More bluegrass scheduled for Bluegrass Underground in 2018

A lot has changed for Bluegrass Underground heading into their eighth season of producing concerts in the subterranean caves of middle Tennessee for PBS television.

The show has moved from their original location in McMinnville to a new facility called The Caverns, just a few miles down the road in Pelham under Monteagle mountain. This new location offers the show considerably greater flexibility, since it has  been purchased by the producers, allowing them to make such modifications as they see fit, while also eliminating the need to work around anyone else’s schedule.

Site modifications are being made now, with an eye towards resuming production when the weather starts to break in March 2018. Electricity, sound, and lighting are being installed, along with modern rest room facilities and food and drink concessions.

A look at the 2018 schedule also shows a good bit more bluegrass at the live shows than had been the norm in recent years. After launching as a primarily grass-centered program, more recent years have seen it fall into the background, though with at least a couple of high profile bluegrass acts each year. Seven shows are set for live television recording, and another nine just for the sake of the great music.

On tap for this spring are performances from Sam Bush, Billy Strings, Flatt Lonesome, Michael Cleveland, and Tim O’Brien, all destined for broadcast on a network of PBS affiliates. Concerts underground that will not be recorded include Del McCoury, Sierra Hull, Mountain Heart, and Dailey & Vincent. Full details ticket information and can be found online

These shows won’t appear on TV until next season, but tickets are available to attend the tapings. Package deals are offered that include local hotel accommodations, transportation to and from The Caverns, cave exploration tours, and meal vouchers as well as tickets.

Congratulations to Bluegrass Underground on their new home, and we’ll certainly look forward to seeing all these great artists (and more) on television.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Jose Mature

    I’m wondering if the new “cavern” is the old Wonder Cave, just off old 41 at the foot of Monteagle, west side. I think Pelham is the exit off I-24 to get to it now. I certainly hope so. I was saddened to see Wonder Cave went out of business several years ago. When the interstate went through, I think their “drop in” business was severely cut into.

    • Mary

      No it is at bigmouth cave. It’s my understanding that the artist will be under the opening of the cave while the audience is out in the grass.

      • Jose Mature

        Thank you, Mary. Yes, I did a little Google map searching and found you are absolutely correct. Thanks again for the confirmation.
        Maybe the folks who own Wonder Cave now can get some ideas about how to “make a go of it” once again, what with Bigmouth being so close and all.

  • Mary

    It’s Mcminnville not McVinnville….their will also still be bluegrass in the original home that is 333′ Underground… #cumberlandcavernslive shows starting in Feb!!

  • Rita

    Mary should check her own spelling as well. The correct word would be “there” not “their.”