Sun, Dec 21, 2014

Open Mics, Writers Nights, and Artist Venues In Nashville


This listing is intended for reference only - Information is subject to change. Contact individual venues to confirm information. Clubs change their schedules so you may want to verify this information before making a trip to the club. You can also consult:

Open mic: refers to a show where anyone who comes is eligible to play
Writers night: refers to a show where the performers are scheduled in advance
Round: refers to several writers on stage at the same time taking turns playing their songs
*For more definitions, Learn To Speak the Language of the Music Industry


360 BURGER: 5356 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Nashville, TN 37013
Every Wednesday!  Writers rounds from 7 PM - 8 PM, open mic from 9 PM - 10 PM. Open Mic sign up at 7:00 PM!

BOBBY'S IDLE HOUR TAVERN: 1028 16th Ave. South on Music Row
Every Thursday, 8pm to midnight.  To sign up: look at the calendar on for slots and email requests to

BLUEBIRD CAFE: 4104 Hillsboro Road, (615) 383-1461 Check out their website for more information!

Monday 6 to 9 PM Open Mic - sign up at 5:30 (Get in line early)
Sundays 8 PM Writers Night - scheduled by audition only. Spotlight act 6:30-7:30
Tues through Sat - Early shows feature some of the best up-and-coming writers.
Late shows feature hit writers and established bands.

BLUE BAR: 1911 Broadway, (615) 327-8001
Wednesday 8 PM to 12 AM. Joy Collins hosts the “Stage Write” Writer’s Night at this well loved venue on the edge of music row.

CHAR RESTAURANT: 14 S. Washington Ave. Cookeville, TN
Every Wednesday night from 8-10PM Sing Songwriter Open Mic hosted by Carissia & Company 

2613 West End Ave, (615) 327-4707
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights 7:00 to 11:30 - hosted by Debi Champion with
rounds and featured writers. If you are new to Nashville and want to start meeting people
and learning the ropes, this is one of the best places to do that. Debi has hosted nights for
many years in Nashville and does a great job of booking hit writers and gathering a regular
following of talented writers who are serious about their careers. Be there by 8:00 PM to
play at the late-night open mic, which serves as an audition for future bookings. Check out
her website: for the complete line-up.
Fridays and Saturdays 7:00-11:30 - hosted by Rick and Tammy Stewart with rounds and
featured writers. Visit Rick and Tammy at the club by 8:00 PM on their nights to inquire about booking
a night with them.

DAISY DUKES: 2309 B Franklin Pike
Monday ! Sign up at 8:00 for the 9:00 open mic.  Each performer plays two songs.  Two featured artists to perform at 8:00.

DOUGLAS CORNER CAFÉ: 2106-A 8th Ave. S, (615) 298-1688
Tuesdays 8 pm to close. To play this long-running Open Mic hosted by Donnie Winters, writers must call on Tuesdays 615-292-2530 between 1-6 pm. They perform in the order in which the messages are received. Writers play two songs each in rounds of four. Those who show up without calling will play late. The show continues until everyone has played.

JED'S SPORTSBAR & GRILLE: 114 28th Avenue North, Nashville, TN  37203 
Every Friday at 8:00 PM, sign up at 7:30 PM, hosted by Lightning 100

JIMMY BUFFET'S MARGARITAVILLE:  322 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37201
Tuesday writer's round from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Call Beth Wamsley to book: 615.724.5948

MELLOW MUSHROOM: 212 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Wednesdays from 7 PM until 10 PM, if you want to play be there by 6:30 PM to sign up.  Performers play in order of sign up and will play 2 to 4 songs depending on how many sign up.  

MOZZARELLA PIZZERIA: 3912 Lebanon Pk - Hermitage, Tn 37076
First Saturday of each month: 1-4 PM
Contact: Joyce Medlock - 615-293-9500

NASHVILLE PALACE: McGavock Pike, Nashville,TN 37214 (615) 889-1540, 2611
Mondays 6 PM to 11PM Join Billy Lee and Josh Helms our news hosts on Mondays for Writers' Night. We are thrilled to have these talented guys at the Palace. If you would like to be a part Writers' Night please email

PUCKETT’S GROCERY: 120 4th Avenue South, Franklin, TN,
Tuesdays, 7pm. Puckett's Rising Star Singer-Songwriter Open Mic Contest For more info, visit their website.

THE ROW KITCHEN AND PUB: 110 Lyle Ave, Nashville
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM sign up at 6:00 PM, Marla Sitten hosts the open mic in this historical venue.  The Row was once THE place where Nashville songwriters and artists could be seen eating and writing songs on any given day.

THE RUDDER: Writer’s Showcase 128 River Rd Hendersonville, TN
Last Wednesday of the month
$100 prize for “The Song of the Night”
Contact: John Hannum at 214-676-1109

SOULSHINE PIZZA FACTORY: 1907 Division St, Nashville, TN 37212
Soulshine Songwriter's Night: Tuesdays from 6-9pm
Writers in the round type night (we usually have 3-4 rounds with 3-4 artists each)
Booking: Aubrey Wollett (

Southpaw Supper Club (Americana Songwriter's Night): Thursdays from 6-8pm
Also a round type night, normally 2 rounds. He sometimes has duos and stripped down bands play too.
Booking: Mac Leaphart (

WINNERS BAR & GRILL:  1913 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203
Backroads Nashville writers night, Every Tuesday night  7 - 9. Contact Ray Smitherman at for details on how to play

12th & Porter/Music City Pizza: 114 12th Ave. North. 37203.
Every Tuesday at 6pm.  The newly renovated, retro pizza parlor and lounge, Music City Pizza, attached to the legendary 12th & Porter rock club, is hosting Nashville's newest open mic night. Your host will be Pop/Rock recording artist, Anna Haas. All genres of music and comedy are welcome. Signup is at 6pm sharp and is first come first serve. Each artist gets 2 songs or 10 minutes to take the stage. There is a house keyboard, PA and three microphones. Anna also books Friday and Saturday nights at Music City Pizza/12th & Porter and is constantly seeking new talent.  

Here are a few of the other venues that feature up and coming writers and artists. They do not host regular writer’s nights, but they book a variety of sets by featured artists, bands and songwriter rounds, depending on the venue. The venues listed above also feature other original music on nights they do not have writer’s night.

12TH AND PORTER: 114 12th Avenue N., (615) 254-7250
3RD AND LINDSLEY: 818 3rd Ave S., (615) 259-9891
THE END: 2219 Elliston Pl, (615) 321-4457
EXIT/IN: 2208 Elliston Pl, (615) 321-3340,
ROCKETOWN: 500 Lafayette Street, 522 5th Ave S,
THE LISTENING ROOM: 217 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
THE RUTLEDGE: 410 4th Ave S., (615) 782-6858
MERCY LOUNGE: 1 Cannery Row, (615) 251-3020
SOULSHINE PIZZA FACTORY: 1907 Division St, Austin Marshall: 

For even more live music venues in Nashville, check out, go to “MUSIC” tab, and click “Clubs”!



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