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The tourist strip of “Lower Broad” along Broadway and up 2nd ave. downtown provides a gauntlet of honky tonks, neon lights, live country acts, and western wear shops that most visitors will venture through. However, Nashville is a wonderful place for all kind of music - not just country!
Weekly music listings can be found via the internet through local entertainment magazines such as the Nashville Scene and the Rage. Some local favorites for live music include bluegrass at the (smoke free!) Station Inn, and singer songwriter shows at the Bluebird Cafe. Many rock and indie acts can be found at venues like the Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom, Exit/In, and the Basement. Incredible performances by all kinds of artists take place at the world-famous Ryman Auditorium.
For the bar and club scene, the are several enclaves around the city. The college crowd can be found in the bars and restaurants of Hillsboro Village near the Vanderbilt campus. At Music Circle, the clubs draw a late 20s to early 30s crowd ranging from music industry insiders to lawyers. The Five Points intersection in East Nashville is home to a number of great bars and restaurants. The hipsters with their visible tattoos can often be found in the Gulch and along 8th Ave south, while along Church Street dance clubs such as Tribe and Play cater to the alternative (and fabulous!) scene.