Nashville’s Best Open Mic & Songwriters Nights

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Nashville is made-up of stars, soon-to-be-stars, and some people who just want their songs to be heard. Whether you’re an aspiring legend, a long-time crooner seeking some fun, or a newcomer to the Nashville music scene, these are the best open mics and songwriters nights in Nashville. Now change those strings and get pickin’.

Nashville’s Best Open Mic & Songwriters Nights


Tennessee Brew Works

Mondays | 7:00pm

The Strange Encounters host the Off-Beat Open Mic series every Monday night at Tennessee Brew Works. The mic is open to Nashville’s “songsters, freaks, poets, and geeks.” Admission is free. Enjoy $15 pitcher specials on select craft beers, too!

How to Play at Open Mic: Sign-ups start at 6:00pm at the brewery and are first-come, first-served.

How to Schedule a Performance: Email the venue directly at music@tnbrew.com.

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Bluebird Cafe

Mondays | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

With the recent Nashville television show, the Bluebird in Green Hills has gained even more popularity, making this one of the hottest open mics in the country and a go-to destination for Nashville visitors. Almost every country star has played at the Bluebird, so the stage emits positive vibes (even for non-country artists).

How to Play at Open Mic: Call (615) 943-8168 between 11:00am and noon CST on the Monday you’d like to perform. You cannot leave a message. You must keep trying until you speak with someone. The first 25 songwriters will be accepted and are allowed one guest. Once you’re on the list, you must be at the club and checked-in with the host by 5:15pm. Participating songwriters can play 1 to 2 original songs, solo or accompanied by no more than two others on stage. Drums and backing tracks are not allowed. A house Kawai digital piano (88 weighted keys) and a house Taylor guitar are available for use. Out-of-town songwriters are not giving priority.

How to Schedule a Performance: Learn more about The Bluebird and how to play on regular nights. It’s no easy process, but neither is sorting through all the submissions.

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Douglas Corner Cafe

Tuesdays | 8:00pm

It’s hard to keep doors open at most clubs, but Douglas Corner Café has been around since 1987. Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, and Alan Jackson got their start here. The weekly open mic night on Tuesdays is hosted by Donnie Winters of the Winters Brothers Band, who toured with Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band.

How to Play at Open Mic: Call (615) 292-2530 on Tuesday between 1:00pm and 6:00pm. The earlier you call, the earlier you play. Each performer gets to play two songs. Arrive at 8:00pm. The show goes until every performer has played.

How to Schedule a Performance: Contact the venue directly.

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Commodore Grille at Holiday Inn Vanderbilt

Nightly | 6:30pm – 11:00pm

Don’t be turned off by the hotel bar and grille—it’s a popular place to play and listen. Songwriters rounds are alive and well every night at the Commodore Grille.

How to Play Tuesday’s Open Mic Writer’s Showcase: Tuesdays are now open mic night between 7:00pm and 10:30pm. Show up, sign up (if there’s availability), and play two original songs. Easy as that. Sign-ups start at 6:30pm.

How to Play at Late-Night Open Mic: Sign-up by 8:00pm. Eight performers will be selected to play between 10:00pm and 11:00pm.

How to Schedule a Performance: The acts between 6:00pm and 10:00pm are booked in advance every night (except Tuesdays). The best way to get a normal slot is to perform the late night open mic and connect with the hosts. For a Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Sunday performance, contact Debi Champion at championdebi@hotmail.com. For a Friday or Saturday performance, contact Annalisa at commodoreweekend@gmail.com.

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Nashville has numerous other writer’s nights, but these seem to be the most consistent. Other places to check out include: The Row, Winners, Cafe Coco, and Hotel Indigo.

Did we leave off your favorite songwriter’s night? Let us know in the comments. 

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