Andrew Kyle Saucier 2017-01-11 02:16:24
Levitt Shell, Memphis America found its voice under a wide-open Tennessee sky. From the Levitt Shell in Memphis, where Elvis and up-and-comers alike have come to pay their dues, all the way to Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater, where today’s mega-stars play to sold-out crowds on the banks of the Cumberland River, Tennessee’s outdoor venues are the nation’s— and the world’s—stage. Mountains envelop concertgoers at Chattanooga’s Riverfront Nights Summer Music Series. Up on the Cumberland Plateau, a cool breeze wafts over Cookeville’s Dogwood Performance Pavilion. And just a short drive south, at bluegrass legend Lester Flatt’s hometown of Sparta, bluegrass and gospel traditions flourish at Sparta Amphitheater. Lightning bugs flare in the trees at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel, just north of Music City, while hundreds of bluegrass musicians gather under a full moon at Nashville’s Percy Warner Park for the Full Moon Pickin’ Party. Bring your picnic blankets and lawn chairs to Discovery Park of America in Union City to enjoy live music alongside a wine and beer garden. In Brownsville’s historic district, watch music at the new open-air Brownsville Amphitheater. In the literal heart of the state, musicians take the stage at Murfreesboro’s Historic Public Square for the Friday Night Live Concert Series, while at the foot of the Smokies, at The Shed Smokehouse Juke Joint in Maryville, pit masters tend the smoking meats beneath a setting sun. Go Explore: Caves & Caverns Hiking in Cumberland County Tennessee boasts more than 8,600 caves, making it ideal for subterranean adventures. Marvel at breathtaking rock formations at Bristol Caverns, or venture beneath the Smoky Mountains at Tuckaleechee Caverns in Townsend. Or, watch live music at Bluegrass Underground inside McMinnville’s Cumberland Caverns.
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