Top 10 Best Venues and Clubs For Acoustic Music In USA


Top 10 Best Venues and Clubs For Acoustic Music In USA by Jessica Brandon

10. The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
A good listening room-style club in United States. They attract a lot of touring national and regional artists in all styles of Acoustic music: Bluegrass, Zydeco, Folk, etc. It is a centerpiece in Asheville’s  folk music community.

9.  Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA)
This is an intimate acoustic venue. Right from the opening night, Tin Angel has presented an wonderful array of stars from the world of blues, rock, folk and country. This has long been a perennial favorite among Folk acts in the country.

8.  White Eagle (Portland, OR)
It is good to see a venue supporting local musicians where many established venues do not. The interesting tibit is that the club is also a small inn run by the McMenamins Brewing Company.

7.  The Bitter End (New York, NY)
They host songwriters night along with national touring acts. The venue has lived through generations of folk singer-songwriters.

6. Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX)
This has been a main stay for the venerable SXSW Music Conference, which takes over Austin, TX every March. It’s schedule indicate the who’s who in the singer-songwriter world.

5. Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville, TN)
This venue was created for showcasing new singers and songwriters in Nashville. It soon grew to become a well known “Home Away From Home” for Nashville’s top songwriters and future music stars.  It host open night for songwriters. It has been a showcase venue for such big stars as Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Dean, John Berry, Blake Shelton and many others.

4. The Living Room (New York, NY)
This venue is great for acoustic musicians in an intimate stetting. This space generally imposes a one-drink minimum per set and the standard passed bucket of  tips. Touring acts will tell you that this venue is a best kept secret for great selection of live music and reasonably priced drinks.

3.  Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
This is a non-profit, smoke-free, all-ages venue has become the centerpiece for one of America’s most lively and talented communities of traditional and contemporary acoustic acts. They host regular open mic night, and always attracts great touring acts. They also host campfire series for Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.  Club Passim has served as a launching pad for several legendary folk musicians such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

2. Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA)
Eddie’s Attic is located just on the outskirts of town of Atlanta. They host open mic nights as well as national touring acts.  Shawn Mullins got his start here before hitting the big time. Touring acoustic acts will tell you that this is a “must  play” for their  gigs.

1. Bluebird Café ( Nashville, TN)
The legendary Bluebird Café  takes the top spot of the best venue for a reason. There’s nothing particularly aesthetically special about the place which is located in an ordinary strip mall in Nashville. However, A&R representatives from record labels can tell you that it is one of the best places to check out talent. Songwriters from all over can tell you that they want to perform in the cool venue so bad. The famous ‘Songwriters-In-The Round” was invented here by Amy Kurland, founder of the Bluebird Café. They host regular writers night where you can hear the orginal songwriters performing on their hit songs, what a better place to listen to your favorite songs right from the source!


9 Responses to “Top 10 Best Venues and Clubs For Acoustic Music In USA”

  1. Tim says:

    I’ve been to some of these and I agree. I would, however, include Station Inn in Nashville. Powerful bare-bones venue with an amazing resume of performances.

  2. Swallow Hill in Denver (an off-shoot of the Denver Folklore Center) gets some great national touring artists. It’s in a converted church, and the audiences are wonderfully attentive.

    And although I haven’t been there, I know a number of artists who have played the Hotel Cafe in LA.

  3. Meredith says:

    I would also include The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC in the NODA arts district. It’s a great listening room that hosts numerous national and regional touring acts every month. They also feature several open mic opportunities every month. It’s just a few hours from Eddie’s Attic, so artists usually play the Muse one night and Eddie’s the next. http://theeveningmuse.com

  4. John says:

    The Focal Point in Maplewood, MO (a suburb of St. Louis) is a great venue to both perform and attend concerts in. It is run by a not for profit organization and is dedicated to bringing high quality talent to the STL area. This is an intimate smoke free environment that seats about 120 people. They book a wide variety of performers from local, to regional, to national and international groups.

  5. Dolores Petersen says:

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  6. Maddaxe111 says:

    If you plan on going to the “Bluebird” in Nashville, I would suggest you get there early. It’s a very small venue. The acoustics are nice and the staff very friendly. Always crowded.

  7. emmy says:

    Well, if you want to check out the Cactus Cafe in Austin, you need to do it before August of 2010. It is under the control of the University of Texas, and they have decided that it doesn’t fit with their “mission” and have announced that it will be closed. Well, they keep changing their story, actually. The latest version is that they will not “close” it, but will instead keep the name and turn the room over to undergraduates for their purposes. They have stated that students are not interested in acoustic music, so the club can not continue in its current form (which has been A-OK for the last 30 years!).

  8. David Card says:

    Guy Clark and many others claim us to be their favorite.

    Were we considered? We turn 33 in March…

    Poor David Himself.

  9. Israel Katen says:

    Good article! I am going to bookmark your website.

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