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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

VENUES

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 www.bobbysidolhour.com for slots and email requests to lizardvillemusic@aol.com

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 www.myspace.com/bluebarnashville
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 

THE COMMODORE GRILLE AT THE HOLIDAY INN SELECT, VANDERBILT:
2613 West End Ave, (615) 327-4707
Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sun 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: www.debichampion.com 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
Wednesdays at 6:30 until 8:30 hosted by Aubryn Melody followed by a band performance at 9:00!  www.facebook.com/groups/nuwritersnight

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.

HOTEL INDIGO
Downtown- 301 Union St. 37201 
Monday- Alyssa Jacey "Industry at Indigo" 7-11
Wednesday- Alyssa Jacey "Duo/Trio/Group Night"  7-11
Friday - Bobby Brinker "Artist Showcase" 7-11 (music.rmb@gmail.com)
Saturday- Nalan Neal 7-11 

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

McFADDEN'S: 134 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201
Every Tuesday at 8:00 PM until Midnight.  
Hosted by McFadden's, show up and play!

MOZZARELLA PIZZERIA: 3912 Lebanon Pk - Hermitage, Tn 37076

First Saturday of each month: 1-4 PM
Contact: Joyce Medlock - 615-293-9500 www.joycemedlock.com

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 nashvillepalacewritersnight@gmail.com.

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
Wednesdays 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 

Every last Wednesday of the month
$100 prize for “The Song of the Night”
Contact: John Hannum at 214-676-1109

SOULSHINE PIZZA FACTORY1907 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 (songwriters.soulshinepizza@gmail.com

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 (Mac.leaphart@gmail.com

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

12th & Porter/Music City Pizza: Every Tuesday at 6pm. 114 12th Ave. North. 37203.
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.  

OTHER MUSIC CLUBS:
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, exitin.com
ROCKETOWN: 500 Lafayette Street, 522 5th Ave S, rocketown.com
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: booking@soulshinepizza@gmail.com 

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

 

 


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