Address: 1701 W. State of Franklin Rd.
Types of Music: Blues, bluegrass, old-time, singer/songwriter
|Description: Bucks is a great place to order a sandwich or gourmet pizza, sit back
and listen to some of the areas 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 schools largest dorm. Music
on most weekend nights; all ages (it is mainly a restaurant).
Address: 111 Broyles Dr.
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.
Address: 807 W. Walnut St.
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 21s are usually asked to pay
a little more.
|The Down Home
Address: 300 W. Main St.
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.
|Gatsbys Caf & Saloon
Address: 227 E. Main St.
Types of Music: Cover/tribute bands, modern rock, dance
|Description: Located in a beautifully restored and renovated building in downtown
Johnson City, Gatsbys 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 cant beat Gatsbys, 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, blues, bluegrass
|Description: Although it may be small, Halo's casual environment and unique settings
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 are no stagebands set up right
on the patio or in the barand 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 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.
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
|Poor Richards on Campus
Address: 825 W. Walnut St.
Types of Music: Modern rock, alternative, jazz
|Description: Any ETSU student will tell youThursday night is the night to be at PRs,
whether you're going there to hear a great local band or simply to socialize. From
rap-metal to modern rock to cool jazz, PRs 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 21s pay
more; 18 and up.
|The Sophisticated Otter Brewing Co. & Restaurant
Address: 400 Ashe St.
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.