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The Caverns eyes bright 2020
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Instrumental electronic jam band Lotus delivers a mesmerizing light show and funky dance jams, captivating concert-goers in the unique underground amphitheater of The Caverns.

The Caverns is amping up for its 2020 concert season by holding more shows, increasing the capacity of the venue, and adding a new campground. 

The Caverns has increased its number of concerts for the 2020 season to 75. The venue had previously held 48 shows during its first year and 49 last year Along with more shows, four to five acres of property surrounding The Caverns will be converted into campgrounds at the beginning of summer 2020 and will create a larger parking area to increase the venue’s capacity of attendees.

“We’ve acquired additional acreage around The Caverns’ property for extra parking and to create a new campground debuting in the summer 2020,” says Bluegrass Underground founder Todd Mayo. “The capacity of audience members has been expanded with standing-room-only shows increasing from 1,000 to 1,200 people. All of these aspects are part of the growth of The Caverns this year. We’re taking it to another level.”

The Caverns is home to the Emmy-winning PBS television series, “Bluegrass Underground,” which got its start in Warren County and will celebrate its 10th season this year. 

The Caverns is located in adjacent Grundy County in Pelham and brings a diversity of genres to the region. This includes bluegrass, folk, country, alternative rock, psychedelic rock and others, as well as acoustic to electric forms of instrumentalism.

“We are looking forward to season 10 of the taping of Bluegrass Underground. Grammy nominees Yola and the Black Pumas, along with Mandolin Orange and the Blind Boys of Alabama, will perform Sunday, March 29 during the taping,” says Mayo.

“It’s amazing to think we’ve been doing this for 10 years. We continue to be grateful for the support the city of McMinnville provided to give us the opportunity to export the show through PBS,” adds Mayo. “We’ve also noticed a significant uptick of visitors from Warren County during the second year, and we’re really thankful for that.”

The subterranean amphitheater holds world-class musicians in a sublime and surreal setting similar to the unique Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, which was built in a rock structure between two sandstone boulders. The natural settings for both venues have been praised for their impeccable acoustics.

“Last year during our second season, we had 25 artists who either headlined Red Rocks, the Ryman or both. With The Caverns, people say we are as epic as Red Rocks but as intimate as the Ryman,” says Mayo. “The shows are interactive between artists and audience members, and the venue brings people together with its natural beauty and magic.”

BuzzFeed has listed The Caverns as one of the top 18 music venues in America, taking its place alongside some of the most famous sites such as the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden.

“The third season at The Caverns hasn’t even started yet so to be recognized right alongside some of the most iconic and historic music spaces is a great feeling,” says Mayo.

Many well-known musical acts that have graced the stages of Bonnaroo and other popular music festivals and venues include the Flaming Lips, Old Crow Medicine Show, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Gov’t Mule, Dawes, STS9, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brandi Carlisle and more. 

During 2020, The Caverns will have bands such as Umphrey’s McGee, Arlo Guthrie, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Amy Grant and many others. With the 2020 season beginning in February and ending in October, six shows have already sold out. 

One of the sold out shows is a three-day set by the Disco Biscuits taking place May 29-31. Within five minutes, 2,400 tickets for Friday and Saturday sold out. Due to the overwhelming feedback from fans who were unable to purchase tickets for the two dates, a third night of the Disco Biscuits has been added for Sunday, May 31.

The venue is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lights and includes beverage concessions with craft beer, canned wine and cocktails. 

The Caverns is located at 555 Charlie Roberts Road in Pelham, approximately 50 minutes from downtown McMinnville. The venue is accessible for those with physical disabilities or mobility restrictions. For more information, to view upcoming shows, or to purchase tickets, visit thecaverns.com or call 931-516-9724.