Tennessee’s largest show cave hosts live music in an underground natural amphitheater. About a one-hour drive from Murfreesboro, one can find Cumberland Caverns near McMinnville, just off Highway 8, where bluegrass greats Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Cadillac Sky and Cherryholmes have all performed—in a big cave.
In addition to cave tours and spelunking adventures, Cumberland Caverns is using its Volcano Room as a venue for live bluegrass music, hosting world-famous bluegrass acts in the Bluegrass Underground concert series. The series has been aired on the famous 650 WSM-AM radio station since 2008, and this year marks the inaugural video production recordings for distribution on public television.
An enormous glowing chandelier hangs overhead in the Volcano Room that sits 333 feet below the Earth’s surface, remaining a constant 56 degree temperature year-round. There’s no cell phone signal, and no sound from outside can reach the natural underground amphitheater, setting a mood for music that is unique to this venue.
Lately, more acts that aren’t necessarily bluegrass, such as Jessica Lea Mayfield, have been performing in the one-of-a-kind venue.
Upcoming performances include the Lonesome River Band with Donna Ulisse at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30, and Blue Highway with Rockin’ Acoustic Circus at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27.
For all information on Bluegrass Underground, visit bluegrassunderground.com.