Opening day is approaching for Tennessee’s newest outdoor venue: The Caverns Amphitheater. Old Crow Medicine Show’s Hootenanny with Willie Watson, Joshua Hedley and Town Mountain kicks off the first full capacity season on June 25.
The Caverns, recently named the “Favorite Southern Music Venue” by Garden & Gun, is excited to offer fans an outdoor concert experience with enhanced concessions, food trucks, stunning views, onsite camping and more, said officials.
“The Caverns Amphitheater began as a 'pandemic pivot' and way to safely host shows in pods during the toughest times of the crisis," said owner Todd Mayo. "Now, with the addition of a permanent stage, concessions, parking and camping, we look forward to hosting more artists and patrons outside with the same vibe and experience that makes The Caverns such a singular musical destination.”
With stunning views of the Cumberland Plateau, The Caverns Amphitheater will host crowds of up to 5,500 guests per show with 10 shows announced to date for 2022, and an estimated 30 shows coming in 2023.
The amphitheater has reserved chair seating available close to the stage for almost all shows. Guests in this front section have exclusive access to restrooms and their own bar inside the world famous subterranean cave. At the back of the amphitheater, a new concessions building and restrooms have been added as well as spaces for local food trucks to set up. Pop-up bars in key locations throughout the amphitheater will serve guests as well. In the rear sections, guests can bring their own blankets and chairs.
"Being the first band to christen a new venue is an honor in itself, but it's especially meaningful for us because of the truly one-of-a-kind location," said Ketch Secor, Old Crow Medicine Show. "The Cumberland Plateau region, Grundy County, and all of Southeast Tennessee are familiar haunts for Old Crow so we’re proud to invite concert goers to a unique destination concert experience they’re going to want to enjoy again and again." '
The Caverns Amphitheater is also being utilized for multi-day festivals in conjunction with The Caverns underground concert hall giving guests a multi-stage festival experience like no other. The first of such events is The Caverns own CaveFest on Oct. 8 and 9 with Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many more.
What’s more, The Caverns has added onsite camping options for every show. Such an overnight accommodation is not available at any other venue on a regular basis, but at The Caverns, guests can channel the festival vibe with a single night outing. In years to come, additional campground amenities will be added.
To celebrate the grand opening of the new venue The Caverns will host a ribbon cutting on June 25 before the first show. Fans who purchase tickets for the first amphitheater show will also have an opportunity to win a pair of season passes to The Caverns Amphitheater.
The Caverns Amphitheater Schedule
June 25 - Old Crow Medicine Show’s Hootenanny with Willie Watson, Joshua Hedley and Town Mountain
July 2 - One Nation Under a Groove Tour feat. George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic with The Motet featuring Shira Ellis, Josh Schwartz, Chris Brouwers (formerly of Turkuaz), Dopapod and Pimps of Joytime
July 23 - Crowder
July 31 - Fleet Foxes: Shore Tour
Aug. 19 - Greensky Bluegrass and The Wood Brothers
Aug. 20-21 - Umphrey’s McGee and Disco Biscuits
Sept. 3 - UB40 - Biggabaggariddim Tour with The Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, Maxi
Priest, and Big Mountain
Sept. 10 - I Love the 90s w/ Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Rob Base, All 4 One, Tone Loc, and Young MC
Oct. 8-9 - CaveFest with Sam Bush, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band and more