Nashville’s Legendary The Bluebird Cafe Gives Update On Closure, Cancels Additional Concerts

The Bluebird Cafe will remain closed through January 31.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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January 23, 2024

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The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville

Nashville’s iconic The Bluebird Cafe shared an update with fans, revealing the venue will remain closed through “at least” the upcoming weekend due to “weather related damages.”

Shared Update On Storm Damages

The most recent statement, which was made via Facebook on Monday (January 22), began by thanking fans for their supporting and kind messages that have flowed in over the past week. It then revealed that there are no current safety risks to the building, however the team is taking this necessary time to remain closed in order to “address necessary repairs for weather related damages.”

Additional Concert Cancelations

While music lovers in the comment section made it clear they were disappointed, but also hopeful that it won’t be long till shows are back up and running.  

“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.

This news comes after the building sustained damages from a storm that came through overnight on January 8, forcing the venue into their first round of canceled shows. Since then, Nashville has experienced unusual amounts of snow and icy conditions, making it safe to assume that the winter weather has further impacted the world-renowned venue’s ability to reopen safely to the public. 

In the previous statement, The Bluebird Cafe shared, “We truly apologize for the inconvenience, the frustration, and undoubted heartbreak.”

The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville
Photo Courtesy The Bluebird Cafe

Shows Impacted (Jan 23-31)

The upcoming canceled shows are below:

January

23

  • 6 pm – BMI Presents at the Bluebird: The McCrary Sisters And Friends – A Benefit Show For McCrary Family Member Fighting Breast Cancer
  • 9 pm – In the round with Dan Wilson, David Hodges & Donovan Woods – A Benefit for Alive Hospice

24

  • 6 pm – In the round with Scott Sean White, Terri Jo Box, Eric Erdman
  • 9 pm – In the round with Leslie Satcher, Makayla Lynn, Sam Hunter & Trisha Yearwood – A Benefit for Alive Hospice

25

  • 6 pm – In the round with Ben Roberts, Abbey Cone, Tyler Halverson & Carter Faith
  • 9 pm – In the round with Autumn Nicholas, Angie K, Hannah Nicolaisen, Madeline Finn & Gina Venier – A Benefit for Alive Hospice

26

  • 6 pm – In the round with Davis Loose, McCoy Moore, Mark Irwin & Aniston Pate
  • 9 pm – In the round with Steve Seskin, Sinclair, Shanna In A Dress, Daphne Gale & Tiffany Gassett ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice

27

  • 6 pm – In the round with Bill Lloyd, Don Henry & Kim Richey ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice
  • 9 pm – In the round with Steve Seskin, Seth Glier, Emily Shackelton & Allen Shamblin ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice

28

  • 6 pm – Sunday Spotlight with The Wildcards
  • 9 pm – Writers Night with Special Guest JT Harding – hosted by Steve Goodie

29

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

30

  • 6 pm – In The Round with Regan Stewart, Colton Venner, Conner Sweet & Becca Rae
  • 9 pm – In The Round with Jeff Black, Sam Bush & Darrell Scott ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice

31

  • 6 pm – In The Round with daena, Marielle Kraft & Candace in Wonderland feat. Keyler Matthews
  • 9 pm – In The Round with Benita Hill, Becky Hobby & Billy Yates ~ A Benefit for Alive Hospice
Bluebird Cafe, Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Bluebird Cafe, Photo Courtesy of Instagram

What is Special About The Bluebird Cafe?

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.