Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Turns 58 and is Celebrating with a Free Concert

Jake Owen and Randy Houser are among the acts slated to perform during the 58th anniversary concert for Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

Written by Hannah Rines
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Turns 58 and is Celebrating with a Free Concert
Jake Owen; Photo credit: Joseph Llanes

Nobody does birthdays like Nashville and this is going to be a big one! Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is having a huge birthday celebration in honor of 58 years of service, and you know a big name like Tootsie’s is going to put on a show with some big names as well.

Jake Owen, Randy Houser and Kid Rock will be performing at the free concert, just to mention a few. Broadway will host a slew of big name musical talent throughout the day, leading up to a free, star-studded evening show.

The street-party will feature performances from country music’s finest, including Terri Clark, Darryl Worley, Montgomery Gentry, John Stone, Anthony Orio, Scott Collier and more to be announced. Music City’s legendary honky-tonk is notorious for bringing out special guests, so the set list possibilities are endless.


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The event, which takes place Oct. 10 on Broadway between 4th and 5th Avenue, will start at noon and continue until 5 pm when the evening concert beings.

“Tootsie’s Birthday Bash has become one of the most highly-anticipated annual events on lower Broadway. Each year it gets bigger and better,” said Tootsie’s owner Steve Smith. “Many artists started at Tootsie’s and having them come back year after year is a great honor to the legacy and memory of Tootsie Bess.”

Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess purchased the lounge in 1960 and named it for herself. Tradition says that the lounge’s iconic exterior orchid was mistakenly painted purple and has stayed that way ever since. Tootsie’s Lounge is a must-see Music City destination and holds a lot of country music history. Tootsie was well known for her generosity towards struggling musicians and in turn helped start the careers of many country legends like Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young and Willie Nelson.