Original music venues


Attending shows where the performers play original music is a great way to learn and network. Check out the clubs listed below to find shows that interest you and to check cover charges, minimums and reservation policies.


Click here for information on playing local writers nights. If you want to do a longer set than a writers night allows for, check out the websites of the local clubs to find one that is a good fit for your music. Be aware that the original music clubs in Nashville rarely pay. A typical arrangement is that you pay the sound person and door person, then you keep all or part of the cover charge and merchandise sales. If you don’t already have a following it will be hard to get a booking and even harder to charge a cover so “pay to play” is not uncommon.

The Bluebird Cafe

The Listening Room

The Local

Belcourt Taps

Cabana Taps

Alley Taps

Live Oak

Dawg House

Tin Roof

Bobby’s Idle Hour

Third and Lindsley

The Five Spot

The Basement

The Basement East

Station Inn

City Winery