“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.
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!
Homegrown Taproom and Marketplace, Donelson
Text and photos copyright 2017 by Les Kerr.