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Nashville music/club question

#1 Post by jan.brekke » December 17th, 2018, 5:13 pm

Making my first trip to Nashville in May (tagging along with my wife for a medical conference). I found a nice thread discussing restaurants, which is quite helpful. We'll be their over a weekend and would like to see live music one or two nights. The bands playing at the Ryman aren't of particular interest. Any recommendations for favorite live music clubs in Nashville?
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#2 Post by adam landa » December 17th, 2018, 7:23 pm

Jan...Not knowing your taste in music, check The Opry, 3rd & Lindsley, City Winery, Bluebird Cafe...there are so many.

I suspect most venues won't have their May schedule. Check The Nashville Scene website too.

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#3 Post by jan.brekke » December 17th, 2018, 8:11 pm

adam landa wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Jan...Not knowing your taste in music, check The Opry, 3rd & Lindsley, City Winery, Bluebird Cafe...there are so many.

I suspect most venues won't have their May schedule. Check The Nashville Scene website too.
Thanks Adam. I'll look into those venues. I'll be down there with my wife and another couple - we are all around 50. Interested in most good music - just not "top 40 country". Love Jason Isbell and the like.

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#4 Post by adam landa » December 17th, 2018, 9:15 pm

Station Inn is another.

What part of town will you be and what restaurants on your list?

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#5 Post by ClarkstonMark » December 18th, 2018, 6:13 am

jan.brekke wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 8:11 pm
adam landa wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Jan...Not knowing your taste in music, check The Opry, 3rd & Lindsley, City Winery, Bluebird Cafe...there are so many.

I suspect most venues won't have their May schedule. Check The Nashville Scene website too.
Thanks Adam. I'll look into those venues. I'll be down there with my wife and another couple - we are all around 50. Interested in most good music - just not "top 40 country". Love Jason Isbell and the like.
Bluebird Cafe may require a reservation, or you can also stand in line befoe they open (but you will likely not be sitting together if you do this). This is a different experience than the honky tonks.
I like the honky tonks downtown though, but there can be an element of young people getting hammered
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#6 Post by Jason Hagen » December 18th, 2018, 11:23 am

Bluebird is a classic. I like to go when Mike Henderson is playing. It used to be every other Monday.

Downtown I just got to Robert's. I have heard some mind blowing music there. This is a few years ago but at Robert's and this guy was sick.



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#7 Post by Jud Reis » December 18th, 2018, 1:35 pm

Jan - another vote for Station Inn - always had someone great there and saw the steeldrivers there several times while Chris Stapleton was with them.

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#8 Post by jan.brekke » December 18th, 2018, 6:23 pm

adam landa wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 9:15 pm
Station Inn is another.

What part of town will you be and what restaurants on your list?
We are staying at AC Hotel downtown. I haven't done a lot of restaurant research, but am interested in Catbird Seat, City House and Rolf and daughters. Will have to try local BBQ as well. My wife has been doing the planning thus far, as it's her conference, but I'm starting to do a little of my own research. I'm looking forward to it. Good food and music, hard to beat.

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#9 Post by jan.brekke » December 18th, 2018, 6:24 pm

Thanks to all for the music recs. Much appreciated!

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#10 Post by Jay $$ Winton » December 19th, 2018, 7:48 am

Rudy's for jazz. Haven't been but hear good things. I think it's in the Gulch??
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#11 Post by Jason Hagen » December 19th, 2018, 8:04 am

jan.brekke wrote:
December 18th, 2018, 6:23 pm
adam landa wrote:
December 17th, 2018, 9:15 pm
Station Inn is another.

What part of town will you be and what restaurants on your list?
We are staying at AC Hotel downtown. I haven't done a lot of restaurant research, but am interested in Catbird Seat, City House and Rolf and daughters. Will have to try local BBQ as well. My wife has been doing the planning thus far, as it's her conference, but I'm starting to do a little of my own research. I'm looking forward to it. Good food and music, hard to beat.
Skip the BBQ and get hot chicken.

I really like City House. I did have a spot a Catbird with fellow Berserker Cris Grimm but then we scored tickets to see Emmylou performing the entire wrecking ball record .... so sound over food in that case.

You are probably walking distance from Pinewood Social for something hipster.

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#12 Post by Mark Cochard » December 19th, 2018, 10:34 am

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge and Robert's Western World do not allow day packs to be brought in.

Had a jerk for a waiter at City house, but my buddy who works for a wine distributor in Nashville loves it.
Bastion was very good - alums of Catbird, sort of works the same way, pre fixe with 3 choices per course and they cook right in front of you and introduce each dish. Had a great young somm.

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#13 Post by Mark Cochard » December 19th, 2018, 10:40 am

Forgot to mention there is a Nashville live music venue app.
https://www.visitmusiccity.com/plan/liv ... lemusicapp
It has everything you need to see live music

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#14 Post by scamhi » December 19th, 2018, 10:40 am

We loved Roberts's Western World on a recent trip. The Honky Tonks have no cover charge for music but you should contribute to band. We also really enjoyed Folk https://www.goodasfolk.com/ and Henrietta Red https://www.henriettared.com/ We BYO'd at both with reasonable corkage
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#15 Post by jan.brekke » December 20th, 2018, 7:11 am

Lot's of really good looking restaurants. We'll have three nights there, so I'm excited to try out the local fare. Will definitely try hot chicken. Bastion looks really good. Thx for all of the music recs. The music app is a good ideal as well.

