Since the doors to the Mercy Lounge first opened back in January of 2003, the cozy little club on Cannery Row has been both locally-favored and nationally-renowned. Building a reputation for showcasing the best in burgeoning buzz-bands and renowned national talents, the club has maintained its relevance by consistently offering reliable atmosphere and entertainment. The second story music venue is tucked neatly away in a low-key location half a mile from downtown, and its central location and metropolitan demeanor enable it to draw a diverse crowd of downtown tourists, hip-young socialites, and fans of live music alike. Mercy Lounge has a standing room capacity of 500, a state of the art sound system, and a back bar area that features pool tables, booth seating, and a more-relaxed environment from which to take in the show. Performing artists are offered dedicated monitor and front of house sound engineers, an array of lighting and production options, and a loft-style hospitality suite complete with kitchen, bathroom and comfort area.

With the addition of the Cannery Ballroom in 2005, the happening little lounge off 8th avenue adopted a big brother club capable of accommodating much larger national acts with more elaborate stage production, 1000-capacity standing room, and a huge bar stocked with all your favorite libations.

In the seven years since our arrival on the Nashville music scene, we’ve been host to such household names as John Fogerty, Katy Perry, and The White Stripes and introduced the city to such breaking bands as Beach House, Dr. Dog, and Hockey. From our annual Anniversary celebrations to our unparalleled Road to Bonnaroo concert series to our weekly 8 off 8th event (a staple of the local rock scene that the New York Times described as “ultra cool”), our reputation as one of the premier purveyors of awesome musical happenings in town has been firmly cemented. Perhaps that’s why the Chicago Tribune called us “one of, if not the best, live music bars in Nashville”.

For a more detailed, but by no-means complete, list of past performers, click here.


The Mercy Lounge and Cannery Ballroom reside in Nashville's Historic Cannery building. Built in 1883, the Cannery was originally a flour mill and later a place to grind coffee. The building earned it's name when the Dale Food company bought it in 1957 and began processing food (jams, jellies, mustard, mayonnaise, peanut butter, etc.) eventually opening a restaurant called "The Cannery" in the early 1970s. The building housed a country music theatre in the late 70s and evolved into one of Nashville's primary music venues in the 80s and early 90s. Jimmy Cliff, Janes Addicition, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, Midnight Oil, Greg Allman, Robin Trower among other touring acts of the time played the Cannery. The Mercy Lounge is on the second story of the massive structure and is typically open six nights a week. The Cannery Ballroom is on the ground floor and has also been renovated with new hardwood floors, large tiled bathrooms and a standing room capacity of 1,000. It is open only for concerts and special events. For information on booking either Mercy Lounge or Cannery Ballroom, please refer to our Contact page.

Past Performers

Adrian Belew
Aesop Rock
Amos Lee
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Andrew Bird
Ani DiFranco
Animal Collective
Avett Brothers
Beach House
Ben Kweller
Ben Lee
Betty Lavette
Big & Rich
Bill Calahan
Black Angels
Black Keys
Black Lips
Black Stone Cherry
Blitzen Trapper
Bon Jovi
Bonnie Prince Billy
Brandon Jazz
Buck Cherry
Cage The Elephant
Camera Obscura
Cat Power
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Cold War Kids
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Dan Auerbach
David Rawlings
Dean & Britta
Dewey Cox
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Disco Biscuits
Dr. Dog
Drive-By Truckers
EmmyLou Harris
Frank Black
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
Fruit Bats
George Clinton & The Parliment Funkadelic
Ghostland Observatory
Gillian Welch
Girl Talk
Imogen Heap
Iron & Wine
James Hunter
Jason & the Scorchers
Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
Jimmy Herring
Joanna Newsom
John Butler Trio
John Fogerty
John Hiatt & the Goners
JoJo Hermann (Widespread Panic)
Julian Casablancas
Junior Brown
Justin Townes Earle
Katy Perry
Keith Urban
Kid Rock
King’s X
Langhorne Slim
Lee Ann Rhimes

Little Brother
Local H
M. Ward
Man Man
Martin Sexton
Mickey Avolon
Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly)
North Mississippi Allstars
Of Montreal
Old 97’s
Old Crow Medicine Show
Patterson Hood
Perry Farrell
Paulo Nutini
Pete Yorn
Randy Rogers Band
Reckless Kelly
Reverend Horton Heat
Rhett Miller
Robin Trower
Rogue Wave
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
She & Him
Soul Asylum
Southern Culture On The Skids
Sparkle Horse
St. Vincent
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Steve Earle
Sufjan Stevens
Sunn O)))
Taking Back Sunday
Tapes n Tapes
Tea Leaf Green
The Blasters
The Faint
The Features
The Gaslight Anthem
The Mountain Goats
The Shins
The Walkmen
The Wallflowers
The Whigs
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra
Third Eye Blind
Toots and the Maytals
TV on the Radio
Twilight Singers
Umphreys McGee
Vashti Bunyan
VHS or Beta
Wanda Jackson
White Stripes
Yo La Tengo