Best Nashville Music Venues for People Who Hate Country

There’s a good reason Nashville is referred to as “Music City.” There are more than 200 different music venues here and unlike many might think, it’s not just about country music here, but all sorts of genres from classical and jazz to rock ‘n roll.

Those who can’t stand country, whether visitors or residents who’ve purchased one of the Nashville houses for sale, will find everything from intimate live shows with up-and-coming artists playing Indie tunes to large venues featuring big-named metal bands. 

Exit/In

Few tourists know about Exit/In but this is a great intimate, somewhat “divey” venue that’s a favorite among the locals featuring a wide range of non-country acts.

Just a few of the performers who’ve been up on the stage have included Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, Kings of Leon, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. You can watch from the upstairs balcony for the best view or get up close by watching from the floor.

Kid Rock’s Big A – Honkey Tonk Rock ‘n’ Roll Steakhouse

At this Lower Broadway venue, which is more of a rock bar/restaurant than a honkey tonk, you’re most likely to enjoy a show featuring anything from 1970s to ’90s rock, including Kid Rock covers.

Robert James Ritchie himself occasionally shows up unannounced to play. Some of the artists who’ve performed here in the past have included Motorhead, Bo Cephus, Rick Springfield, and B.B. King. People often rave about the delicious food, drink, and the atmosphere.

B.B. King’s Blues Club

One of the most popular venues for music and dining, the B.B. King’s Blues Club is located in the heart of downtown on 2nd Avenue just blocks from Broadway at the LP Field & The Sommet Center.

It features a variety of genres, including speakeasy-style blues, Motown, soul, R&B, pop, and classic rock acts that perform on two stages while the eatery serves up barbecue and Southern specialties. There’s a dance floor if you want to have fun while working off all that tasty food, including some of the most tender juicy ribs complemented with signature drinks.


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