The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater
Outdoors & Socially Distanced
The Caverns is proud to bring back live music in a responsible way with a new, socially distanced venue—The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater.
Join us outdoors on a hillside overlooking the beautiful Payne's Cove for an epic night of music.
For these concerts, we have a solid plan to bring us all together, but it is going to take everyone doing their part. We’re all in this together. Between our staff, the artists, their crew and YOU—we are going to make this work!
Guests will arrive at staggered times, be asked COVID-19 screening questions, receive a temperature check, and enjoy the show from socially distanced pods. You're welcome to bring your own chairs for this show as seating will not be provided. Masks will be mandatory, except when guests are in their pods. All concessions and merchandise will be ordered through an app and delivered contactless to your pod eliminating lines and limiting the need to leave your pod.
While the music plays on above ground, restrooms will be used inside The Caverns subterranean music venue to give guests an opportunity to duck below the surface to see the world famous underground music venue.
For all aspects of the event, The Caverns will adhere to the State of Tennessee’s Tennessee Pledge based on CDC guidance to bring back live music.
Let's get back to the music!
- April 16-17, 2021 - Dark Star Orchestra - 4/17 SOLD OUT
- Learn More 4/16 Ticket Page 4/17 Ticket Page
- April 18, 2021 - Del McCoury Band with Sierra Hull and Justin Moses
April 23-24, 2021 - St. Paul and The Broken Bones - SOLD OUT
- April 30 - May 1, 2021 - Grace Potter
- Learn More 2-Day Pods 4/30 Ticket Page 5/1 Ticket Page
- May 2, 2021 - Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
- Learn More Ticket Page
- May 8-9, 2021 - Goose - SOLD OUT
- Learn More 5/8 Ticket Page 5/9 Ticket Page
- May 14-15, 2021 - Last Podcast On The Left - 5/15 SOLD OUT
- Learn More May 14 Ticket Page May 15 Ticket Page
- May 16, 2021 - Dailey & Vincent
May 21-22, 2021 - moe.
May 28, 2021 - Margo Price
June 5-6, 2021 - Mandolin Orange
June 11-12, 2021 - The Wood Brothers
June 19, 2021 - Crowder
June 20, 2021 - Twiddle
June 25-26, 2021 - Trampled by Turtles
July 16-17, 2021 - Lettuce
See How It's Done
“In 2020, we successfully brought back live music in a responsible way with 4 nights of Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit,” says Todd Mayo, The Caverns owner, “We understand the seriousness of the current situation and have worked hard to plan events with COVID-19 mitigation precautions in place that adhere to the State of Tennessee's “Tennessee Pledge” based on CDC guidance to reopen responsibly." Enjoy this recap video.
Before You Arrive
After purchasing your pod (tickets) and prior to your show date, we will email you with detailed information to help you prepare for your upcoming trip to The Caverns.
Tickets must be purchased as a pod—not as individual tickets. Upon purchasing your pod, you will receive a confirmation email for your records. Your tickets will be emailed to you at a later date prior to your event, you will not receive your tickets at the time of purchase. Pods/tickets will be allocated based on best available at the time of purchase. When you receive your tickets, you will be able to download and email the individual tickets to the people coming with you. If each guest has their tickets separately, that will allow them to check in without the person who made the original pod purchase. We encourage you to select your “pod mates” carefully as you’ll be in close contact with them during the evening and we encourage you to travel together or caravan.
We will send you a link to download our contactless purchasing app for both concessions and merchandise. All patrons are encouraged to shop and purchase before you get onsite and we will have your drinks on ice and purchased items waiting for you in your pod when you arrive. This ensures that staff can safely fulfill food, drink and merchandise orders. Additional concessions and merchandise can be ordered onsite.
All ticket holders will have scheduled arrival times. We ask that you please arrive at your scheduled time. We know this is different than what you’re used to and it will mean waiting a little longer than “normal” for the show to start, but we are doing everything we can to keep you safe while still having a great musical experience. We will have concessions available as soon as you arrive and we promise to have a great playlist on while you’re waiting for the show to begin. We will email all ticket purchasers with their arrival times prior to the show date.
When You Arrive
Upon arrival our Box Office staff will greet you safely in face masks and gloves at your car. Please have your electronic or printed ticket ready for everyone in your car so they can be scanned. Staff will then ask each ticket holder in the car a list of Covid 19 questions that all attendees are required to answer. We recommend you take your own temperature prior to arriving at The Caverns. After completing the questionnaire, our Box Office staff will take and document each ticket holder’s temperature. If you have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and/or do not pass the questionnaire, you will not be allowed on the premises. We will refund you for your ticket but you will be required to leave immediately. So please have everyone take their own temperature prior to heading to the venue.
After checking your tickets, completing your questionnaire, and recording your temperature, our Box Office staff will give you a wristband that must be worn at all times while at the show. Our parking staff will guide you to your parking area and let you know where to go to access your pod.
Face masks are required to be worn any time you’re outside of your vehicle or your pod, so please mask up before exiting your vehicle. Please make your way to your pod as soon you are parked and have your mask on. The Caverns venue staff will be positioned to help show you to your pod. Please help your pod mates remember to wear their masks if they leave the pod.
We encourage you to bring your lawn/outdoor chairs and you will need to carry your chair to your pod. Do not bring chairs in covered bags, please leave the bags in your car. Anyone wearing any large coats or sweaters will be stopped and screened by security. We do not allow any firearms/weapons of any kind at The Caverns. No outside food or drink is allowed either. All you need is your lawn chair and pod mates!
All walking paths have ample space to allow for social distancing. Each row will be clearly labeled along the footpath and each pod will be clearly labeled with the info on your tickets. Our staff will be along the way to help you find your pod.
Once Inside Your Pod
Welcome! Your pod is your space for the evening. You can now take your mask off, it’s time to watch some epic music! Each pod is built so each person has at least 10 square feet of space. Pods boundaries will be roped off so you don’t have to wonder where your space is or which way to enter and exit. Each pod will have posted signage with information about ordering concessions and merchandise, how to find the bathrooms, and more. We do encourage you to order concessions and merchandise in advance and we’ll have it waiting in your pod at your scheduled arrival time. A valid ID will be required at the time of purchase and/or delivery. There will be no walkup purchases for concessions or merchandise. It must be purchased via the contactless app and delivered to you.
Stay In Your Pod, Except When Nature Calls
You must stay in your pod the entire evening except when you have to use the restroom. Restrooms are located inside the cave giving you an opportunity to see the underground home of The Caverns music venue. When nature calls, please leave your pod and head towards the center aisle and walk to the back of the audience area (away from the stage). The center aisle is the only way to exit your pod/row during the event. You will walk all the way to the back of the audience area and follow the signs to the bathrooms which are located inside the cave.
There will be a limited number of people allowed in the restrooms at one time. When in line, please use ground markers to help you maintain 6’ of social distance between parties. The Caverns venue staff will be posted to help with this and to let you know when you can enter the restrooms. Men will line up in the mouth of the cave and women will line up inside the cave with 6’ social distancing between separate parties. The Caverns staff will be posted inside both restrooms to continually clean/disinfect the facilities.
When The Show Is Over
Please note that once the show is over each row will be directed by our security and staff to exit one at a time. We will be making announcements from the stage to help with your departure. Please stay in your pod until your row is asked to leave. Make sure to wear your masks when leaving and take all of your belongings with you. Please drive home safely and we can’t wait to see you again.