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Cumberland Caverns Live presents inaugural show
Jon Stickley Trio Band Cumberland Cravens Live
Jacob Dodd photo Members of the Jon Stickley Trio performing Saturday at Cumberland Caverns are, from left, Lyndsay Pruett, Hunter Deacon and Jon Stickley.

There was fiddling around Saturday in the Volcano Room as a new concert series kicked off with its inaugural show.

Cumberland Caverns Live got its start with two bands, the Jon Stickley Trio and Front Country. The planned soft opening had about 250 in attendance, according to Cumberland Caverns marketing director Kelly Roberts.

“Everybody I talked to, and I made a point to talk to several guests, said they were blown away by the experience,” said Roberts. “Some guests who were returning were very impressed by the transformation. We’re working hard to make improvements and offer an even better guest experience.”

Cumberland Caverns Live has bands scheduled through early May. One of the next big events is set for later this month on Saturday, Feb. 24. That’s when there will be an open house event called Celebrate McMinnville. Tickets are $3.33 to signify the Volcano Room’s depth at 333 feet underground.

“Josh Wanamaker and Tanner Hillis will be performing and we’re expecting a really great show,” said Roberts. “There will be several vendors set up inside the cave and we’ll have some prize giveaways.”
Celebrate McMinnville is set for 2 to 4 p.m.

Roberts says the concert series at the cave has become a vital part of the Warren County economy because it brings so many tourists to this area.

“When people come to town for any one business, we all benefit,” said Roberts.