Our History

Venue History:

Anyone who has seen a show at 12th & Porter will probably tell you it is one of the best sounding rooms in Nashville. What they will also tell you, if they have been in Nashville for more than 24 hours, is that the club is not only Nashvilles’, but also one of the country’s premiere and legendary clubs. The home of classic live recordings dating back to Townes Van Zandt’s Live and Obscure (circa 1985), the stage at 12th and Porter has hosted to some of the greatest touring artists and songwriters ever to play. Ryan Adams dropped 12th and Porter’s name in the lyrics of his Demolition record. Over the course of the thousands of shows and bands that have played at 12th and Porter, the club has experienced countless once in a lifetime moments. 12th & Porter is no stranger to rare only-in-Nashville shows. In August 2005, Neil Young performed an unannounced 45-minute solo show. 12th and Porter proudly continues its leading role in Nashville’s musical skyline.

12th & Porter was recently voted by readers of the Nashville Scene as 2nd only to the historic Ryman Auditorium as Nashville’s best place to hear live music. 12th & Porter operates daily as Nashville’s premiere label showcase venue as well as one of the most respected indie rock venues in the Southeast USA

Our past artists include:

Mickey Avalon • Neil Young • Keith Urban • Kings of Leon • Ke$ha • Safety Suit • Jon Bon Jovi • Run-DMC • Vince Gill • Richard Marx • Jonny Lang • Marc Broussard • John Hiatt • Beauty School Dropouts • OURS • Bob Schneider • Jayhawks • Tim Easton • Amy Ray • Ryan Adams • Will Hoge • King Crimson • Angie Aparo • Medeski Martin and Wood • The Features • Radney Foster • Allison Moorer • Glenn Tillbrook • Michelle Shocked • Trent Sumnar • Jim Lauderdale • Buddy and Julie Miller • John Prine • Reckless Kelly • Townes Van Zandt • Pinmonkey • Jay Farrar • Kenny Loggins • Ben Folds • Jill Sobule • Jewel • Rodney Crowell • Steve Earle • David Meade • Muzik Mafia • Family Force 5 • the Katies • Silvertide • Florez • Sam Brooker • Tyler James • Chris Mann • Jody Raffoul • Crew • Michael Inge • Vic Chesnutt • Bushwalla • Anthony Smith • Black Label Society • Wichita Stallions • Auto Vaughn • Big Fella and Te’Arthur • Chris Mann • Cecil Adora • Submersed • LIGION • The Black Andy Roddick Show • Jonathon Richman • Tyler Cain • Chris Milam • Mista D • Jeffrey Steele • Luna Halo • Atomic Blonde, and countless others…