit/Inn and Krispy Kreme donuts, has been a staple in Nashville for years. It looks exactly the same way that it always has and unlike some of the reproduction soda shops this one doesn't put on any airs. It has all of your faves-milkshakes, thick fries, and cheeseburgers, and it also has meat and three dishes as well. The chocolate milkshakes are definitely the best in town!

Excellent German Food & Bier

by TravellerMel about Gerst Haus

I've seen the Gerst Haus many times in the year-and-a-half I've lived in Nashville, but this is the first time I've been inside. It won't be the last though, as the service was prompt, the food was good, and the atmosphere was wonderful. Dark wood decor with animal heads give it a Bavarian pub feel.

*UPDATE - went back the next day with a group. After 6pm on Saturdays, there is a live Oompah band - what fun! They took requests - the only polka song I could think of was "Roll Out the Barrels", and they played it! :-) My friend and I split the Gerst Haus Sampler Dinner for $20 - we got the Jager Schnitzel, Goulash with spaetzel, and beef stroganoff, plus sides of red cabbage and cucumber & onion in a sweet creme sauce. Everything was absolutely delicious and served piping hot.

Fine selection of beer on tap - my friend had a German beer which I can not pronounce nor spell. I had a Woodchuck cider...

The Old Grand Ole' Opry

by jelw

RYMAN AUDITORIUM - For me it was more important to see a concert here than it was to go to the newer official Grand Ole Opry. This structure is steeped in history. In 1885 the Union Gospel Tabernacle was concieved by Nashville riverboat Captain Thomas Green Ryman. In 1893 Lt Peary lectures on Arctic exploration and the New York Symphony Orchestra performs here. In 1902 Booker T. Washington lectures. 2 years later Captain Ryman dies and the tabernacle is renamed in his honor. In 1923 Rudolf Valentino dances and Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, and Ignace Paderewski perform.
In 1944 The Grand Ole Opry moves to Ryman Auditorium and the name changes again. Started in 1920 the Grand Ole Opry, is the world's longest running live radio program.
In 1944 and'45 Bill Monroe is joined by Flatt then Scruggs. Bluegrass and Country are now a staple on the stage. In 1974 This monument to cultural Ameican history becomes Ryman Auditorium again. The Grand Ole Opry moves to its current location.
Culturally this is a must see. Musically a must see.
I apologize for the quality of this interior shot in Ryman Auditorium. This was a wonderful performance by Steve Holy amongst many other new artists.


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Address: 4271 Sidco Drive, Nashville, Tennessee, 37204, United States