‘Bluegrass Underground’ To Kick Off Season Eight In March At New Home The Caverns

Bluegrass Underground‘s new home, The Caverns, is set to open March 24 to begin taping of season eight of the 13-time Emmy-winning PBS series. Artists who will perform next season include Kathy Mattea, John Anderson, Bobby Bare, James OttoBrandi Carlile, The Sam Bush Band, Flatt Lonesome, and Dailey & Vincent among others.

Located at the foot of Monteagle Mountain in the hills of Grundy County, Tennessee near Pelham, Tennessee, The Caverns is the new permanent home of Bluegrass Underground, and will allow its annual PBS taping schedule to now be more flexible, with several taping weekends instead of a single once-a-year marathon which enables a broader range of artists to appear on the show.

“Every aspect of the patron experience has been improved and enhanced – a streamlined ticketing process, closer parking, nicer bathrooms, more comfortable seating, better sightlines and more. And the space itself is even grander and, dare I say…‘cavier’,” says The Caverns General Manager and Associate Producer Joe Lurgio.

Bluegrass Underground was previously located about 40 miles north, at the Cumberland Caverns, outside of McMinnville, Tennessee.

PBS tapings in April and May will include Carlile, The Sam Bush Band, Flatt Lonesome, The Turnpike Troubadours, Kathy Mattea, Lettuce, The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Mary Gauthier and Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. Packages and tickets for all events go on sale Saturday, Dec. 9, at thecaverns.com.

Season VIII PBS Bluegrass Underground Tapings
March 24: Billy Strings and Sweet Lizzy Project
March 25: The Sam Bush Band and Aaron Lee Tasjan
April 20: Brandi Carlile
April 21: Kathy Mattea and The Tim O’Brien Bluegrass Band
April 22: Lettuce and The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou
May 19: Flatt Lonesome and Turnpike Troubadours
May 20: Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Mary Gauthier
The Caverns Presents
April 28, The Del McCoury Band with Sierra Hull
June 8: Piano-palooza with Davina & The Vagabonds and Jason D Williams
June 16:  Keller Williams
July 21: Scott Miller
August 11: Mountain Heart
September 8: John Anderson, Bobby Bare and James Otto
Oct. 31: Here Come The Mummies
Nov. 3: Dailey & Vincent


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