Posted by Phil Rodgers in Pigeon Forge
In our most recent blog post, we introduced you to a number of Smoky Mountain venues where live music performances are either the main focus or they play a vital role in the day-to-day offerings. Destinations like Hard Rock Café, The Listening Room Café, Ober Mountain, The Island and Anakeesta all feature shows where you can catch up-and-coming artists and songwriters live and in person.
In this case, we're making a distinction between these smaller stages and the many music theaters in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, which are typically larger venues that host bigger productions. This week, we're going to continue our tour of Smoky Mountain area music spots and give you even more ideas for places to go to kick back and listen to your favorite style of music in a live, intimate atmosphere.
Ole Red – Located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, Ole Red is a restaurant and nightspot where a rotating calendar of new artists and performers take the main stage on a regular basis. Country star Blake Shelton is an owner of Ole Red, and those tastes are reflected in the venue's lineup. Recent guest performers have included North Carolina singer-songwriter Larry Frick as well as Adam Calvert, Tyson Leamon and the band Morgans Mill.
Gatlinburg SkyPark – Since we included Anakeesta and Ober Mountain last time, we thought we should mention this time around that Gatlinbug SkyPark, another mountaintop theme park, also has live music on Friday and Saturday nights between 6 and 9 p.m. Recently, Richard Bennett and Shawn Lane have been playing live bluegrass music with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.
Peaceful Side Social – You'll have to travel to Townsend, TN, to visit this restaurant and pub where they have live music every Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy good food and beverages in a laid-back setting while listening to local acoustic artists.
Pinchy's Lobster & Beer Co. – This relatively new restaurant in downtown Sevierville has some serious musical roots. It's located on the site where Dolly Parton made one of her first paid musical performances. Pinchy's has a cool vibe, delicious, fresh seafood and both indoor and outdoor seating. They host live music on weekends; check out their Facebook page to see who's coming up next.
SkyLand Ranch – This attraction is also in Sevierville and offers year-round activities for guests of all ages. In their event space, world-class banjo player Gary “Biscuit” Davis (who used to be part of the pre-show band at Dixie Stampede) has currently been the main attraction on that stage.
Three Jimmy's Good Time Eatery – If you head out U.S. Hwy. 321 from downtown Gatlinburg, you'll eventually get to this restaurant and showplace located at the intersection of Glades Rd., at the entrance to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Bands of all musical styles take the stage Tuesdays through Sundays beginning at 3 p.m.
Puckett's Grocery – This popular regional chain of restaurants has a location in Pigeon Forge, and they showcase live, local music acts in addition to their menu of classic Southern dishes.
We don't currently host live music shows at Goats on the Roof, but if you head up to the roof of our Pigeon Forge attraction and visit our live goats, you might be able to get one of them to make noises that sound like really bad singing… Otherwise, just hang around for a while and enjoy our alpine coaster, our gem mining attraction and our store, which is stocked with lots of hand-made crafts, clothing items and specialty foods.