Guide to Free Live Music in Nashville

Nashville is known for its music scene, and the best part is that most music can be enjoyed for free.

Nashville is known for its music scene, and the best part is that most music can be enjoyed for free. That’s right, many Nashville venues offer free live music 365 days a year. No cover charge, just authentic, entertaining, enjoyable live music. Even when the music is free, remember that tips to the band are always appreciated. 

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Honky Tonk Highway

Let's talk about a thing called Honky Tonk Highway. Music City's honky tonks line both sides of Broadway and pump live music into the streets all day, every day. There's no cover charge but the tip jar gets passed around for those wanting to appreciate the musicians that make Nashville Music City. The music starts at 10am with the party lasting until 3 in the morning.

Free Music Venues: AJ's Good Time Bar, Bootlegger's Inn, Crazy Town, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Honky Tonk Central, Jason Aldean's Rooftop Kitchen + Bar, Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Ole Red Nashville, Redneck Riviera Bar & BBQ, Rippy's Smokin' Bar & Grill, Robert's Western World, Tootsies's Orchid Lounge, and Whiskey Bent Saloon.

Lower Broadway

Towards the lower side of Broadway are unique Nashville joints playing the music and keeping the party going with excellent drink specials. The venues in this area have some of the best music one can find for less than a penny.

Free Live Music Venues: Acme Feed & Seed, Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Nashville Underground, Tequila Cowboy, Tin Roof Broadway, The Valentine, and Bailey's Sports Grille.

2nd Avenue

Around the corner of Broadway is 2nd Avenue playing every genre of music from blues to rock 'n' roll. It's a street prepared for whatever the night might throw at it. They have the tunes, the dance floors, and they promise to keep the party going until the early morning.

Free Music Venues: B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant, Famous Saloon, The George Jones, Wildhorse Saloon, Big Shotz, and Dick's Last Resort.

SoBro

Behind the busy streets of Nashville's Broadway is the SoBro district with a handful of places that are all about FREE music. From a listening room with outstanding acoustics to a Nashville craft beer tap room that hosts rocking bands each weekend. The SoBro district is one of the best places to get a taste of what Nashville offers.
Free Music Venues: Barlines, FGL House, The Listening Room Cafe, NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon, and Tennessee Brew Works.

The Gulch

Some of Nashville's oldest venues can be found in The Gulch. Inside this neighborhood is one awesome clothing store with a guitar room and stage plus eclectic restaurants hosting live music on a nightly basis. The Gulch is a full music experience with the added extras Nashville has come to love like fashion, food, and good times.
Free Music Venues: 12th and Porter, Party Fowl, Sambuca, Station Inn, and Two Old Hippies.

Midtown

Extending up Broadway is a neighborhood known as Midtown. This place is filled with FREE music joints just waiting to be discovered. Multiple bars with stages filled with artists aching to play a tune. A person can spend an entire day traveling from one place to the next and never have to worry about hearing a bad song.
Free Music Venues: Commodore Grille, The Row, Cafe Coco, The Local, Losers Bar & Grill, Rack Room/Blue Bar, Springwater Supper Club & Lounge, and Winners Bar & Grill.

Music Row/Demonbreun

Along one street is a line of music venues and bars that will have you rocking until the midnight hour. Stop on in for a songwriters' night or just listen to some groovy tunes along the famous Demonbreun St.

Free Music Venues: Tin Roof Demonbreun, Dawg House Saloon, and SOUTH.