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The Caverns, Pelham

4.2
#86 of 139 in Nature in Tennessee
Must see · Cave · Performance
In Grundy County, Tennessee, in a timeless valley near the base of the Cumberland Plateau, you’ll find The Caverns—a jaw-dropping concert hall located deep underground. Guests revel in the prehistoric venue’s natural acoustics and otherworldly beauty. What’s more, The Caverns is home to the Emmy-winning, PBS television series Bluegrass Underground. With a concert calendar that spans all genres of musical expression, The Caverns draws music fans from all over the world. Live music inside a cave, it’s a bucket list experience that keeps fans coming back to The Caverns time and again for “The Greatest Show Under Earth.”

Historically known as Big Mouth Cave to locals and cavers for its impressive, large archway entrance, experts believe humans have been using the cave to escape the heat, take refuge from rain and enjoy each others company for up to 25,000 years.

Today, The Caverns is a modern music venue with a padded chair seating capacity of 750, or up to 1,000 for standing-room only shows. What’s more, the cave is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lights, well-appointed restrooms, and delicious food and beverage concessions including craft beer and canned wine and cocktails. And thanks to the gentle slope of the room and its smooth concrete floor, the venue is accessible to music fans with mobility concerns or physical disabilities.

Down twisting country roads, the venue is located at 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, TN 37366 in a geographical sweet spot approximately 90 minutes from Nashville, TN, 60 minutes from Chattanooga, TN, and less than three hours from Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL and Knoxville, TN. Additionally, there’s much to explore in the surrounding Southeast Tennessee area, like Tennessee’s largest state park: South Cumberland State Park includes hiking trails, majestic waterfalls, world-class rock climbing and stunning overlooks. The surrounding communities of Monteagle, Tracy City and Sewanee offer local dining, shopping and historic sites surrounded by nature’s beauty.

For music fans planning a trip underground, The Caverns stays 56 degrees year-round with 91% humidity. It’s comfortable, but cool, and a light jacket and comfortable footwear are recommended. “Stay-and-Cave” packages are available with lodging and transportation to and from the venue. With shows from March through the end of the year and a wide variety of music programming, you’re sure to find a concert to inspire your underground musical adventure at TheCaverns.com.
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  • I purchased tickets to a concert here that was indefinitely cancelled because of Covid. While I am sympathetic to their situation, I still want my money back. It has been 7 months and they refuse.....  more »
  • Way to go Caverns! Your communication before the concert was excellent. We knew exactly what to expect. You thought of everything - from the staggered arrival times to the Noble app for ordering...  more »
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  • Such an awesome venue. Stunned at how well the whole operation is set up. Great parking staff, shuttle bus, and overall nice staff guiding folks. I didn't wait in line for a beer for longer than 5 minutes for a beer at a sold out show...it was awesome. I'll definitely try to catch another show here.
  • A unique venue for concerts that makes for an intimate setting with great artist. The facilities were great, staff was excited and pleasant. We will defiantly be back!
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