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Nashville isn’t known as music city for nothing. Its long history of country, jazz and blues is well known and still permeates the air today, drawing thousands of visitors to the city each year. You won’t have trouble finding a music venue, but you might have trouble finding the best. We’ve asked our local insiders to share their favorite Nashville live music spots and events to help you out.
Live on the Green is Nashville’s major music festival – and astonishingly it’s 100% free! If you’re in town when it’s on, experiencing this end-of-summer tradition is an absolute must. The festival features top acts (past performers include Cage the Elephant, Band of Horses, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Steve Earle), and gives emerging local artists a platform too. Take in some bands, browse the food trucks and the independent trader stalls and say goodbye to summer with great music, a few local beers and one hell of a party. Recommended by local insider Juliette Lefaivre
Taste local wines and go for a spot of dinner while watching live acts at the City Winery. It’s as romantic as it sounds – mood lighting, beautifully prepared dishes and music make for the perfect date night. The venue doesn’t tie itself down to one particular genre – the program is varied, and attracts some more recognizable names (KT Tunstall, Jeff Bridges and Dennis Quaid have all been lined up to play here) alongside local talent. Keep an eye out for touring acts, or see what hidden treasures you find on the spur of the moment. Recommended by local insider Cristy Wicks