Music

Festivals

Belle Chere Festival (Asheville, NC)
Blue Plum Festival (Johnson City, TN)
Brevard Music Festival (Brevard, NC)
FunFest Concert Series
Merlefest (Wilksboro, NC)
Music on the Square (Jonesborough, TN)
Rhythm & Roots (Bristol, TN/VA)


Venues
Buck’s Pizza
Address: 1701 W. State of Franklin Rd.
Phone: 975-6800
Web: N/A
Types of Music: Blues, bluegrass, old-time, singer/songwriter
Description: Buck’s is a great place to order a sandwich or gourmet pizza, sit back and listen to some of the area’s newest talent in the acoustic line. If there is a cover charge it’s usually very low ($2-$3), and it has the added benefit of being just across the parking lots from Lucille Clement, the school’s largest dorm. Music on most weekend nights; all ages (it is mainly a restaurant).
Café 111
Address: 111 Broyles Dr.
Phone: 283-4633
Web: N/A
Types of Music: Jazz, blues
Description: Great Chinese-Japanese cuisine in an upscale and unique atmosphere. You’ll have to make reservations to hear live music (mainly on Friday-Saturday nights), but it is a unique experience. No cover charge; all ages.
The Casbah
Address: 807 W. Walnut St.
Phone: 928-0808
Web: http://www.casbahrocks.com
Types of Music: Modern Rock, Alternative, Roots-Rock, Metal
Description: Just about two blocks from campus and within walking distance from the tree streets sits The Casbah, which specializes in all things “rock.” The Casbah features some of the best in local and touring bands on the rise. Plus, you can get a great slice before the show at the Italian Pizza Pub, which takes up the front of the building. Music Thursday-Saturday; a local cable music show is shot there every Thursday night at 9 pm, with two bands and a low cover ($2). Shows are 18 and up; cover prices can vary from $3 to $8, depending upon the act, and under 21’s are usually asked to pay a little more.
The Down Home
Address: 300 W. Main St.
Phone: 929-9822
Web: http://www.downhome.com
Types of Music: Bluegrass, acoustic, old-time, singer/songwriter
Description: The Down Home is an East Tennessee institution, having served the Tri-Cities for going on 30 years as the premier venue for all things acoustic. If you’re a fan of bluegrass or “Americana” music, you can see national and international acts as well as the best in local and regional musicians in a clean, safe, comfortable and “down-home” environment. Music Wednesday through Saturday. Cover prices range from $2 for the weekly “Open Hoot” (an open mic event held every Wednesday evening) to upwards of $15-20 for national stars like Nickel Creek, Robert Earl Keen or Scott Miller. 21 and up for the “Hoot”; 18 and up for most other shows.
Gatsby’s Café & Saloon
Address: 227 E. Main St.
Phone: 928-2295
Web: N/A
Types of Music: Cover/tribute bands, modern rock, dance
Description: Located in a beautifully restored and renovated building in downtown Johnson City, Gatsby’s is the largest club around offering both live music and a DJ. If you enjoy “shaking your groove thang” as well as listening to classic and modern rock, you can’t beat Gatsby’s, especially on a Saturday night. Cover on weekend nights ranges from $4-$8; 21 and up only.
Halo
Address: 211 E. Main St.
Phone: 434-0799
Web: N/A
Types of Music: rock and roll, singer/songwriter, blues, bluegrass
Description: Although it may be small, Halo’s casual environment and unique setting—a great open-air patio area—have earned it a reputation as a great place to catch local up-and-comers as well as regional touring bands. There’s no stage—bands set up right on the patio or in the bar—and no separation between dancing fans and the musicians themselves. The friendly all-female staff and hip atmosphere make Halo a great place to just hang-out in the evening, and since they keep their kitchen open until 3 am, bands play late and patrons usually stay until herded out the door. There’s music Thursday-Saturday, and there’s rarely a cover charge—the maximum is usually no more than $3; 18 and up.
A Hideaway
Address: 232 E. Main St.
Phone: 928-2929
Web: N/A
Types of Music: Punk, college rock, indie rock
Description: A Hideaway is the place to go if you’re looking for something “left of the dial.” From indie-rock to punk, A Hideaway hosts an eclectic mix of national, regional and local bands whose sounds are definitely outside the mainstream. An intimate environment, low cover charges ($3 on weekends), and an open-minded crowd make this a great place to sample what’s going on in the underground before it becomes the “next big thing.” Shows on Friday and Saturday nights, “Open Mic” every Thursday; 18 and up.
The Nashville Sound
Address: 1121-B N. Roan St.
Phone: 928-0260
Web: N/A
Types of Music: Top 40 Country, modern rock, dance
Description: If boot-scooting and line-dancing are your thing, then the Nashville Sound is the place to go. Free dance lessons on Sunday nights from 7-9 pm. Local and regional acts provide entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights, with the latest country hits, rock tunes or golden oldies. Call for calendar and cover charge; 21 and up.
Poor Richard’s on Campus
Address: 825 W. Walnut St.
Phone: 926-8611
Web: N/A
Types of Music: Modern rock, alternative, jazz
Description: Any ETSU student will tell you—Thursday night is the night to be at PR’s, whether you’re going there to hear a great local band or simply to socialize. From rap-metal to modern rock to cool jazz, PR’s presents in an eclectic mix of local talent in a fun atmosphere. There’s great food in the deli, but the bar is where the action is. Cover on Thursdays ranges from $3-$10, depending upon your age—under 21’s pay more; 18 and up.
The Sophisticated Otter Brewing Co. & Restaurant
Address: 400 Ashe St.
Phone: 928-1705
Web: N/A
Types of Music: Alternative, roots-rock, modern rock, singer/songwriter
Description: Located in a funky, nicely-renovated old building in a side street just off the beaten path (Walnut St.) and the tree streets, the Otter is the place to go for twenty-somethings who enjoy listening to music in a bar atmosphere. National acts like Tonic and Blessid Union of Souls have made stops there; the Otter also features some of the best local and regional talent. Outdoor shows in the summer have included MTV-sized bands like Saliva and Powerman 5000, but the 250-capacity back room is the happening place to listen to everything from funk to blues to singer-songwriters. 18 and up; weekend cover ranges from none to up to $7, depending upon the act.
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