Here’s Why Music City’s Iconic The Bluebird Cafe Remains Closed

All shows through at least February 11 have been canceled.

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Madeleine O’Connell

| Posted on

February 2, 2024

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Photo Courtesy The Bluebird Cafe

One of Nashville’s most iconic venues, The Bluebird Café, has been forced to cancel additional shows amid ongoing repairs on the building. 

Why Is The Bluebird Cafe Closed?

In the most recent statement made via social media on Friday (Feb 2), an was update shared regarding the weather-related damages that have impacted the last month of business. The post indicated that doors will likely have to remain closed through at least February 11. 

“While we were hopeful that our doors would be open next week, the timeline of our repairs has unfortunately caused us to cancel all performances through February 11th.”

The Bluebird Café reportedly sustained damages from a storm that came through overnight on January 8, forcing the venue into its first round of canceled shows. The city of Nashville then experienced unusual amounts of snow and icy conditions, making it safe to assume that the winter weather had an even further impact on the world-renowned venue’s ability to reopen safely to the public. 

The business previously shared, “We truly apologize for the inconvenience, the frustration, and undoubted heartbreak.”

On Monday (January 22), it was confirmed that are no current safety risks to the building, however, the team is said to be taking this necessary time to remain closed to “address necessary repairs for weather-related damages.”

Any music lovers who were planning to attend the next round of canceled shows will be offered a full refund. 

“All ticket holders will be issued full refunds and have been contacted via email,” the venue assured. “Hang in there and know that we are managing a multitude of factors to open our doors as quickly and as safely as possible!”

Updates will continue to be made on social media as well as The Bluebird Café website.

Shows Impacted (Feb 2-11)

February 

2

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with Lacy Green, Bryan Simpson & Dani Flowers
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with In The Round with David Nail, Scooter Carusoe, Lee Thomas Miller & Randy Montana ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice

3

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with Victoria Banks, Phil Barton & Emily Shackelton ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with Gary Burr, Georgia Middleman, Jim Photoglo, Mike Reid ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice

4

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: Sunday Spotlight with The Woods
  • 8 pm – CANCELED: Writers Night with Special Guest Les Kerr – hosted by Steve Goodie

5 

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: Open Mic hosted by Barbara Cloyd
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: Blue Monday with Kevin McKendree, Pat O’Connor, Steve Mackey, Yates McKendree & Dylan Altman

  • 6 pm – Closed for a private event
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with Amelia White, Sally Barris, Carter Sampson & Amy Speace

7

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: ASCAP Presents: In The Round with Bonnie Baker, Dave Berg, Bella Hudson & Ben Williams
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with Adam Wright & friends

8

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: Mountain Fever Records Presents: In The Row with Mason Via, Casey Penn, Amanda Cook & Thomas Cassell
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: An Evening with Dana Cooper

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: In The Row with Helene Cronin, Don Henry, Lisa Carver & Ben Roberts
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: An Evening with Kent Blazy & the 4Peace Band celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Beatles historic performance on the Ed Sullivan Show

10

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with Ronny Criss, Jeff Cohen, Jessica Cayne & Brian Sutherland
  • 9 pm – CANCELED: In The Round with Annie Mosher, Dave Berg, Craig Carothers & Joel Shewmake

11 

  • 6 pm – CANCELED: Sunday Spotlight with Braden Jamison  
  • 8 pm – CANCELED: Writers Night with Special Guest Justin Klump – hosted by Steve Goodie  
The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville
Photo Courtesy The Bluebird Cafe

Why Is The Bluebird Café Such A Historic Venue?

Located at 4104 Hillsboro Pike in Nashville, The Bluebird Cafe is one of Music City’s most cherished establishments in the town. Since opening on January 1, 1982, the venue has earned international recognition as a performance space for up-and-coming songwriters as well as regular chart-toppers. 

The quaint 90-seat establishment is discretely nestled in a strip mall just miles from Nashville’s bustling downtown, giving it an unassuming charm.

Performances spanning the genres of country music, pop, rock and Contemporary Christian hits take place in the center of The Bluebird and an “in the round” format. During each performance, the songwriters and artists take turns sharing songs and stories behind them. 

Among the artists who have left their mark on the iconic venue include Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Kathy Mattea, LeAnn Rimes, Maren Morris and Phil Vassar, to name a few. 

These esteemed hitmakers come together in the round to mingle with writers such as Marcus Hummon (Bless the Broken Road/Rascal Flatts), Allen Shamblin, (I Can’t Make You Love Me/Bonnie Raitt), Matraca Berg (Strawberry Wine/Deana Carter, Hilary Lindsey (Jesus Take the Wheel/Carrie Underwood) and Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear (Before He Cheats/Carrie Underwood).  

To stay informed on all upcoming shows and weather-related updates, visit The Bluebird Café socials and official website

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.