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John Bohlinger with his club rig in downtown Nashville on a Monday afternoon.

I've been gigging in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, for over two decades. Here's an inside look at Music City's club scene.

Within Nashville's club scene, there are roughly 100 stages crammed into 40-plus clubs stacked side by side along and around lower Broadway. Every day, these bars run four consecutive, four-hour sets of live music starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 2:30 a.m. One band stumbles off and the next group is up and playing in as little as 15 minutes. The music and chaos never stops.

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