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.