Address: 1701 W. State of Franklin Rd.
Types of Music: Blues, bluegrass, old-time,
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
Address: 111 Broyles Dr.
Types of Music: Jazz, blues
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.
Address: 807 W. Walnut St.
Types of Music: Modern Rock, Alternative,
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.
Types of Music: Bluegrass, acoustic, old-time,
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
Gatsby’s Café &
Address: 227 E. Main St.
Types of Music: Cover/tribute bands, modern rock,
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.
Address: 211 E. Main St.
Types of Music: rock and roll, singer/songwriter,
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.
Address: 232 E. Main St.
Types of Music: Punk, college rock, indie
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.
Types of Music: Top 40 Country, modern rock,
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
Address: 825 W. Walnut St.
Types of Music: Modern rock, alternative,
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.
Types of Music: Alternative, roots-rock, modern
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