Off Broadway

Lower Broadway, Nashville’s popular honky tonk and tourist district

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” According to baseball great Yogi Berra in The Yogi Book (I Really Didn’t Say Everything I Said), he made that comment in 1959 to Stan Musial and Joe Garagiola about a favorite restaurant in St. Louis.

Many residents of Nashville may say the same thing about the city’s iconic honky-tonk district, Lower Broadway, today.

Crowds rock at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Lower Broadway

As Nashville has become the “it city” in recent years, many people who find their entertainment on Lower Broad are tourists who never leave the area.

As a thirty-year Nashvillian, let me quickly and simultaneously say to those visiting for the first time, “Welcome” and, “You don’t know what you’re missing by not exploring music beyond downtown Nashville.”

Historic Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in the heart of Lower Broad definitely deserves a visit by tourists and it should be a required stop for locals, as should the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. But do yourself a favor and explore the eclectic mix of entertainment to be found all around the city, as do those of us who live here. Here are some photos taken during the summer of 2017 of entertainment I have seen “Off Broadway.”  Enjoy!

The Station Inn

Larry Cordle, Ashley Campbell, Val Storey, Mike Bubb and Carl Jackson routinely deliver truly authentic country music at this legendary Nashville spot.

Musicians Corner at Centennial Park

The Secret Sisters are among the nationally touring acts who perform at this free concert series.









Discovery Saturdays at Red’s Wine and Spirits in Bellevue, broadcast live on Roots Radio, WMOT FM

Mark Robinson (pictured here) and others perform as part of this series that takes place in the West Nashville community of Bellevue.

Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace, Donelson

Eclectic is the word when it comes to this Donelson spot for locals. From Bob’s Your Uncle (pictured here) to bluegrass great Roland White, each music act brings unique talent and individuality.









The Bluebird Cafe

I am always honored to step on stage at this legendary songwriter showcase, located in Nashville’s Green Hills neighborhood. Each night is filled with many writers who bring their original music to local and tourist audiences.

Text and photos copyright 2017 by Les Kerr.

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About Les Kerr

Les Kerr is a songwriter, recording artist, journalist and author originally from the Gulf Coast now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn More about Les at
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