Right notes in Tennessee

Tennessee has an impressive heritage when it comes to music and its iconic venues continue to host larger than life concerts. Here we detail six of the best...

Tennessee Theatre

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The Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville is designed to impress. Dubbed ‘the South’s most beautiful theatre,’ the interior features Spanish-Moorish design with French-style chandeliers, Italian terrazzo flooring and Asian patterns. What started in 1928 as a movie theatre is now a performing arts centre, hosting music concerts, vintage films, dances, and Broadway shows. tennesseetheatre.com

Overton Park Shell

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Said to have held “the first-ever rock & roll show,” when a young Elvis Presley took to the stage in July 1954, the Overton Park Shell in Memphis has served as the home of country blues ever since. Now one of the few bandshells left standing in the country, Overton Park Shell hosts a signature series of free concerts every year as well as regular shows under the stars. overtonpark.org

The Down Home

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Described as an “eclectic music room,” the Down Home in Johnson City is an intimate space that attracts local acts and national stars. Its pride and joy is an excellent sound system suspended from the ceiling which is enhanced by a room wrapped in sleek oak wood. The venue has a ‘come as you are’ attitude and is also known for its theatre, poetry slams and all night parties. downhome.com

Grand Ole Opry

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A Country music rite of passage and a Nashville must, the Grand Ole Opry has seen both rising stars and country music legends perform for almost 100 years. A two-hour live show is broadcast each Saturday, with artists showcasing country music’s past, present and future. Jason Isbell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton have all performed on the famous stage. opry.com

Tivoli Theatre

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Another theatre with impressive domed ceilings and opulent design is the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga. Built in 1921 by renowned architect Reuben H. Hunt, it still offers everything from silent movies to Broadway blockbusters and is the home of the Chatanooga Symphony and Opera Association. Step back in time and enjoy Chattanooga’s historic but still-premiere entertainment venue. tivolichattanooga.com

The Caverns

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For something truly unique, The Caverns in Grundy County features an amphitheatre inside an underground cave. The venue hosts concerts for up to 1,200 people standing or 850 seated. Complete with prehistoric acoustic qualities, shows are hosted in the Big Mouth Cave, which dates back 25,000 years. Tours of the 8,000 feet cave system are also available during the day. thecaverns.com