Located in an old warehouse, Mercy Lounge is one of a few venues in Nashville to bring the warm look and feel of wood floors, open ceilings and brick walls to a music venue.
Mercy Lounge, The High Watt, and The Cannery Ballroom make up what is referred to as Cannery Row. Most days, you can expect to find rock, progressive, indie, or tribute acts here. Bon Jobi, Katy Perry, Adele, Alabama Shakes, Imagine Dragons, and Keith Urban have all played Cannery Row.
In addition to their ever changing bill of musical acts (with usually at least 2-3 bands per bill), Mercy Lounge is also home to Nashville’s own “8 off 8th” (Mercy Lounge is located on 8th Avenue South) as well as the “Road to Roo” events. “8 off 8th” is a music industry sponsored event that showcases new talent, where each artist or group is allowed to play three songs so audiences and industry execs can sample quite a few acts in one night. “Road to Roo” features local bands competing for a coveted slot on the summer Bonnaroo Music Festival stage.
Mercy Lounge boasts a medium-sized raised stage and full lighting set-up. Bathrooms are clean and easy to get to, and there is street parking as well as paid lots on site. Though there isn’t much for food at the bar, if you’re hungry and you’re lucky, sometimes you can catch the hotdog/fries tent outside during show nights. Mercy Lounge is located near downtown, but well out of the way of the hustle and bustle of Broadway and Second streets. Their box office is cash-only, but you can purchase tickets by credit card on their website, and they do have an ATM just inside the front lobby if you’ve headed to a show spontaneously.
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