Listening Room Café to re-open soon on 2nd Avenue

by Dave Carew

Great news for fans of one of Nashville’s coolest live-music venues!  The Listening Room Café—which temporarily has been closed while it re-locates—is about to re-open in the heart of Music City, at 217 2nd Avenue South.

In an email sent out this morning, owner Chris Blair said: “We have worked so hard to make this move happen, and we are finally with keys in hand and are beginning to build out what we plan to be the best music venue in Nashville . . . . Not only will the Listening Room have all of the things you have come to love (best sound, great food, etc), but we are also adding the elements of audio/video recording, live streaming, video music videos, and more.”

Chris added: “If you want to help us in our journey, there is a way you can do that too.”

A PERSONAL NOTE: When my (wonderful) singer-songwriter friends Lynda Lucas and Brendan Priestley visited last December from Dublin, Ireland, the Listening Room Café graciously gave them a performance slot, even though they had no following in Nashville.  We rewarded the Listening Room by bringing in (according to their booker) the largest crowd they’d ever had for a 4 p.m. show.  I was grateful to all my friends who came out—and grateful to The Listening Room.  These are REALLY good people.  Be sure to support them in the future!

To contact the Listening Room, visit and/or follow them on Twitter @listeningroom.

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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