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“Put this on your Bucket List!”

Bluegrass Underground
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Put this on your Bucket List!”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We drove the short 1 hour beautiful drive from Chattanooga to Cumberland Caverns this past weekend for our first visit to Bluegrass Underground. Until we saw the PBS special a few weeks ago we hadn't ever heard of it! This is a must see! if you are within a 2 hour drive it's worth the detour. Put this on your Bucket List! Really, how often do you get to enjoy an incredible Bluegrass show 333 feet below ground in a gorgeous cave?

But, Don't let that scare you. I am very claustrophobic and can't visit the nearby Ruby Falls because I am told there is a tiny elevator you must take to get down to the falls. This is nothing like that. You get to casually walk through the very wide opening of the cave and before you know it, you are there. The area where the concert is held is very large. I would guess that there were around 500 people at the concert this weekend. It was sold out and people were begging for tickets on BGU facebook page.

This venue allows you to bring your own food and drinks. Many people had picnic baskets. They also have a concession area with BBQ sandwiches, Chili, Nachos, Hotdogs, Drinks, etc.. to enjoy. You can also bring your camera and take all the photos you want. You can get up and down and dance in the aisles if you feel like it. It's very laid back and I dont think there's a bad seat in the house. There's a beautiful Chandelier hanging above that gives just the right light and the temperature stays 58 degrees year round so bring a light jacket if you're cold natured. You also might want to bring a cushion for the seat if hard seats bother you. And I would suggest jeans and tennis shoes or boots. The cave floor of course is packed dirt and at the last portion of the walk down it is quite steep and sandals may not give you the traction you need. I do not believe the concert room is handicap accessible. There is an upper area where you can see and hear the concert but it is still quite a walk to that area.

The cost was very reasonable and the concert was right at 3 hours long. You do need to arrive about 45 minutes early just to have time to park, get your armband, walk through the cave, etc.. before the music begins. They open the doors one hour before the show begins. Also, remember that they are on Central Time. (something we forgot). And, don't plan to go early and eat anywhere nearby because there was absolutely nothing nearby that we could find, even in McMinnville. The Saturday we were there, everything was closed in town. We had planned to eat at a local BBQ place but they had decided to not open that day. It's a tiny little town, but has been well preserved.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank allovertheworldnback
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Cookeville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wish there was actual Bluegrass!”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We just went yesterday. The venue is absolutely gorgeous. The cave is so neat and it's just really a one of a kind place. It was also nice to get away from the stifling humidity outside.

As for the acts, it was Carrie Rodriguez and Chip Taylor aka James Voight. I so little of the music. Only *ONE* song was even remotely close to bluegrass! Had we known who was playing beforehand, we may have not gone. I didn't mind most of Carrie's music, but Chip was so long winded and way too Americana for my tastes. Didn't really live up to the hype.

Hoping that I get to go again with some good, old fashioned bluegrass music. If they can't deliver that every once in a while, perhaps they should change the name to "Random Americana/Folk/Country Underground".

Visited July 2013
Thank RebeccaS1991
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Spectaular surroundings with great music!”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

The tour of the cave was phenomenal, the guide gave a very interesting and entertaining history of the cave, and the acoustics for the performance were wonderful. You don't have to worry about being hot in the cave in the summer, so be sure to bring a light jacket or sweater. I don't think there is a bad seat in the house and you are really close to the band. The Steel Drivers played for a radio show the day we were there. We had never heard them before but became big fans. The fiddle player is awesome!

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Janice K
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Crossville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We did this on Saturday April 27 along with 13 friends. We saw the BOXCARS also Seryn. The Box Cars where excellent - great talents.. Great concert. The idea of creating a Volcano Room including a candelabra is unique to say the least. Just a little damp and chilly so dress warmly.

Visited April 2013
Thank klamonda
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Cookeville, Tennessee
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Music, Unique Location”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Concert in a cave, it just doesn't get much better than that! Really great talent, well worth checking out.

Visited December 2012
1 Thank Eirlande
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