Nashville has a large amount of prominent live music venues, and there are even a few lesser-known places to catch a good show. These might not be the most popular spots, but they host great talent just the same.
The small and intimate ambiance at Ri’chard’s Cafe, located outside of Nashville, makes it a perfect place to listen to live music. Emerging artists are welcomed on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and featured artists take the stage on the weekends. The café also hosts open mic nights and has songwriters perform on Sundays during brunch. Enjoy watching performers while you choose a meal from the menu, which has Cajun, Creole, and American food options.
Ri’chards Cafe, 4420 Whites Creek Pike, Whites Creek, TN, USA, +1 615 299 9590
With a small stage set up next to several tables, The Family Wash bar and restaurant has been the place to hear live music in East Nashville for more than a decade. The atmosphere is intimate and laid-back, allowing performers to get up close and personal with guests. Many shows are free of charge, but there might be a tip hat that gets passed around. If you’ve still got money left after tipping the performer, there’s an all-day menu that has breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, as well as a few options for children.
The Family Wash, 626A Main St., Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 645 9930
If you like pizza and live music, you’ll find both at the Soulshine Pizza Factory. Enjoy a slice of stone-baked pizza or a calzone as you sit and listen to jam bands, Southern rock musicians, blues bands, and other musical artists. Sunday nights are the Soulshine Sunday Night Blues & Groove Jam. There’s also Monday Night Trivia and the Rock ‘n Roll Basement Presents. The venue is available for private events and has catering services available too.
Soulshine Pizza Factory, 1907 Division St., Nashville, TN, USA, +1 615 401 9859
You’ll find some fascinating events at The East Room. In addition to weekly Sunday night comedy shows, the space hosts vegan Mexican buffets, dance parties, plus indie rock and punk band performances. Every Tuesday night is open mic comedy night, with bands booked in between.
The East Room, 2412 Gallatin Ave., Nashville, TN, USA, +1 347 559 6031