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Bluegrass Underground mcminnville, tennessee

Only 600 people can attend each show, because that’s all the Volcano Chamber can hold. Softly lit by an antique crystal chandelier, these mountain music concerts go down in the Cumberland Caverns, 333 feet below the surface. What’s unearthed is some of the purest bluegrass around. encore If you’re in town on a Saturday, check out Mud Bums for the low-country boil.



The music here can bring you a little closer to the Lord: The Ryman was built in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle. Every show is made a bit more colorful due to light filtering through the stained glass windows, and you’ll find your seat in an honestto-God church pew.

Come armed for a picnic. The lawn at this gem on Chicago’s coveted north shore holds about 13,000 people, who flock to see a wide range of music, from Lauryn Hill and John Fogerty to a Winnie the Pooh kids concert series. The venue sits in a wooded area, and speakers and lights are nestled into the trees, so you'll relish every note.

nashville, tennessee

encore Just two blocks down Broadway, Merchants serves up fried green tomatoes with house pimento cheese.

highland park, illinois

encore Movie buffs should swing by two homes in the neighborhood, from Risky Business and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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