Even Frodo Would Envy This Underground Club

January 4, 2013 | By | Comments (4)
Photo courtesy Collin Peterson

Photo courtesy Collin Peterson

Get your tickets now for the greatest show on, err. . . below, Earth.  Tickets are going fast for PBS‘s March 9 taping of Bluegrass Underground in Cumberland Caverns’ 3.5 million-year-old Volcano Room, near McMinnville, TN. Even the Hobbit would be awed by this natural amphitheater 333 feet below ground, which features near-perfect acoustics, a dramatic setting (stalactites and stalagmites no extra charge), and seating for 500.

The 4-hour taping includes Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell, Cajun phenoms Beausoleil, cellist Ben Sollee, and banjo virtuoso Alison Brown. General admission tickets are $50, or $63 with a cave tour. Pack a light sweater (year-round temp in the Volcano Room is 56°), and sturdy shoes for your trek into Middle Earth, where this otherworldly adventure awaits. (Gollum sighting not included, but there are pools of translucent blind crayfish. And Leon Russell. In a cave.)

No need to pack a lunch–the refreshment stand offers hot dogs, nachos, barbecue, and Sun-Drop soda to fortify you for the climb back up to the surface.

If caves don’t rock you, catch the entire series on your local public television station when it airs next fall. Get tickets here. For more info, go to http://www.bluegrassunderground.com or call 615-541-5184.


  1. Nelson

    Any recommendations on places to stay if I’m coming in just for the concert?

    February 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm
  2. Kim Gann

    If you love music , this is the greatest place in the world to hear it. It’s like a big family underground. My husband and I got married there during a show with Donna Ulisse and The Lonesome River Band. It is the place everyone should visit!

    January 6, 2013 at 12:06 pm
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  4. Tammy

    This is in my hometown. It’s a great place to have a concert.

    January 4, 2013 at 7:29 pm

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