Grab a cold beer and get ready for great music, from rock to country to bluegrass. You can find live music in Gatlinburg every night–and most days, too–at these hot spots!
1. OLE RED GATLINBURG
Country superstar Blake Shelton created Ole Red, where you can listen to up-and-coming country bands and singer-songwriters. This isn’t just a restaurant with a stage–it’s a top-notch concert venue. Musicians start playing as early as 11 a.m. most days, and the music keeps going until closing time, with three or more artists daily. Whether you’re here for lunch, a mid-afternoon drink, or dinner, you can enjoy live music.
2. OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE DISTILLERY
The ultimate East Tennessee night (or day) on the town: Drinking moonshine while listening to bluegrass! Over-21s can sample whiskies and flavored moonshines and all ages can enjoy the authentic bluegrass filling the air. Bands play at The Holler, Ole Smoky’s famed distillery, most days from noon until closing time.
3. TOM & EARL’S BACK ALLEY GRILL
For a touch of Nashville, head for the alley! Listen to house musician Denver Evans Friday and Saturday nights. After touring with his own band, opening for Nashville stars, and playing keyboards for country artists, Evans brings his music to this relaxed Gatlinburg favorite. The Grill’s tasty food will keep you coming back for more, too.
Anakeesta features the new Anakeesta House Band and guest bands bringing classic rock, country, Americana, and bluegrass to this mountaintop theme park. The House Band’s gifted musicians have backed Tennessee legend, Dolly Parton! Anakeesta is a nature-themed park with ziplines, a mountain coaster, a Treetop Skywalk, boutiques, restaurants, and gardens.
5. THREE JIMMY’S GOOD TIME EATERY
With live music Wednesdays through Sundays, and karaoke too, Three Jimmy’s dishes up plenty of entertainment alongside pizzas, ribs, and signature pot pie. Music kicks off at 4 p.m. with local artist Neesee. Thursdays and Saturdays, karaoke starts at 7 p.m.
6. SMOKY MOUNTAIN BREWERY
Unique beers plus eclectic music equal a perfect night out. Smoky Mountain Brewery’s Gatlinburg location features live music Monday through Saturday nights. The variety is huge! Hear rock from the Kincaid Band, funk and rock from Sexy Beast, originals by singer-songwriters like Jonah Tran, country artists, and more.