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Top Live Music Venues

Where to Get Your Live Music Groove on in Nashville

Live music is at the heart and soul of Nashville culture. From the sounds of rock, country, and jazz to pop, blues, and soul, Nashville is a mecca for all genres of music. Home to major annual events, festivals, iconic attractions, and over 180 live music venues, it’s easy to see why Nashville is the city that “music calls home.”

Historic Music Venues

RYMAN AUDITORIUM

The Ryman Auditorium is one of the most famous music venues in the country. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Ryman is a multi-award-winning theater that celebrates over 130 years of legendary performances.

GRAND OLE OPRY

What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925, Grand Ole Opry is known worldwide as “the show that made country music famous.” Elvis, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Dolly Parton all performed at the Opry on the Ryman stage.

Nashville’s Top Free Live Music Venues

HONKY TONK HIGHWAY

Lining both sides of Broadway, Nashville’s Honky Tonk Highway features more than a dozen bars pumping live music from 10am to 3am, 7 days a week. Bands play for tips, but cover charge is free.

2ND AVENUE

Located around the corner from Broadway, 2nd Avenue plays every genre of music. Top free music venues include B.B. King’s Blues Club Restaurant, Dick’s Last Resort, and Famous Saloon.

THE GULCH

For a well-rounded music experience that includes shopping, dining, and entertainment, a trip to The Gulch is a must.

MUSIC ROW

Music row is lined with plenty of venues and bars, including Nashville’s top go-to live music venue, The Original Tin Roof.

Rest at Our Vanderbilt Hotel

Whether you’re planning a trip to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium or one of the free live music venues, the top-rated Marriott Nashville at Vanderbilt University is an ideal place to stay.

Our West End hotel offers spacious, well-appointed accommodations, exceptional on-site dining, and first-rate amenities.

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Forget driving and parking! With free downtown shuttle rides, you can explore the best of Music City, hassle-free!

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