We'll be there with another couple. The wives will be at the ACOG meeting during the day. Any recs for things to do during the day on a Sat/Sun in Nashville?
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#16 Post by John Draper » December 20th, 2018, 1:35 pm

another vote for Robert's, have seen The Silver Threads there a couple of times along with other impressive artists. Also, the have killer fried baloney sandwiches. #childhoodnostalgia
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#17 Post by Alan Gottlieb » December 23rd, 2018, 2:53 pm

Station Inn was our favorite Nothing fancy

Henrietta Red ? for dinner was great

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#18 Post by jan.brekke » April 25th, 2019, 7:52 am

Revisiting this thread, as our trip is next week. Have dinner reservations Fri at City House, Sat at Bastion. Thought we'd find a Hot Chicken place on Sunday. I did have tickets to see Joy Williams (of Civil Wars) Sat at 3rd & Lindsley, but sadly she cancelled. Roberts doesn't have their band schedule posted as yet, but we will definitely go there 1-2 nights and try 3rd & Lindsley or similar place another day/night.
Any recs for music museums? other daytime activities?
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#19 Post by Mark Cochard » April 25th, 2019, 8:14 am

Enjoyed the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The tour of the Ryman Auditorium was very cool.
Antique Archaeology is neat , The pickers store. 1300 Clinton St #130
In the same complex is the Corsair distillery tasting room. Also in town is Green Brier Distilling.

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#20 Post by jan.brekke » April 25th, 2019, 9:58 am

Mark Cochard wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 8:14 am
Enjoyed the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The tour of the Ryman Auditorium was very cool.
Antique Archaeology is neat , The pickers store. 1300 Clinton St #130
In the same complex is the Corsair distillery tasting room. Also in town is Green Brier Distilling.
Excellent! thanks

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#21 Post by John Davis » April 25th, 2019, 12:44 pm

Don’t forget the fried bologna sandwich at Roberts!
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#22 Post by jan.brekke » April 25th, 2019, 12:53 pm

John Davis wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Don’t forget the fried bologna sandwich at Roberts!
I've heard/read about it. Is it actually good?? Maybe after enough beer and some great music I'll give it a try. I don't think I've had bologna since about the 4th grade!

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#23 Post by John Davis » April 25th, 2019, 2:53 pm

jan.brekke wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 12:53 pm
John Davis wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Don’t forget the fried bologna sandwich at Roberts!
I've heard/read about it. Is it actually good?? Maybe after enough beer and some great music I'll give it a try. I don't think I've had bologna since about the 4th grade!
I’ve never had it without “enough” beer and great music. If you like fried bologna it’s good. Not Au Cheval (Chicago) good but good-given the environment.
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#24 Post by jan.brekke » May 6th, 2019, 3:10 pm

Just back from our Nashville trip and thought I'd give a recap while the memory was still fresh.

Meals:

City House: Excellent. Fun vibe. Noisy, but could still converse. Great waiter who steered us in the right direction. Some solid cocktails and had a nice bottle of Barbaresco that paired well with the lamb special. Other highlights: Roasted cauliflower, belly ham pizza, and desserts.

Bastion: Also excellent. The Big Bar is a bit over the top hipster, but the restaurant has a nice mellow vibe with great music. Service was amazing. Somm was good, although wine pairings were a bit too cutting edge for me (Hungarian red, German red, etc.). All of the tasting menu choices were thoughtful and innovative. Don't come here starving, as the servings are smaller. This was good for us, as we seemed to be constantly eating. My choices were the following: Tilefish with English Peas, Oyster with Coconut, Green Garlic and Rabbit Sausage, Beet and Beef Tongue, and Chocolate/Pistachio tart. All were great.

Etch: Lunch here the first day. Decent, nothing special. Wouldn't come back. Ran out of the tempura oyster mushrooms, which was a bummer.

Sun Diner: Right off of Broadway. Fun place with good Southern breakfast. Huge portions (beware).

Party Fowl: Did some hot chicken research and ended up here. Wanted to avoid the major tourist lines and this place was good. I really enjoyed hot chicken, but it takes a toll on your body! I was stuffed all day after having this for lunch.

Sunda: After a lunch of hot chicken, we were in the mood for lighter fare. This was a nice pan-asian place in The Gulch. Good sushi, etc.

Music:

Roberts: Just awesome. Spent many hours here over the weekend and didn't hear a bad band. I definitely enjoy the old school Country music that they play here more than the modern top-40 country. Spent the most time listening to Brazil Billy (house band fronted by the owner). Also enjoyed Don Kelley band (famous for their version of Ghost Riders in the Sky) and Rachael Hester and the Tennessee Walkers.

Tootsie's: My friend's cousin is the singer in their house band. Decent experience here, but more rowdy frat feel.

Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie: Fun change of pace, listened to a set of blues on Sunday afternoon

Station Inn: Went here last night for open Mic bluegrass night. Fun night with about 15 people playing at the same time. Great cultural experience.

Other experiences:

Country Music Hall of Fame: Good museum for an outsider like myself. Worthwhile for sure. Can be crowded on the weekend.

Hop On/Off Bus Tour: Great overview of the city and educational tourguides

Overall a really fun weekend and I'll be back. Would like to time it to see more bands at venues such as the Ryman, Bluebird, etc. There's a lot to like about Nashville - friendly city, downtown is easy to walk, etc. Downside is all that comes with being the bachelorette party capitol of the world - I won't miss the pedal buses with their terrible singing! Also, who thought legalizing the use of motorized scooters in this city was a good idea??

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