The Caverns in Grundy County has revealed their first 2021 concerts with Steep Canyon Rangers (March 28), The SteelDrivers (April 10) and Del McCoury Band (April 18). All shows will take place outdoors on a beautiful hillside overlooking Payne’s Cove in socially distanced pods at a new COVID-19 compliant venue on The Caverns grounds—The Caverns Above Ground Amphitheater.

The first 2021 shows represent some of the best in bluegrass music today. All three bands are GRAMMY and IBMA winners.

Steep Canyon Rangers have collaborated with famous actor and banjo player Steve Martin as well as Philadelphia soul legends Boys II Men, all the while expanding their sound into country and Americana. Event Webpage | Direct Ticket Link

The SteelDrivers were the very first artists to perform on Bluegrass Underground over a decade ago and have appeared on the show on PBS as well. Today, this hard-edged bluegrass band is a perennial favorite of The Caverns audiences. Event Webpage | Direct Ticket Link

Del McCoury is the elder statesman of the bluegrass genre and the most awarded artist in the history of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IMBA) with 9 IBMA Entertainer of the Year Awards. Event Webpage | Direct Ticket Link

For these concerts, guests will arrive at staggered times, be asked COVID-19 screening questions, receive a temperature check, and enjoy the show from 2-person, 4-person and 6-person socially-distanced pods. Pods are spaced with a minimum of 6’ distance between each other with wide foot paths between pods to maintain social distancing. The seated concerts are “bring your own chair.”

Masks will be mandatory, except when guests are in their pods. All concessions and merchandise will be ordered through an app and delivered contactless to pods eliminating lines and limiting the need for guests to leave pods.

While the music plays on above ground, restrooms will be used inside The Caverns to give guests an opportunity to duck below the surface to see the world-famous, subterranean music venue. Restrooms will be continuously cleaned with limited capacity.

The highest priority of The Caverns is the safety of guests, crew and artists. As such, the venue is following guidance provided by the CDC and the State of Tennessee’s Tennessee Pledge for reopening.

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