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July 16, 2024

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The Caverns to Host Big Mouth Bluegrass Festival

Bring your instruments and join pickin’ circles in the campgrounds and inside the cave for a pickin’ experiences like no other!

Musical sparks will fly with the fireworks the Fourth of July weekend at The Caverns. On July 1 & 2, 2023, The Caverns presents the inaugural Big Mouth Bluegrass Festival. 

In addition to the pickin’ on stage, the two-day camping festival includes open cave jam sessions, food trucks and a special Sunday gospel brunch. Moreover, festival-goers can enjoy guided cave tours, fireworks when the sun goes down, campground pickin’ and more.

Big Mouth Bluegrass Festival line-up:

  • Dan Tyminski Band
  • Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • Lonesome River Band
  • Appalachian Road Show
  • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
  • The Grascals, Sister Sadie
  • The Cleverlys, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
  • Iron Horse
  • Missy Raines & Allegheny
  • Volunteer String Band
  • a Sunday gospel brunch set
  • Blake Williams, the festival’s emcee.

Becky Buller, an International Bluegrass Music Association award-winner and local favorite, is the festival’s artist-in-residence. She’ll collaborate onstage with artists throughout the weekend. All headlining sets take place in The Caverns’ outdoor amphitheater surrounded by the rolling foothills of the Cumberland Plateau with additional activities taking place in The Caverns cave venue.

“Big Mouth Bluegrass Festival is a return to the roots of The Caverns, and the festival’s name is a tribute to the historical name of the cave we call home today,” says Todd Mayo, The Caverns owner. “We cannot think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend than with a festival celebrating some of the greatest things about our country — bluegrass music, hot dogs and apple pie, fireworks, camping, pickin’ circles, and family and friends, new and old.”

Bring instruments and join pickin’ circles in the campgrounds and inside the cave for pickin’ experiences like no other.

Ticket info

Two-day tickets for the festival include free camping, starting at $79.50. Kids under 5 are free and kids 5 – 12 are eligible for a two-day Young Grasser ticket for $40. Recreational Vehicle (RV) guests add a $25 daily pass for an RV campsite (hook-ups not available).

A variety of VIP packages can upgrade your experience: VIP experiences start at $399 with a premium campsite location, access to a VIP viewing area and lounge tent with delicious local catering, all day complimentary refreshments and snacks, open bar service in the evenings, and much more. Want more luxury? The Caverns offers onsite accommodations in a new climate-controlled Yurt Village with the Big Mouth VIP Yurt Package for two for $2,600 which includes access to VIP viewing, the VIP lounge tent and more. Another option is the comforts of a local lodge with the Stay & Cave packages for two for $1,080 which provide lodging in nearby Monteagle, shuttle transportation to and from the venue, VIP lounge tent access, merchandise and more.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.