PBS series Bluegrass Underground celebrated the inaugural taping in its new home at The Caverns over the weekend, with two sold-out shows.
Billy Strings and The Sweet Lizzy Project (Saturday) and Aaron Lee Tasjan and the Sam Bush Band (Sunday) kicked off a weekend of performances in front of a capacity crowd, as Bluegrass Underground entered its 8th season of taping.
Beginning with this season, the series will be recorded in its new home, equipped with state of the art sound and lights. Cinematographer Allen Branton designed the lighting and Sound Image did the sound, each team adding subtle enhancements to the natural beauty and acoustics of the cave.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better opening weekend,” said Todd Mayo, owner of The Caverns and creator of the Bluegrass Underground series. “Our goal has always been to offer a unique experience to our patrons, as well as quality amenities and ease of access. Based on the reaction this weekend, we’ve met that goal, and maybe even surpassed it.”
Prior to the music kicking off Saturday’s grand opening event, Mayo hosted an official “ribbon” cutting ceremony that saw a giant banjo stand in for the usual ribbon. Several area dignitaries were on hand to participate in the ceremony and welcome the new attraction’s team to the county. The grounds were packed with people from the area as well as guests who had traveled in from other states to experience the first night of The Caverns.
The Caverns is just 10 minutes from Exit 127 in Pelham, TN on I-24. The address is 555 Charlie Roberts Road, Pelham, TN 37366.
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